Project! Can This $5 Chair Be Saved?

How many times have you been advised (by well-meaning magazine articles and Web sites and maybe even crafty friends) to freshen up a piece of flea market furniture by refinishing it? It's a great idea, but is it really that easy? Alas, I have a feeling, judging by the description of this furniture refinishing class that I recently signed up for, that it is not. But I'm determined to find out.

Last weekend, I ventured to the Brooklyn Flea to find a piece to work on in the class. When I saw this decrepit wooden folding chair, sitting sadly alongside shinier, more promising items, I felt a fall project coming on. "Think I can make this into something?" I asked my companion. "Yes," he said. "Firewood." Undaunted, I paid $5 for the chair (the Charlie Brown Christmas tree of chairs, no?). By the time I got home, most of what was left of its green paint had come off on my hands and it was tilting dangerously to the right. I think I have my work cut out for me.

Stay tuned to find out how I progress. In the meantime, I need inspiration! Send photos and stories of your flea market redos to me at homeand.garden@nbcuni.com.

Chime in! What is your fall project?

Like this? Want more?
preview
Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web