2 DIY projects from 1 set of dining room chairs
Hers & His pallet DIY projects: We upcycled old dining room chairs into benches
Theresa’s pallet ideas are always more awesome than I think they’ll be. For this pair of DIY projects, she re-imagined two extra-boring chairs into exciting Hers and His benches.
The first step is to match the angle of your chair’s seat (if it has one) and choose an overhang. We used a scrap of pallet wood to set our overhang. Note: you only need to do this for the first piece. More on this below.
We used our miter saw to cut the angle.
We got the chairs snugged together with the front edge of the seats nice and straight with each other, then fastened our first pallet board. We used a pneumatic stapler for this.
Because pallet boards come in all sizes–even from the same pallet–we trimmed some to keep seams in-line. The first step is to mark the wide board. I just put it up to its mate and made a little mark. Installing the thinner board first is easier.
Then, we cut it on the table saw. Be very careful not to cut nails.
With the top on, trace the seat angle around from the bottom to the top of the chair bench. Then mark a line between the first piece (cut above) and the end piece. I used a leftover pallet board.
I used my jigsaw to cut the edge. Tip: Pallet wood is usually hard or heat-treated. Don’t force the saw. Slow and steady wins the race.
Theresa installed filler pieces in the back. We used the miter saw and table saw to make these.
A wire brush is awesome for grating and gouging an getting dirty old pallet boards ready for paint or finish. You can use it to scrub the cut-ends too. A perfect tool for pallets.
To get some burs and really gnarly spots, Theresa turned to her mighty multi-tool. We use these all the time.
For the Hers chairs, Theresa thought painting them first would be easier, and she was right. For the Hers bench we used Glidden Diamond interior paint + primer. Theresa chose Red Red Rose—her taste in color is awesome and I am lucky.
For the His bench, Theresa chose Glidden Diamond paint + primer in Emerald Leaf in eggshell. It was my idea to put the pallet wood on first and paint it second. It was a little harder, but not really a big deal.
As good with a needle as she is with color chips or a paint brush, Theresa fashioned some colorful cushions on the fly. Note: I totally could have done that if I wanted to. It would only take me five years or so…
This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.