Chair Back Repurposed As Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

April 22, 2019
 Last summer, I was given an old chair with lots of damage.  

I told my husband to saw off the back, and get rid of the rest of the chair.

 This long, skinny rectangular box was found at a local thrift shop.

I think I paid $1.99 for it.

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I blended my paint in a glass jar, about 1/2 paint and 1/2 water, and stirred with a plastic spoon.

The paint needs to be stirred several times during painting.

My first milk paint project did not chip.

I was beginning to wonder about the milk paint on this chair back.

I distressed the milk paint with 150 grit sandpaper.

Sanding really starting the chipping process.

Not too much and not too little, just right!

The wooden box was base coated in Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Latex in Flat Black, and attached to the bottom of the chair back bottom with screws and a washer.

I taped the bottom of the chair back off with blue painter's tape, and brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.

I distressed the Drop Cloth paint lightly with 150 grit sandpaper.

A close up of the milk paint after distressing.

It's ultra smooth!

I also added two sawtooth hangers (painted over) and a couple of cup hooks to the wooden box back and underside.

I decided to add the "Bake-Cook-Create" graphics from the Pantry Stencil from *Old Sign Stencils.

I taped the "Pantry" stencil onto the painted box and pounced on the small lettering using Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in CAVIAR.

I used a wax brush to apply Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear I wiped it down with a fiber rag after about 15 minutes after waxing.

I thought there was too big of a gap between the box and the vertical chair back slats, so I added two nickel cup hooks to the bottom of the wood box.

I hung a vintage sifter and jar funnel on the hooks.

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A vintage Better Homes and Gardens and a Betty Crocker cookbook fit perfectly in the rectangular box.

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I hung two checked tea towels (from Hobby Lobby) on the top vertical chair back slat.

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The red/white checked linen towel was stenciled in a blog post HERE.

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Isn't it fun to decorate your kitchen with junk?

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One of a kind junk decor!

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

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  1. That turned out really cute. When I started reading your description of the chair back and the long, narrow box I imagined the box being attached so it would hang with the chair back at the top, with the side of the box fastened to the sides of the back piece. If you can see what I mean. But the way you did it with the box at the top and the cross pieces of the back below is more functional, I think as the cross pieces can serve as towel holders. The finished project is really cute, especially with the distressed red paint.

    Great job! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. That is as cute as it can be. Love the idea of hanging towels on the chair back, and the little box is just right for showing off vintage books or small bottles! Love the whole thing!

  3. Looks great! What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing.

  4. So cute! I love how you put things together from old stuff!

  5. I don't do farm, but these ideas are so useable no matter what decor style you use. I've bookmarked this. I have a lot of other stuff to do ahead of these ideas, but I'm looking forward to creating with these ideas.


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