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DIY Unique Kitchen Storage With A Repurposed Chair Back

After another chair leg broke beyond repair, I couldn’t resist upcycling it. I salvaged the chair into some handy extra storage for my kitchen using the repurposed chair back.

Wooden chairs often get broken in my house. It’s not because we throw them around like some bar room 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, 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.

How To Make A Kitchen Rack From A Repurposed Chair Back

The leg of the latest casualty was beyond repair. The wood where it slotted into the base of the chair was all split. It also looked like 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 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 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 that is 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 an easy source of a broken chair for free.
Broken wooden chair
Blue ceramic knobs and hook
  • Two brackets for hanging the chair back. I used these from IKEA 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 Chair Back Shelf.

Step 1: The first thing to do is remove all the legs from the wooden chair so you are only left with a seat and back.

Use a ruler to 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’s 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

Step 2: Next, using a saw, cut the chair along this line. I used a reciprocating saw, as I’m lazy. A good hand saw should work just as well.

Sawing the back of an old chair

Step 3: The next thing I did, painted 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

Step 4: 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

Step 5: Finally, the chair was hung on my kitchen wall using the IKEA shelf brackets.

Repurposed chair back into kitchen storage.

This repurposed chair fits in with my blue kitchen with its painted blue worktops 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

Another good upcycled storage solution for the kitchen would be these upcycled bed slat shelves.

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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Thursday 29th of August 2019

What a cute idea! Never would have thought of this! You utilize parts of the chair beautifully

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Thank you, Maria. It is a handy shelf in the kitchen.

Linda at Mixed Kreations

Wednesday 28th of August 2019

What a fun way to repurpose an old chair! Turned out really pretty! Love the pull knobs!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Thank you, I just happened to have the knobs in my stash and thought they went well with the blue of the chair.

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Saturday 3rd of November 2018

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. #goinggreen

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 3rd of November 2018

Thank you so much ?