Old School Seating

Everything old is new again. This definitely applies to the seating which is coming through retailers these days – it’s a regurgitation of the 60s and 70s. While the trend is a blast from the past, unfortunately the prices are definitely not of yester year.

You can pay an arm or a leg for a “retro repo” but conveniently through Tradingpost you can cash in on this trend at a portion of the cost. Browse around the products for sale in this section for some great recommendations.

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You might not be crazy on the orange vinyl or the brown and lime strips, but don’t despair. If you can look past this, here’s a creative solution for you…

A simple way to stay on trend without the financial commitment is to collect a set of old school seats and give them a revamp. You can even up-cycle a 90’s office chair for an instant industrial look.

Once you’ve found your preferred style, deconstruct it by taking all of the screws out, and paint the frame with a high-gloss enamel paint. This will take at least 3 to 4 coats.

Pick a fabric and cover the foam seating using upholsterers’ tacks and a hammer, which are available at any local hardware store.

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Once the paint is dry and the seating is covered, screw it back together and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Some old chairs and stools have a plywood frame that can look fabulous left exposed, or mix the fabric and ply together.

If you’re not afraid of a little elbow grease, challenge yourself to bring “old school” to your home with these tips!



Sue Redman has been a “Picker Scout” for 25 years, applying her love of up-cycling abandoned items to a myriad of successful businesses over the years.

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