The road less travelled

The road less travelled

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Inspired by Greatness

After reading a friends blog about how he McGyvered his old camp chairs to fix them, it inspired me to take matters into my own hands to fix ours. That McGyver wanna-be was Jim from JimandBarbsrvadventure. Ours have been looking pretty bad. Being left in the rain many nights after Margarita contests and from just pure neglect. I look at it this way. If they did not like the treatment we gave them, they could walk away. They have legs right?


This is the way his chairs looked before his rebuild.

And this is his final result. Nice Job Jim!

Our chairs really needed a big overhaul.


This is Lisa's chair. The table is starting to rot away. The hardware is rusting. The fabric how ever is still in pretty good shape.

My chair on the other hand is in tougher shape. The table is in good shape though but the fabric is almost worn out and so sun faded. Mine is steel and very heavy for a camp chair, while Lisa's is aluminum. So I found a website, campchairsRus.com and found a place where I could get new fabric, table and an aluminum frame to replace my steel frame. Armed with nothing but time and money, I got to work rebuilding our chairs. I drilled out all the rivets because they would have to be replaced anyways. Removed all the fabric.

I found some great paint at Home Depot and I sanded Lisa's frame down. I then primed and painted the frame and hardware. Our fabric arrived along with the new aluminum frame for my chair so I quickly painted that to match. I slid the new fabric on the frames. Put on the table and added a table to the other side that can hold a six pack of beer. That was my best idea ever.

All said and done I think I have 50-60 dollars  of supplies and labor in each chair. I think they came out great and best of all they are matching now.
See the six pack cooler on the right chair?


In the words of Redd Green, "If the women don't find you sexy, at least let them find you handy".














If you believe all that horse crap, sorry. We went to BJ's wholesale club and bought two chairs for $40.00 a piece.


15 comments:

  1. Haha!! I thought that was a lot of work and money when it would so much easier to buy new ones!!

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    1. Lol. Trying to lighten the mood a little.

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  2. I was thinking the same as Greg and Cori but a nice job. Didn't know you got the RedGreen show down here in the US of A!

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    1. I always watched the RedGreen show. We lived in Minnesota so it was very close to Canada.

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  3. Funny, funny man! I too thought about going to buy some new chairs but I only put less than $5 into each of mine. I should get another year out of them before they rust!

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    1. I just can't compete with your McGyverisms.

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  4. Haha, I thought it might be a bit too much of a fish story :)

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  5. Lisa, is he OK? He didn't act this way when you came to visit us the other day.

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    1. We had a great visit. Thanks for the tour and finding a great place for lunch.

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  6. Lisa, is he OK? He didn't act this way when you came to visit us the other day.

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  7. My chairs could use some TLC. What is your shipping address so I can get them to you for referb?

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    1. Just go to the website I found. Easy Peasy.

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  8. Hilarious. I was totally going along even though I thought you had way too much time on your hands. Nice looking "new" chairs.

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