A couple of years ago, when the printed duct tape trend hit, I was itching to create a project out of the sticky stuff. I attended a traveling arts & crafts show one weekend and an entire booth was full of furniture covered in duct tape… and it was ADORABLE! Wing-back chairs, coffee tables, ottomans, duct taped!
When one of my fave vintage chairs ripped, I
wanted… needed to save it. I knew exactly how I would repair it, on my budget (which I like to call “close-to-nothing”). Drum roll….. DUCT TAPE!
Considering the fact that I only paid $10 for this sweet orange vintage chair several years ago at a yard sale (score!), and the fact that I couldn’t afford to have it professionally reupholstered, I was able to justify actually using duct tape to cover a chair. A real-life vintage chair. That swivels. Okay, maybe I’m still a little bitter over the rip. Anyways, it was for my son’s room, he loved it, and spending $10 on wildly printed tape was in my budget, so it worked out.
Someone felt the need to snap this as I bit my tongue through hours of lining up graffiti duct tape.
Graffiti. Duct. Tape. It was a cool idea for all of five minutes.
Believe it or not, none of the duct tape is rolling at the edges, after two+ years. It’s easy to clean, and it is still a hit with my almost 10 yr old son’s posse. Who knew?!
If you couldn’t already tell, if it can be fixed (by me), I throw nothing away. I’m not sure that I’ll rush out to cover anything else in duct tape anytime soon, but I do still secretly like this piece today.
And that’s the story of how I saved a vintage chair.
I’m sure this pains some of you. Just wait until you see my painted antique furniture…