Plain wooden chairs hold a lot of potential for DIY projects. Try one of these projects for indoor or outdoor use to give your old chair a new life.
For this project, you only need the back of the chair. Remove the seat and front legs of the chair so you only have the back that will rest flat against a wall. Add a row of coat hooks along a straight board on the chair back. The top portion of the chair back adds a decorative touch to the coat rack.
Another use for the back of a chair is a towel rack. This option works best for a chair with at least two horizontal slats on the back. The slats become the holders for the towels. Mount the chair back on the wall in the kitchen or bathroom. Drape the towels over the slats.
Flower Pot Holder
If you have a full chair to use, turn it into a freestanding flower pot holder. Remove the seat from the chair but leave the frame for the seat and all four legs. Place the flower pot down in the chair where the seat was located. You may need to add some pieces of wood for supports. The top of the pot should be about even with where the old chair seat was.
A slight variation is to use an old chair as a shelf in the garden. You’ll leave the seat on for this version. Instead remove all four legs so you only have the seat and the back of the chair. The seat becomes the shelf. Hang the chair on a garden shed or the side of the house. Place potted plants, watering cans, garden tools and other garden items on the seat.
Another use for old wooden chairs is as clothing storage. Hang the entire chair as is on the wall. The bottom horizontal support pieces that go between the legs on the chair work well for hanging clothes that are on hangers. The flat part of the chair works well for additional storage, such as folded clothes or baskets holding accessories. Or hang the chairs in the laundry room. You can put hanging clothes on it and use the seats to hold laundry detergent and other supplies.