A New Life for a Discarded, Found Chair

Y'all might remember my recent posts about upcycling the chair I found in the dumpster. Well here’s the upcycled result. With the warmer weather this weekend, I was able to water seal the chair and place it outside.

I purposely kept the refinish 'wabi-sabi' to match the repaired condition of the chair. (Milk paint added just the touch of renewal needed. I also added some gold to the trim on the back of the chair.)

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a cultural movement centered on accepting transience and imperfection in objects and nature. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".

Although it's too early in the season for the chair to be a resting place for any planters or flowers, at the moment, it's a perfect resting seat for Buddha. And, even though the chair is imperfect, it seems to resonate with the Buddhism principal of impermanence (Anicca or Anitya), an essential doctrines that holds 'everything changes and nothing lasts forever. '

Chair found in the dumpster, ready for new life!

Found, discarded chair being repaired.

Chair repairs

New life for the old, discarded chair!

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