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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Old Framed Screen and Miniature Chairs Project

Found in the back of Glasgow Trading Post store was this framed screen. After tucking it under my arm, I glided through the antique portion of the shop and picked up miniature chairs.

The internet was no inspiration at all. It took a couple of weeks to finally decide how best to reuse, upcycle or repurpose the items.

The chairs - wired to the screen - safely hold votive or pillar candles, pictures or other small items you want to display.

Paint: The chairs were painted with black acrylic

Wire: Hang the vintage frame with heavier gauge and eyelet screws. Drill pilot holes on the top of the frame using a bit that is smaller than the screw.

Florist wire to hang the chairs onto the screen. Poke wire through the from the back.

Pull the wire through the top leaving a couple of inches in back. Cross over the top of the chair capturing a couple spindles. The wire should be perpendicular to and run horizontal across the spindles.

Poke the wire through the screen from the front then take the two free ends in back and twist several times making sure the wire can't untwist.

Repeat the process but capture the legs of the chairs this time.

Or, use four smaller wire pieces to attach the chair to the screen by wrapping the wire around one leg and spindle at a time (for a total of four attached points of the chair).

Note: Make sure the screen will not pull out of the frame from the weight of the chairs and candles.

I in fact put a lot of hand pressure on the chairs to ensure the screen was securely in tact for safety.

Do not leave lit candles unattended.

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