Repurposed Chair Flower Planter

 A few years ago, I had scads (does anyone still use that word?) of old chairs that I’d picked up, primarily at auctions.  I was on a repurposed chair kick , so most of them were turned into new creations, but I still have just a few left that I’ve never done anything with.

I have no idea what possessed me to buy 2 of these chairs, because they aren’t my style at all, but I did.  I think they must have been really inexpensive, because I can’t think of any other reason.  It’s not that there’s anything wrong with this style of chair, but it has a very mid-century look which just doesn’t suit my home or personal taste.

They were both in pretty good condition, except the seat cushions were very stained and faded.  I spotted some fabric with old pocket watches on it, and thought that if I painted the frame and recovered the seat cushion, it might make me like them.

It didn’t work.  I still just didn’t like them.

When my mom came to visit, she took one of them back home with her, and I parked this one out in my workshop and forgot about it for several years.  It got buried under a mountain of other junk that is waiting to be worked on.

But then springtime arrived this yar, and with it I started seeing lots of flower projects pop up on Pinterest  I spotted several chair flower planters and decided to see if I would like the chair any better with a new paint job, and pretty blooms in it.

Repurposed chair flower planter |

I repainted the frame, using the same pretty yellow paint color that I used on a doll cradle (seen here).  The color is called Prairie Sunset..  I don’t have anything yellow in my home, but I love this color.  It’s a very cheerful yellow, without being too bright.

Repurposed chair flower planter |

I used just the right side of my Vaughan’s Seed Store stencil design (available here) to embellish the top of the chair back.

vintage sign stencil seed store from Knick of Time

I already had a wire flower basket that was just the right size to fit into the seat opening.  My husband screwed one small piece of wood inside to hold it in place.

I took these photos a few days ago, and since then the flowers are really bursting out into full bloom, so I know it will look even pretty once they fill out more.

You can see more of my Furniture Makeover projects here.

repurposed garden chair flower planter |

Clock Post Separator

Speaking of my line of stencils, in the next few weeks I’ll have 3 new designs available!  I can’t wait to show them to you.

Clock Post Separator

On another note, if you recall, a few weeks ago I shared some printable antique milk cap images and mentioned that I was working on a project using one of those images.

Well, I’m a new contributor for Gail over at My Repurposed Life, and you’ll find my full tutorial for this project HERE.  I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I hope you enjoy the tutorial.

Antique milk cap thrift store lazy susan makeover |

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Repurposed chair flower planter |

Have a great weekend!


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  1. This chair planter is just too cute! Love it!

  2. I love chair planters Angie!

    So happy to have you as part of the “team” at MRL.

    have a great weekend,

  3. Jackie B says

    This chair planter is so sunny and cheerful! I am a chair lover and yellow is my color! Great combo!

  4. Angie~~~your chair idea was wonderful! I love the Prairie Sunset color, and the flowers look perfect!! I look forward to seeing your new stencils! Mare

  5. That turned out beautifully…I love how the basket fit right in the space! The milk cap project is fun, too!

  6. Awwww, this is sooooo soooooo pretty…you did a fantastic job with this chair planter…it’s like it was just waiting for this makeover! I love that yellow and will have to take note as yellow is the prime colour in my bedroom. The lines on that chair back are beautiful and I think your paint job did them justice! And I soooooo love pansies…they have such happy little faces!

  7. Naomi S. says

    Angie, that really is a strange chair! Pre-paint and flowers, I mean. Well, even with paint and flowers, a little strange! But, you know, I think you made it look the absolute most appealing anyone could! It’s quite cute and the right person would just love it. Flowers improve almost anything, don’t you think?!

  8. Betsy Hartmann says

    I have collected a few chairs for just such a purpose, but instead of buying them I pick them up at the curb when the small city I live in has “City Clean Up Day”. Most people put their items out several days in advance so that people who can use them can pick them up.

  9. I love the chair planter Angie… such a great idea to save an old chair 🙂

  10. I love it, and I don’t know why but I am so intimidated by any king of transfer medium? But the chair is ever so pretty in yellow and love the seed store stencil! I known you already have the planter, but instead of coco liners use landscape burlap inside.. works great and much cheaper, and I just change out every year, if needed!

  11. I LOVE how your chair planter turned out! So cute!

  12. Love how this turned out and same as you, I wouldn’t have purchased that chair unless it was really cheap. In fact I did this once and have six chairs similar to this in our basement by the pool table. The seats had been redone in Coke-Cola fabric and my brother-in-law, the master refinisher, doesn’t like them at all. Probably because the fabric does not go with the style. I didn’t care and still do not. What you’ve done has give me an idea though, so who knows years from now what I will do with them.

    I wish the watch fabric was a recent purchase. My brother is a watchmaker and I would love to make curtains for his little house with some pocket watch fabric. It is not something I see ever, but I have to believe it is out there. His door window has had a towel over it for seven years now, obviously doesn’t bother the bachelor, just his sister. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

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