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Trash-to-Treasure Dining Room

By Tidy Brown Wren, bringing order to your nest on Dec 10, 2012


Most of you know that I am a recycling kind of girl. I can't stand to watch perfectly good things go to the dump—especially when I know I can fix them up and make them like new.

Several years ago, I came across a metal dining set that someone had set out for the trash.  It had four chairs, a table, and a bench.  I fixed up the bench here, saved the table legs in the garage, and held on to the four chairs until someone needed them.


A few months ago, I found two bar stools in another drive-by roadside sighting.


Every piece I found was in pretty bad shape, but that didn't scare me off. The pieces were sturdy, but the finishes were ugly.


The seats were the worst part. The base of each seat was a pressed board product that had swelled and gotten moldy. It went directly into the garbage can (luckily it was garbage day).


I sanded each piece with sandpaper and steel wool and wiped them down to remove the dust. Then I spray painted everything with satin finish Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. I used three coats to make sure everything was fully covered.

Hubs made new seat bases out of 3/4 plywood we already had in the garage. I recovered them with a vinyl fabric I found at Garden Ridge (yes, they have fabric in precut sizes). It looks like a tweed fabric but wipes clean, which is important for a family with young children.

After everything was put back together, I was pretty pleased with the end results. All in all, I spent $20.00 to fix up four chairs and two bar stools.


I like the satin finish. It is washable but not too shiny.


Nothing fancy, but nice and sturdy—and very easy to clean.


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