Outdoor sun loungers DIY out of old goose hunting chairs using table cloths!

May 02 2016
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Hey guys I can’t wait to share this sun lounger project with you! Minnesota has FINALLY had itself a weekend that almost felt like summer here! I’ve been chomping at the bit to work outside. I’ve always been more of the construction type then desk jockey type and though I really needed a break after the house renovation my body has been itching in frustration to get out and do something with it! So, this weekend I had plans! My old barn became a relative’s dumping ground for many years (decades ago) so I inherited some very strange leftovers. Especially old hunting gear and what-not. And, you know me, I’m trying to find projects and usability every where I can! These chairs my dad proclaimed to be old goose hunting chairs that once came with a blind over top of them. I nodded thinking, Well, that’s cool but now they’re mine! Mahahahahaha! I don’t know about you but my idea of the perfect thing would be a place in the sun after work for a couple of hours, good company (or just myself would be fine too…) and a bottle of wine. I had been working on sun loungers in my head for months when I had stumbled upon these old goose hunting chairs and immediately, I got excited! I pulled them out of the barn Saturday morning and I got to work.

(Hence begins the long arduous hell that was this project – come along for the ride kids and see me waste hours!!!!)


Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

They were GROSS!!!  Literally they were totally covered in the excrement of what seemed like hundreds of different kinds of birds and critters. EEEEWWWWW

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

They actually look better in the pics then they were. (Stinky and oh so nasty.) For a moment I had the thought that I really should just try and save the old fabric and just cover it with the new stuff I had in mind. I probably should have tried to do that for real… I would have saved myself so many hours of hell and heartache. These sun loungers went from what should have been a 2 hour project to a 7 hour project and I am still SO mad at myself. The night before I tackled the frames I pulled out my bag of baling twine from the barn (left over from all the hay bales I fed my horses this winter) and started braiding it for tying the fabric in the back – I had envisioned lacing the fabric to the sun loungers like a corset – the braiding took me about two hours – and this (at the VERY beginning) is where the time wasting began . . . .

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

First thing I did was cut off the nasty camouflaged fabric and then I used my garden hose and steel wool to scrub the frames as best I could. They were in surprisingly good shape, there was only one that had some rust where the paint was flaking off. I put them on a tarp in my garage and got to work spray painting the frames. One thing I was really stoked about was how BIG they were and how sturdy and heavy as well. These frames are not delicate by any means – they’re designed to support big guys in full hunting gear during really cold and wet weather – so they’re very tough.

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

I spent $25 at walmart on four cans of rustoleum spray paint in the happiest colors I could find and three outdoor table cloths.

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

With the frames out in the garage drying I went in the house, removed my poor boots and took a look at my fabric. I already had taken the measurements I needed. (I’m going on about hour 4 now when it comes to time spent including the braiding the night before.) I laid the fabric out and spent some time figuring out how to get as much out of each table cloth as possible. I made one good decision at this point in deciding to double the outdoor table cloth fabric so it would be twice as strong on the sun loungers.

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

So, I got all of my seats and backs cut out and prepared myself for the long arduous task of putting grommets in. I already knew (just by looking at them and with a seriously sinking feeling) that I had purchased grommets that were FAR FAR FAR too small for the project at hand and I already knew that after all that braiding the night before I wouldn’t be able to use any of it because the braids would be way too big for the grommets. (NOTE: I don’t have a lot of crafty resources in town and my choice of the small grommets was a forced one as there were not enough of the larger grommets available to get the job done – I should have just given up on the grommet idea entirely at that point instead of buying the small ones but I am incredibly stubborn to sticking to a plan and it is always to my own detriment.) So I spent 2 hours putting in grommets and completely hated everything by the end of it. On top of that I wasn’t very good at putting in grommets as they were VERY little and I didn’t have a hole punch so I did what any DIYer would do: I lowered my standards and forged ahead. I can be an idiot. Que the jaws music. (I’m over 5 hours into this project at this point.)

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

2 hours of retched grommeting later and they ripped out without a moments hesitation. I had a little melt down and I sat there staring at it with that sinking feeling telling me, “I told you so!” If nothing else however, I am resourceful and like all DIYers before me Never Give Up! Never Surrender! I believe I used several four letter words and then changed my game plan. If the fabric wasn’t going to be strong enough then FINE IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE!!! I grabbed my bag of baling twine and wrapped it around the back and the seats lots of times and created a support structure to be hidden under the fabric.

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

From there I cut new big holes (completely bypassing all of my hours of putting in grommets) and laced my fabric over the twine seat and back I had created and VIOLA! It worked!!

Takeaways:

I doubt outdoor table cloths from walmart would have been strong enough to support a person anyway but with REAL outdoor cloth that’s tough and meant for actual use the grommet idea would have worked great but with MUCH bigger grommets! So, it wasn’t a bad idea – I just executed it horribly.

7 hours later (and by some miracle) I actually managed to produce the sun loungers I had envisioned all along.

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

If you can’t find me you know where I’ll be this summer!

So, if you do happen upon some of these goose hunting chairs and you DON’T make my same mistakes this is actually an easy and quick project that produced outdoor sun loungers that cost me only about $25 . . . and my sanity. Here is to the hope that my other summer projects will go a little bit better then this one!

