May {Reader} Thrift Challenge: Upcycle a Chair

We just finished up our April Challenges -- I completed a color collection vignette and Dina recreated an outfit of a blush dress and leather jacket. She continues to amaze me with her thrifting abilities!

April was fun, but we're ready to get you guys involved again! You were so creative with the DIY 3-tiered stand Reader Challenge in March that we decided another Reader Challenge was in order for May! This month, Dina's challenging us to upcycle a thrifted chair!



It can be ANY kind of chair you want -- wooden, upholstered, metal, rattan, folding, etc. It can even be a tall stool or even a foot stool. The ONLY rule is that the chair has to be second-hand -- meaning you bought it at the thrift store, from a garage sale/estate sale, or you pulled it out of someones trash! We'll even let 'ya use a chair that you already own. Just don't go buying a brand new chair -- this project is all about upcycling an inexpensive chair that had a previous life!

Here's some inspiration for ya! Paint it, re-upholster it, wrap it with yarn, turn it into a swing, even create artwork on it! Check out my Chair Makeover pinterest board for more ideas like decoupaging it with book pages, maps or fabric, or just dipping the legs in paint to give it a pop of color! The ideas are endless!

Chairs via Crate & Barrel, Urban Outfitters, World Market and Anthropologie. The chair swing is from SimpleSolutionMom.

Here are all the details to participate:

PARTICIPANT RULES
1 | Your chair must be second-hand
2 | You do NOT need to have a blog or website to participate.
3 | Leave me a note in the comments or send me an email at somethingtobefound(at)gmail.com to let me know you're participating.
4 | Be Creative!!!

SUBMISSION & GIVEAWAY
1 | Submit 2-3 quality photos (of both the before and after of your chair) via email to somethingtobefound(at)gmail.com NO LATER than Monday, May 26th at 5pm. Include your name, where you're from, your blog or website address (if  you have one), details on where you thrifted your chair from, how much it cost, and a brief "how-to" on how you upcycled it.
2 | Photos from each participant will be posted here on the blog (and on social media sites) on Wednesday May 28th
3 | One participant will be chosen at random via random.org to receive this "Charming Gardeners" print by artist, Katie Daisy. The winner will be announced on Monday, June 2nd.
*This giveaway is not sponsored by Katie Daisy.


I challenged Dina and her readers to recreate a bright outfit consisting of a pink maxi skirt and jean jacket. We encourage you to participate in both challenges so check out the inspiration photo at Dinas Days and go get your thrift on!!

We look forward to seeing your completed DIY chairs and outfit recreations!

12 comments:

  1. count me in! I cannot WAIT to see the out come of this challenge!

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    1. Yay!!! There will be so many fun submissions, I just know it!

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  2. I am SO tempted. I already have the chair that I've been planning to do SOMETHING with...eventually...one of these days. Maybe May? Maybe not. eek!

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    1. It has to be MAY and it has to be for the challenge :)

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  3. Hi Katie, I just sent my submission!

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    1. GOT IT!! Looks awesome, Cristin!

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  4. IN!! I was so sad I didn't participate last time.

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    1. Woohoo!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  5. Okay, I lied - I couldn't wait to come over and see what it was and WOW! This is right up my alley. I'm in!! I've got a great idea already!

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    1. LOL!! Glad you'll be joining again, Kelli!

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  6. Well, this sounds like fun...I just did a post on chairs. Inspiration here: http://www.jillruth.com/2014/04/have-seator-hundredpicture-ladened-post.html
    I'm sure going to try to participate in this!

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    1. Oh my - you were in chair heaven!! Would love to have you participate in the challenge!

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