Spring has sprung, y’all!! No, I’m totally kidding, there is a foot of snow outside my window at the moment. There’s nothing like the contradiction of flowers coming up, trees sprouting buds, birds chirping and making nests on my deck, while hiding from the sleet, ice and snow, to get you officially ready for springtime. I’m not sure about you, but this is the time I usually like to make spring projects – we hunkered down, brewed the coffee, and made an adorable DIY planter from a salvaged chair for the deck in the back yard.
Andrew and I were at church one Sunday and saw three 1970’s captains chairs looking for a home. It was almost as if they sensed our garage is the hoarding ground for furniture, so they jumped in the car with us. Making this DIY planter was so easy, I am tempted to make the other chairs into these diy planters too for the front porch. Perfect Thrift Store Decor challenge project!!!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Let’s make a DIY Planter from a Salvaged Chair
Measure the diameter of your flower pot, and draw the circle on the chair. Our terra-cotta pot is 10″ and the hole is about 7″. Using a jigsaw, cut the circle out. This chair was so hard to cut, so depending on the wood, just be patient and stick with it.
Then you’ll want to sand it well and wipe it down. If the surface is shiny or has a finish on it. You could use liquid sandpaper for this kind of spindle chair, and I would do that next time, to preserve my sanity.
Finally, after that prep, you are ready for paint. Since this is intended to live on the deck outside in the elements, I am beyond happy to be sponsored by DecoArt so I could try their brand new Americana Decor Outdoor Living paint, available at Hobby Lobby. As if you needed another reason to go there, right?
I like to start on the under side of the chair, and work my way up from the bottom. Flip it over, and continue.
The first coat went on great, and dried to the touch very quickly and evenly. The jar says you can sand between coats, but I chose to skip that because the finish was already very smooth. I thought I’d have to apply 3 or 4 coats, but this covered in 2 coats beautifully! This is an eggshell finish, and it’s gorgeous. This color comes in an 8oz jar, and I used about 5oz of the paint, so there’s plenty more for touch ups or another project too! Oooh, like flower boxes…
Anyway, once it’s fully dry, grab your pot and plants, and drop it right in. If the hole is wonky like ours was, or is a bit too large in spaces, just wrap some jute roping around, and secure it with hot glue or tuck it in for a temporary solution if you choose to swap pots out.
Sidebar… should I antique this flower pot, do you think? Let me know. I want to, but I’m marinating on it.
I used a spider plant – this little guy brings me back to my childhood. My grandmom had an old ladder in her bedroom window with these plants all over it and I’ve loved them ever since.
But, I do plan on planting all the pretty sweet potato vines and fluffy flowers in this pot as soon as I possibly can (c’mon last frost!). I cannot wait to put this chair out on the deck with the fairy garden and enjoy it in the sunshine with flowers, or on the porch with the birds chirping, breeze blowing, coffee in hand, it’d look so cute with the burlap wreath!
And definitely not in the snow!
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