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Before and After: Chair Repair

Oakland, CA-based furniture maker Ashley Eriksmoen recently found two abandoned chairs on the street. Given her interest in greening furniture design and making her work more eco-oriented, she saw it as a perfect opportunity to repurpose the broken chairs into something beautiful, while also saving them from the landfill. To see the final results,


She writes, "I wanted to make these look more updated than the original dining chairs, so I cut out the scrollwork and gave these a sleeker feel as a bench." I love how the open "arms" of the bench give this piece a modern appeal that it previously never had. Interested in Ashley's work? You can find out more at her website.


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ond ond 8 years
I love the new shape that was created by combining and reconfiguring the chairs into a bench. And the colors are beautiful!
ashsmoen ashsmoen 8 years
Hi! Thanks for all the comments. The scroll work was actually originally done in crappy plywood and was in very bad condition, delaminating, and beyond repair, so it had to go either way. I would like to do this in a lot of different colorways. This one is painted purple to bring out the purple in the purple, gold, and green striped material. We were using material provided by Carnegie as part of their new "sustainable" line.
Caribbean24 Caribbean24 8 years
It's... ok. I'd rather have seen them stripped and painted white.
that is beautiful. if only i was crafty in that way
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Wow, I love this! Plus_2_kid, I agree, I would have left the scrollwork in!
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
I love it - but would have definitely left the scrollwork in b/c: 1) it's beautiful scrollwork and 2) now you can't lean against the side of the bench without falling through which makes it a lot less functional in my eyes. I think you could have achieved the modern look you were going for with a different paint and different material rather than cutting the scrolls out. I find that stain color very old fashioned.
sgdish sgdish 8 years
I saw this idea in a magazine recently. Also saw two end tables from the 50's done the same way -- facing each other and made into bench seating. It's nice to repurpose!
vunder vunder 8 years
this chair is on display right now at Oakland City Hall just outside the permit office, upstairs. How funny to see it here.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
how unexpected....I love it
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