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Mum transforms a dirty old chair into stylish garden accessory with paint and fabric from Bunnings 


A creatively-minded mother has transformed a dirty old cane chair into stylish garden furniture with paint and fabric from Bunnings.

After finding a wicker chair abandoned on the side of the road in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, the woman scrubbed it with sugar soap before coating it blue with $13.59 Rustoleum spray paint.

Once dry, she arranged a $6 cushion printed with a floral pattern on the seat and set the chair on her patio where it looks unrecognisable from its original state.

Photos of her budget-friendly DIY have drawn hundreds of delighted responses since they were shared in a Facebook renovation group on Saturday, with many praising the woman for salvaging old furniture instead of buying new. 

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Before: A creatively-minded mother transformed this old cane chair which was abandoned on the side of the road with paint and fabric from Bunnings

After: The chair is unrecognisable from the state she found it in, and now sits on her garden patio

A creatively-minded mother transformed an old cane chair (left) abandoned on the side of the road into stylish garden furniture (right) with paint and fabric from Bunnings

‘This one isn’t going to landfill now! It’s been through a big transformation,’ she wrote in the caption.

One woman replied: ‘Stunning, what a great roadside find!’

‘That looks like the good ol’ cane. Many more years of wear out of it,’ said another.

‘Lovely work and the cushion makes it pop!’ a third said, while a fourth added: ‘Well done, has come up a treat.’

Others shared photos of similar projects they’ve worked on at home.

‘Looks great! I did the same with some chairs for my birthday at the start of the year,’ one woman replied, along with a picture of two cane chairs painted striking shades of blue and yellow.

And it’s not the only affordable home improvement project catching attention on social media. 

Others shared photos of similar projects they've worked on at home, including these cane chairs painted striking shades of blue and yellow

Others shared photos of similar projects they’ve worked on at home, including these cane chairs painted striking shades of blue and yellow

Queensland woman Hayley Bragg drew praise for transforming an old caravan into a spectacular home on wheels, complete with a king-size bed, a dining booth and a modern kitchenette at a cost of just $4,000.

The 49-year-old bought the 2004 Coachmen Mirada to travel around Australia with her husband and their two dogs Bonnie and Henry.

But after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the self-employed brand developer decided to renovate the interior of the motorhome every weekend for six months instead.

The extensive makeover converted the coachmen into the ultimate cosy escape for a very reasonable $4,000 for upholstery, flooring, paint, repairs and furnishing.

Instead of gutting the caravan, the pair gave the motorhome dubbed ‘Tookawyle’ a new lease of life with a lick of paint, DIY tiles and splashbacks, new curtains and budget décor items.

Before: Queensland woman Hayley Bragg purchased the 2004 Coachmen Mirada to travel around Australia with her husband

After: But when the COVID pandemic broke out, she decided to renovate it every weekend for six months instead

Before and after: Queensland woman Hayley Bragg transformed an old caravan into a spectacular home on wheels, complete with a king-size bed, a dining booth and a modern kitchenette for just $4,000

The extensive makeover converted the coachmen into the ultimate cosy escape for a very reasonable $4,000 for upholstery, flooring, paint, repairs and furnishing

The extensive makeover converted the coachmen into the ultimate cosy escape for a very reasonable $4,000 for upholstery, flooring, paint, repairs and furnishing

The couple kept most of the vehicle’s original layout but gave the old cupboards, bathroom, dashboard, bench and dinette table a lick of paint.

They replaced the bedside tables with a king size bed, installed a television screen in the bedroom, removed the spare chair and added a desk and shelves.

‘The double bed that was there was too small for us and the two dogs so we took out the shelves beside the bed and made a bigger bed space,’ Ms Bragg told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Instead of having a custom made mattress which was very expensive, we purchased two single mattresses and strapped them together with a bed joiner.’

In the bathroom, the pair replaced the vanity, tiled the toilet, and added a new splashback.

The pair added a chic splashback along the kitchen bench and used leather straps as the handles on their cupboards

The pair added a chic splashback along the kitchen bench and used leather straps as the handles on their cupboards

The couple installed their own shelves, decked out in budget décor

They tiled the toilet with trendy mosaics

The couple tiled the bathroom, added new flooring and installed new shelves, decked out in budget décor

They also added a new splashback in the kitchen, replaced all cupboard handles with DIY leather straps, recovered the couches, dinette and pelmets and installed a roller blind for the windscreen and new curtains for the side windows.

‘The curtains I purchased were ready made and I cut the length to suit. Then I just re-hem them. I used the remnants from that to make the curtains for the pelmets. So I got all the curtains from just one pack of curtains,’ she said.

‘Instead of getting custom roller blinds, we bought standard ones and cut them down to fit. I bought leather straps from a saddler and cut the handles out. I used Chicago screws to attach to the doors and cupboards.’

Other adjustments included installing new flooring, a stereo and fans. 

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