My frugal nature loves the concept of “upcycling,” in which you not only reuse something that was destined for the trash but also improve it and turn it into something rather nice for next to no money. My husband found that the broken base of this chair was not reparable, so he made a log chair for the garden out of it.
We had to take down a large dead tree along the driveway, so he used a piece of the trunk for the base of the log chair:
He applied clear acrylic sealant to waterproof the log:
And then used heavy bolts to attach the chair seat to the log base:
Instead of adding the broken chair to the land fill or burning it in the firepit, he turned it into something that is both useful and has a charming, rustic cottage look: