Wednesday, March 27, 2013

D.I.Y. Reading Chair

Nancy, our Beads Department Manager who happens to be an avid reader, made over a plain wooden chair for a community auction using books as the theme for her design.

Crafted by Nancy.


  • Wooden Chair
  • Ranger Patina
  • Books
  • X-Acto Knife
  • E-6000
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush

Nancy did not prep the chair in any way before applying the patina. This may or may not work for every chair, so we suggest sanding and priming as you see fit. You can also use paint in place of patina for this project.

1.  Apply the patina to the chair using a foam brush.

You may need to apply more than one coat, depending on the type of coverage you want.

2.  Use an X-Acto knife to cut the covers off a variety of books you want to attach to the chair.
3.  Remove any cardboard from the back leaving only the material of the cover.
4.  Remove various book pages and use Mod Podge to adhere them to the bottom of the chair and edges of the seat.

5.  Use the foam brush to apply a light coat of patina over the top of the glued pages on the edges of the seat.
6.  Now, use E-6000 to adhere the book covers to the chair back and the entire seat.

Remember, E-6000 is a very strong adhesive, so be sure you are in a well ventilated area or outdoors.

7.  Let the chair dry.
8.  Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to all the book covers and the book pages (edges and bottom of the seat) to give it a luster finish.
9.  Once the chair is dry, it's ready to display!

Nancy added the vinyl word "Imagine" to the top part of the chair along with a pair of glasses. Feel free to add any other embellishments to the chair.

What furniture makeovers have you done recently?

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