Fortunately in Australia, it's actually fashionable to recycle and reuse old stuff, vintage is the new modern!
Last month, it was verge collection time in our neighbourhood, and on one of my walks I spotted a Papasan chair at the end of my street.
Yes, it's called "Papasan" - I didn't know either and had to search it under images for "round cane chair", until I spotted one.
|The finished Papasan chair|
I liked the chair, it was in great condition, although it had no pillow.
I asked my son and daughter in law if they would like it for their house, since they are still furnishing their place after getting married two months ago, and they had a sitting area where the chair could fit.
I kept an eye on it, until one day as I drove into the street I saw it on the verge.
I quickly jumped out of the car, opened the boot and in it went.
A few days later my daughter in law came to spend the day, and I took her out to buy fabric to make a pillow and a few cans of black spray paint to modernize the chair.
|The pillow all sewn up and ready to be stuffed|
I had lots of old pillows which were going into the rubbish and she used these for the stuffing.
To finish off she started by joining the back and front through the stuffing, to put a button in, but after a few attempts it was getting quite difficult as the stuffing was very thick, so she decided to leave it plain.
|trying out if the pillow stuffing would be enough|
All the sewing over, it was time to lightly sand the cane chair and then spray paint it in black.
It took about 3 cans of paint to finally cover it completely, but it looks very modern and bright now in it's new home.
|The newly renovated Papasan|
|The finished table|
It looks quite funky and can be used as a side-table in the bedroom or lounge.
So for very little money they got 2 new pieces of furniture for their home.
What do you think of my verge collection finds and the renovated version?
Have you ever found anything interesting enough to give it a second lease in your home?