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials

UPDATE: As requested here is a picture of the back of the chair completely finished! You can see there are no grommets, I just poked holes through the doubled up outdoor table cloth and laced it up the back. Hope that helps guys!

Outdoor sun loungers DIY cheap and inexpensive upcycle out of old goose hunting chairs and walmart outdoor table cloths tips and tutorials
Sun loungers created diy do it yourself makeover before and after out of old goose hunting chairs with spray paint and outdoor table cloths

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Granny Scott
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Great job! And a big ole Atta Girl for sticking with it!

GG
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I started on HomeTalk with you on this project and came to the blog to be greatly amused by your hilarious sense of humor describing the sun loungers. Great job. The whole grommet thing is just a lesson learned. Omigosh…you remind me of me as far as being stubborn and pushing through ‘just be sure’ you weren’t right all along.

Dee Bell
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Saw this on Hometalk. Had to read the entire tutorial. These are beautiful and I would sacrifice seven or more hours for this result. I think it is well worth it. The colors are so cheerful and vibrant. With those sturdy frames, when that cloth wears out you can always reolace it. Nice of you to share. Thank you.

Mary-the boondocks blog
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What a big difference Tarah! I love how bright and happy the loungers are! How exactly did you tie them in the back? I am a bit confused. But they look fantastic! A job very well done.

Denise
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As many readers I started at hometalk and had to go to your blog to read more!!!
I could picture very well the situation, because it could have been me!! LOL

Coul you take apicture of the back of the chairs. I still can’t figure out how it looks like…
Thanks and congrats

CeeJay
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Hi Tarah, What a great story! You tell it well. Your method of making a layer of support with twine was a good one. Here’s an idea that will reinforce things even more. Next time you need to put a chair in a “corset”, try this. On the edge where you put the grommets you will usually have a hem or doubled fabric. Sew that “hem” down along the long edge leaving the short ends open. In that hem area insert a length of straightened clothes hanger wire or a 1/4-1/2″ wood dowel – something stiff that won’t bend easily.… Read more »
linda
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Question…could you show a pic of the back of chairs after done? Like to see what you mean by lacing. Please…thank you!

Diana
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Aren’t you clever, Tarah?! Love the print on the tablecloths you chose 🙂 Thanks for linking up your project with us at Vintage Charm–

Helen at Pleasures of the NW
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Great job!! These look fabulous! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

Marilyn Lesniak
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Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST.

Debrashoppeno5
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Wow, in the end, the chairs came out great. Sometimes it is a trial and error process when we create but it always turns out great. I think we are a determined group of people and we make it work.

Crystal
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I love the way these turned out…and thanks for sharing your “problem” with us. It’s humbling to know others encounter issues when completing their projects too lol. Oh, and thank you for sharing your story! I’m very close to my grandmas, there’s so much love there. #HomeMattersParty

Jess
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OH gosh…cannot believe how cute these are! 🙂

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Jann Olson
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What a great transformation! Love the fun colors!! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Lisa
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Oh my goodness, you are amazing. I would have given up at the first sign of a problem, but you just soldiered on and the end result is brilliant. Well done and I hope you’ve had the chance to relax on the finished product #happynowlinkup x

Jen
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This is adorable! Lounging chairs can be expensive, so well done! Plus yours are a heck of a lot cuter than the ones you pick up at Walmart :)Thanks for sharing this at the #happynowlinkup

Leslie
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I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve had that went this way. But I love that you pushed through and found a way to make it work. They are so bright and fun!

Mother of 3
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They look amazing! I wish I had found this post before I tossed my old moldy chairs. Pinned for next time.

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R
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What a great idea! I would have never thought to use outdoor tablecloths! I have a couple of beach chairs that need some sprucing up. I’ll have to use your tutorial when the time comes. xo

Bettyelane Chambliss-Kosarek
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Bettyelane Chambliss-Kosarek

Love them. The colors are bright and Sprng like. Great job.

Amber Harrop
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I love the story of how you made them Tarah and I totally get the grommet thing – tried them once and it didn’t work 🙂 They look great now though

Leanna
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These are wonderful, what a difference. I did something similar with my dining room chairs when I wanted to change them into cushioned backs. I used wide banding and wrapped it around the wood chairs and then sewed everything to the binding. It worked quite well, I got a couple more years out of the chairs that way.

Pinning this as it is a fantastic makeover.

Lina
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I love your ‘new’ chairs! They look so summery! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

Jodie
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Another great upcycle! Hope to see you at this week’s party: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/15/reader-tip-tuesday-craft-recipe-party/

Thanks for sharing & inspiring. xo

April J Harris
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What a transformation! Your sun loungers are beautiful, Tarah. What a fantastic way to recycle, although I appreciate it was a lot of hard work. Scheduled to pin and will share. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

Ann @ Homestead Blog Hop
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They turned out beautifully! Thank you for sharing with us at the Homestead Blog Hop, we always enjoy your projects! 🙂

Becky Hastings
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Wow! What a difference some elbow grease and creativity makes! great job!

Teresa
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They gave you a lot of work but they turned out great. I love the bright colors and the fabric. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

Iris Nacole

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