Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Quick Chair Makeover

I rescued this chair from Nancy's garage. She had taken a chair caning class many years ago and had hoped to practice on this chair. Her illness kept her from finishing so many of the projects she had hoped to complete so they got relegated to the garage. Given the fact that I haven't had much time for projects lately, I knew refinishing the wood and re-caning the seat were out of the question. And the chair was headed for the Lion's Auction the next day if I didn't rescue it. So, a quick fix was in order. While I was at work today, my DH was nice enough to give the chair a quick coat of Thompson's Water Seal so that I could use it outdoors.
Since the seat was already missing and I had been to the nursery over the weekend for annuals, I decided to use the chair on our patio. A quick stop at Lowe's on my way home from school yielded just the right size planter to fit into the opening from the missing seat.
I added a pink Supertunia and some cascading annuals with small white flowers which I hope will grow and trail over the sides. And voila... a cute vintage planter to enjoy all season long for only the cost of two plants and about 15 minutes of work. Best of all, it will bring back happy summer memories of Nancy every time I walk by. I think she would have liked it!

I am happy to link this post to:
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Transformations and Treasures at The Pink Postcard
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Vintage Thingy Thursday at The Coloradolady
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Second Time Around at A Picture Is Worth 10,000 Words
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
I hope you will visit each of these fantastic blogs!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Cheryl I love this chair. What a wonderful way to add another Nancy memory! hugs, Linda

classic • casual • home said...

Darling planter!

Fishtail Cottage said...

So very sweet - love this idea!

The Cranky Queen said...

I have seen these done with various chairs; yours looks great...I love to recycle things...going GREEN! Thanx for sharing, Tiffany

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Duh......that's what I need to do to my outdoor chairs!!
I never thought of water seal!!!!

Liz said...

That makes me smile. She would have loved it.

I'm your newest follower. :)


Curtains in my Tree said...


I thought you had it all ready to paint

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

I love personal touches like this! Another great idea to remember your sister in a beautiful way. thanks so much for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures- this certainly applies to both ideas :)

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

What a great way to remember.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your chair makes an adorable planter! Thank you for joining my party and I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day.

Pam said...

Great idea for the chair. I actually bought one with no seat and it wasn't until I got it home that I realized that I am never going to get around to caning in.

MeMeSue said...

Awesome as usual!! Hope your counting down the school days so you can slow down and do "fun" stuff!