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New Life For Old Belts…Here’s How

So, you have your belts and chair and you are ready to go…let’s make this chair seat!

New Life for Old Belts

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.

New Life for Old Belts

I started by putting 3 of the sturdiest belts on the chair frame, 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

New Life for Old Belts

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?!!

New Life for Old Belts

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.

New Life for Old Belts

New Life for Old Belts

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.

New Life for Old Belts

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!!

New Life for Old Belts

Then it found it’s new home in the family room. It’s a big room, plenty of room for more projects 😉

New Life for Old Belts

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!!

 

Your friend in DIY,

Susanne

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10 Comments

  1. What a sweet idea! LOVE how your chair turned out. Thanks for the tip on spraying clear over the paint. I would have never guessed the paint would have rubbed off on the wall.

  2. I love red chairs!❤️ What a great way to reuse old bells.

  3. What a great idea – I have never seen anything like this! It looks inviting and comfortable!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Hi Kristine! It is comfortable, I load tested it, lol, and it held my weight so no worries about falling through! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking it out!!

  4. Very clever idea. The weaving reminds me of Knoll Risom chairs, which I adore. And BTW, I saw in your bio you have a pug… me, too! My license plate even reads PUGMOM….. I have it bad!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Awe!! A fellow pug mom 🙂 What color is yours? We have 1 black and 1 white…they are such little stinkers!

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Sarah somehow you ended up in my spam folder 🙁 Thanks so much for checking it out!! The next chair I paint will be with my new sprayer when I get it 😉

  5. That is a great prohectl It looks terrific and the painting the chair red is a genius idea.

    1. skstewart1220@hotmail.com says:

      Thanks Debra!! It was a really fun project!!

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