Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tool Time Tuesday...Recycled Office Chair

Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend with your loved ones. We made lots of special memories with family and friends again this year!! Love this time of year.

The end of the year also brings on the feeling of organization...well for me organization is any time of year, but more so after the holidays.

A few months ago my husband needed a new office chair. Our cat considered the top back of the chair her scratching post, so the chair had seen better days. My husband took the chair apart to put it in the garbage for pick up...however, my family and friends know to ask before anything goes in the trash!!

You guessed it...I saved everything put the scratched up cushions and the arms of the chair!!

The project today uses the wheels from the base.

If you purchased these stem casters separately, they can be pricey. I've seen them for over $30.00 for a set.

I had a wooden box that I kept under my desk to organize paper, but needed a easier way to pull the shelf in and out.

Found a drill bit to match the size of the stem on the casters and drilled four holes on the bottom of the shelf.

Push the casters in...

and tapped into place with a hammer.

until it's flush with the wood.

Now it's so much easier to roll the whole shelf in and out when I need it.

I'm not even sure where the box came from...in the past I added the metal brackets to hold a shelf.

Perfect place to use my old stand by drawer system. I recycle old Propel water bottle boxes that I cover with fabric.

I measure the height of the box and cut a strip that fits around the whole box. I simply hot glue the edges. You can also use regular glue or Mod Podge.

All nice and neat.

NOT...neat below, but not on top!

All those boxes are now my tool box...a girlie tool box

Each box has screw drivers in one, pliers in another, then wire, clamps, drill bits etc...

I've shown this handle idea before, but just wanted to share it again. They are pipe clamps. Those little thingies that hold a pipe up on the wall or ceiling.

Here's the clamp...cheap too. I think $2.75 for a bag of 10.

Center it on the box...

and use a nut to screw it on the back to hold it in place.

The base of the chair is now missing it's wheels, but I think I have a plan for it...I'm thinking the base for a small table. The bonus is that the chair base has that lever that moves the chair up and down. Hmmm...I need to find a neat reclaimed piece of wood for this table.

The old meets new coffee table may be coming in the future.

If anyone received a new office chair for Christmas, don't throw the old one out yet.

Remember...think before you throw.

Have a great day,


  1. Love it, I need something like this to put my printer on under my ironing table that I can wheel in and out, Mom needs a new office chair as one of the 5 wheels is broken, leaving me 4 wheels for a cart!! Now to find what I can use for the cart.

  2. What a wonderful idea! I have also seen the wheels at the store and they are quite pricey. Love your blog and all the ideas you share.

  3. I love to repurpose things and you have a winner here. I am still trying to 'train' my husband to look at things in a different way, always try to repurpose. Thanks for these tips. Judy C

  4. I just love follwing you and I must say your brain is "wired" just like mine. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Pretty good post! I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  6. My first impression on the project was "that's neat" but then, "it's not painted black"! However, since the top of your desk in not painted, it looks good.

    I like the idea of a table that moves up and down.


  7. Pretty neat Karen. I like the way you use pipe straps and they are free to me from my hubby's truck.
    He can always go back to the supply house...huh. I always save those wheels too. I know some day
    I will use them.

    1. Elsie you so made me laugh! Check this idea out girls before you choose a husband/partner. Now what extras can he bring to your life?

  8. I am especially fond of the polka-dots on the storage boxes. Love it!

  9. IF I had your skills, I would think about making a cat perch for Casey to sit on in front of a window from an old office chair.

  10. How clever! So convenient to have your tools at hand and easy to find. Great project.

  11. Great idea! I love what you do with the boxes...so cute!

  12. LOL too funny! My family also knows to ask me before tossing..sigh..my son busted the top portion of his office chair his wife told him to toss the chair he said nope its still good! he still uses the bottom ha! but came to me to ask if I can make something out of the back top and the arms..so I rolled out a list of suggestions haha daughter n law is still mystified

  13. Our old TV stand on a swivel base makes a great serger table. Lower height than a regular sewing table, can roll it up at right angles, tuck it away to make room when not needed. Love these rolling bases!

  14. great post i like it your work .................!
    Thanks for share.... .

    Keep sharing
    office furniture

  15. Great observation belongs to wheel accessories with best wheels for chairs and tables .Today its uses is very fast than others --thanks lot.

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