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A set of four chairs Tony repurposed.

A set of four chairs Tony repurposed.

Repurposing old chairs with a new flair

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August 2, 2016

Old furniture from campus buildings often finds its way to the MSU Surplus Store to be reused, resold or recycled. A large pile of classroom chairs outside the store are free to the public. Tony Yuhasz, IPF Communications administrative assistant, saw some potential.

Yuhasz picked up eight chairs to repurpose for his dining room. He bought cans of spray paint and reused fabric from home.

He started by unscrewing and removing the cushions from the chairs. He then scrubbed the wood with soap and water to remove any flaking varnish or dirt and let them sit for a few days.

“I let them sit for a while to ensure that they were completely dry before attempting to paint”, Yuhasz said.

Painting involved two to three coats of spray paint on each chair. He then chose a coordinating fabric based on the color of each chair.
“After pulling up the vinyl-covered cushion, I wrapped fabric around it and used a staple gun to attach the fabric. The entire process is actually very easy.” Yuhasz said.

To save space, Tony stained a wooden board and screwed hooks into it. He attached the board to the wall and then hung the chairs on the hooks. The entire process cost him about $10 per chair.

A set of four chairs Tony repurposed featuring a pink one, a purple one, a blue one and a green one.

A set of four chairs Tony repurposed.

A close up of one of the chairs repurposed by Tony.

A close up of one of the chairs.

The current stock of free chairs at the MSU Surplus Store

The current stock of free chairs at the MSU Surplus Store.