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New Use for an Old Rocking Chair

By Tidy Brown Wren, bringing order to your nest on May 01, 2012
I love turning discarded trash into useful items.  Take, for example, this decorative wheelbarrow.  The metal base was given to me by an older lady when I helped her clean up her backyard (it was hidden behind an old shed).  The wooden part is from a broken rocking chair. 

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This is what the wheelbarrow looked like just a few days ago.  It had some worn out exterior grade plywood nailed onto the frame.  U.G.L.Y.



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After I took off all of the old wood (except the handles), this is what  had left.

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I figured I would just grab some wood from the barn and cut it down to size to replace the old plywood.  But then. . . my son (whom I've trained very well) came home with this.

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Can you tell it came from someone's roadside resource pile?


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It even came with teeth marks and some kind of weird, shiny spots.  After I was done using my (I mean Hub's) tools, it looked like this:

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I salvaged the seat, back, and arms.  I attached the seat, smaller side up, to the vertical frame and the chair back onto the horizontal frame.  Everything is nailed into place, but I know Hubs will want to use screws to make it sturdier.  That shows the difference in how we think - I like it to quickly look cute and he likes for it to be sturdy first and cute second. 

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I'm working on a way to use the arms of the chair as decorative trim, but I think I need Hub's expert advice before I mess with it.  Maybe he'll help me out this weekend.

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Oops, I forgot to tell you that I painted the rocking chair (after cutting it up) and all of the wooden parts of the wheelbarrow with interior/exterior Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  I left the metal parts alone with all of their glorious rustiness.

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I like this little welcoming arrangement that sits in the island in the middle of our gravel driveway.  I wonder if my guests will recognize where the parts came from?

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