I saw a ladder back chair driving by a house one day that was used as a planter, can you say, oh so cute. I was inspired!
So there I was on a mission to find an inexpensive ladder back chair so that I could use it to make a flower planter. I certainly was not going to spend much $$ on a chair since it was going to be left outside in the humid, south muggy weather getting, well ya know, all shabby. All the more charm right!
When I found some time to shop, my girlfriend, Kim and I headed over to my favorite thrift antique MALL The Depot, a thrifters dream. Check out my post on it Here.
Anywhoo, off we went, then towards the end of our trip with my dogs a barking I spotted the jewel, she was perfect! The chair was marked down to $6.00 (woot!) one of the back pieces were broken which made it perfect for a repurpose project.....
|The Depot at Gibson Mill|
If you look at this pic below you will see I have circled the part that was broken. I ended up just breaking it off and using something I had kept lying around for a rainy day.
The hardest part of a project for me is simply deciding what color to paint it. Or what color glaze to add to it. I mean we crafters have a plethora of choices when it comes to color and design.
OK, the hard part is done so I decided to use yellow and aqua some color samples I had on hand.
Sorry the picture below is blurry. I used my camera phone on all these shots so there ya have it! That's my excuse this time ;)
When I put the yellow color over the wood finish I loved that the brown showed through in places especially when I did a light sanding to distress it. Perfect! Then I broke out the aqua color for the seat and two back rungs. Wowzers, it was a little bright so I needed to tone it down a bit.
I added a dry brushing of the yellow over it and she was good to go.
Remember the broken piece on the back of the chair that I took out? I had a metal scroll candle holder that the candle holder thingy had broken off. I took that and added a small screw and wa-la! hung it in the center to give it a finished look.
I used a can of spray varnish and coated the chair to help protect it from the elements.
As you can see I just sat my flowers on the seat instead of cutting out the weave of the chair. I always explain to my so talented hunk-el-barry (aka hubby) what my intentions are and he lets me know if it will work or not. He informed me that cutting it out the way I had envisioned would not work to say the least.
So now I have a much loved repurposed chair flower planter that adorns my front walkway.
Off to color another project simply
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