Harp-back chairs are frequent finds at used-furniture stores and flea markets—ripe for a DIY reinvention. This sleigh-style bench takes advantage of the chairs' graceful contoured backs and gets its new seat frame from home-center 1x3s and plywood. A couple of coats of exterior latex paint (we used Benjamin Moore
semigloss in Goldfinch), plus upholstery in a water-resistant, fade-resistant fabric (here, Sunbrella
in Zara Sunset), and you have a porch-ready perch.
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