I was asked to complete a folding chair makeover and this is what I came up with:
A folding chair is great for small spaces, parties and as additional seating, but what do you do with it while it's not in use? I decided to make my vintage folding chair serve double duty as seating and as a command centre in my front entry.
I started out by taking a vintage wooden folding chair that was given to me by a friend. I loved the character it had from all the years of use and the natural wood patina. That meant I wasn't going to just paint the whole chair - just the underside! :)
I turned the underside of the seat into a chalkboard:
- I mixed my own chalkboard paint using unsanded grout and black paint (recipe here). Ready made chalkboard paint would save you this step.
- I taped off the edges around the underside of the seat with painter's tape
- and then painted it with my chalkboard paint (you may want to prime first to save some coats of chalkboard paint).
To add my organizer to the bottom of the chair I purchased these "s" hooks and this tray and simply hung it from the cross bar.
I then hung the whole assembly from one of the coat hooks in my foyer. The tray at the bottom is perfect for holding sunglasses, keys, cellphone, etc. and even for adding a little greenery or flowers to the space.
*before using your chalkboard you will want to slate it (i.e., rub it lightly with chalk and then rub the chalk off with a cloth)
I think this project could also work for a patio/kitchen. The chalkboard would work well for displaying a dinner menu and the tray could hold napkins, cutlery, etc.
You can also take your chair down and use it for it’s original purpose as a seat (Just remember to detach your tray first!). My chair is out on the front porch and it also got a little freshening up via a triangle quilted chair pad that I made from Marimekko fabric scraps.