Friday, June 8, 2012

My $3.00 chair project

A few weeks ago I was hitting some local garage sales (one of my favorite pastimes) and I found this old chair for $3.00. I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it.

 I took a sharp razor knife and cut off the rattan seat.

 I used some outdoor shade material that I had lying around and cut it into two strips that got stapled to the chair and then I added a coco nest liner used for  hanging baskets  I'm sure there are other materials that I could have used to hold the basket, but I wanted to use what I had here at the house. I think wire would look quite good as long as it's coated so it doesn't rust.

 Then I just filled it with some of my favorite plants and added craft store moss to help keep it moist and cover up the strapping on the top.

 And here it is in place! I think I will spend some more time out in the garden this weekend. Even though the highs have been hovering around 103 degrees here, the mornings have been lovely :)
Stay cool every one and have a wonderful weekend!!!

I'm linking to Linda's Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!! Go check out her great blog and the other thrifty party-ers!

42 comments:

Judy Ann Lincicum said...

Karen, what a great idea! I wish I had ideas just pop into my head like that! Great addition to your garden, too! An awesome $3.00 investment...

bobbie said...

It is fabulous!!

One Shabby Old House said...

It's just perfect Karen! 103 degrees already. It has been steaming and wet in FL too. I am looking forward to getting back outside when it all dries out. Working with flowers is so good for the soul.
Hugs
Becky

Shell said...

Too Cute Karen!

Send some heat my way and I'll send you some rain, K? I had to turn the heat on last nite,,,,in JUNE! Ackkk!

Hugs,
Shell

artistamyjo said...

Great chair! I have done a few of these over the years and just love them. Hugs

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Love the chair Karen I have a couple in need of planting, maybe you could drop on by and plant them for me, lol. Hugs and love, Marilou

Linda K. said...

Your planter chair is sweet!! Saw them on Pinterest and you followed through! Looks wonderful on your patio too.

Linda
Queen Been Cottage

sissie said...

Very cute chair planter Karen. Looks lovely in your garden.

hugs
Sissie

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

Very cute! You got a great deal on that chair!!!
Linsey

Michele said...

I love your chair. I just took one from inside scratched by cats to move to the front yard. Its seat is going to be planted, too, I hope tomorrow.

Lynnae said...

What a cute planter. Charming idea!

Cyn said...

Karen...what a great idea! 103?? oh goodness I am glad I have a pool.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love Garden chairs and this one is great! What a deal for $3!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a cute transformation and I love it tucked into the garden.

mon-coin-joli said...

c'est juste une très très bonne idée et c'est très très sympa !!!
bises
Nicolette

Sezoentje-Sonja said...

Wauw, it's a beautifull gardenchairs, have fun in your pretty garden ,
nice weekend,
love from Belgium,
Sonja

Rosa Lily said...

This is a first for me, I must try this - beautiful!!

Joanna said...

świetny pomysł !
przydałoby się mi takie krzesełko...
pozdrowienia z Polski

Gretchen said...

This is one neat idea. It would be a great addition to a balcony garden. Thanks for the idea. I'm going to start looking for a chair.

Angela Crandall said...

Love it! I've picked up some older chairs in the past and put pots ON them, but never thought to put pots IN them! How fun!

Lynn Richards said...

Sweet! What a great surprise to find.
xo
lynn

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Absolutely darling.
Much love,
Marcia

StasaLynn said...

Nice job..... I LOVE garage sale finds recreated....

Thanks for sharing!

Stacey

Stephanie said...

Great idea - love this!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Karen,
I love what you did to that $3 chair...so very charming! I would love to have you share it at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party this week.

Blessings,
Linda

Charlene said...

CUTE! But, pray tell... HOW do you keep anything alive in the heat out there? I did a project like this with a metal chair & it's so hot here that even with extra watering... it just was too hot without protection for the roots.

I hope to have a few minutes on Monday are you home so we can chat???? Call me!!! Thank you for the BDay wishes!
HUGS!

Sandy said...

Lovely project!

A little planting tip: place an unused disposable diaper opened up with the absorbent side up inside the bottom of your pot or hanging basket, in your case the chair seat, then cover with soil, add plants, then moss for holding in top soil moisture. When you water your plants the diaper will absorb the water and hold it keeping the roots of your plants moist. This really works!

suziqu's thread works said...

What a great new life you have given that chair.
That was a great tip from Sandy!
Enjoy those lovely cool mornings!
x Suzy

Country Dreaming said...

Great job! Looks wonderful in your garden.

Melinda

denise said...

Hi Dear Karen! This is so cute...I will be on the look-out for a chair for me now. It looks darling in your garden! Denise

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

It fits in so well! Like it was meant to be there...nicely done project!

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Love this idea!!! I will be on the lookout for a chair! Thanks for the idea!

Sandy said...

Love what you did with the chair! Love the shape of the chair too.. Your blog is absolutely gorgeous! Thrifting, garage sales and gardening are some of my favorite things to so. I've got to get to bed so I can get up for work in the morning, but I'll definitely be back. Love this space!

DaisyExpress said...

Hi Karen

I love your chair! 103 degrees!!! It is raining and miserable up here. Probably about 72 degrees tops. Your garden is probably gorgeous all year round.

Love your 2012 blog party sign. I really could use one for our 2012 ShabbyChicIn.

Maria said...

I love your chair, turned out real nice.I am looking forward to your blogparty, i have no creative space myself yet, still working on the kitche table but it is so nice to see the creative spaces from others and getting to now so many lovely blogs. Thanks for that.
Hugs
Maria

Candy said...

It turned out GREAT.....and for only $3.00?? What a deal.
I did a chair garden also.....similar, but different. Please take a look here...
http://pickinandpaintin.blogspot.com/2012/04/make-chair-planter.html

Tanya said...

Looks great. I've always wanted to make one of those. I like the idea of using what you have on hand too.

missy max said...

Cute idea...good job

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

AMAZING POST:) Your blog is so wonderful..do you have twitter or fb???..I want to follow:)

If you want some décor inspiration from Sweden, check out my blog:)
Have an awesome week.

LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
(Sweden)

Something Special said...

That is one of the most creative things I have ever seen done with an old chair. Love it, and I really love going to sales as well!

vicki said...

Amazing -- adorable -- totally fun and funky!!

I have an old wrought iron chair that I did the same thing too - its my favorite garden piece! Yours is just beautiful!

xo,
Vicki

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Do you coat the chair with anything to protect it from the elements like rain or mildew?
I just love it.

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