DIY Unique Kitchen Storage With A Repurposed Chair Back

How To Make A Kitchen Rack From A Repurposed Chair Back

After another chair leg broke beyond repair, I couldn’t resist upcycling it. I managed to salvage the chair into some handy extra storage for my kitchen by using the repurposed chair back.
Wooden chairs often get broken in my house. It’s not because we throw them around like some barroom brawl you see in cowboy movies, but we are all rockers in my family. That is when we sit down on a chair for some reason we like to rock back on two legs. It’s a terrible habit playing chair wheelies and often there are casualties. Not just the embarrassment of rocking too far back and losing balance but sometimes the strain is just too much and the chair breaks.
The leg of the latest casualty was beyond repair the wood where it slotted into on the base of the chair was all split. It also looked as though the other legs were going to go soon too. Therefore I decided to focus on repurposing the chair back into something for the kitchen.
I’m really pleased with how versatile this repurposed chair back turned out. Not only did it produce a handy little shelf but it also provided me with somewhere to hang my tea towels. By painting it blue I also managed to coordinate it with my blue painted worktops..
Repurposed chair back shelf
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What you need to make a repurposed chair back storage rack


  • An old wooden chair back still attached to its seat. If you don’t have one ask friends and family, or look out for one in a dumpster. Hopefully, it should be quite easy source a broken chair for free.
    Broken wooden chair

  • Saw for cutting through the chair seat, I used a reciprocating saw. However, a hand saw would be fine. It would just take a little longer.

  • Paint for the chair. I went for the easy option and used spray paints in various blues for my repurposed chair back.

  • Blue ceramic hooks and knobs to decorate. I’d picked my blue ceramic knobs up from the Anthropologie sale. However, you can often find similar knobs on eBay.
    Blue ceramic knobs and hook

  • Brackets to hang. I used these ones from IKEA, just because they were in my hardware box. I’d bought them ages ago for another project and never used them. But any other similar shelf bracket will do.

Ikea shelf brackets

How to make a repurposed chair back shelf.


  1. First thing to do is to remove all the legs from the wooden chair so that you are just left with a seat and back. Using a ruler mark a line across the back of the chair so that you are left with a shelf about 6 inches deep. This may vary depending on how curved your chair back is. I made my sharpie mark as close to the back of the chair as possible whilst keeping all the spindles intact.
    Marking chair saw cut with sharpie

  3. Using a saw cut the chair along this line. I used a recipocating saw, as I’m lazy. A good hand saw should work just as well.
    Sawing the back of an old chair

  5. The next thing I did was to paint the chair back. I first painted the spindles in different blues followed by the rest of the chair. I used cling film to cover the painted spindles when spraying with different coloured paints.
    spray painting chair back
    Spray painting chair spindles

  7. To finish off the repurposed chair back I just added the hooks and knobs to the frame.
    Adding knobs and hooks to repurposed old chair back

  9. Finally, the chair was hung on my kitchen wall using the IKEA shelf brackets.

Repurposed chair back into kitchen storage.
This repurposed chair really fits in with my blue kitchen and is a handy cute little bit of extra storage.
Repurposed Chair back into a handy kitchen towel rack and storage.
repurposed chair back kitchen storage
If you liked this you should check out the handy storage shelf I made from upcycled drawers for my bathroom. I’ve even made a handy denim DIY magazine rack out of old jeans and copper pipping.
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22 Responses

  1. What a fab idea, I also clicked over to see your magazine rack, I could definitely make one of those. Great creative ideas, thanks for sharing.

  2. I am not at all crafty so I always admire other people’s ways of creating things. This is fab!


    • Thank you so much, Karen. I’m sure your crafty, it’s like everything else it just takes a bit of practice.

  3. I love this but I am wondering if there is an alternative you could use to the clingfilm when spray painting? Any ideas? I suppose you could solve the problem if you only painted one colour (more boring) or painted on with a brush – is this feasible? #GoingGreen

    • You can use whatever you want when spray painting just old newspaper!

  4. Looks very cool, love it 🙂

  5. So clever to use the chair seat to make a shelf. Love this idea and thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  6. This is brilliant Claire. I love how the old seat becomes a little shelf at the top. So clever.
    The knobs you found are super pretty too. Our local TKmax often has lovely unusual knobs too.

    • Thank you, Julie. Yes those pretty knobs seem to be everywhere now.

  7. That’s adorable! Great Save!

  8. Love the repurpose and looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

  9. I love this idea and your hardware is perfect! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  10. Awwww this is a super way to repurpose a chair back. Love the fact that you used the seat portion to create a shelf and the way you added hooks and knobs. So cool Claire

    • Thanks Michelle. I hate seeing things going to waste and I genuinely needed somewhere to hang my tea towels.

  11. Very creative and clever re-purposing projects! Love the knobs. Visiting from Sundays at Home.

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