23 July 2016

DIY Country Red Chair

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She is a city girl who has been transplanted to a small country town of 400 and lives her life

inspired by her husband, children and grand littles.

She is an newbie blogger, interior design nut and views blogging as a wonderful and

inspiring new adventure. 

She loves to share her DIY and when you see this project that she has created you will

certainly "get," her passion for inspiring other to create and begin something new!

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DIY Red Chair & Belts

Contributor~ Susanne Stewart

This past weekend was a DIY trifecta for this city girl! After helping the hubby finish up his yard leveling, grass seed sowing project (okay, I only helped with the grass seed sowing part ;)  )  and while he took a nap, I went to town on a few projects of my own.  I finished up staining and lacquering a vintage ammo box (details on that to come) and made a planter out of an old galvanized WASH TUB.
My final project of the day involved digging an old chair out of my stash in my storage room in the garage, along with a bag of old belts I had been saving for this project.  It has taken me 2 years to get around to doing this project, if that tells you anything about the stash I have in that storage room!
DIY RED chair with belts
Materials needed for this project:
  • 1 old chair
  • 20 belts (give or take depending on the size of the belts and the chair
  • staple gun and 1/2 inch staples
  • fabric shears
I had already painted the chair red so I sprayed it with the Valspar's Clear Satin spray to keep the red paint from rubbing off on the wall (yep that has happened) and carefully picked out which belts I would use.  That is not as easy as it sounds!  You need a few wide sturdy belts to start off with to help with the sturdiness of the seat.

red chair

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I started by putting 3 of the sturdiest belts, 1 in the middle and 1 on each end, and then stapled them in place.  I stapled one end then pulled as tight as possible on the other end to make sure it didn't have very much give when I pushed down on them.

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Then I added the rest of the belts using the same technique.  After they were all stapled on I took fabric shears and cut off the excess of each belt.  I chose different colors and different textures of belts to have a patchwork effect.  Check out that white one with the little animals on it!!!  Isn't it just the cutest?!!

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Now on to the second layer, the basket weave layer.  Starting at the front I wove the rest of the belts into the design, making sure to keep them close and tight, making this seat even more sturdy. Over and under, over and under, over and under...well, you get the idea.
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I wove all of the belts in first then turned the chair over and stapled them using the same technique as I did with the first layer.  After they were all stapled I used the fabric shears and cut off the excess.
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There were a couple of belts that were a little too thick so the hubby (after being woke up to go on a fire run, he is a volunteer fireman) helped me by shooting 3/4 inch nails in them with a nail gun.  Make sure to check after to make sure they didn't shoot all the way through, air staplers are pretty forceful!  Then I turned it over and tested it out, it held my weight!!!  Success!!
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Then it found it's new home in the family room.  It's a big room, plenty of room for more projects ;)
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When looking for belts for this project I suggest shopping your hubby's side of the closet, source them from friends and family members(everyone has a stash of old belts, except me), or check at garage sales or your local thrift stores.
Do you see yourself trying this project?  Are there other belt projects you have done?  I would love to hear about them!!

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. Thank you so much for allowing me to contribute!!

  2. This is really creative and I absolutely love it. The intermix of texture is fantastic.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  3. Love this project!! Great idea for old belts and the red chair is perfect. Wonderfully done Susanne and your tutorial was great!!
    Happy creating!! Hugs

    1. Thanks Celestina!!! It is a fun project :)

  4. Such a creative and clever idea, I love it!

  5. WHOAH! Now that is ingenious! I would have never thought of using belts, let alone sew them so well together! I just love makeovers.

    Jemma, I just posted a new post if you'd like to come by!

    1. Thank you Castles Crowns and Cottages :)

  6. What a great project for a boy's room, too. I am consistently stunned by the creativity of some bloggers!

  7. I love this project!! What a great way to rehab an old chair!

  8. Now how cute is this chair?! What a clever and whimsical idea.

  9. This is beyond creative, and so inspiring! Way to go Susanne!

  10. This is a wonderful project and I am delighted to meet you Susanne!
    Isn't Joyce's blog wonderful.
    I look forward to visiting your blog often.
    White Spray Paint

  11. Very creative! I probably have enough belts in my own closet! I can see this as a unique man cave project and gift.

  12. Very sweet chair. Love the color. Delight to meet you Susanne. How very sweet to share the chair tutorial.

  13. One of the most clever ideas I have ever come across!


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