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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Anything Goes! Planter Project With Whimsy!

I have been working on an idea now for a while. It was not easy to get time…or to figure out exactly how to do it…but I think I finally got it!!!

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I had this old chair kicking around. I could not fix it…it had been out in the elements for almost a year before it came to be mine. The damage was too much after I removed the upholstery, so….instead of junking it to the garbage…I came up with a solution.

I wish I had taken before photos of the blue velvet on the chair…it was really quite a cute little thing…but…I am me…and I get excited sometimes! Ha-ha.

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I gutted the heck out of this baby…I then bolted it back together without the springs etc. I added a piece of wood to the bottom…and covered the entire chair with a layer of landscape fabric. Added a few impatiens and some sweet potato vine…

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Ta-da!!!!!

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I made my ramshackle old chair into a planter!

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The sweet potato vine will hopefully flow over the sides like a skirt…ha-ha.

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I like it. The original owner of the chair stopped by and thought it was fabulous!

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It rocks and swivels still…

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I placed it in the corner spot by the garage door.

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What do you think?

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Trash to treasure or just trash?

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I had to try…it appeared in my mind…If it survives the winter here…I will re-plant it with alyssum…how cute will that be? I can hardly wait now…

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This chair goes to show…that there is nothing safe from being planted around here…Anything Goes…and one girl’s imgagination goes a LONG way! I think when I was looking for a little whimsy…I got it!

Then….I moved over to complete a drab area of my garden…I’ll share it on a future post. It is storming here again…and I am NOT going outside to take photos right now! Ha-ha. (hey…I might be the crazy plant lady…but even I have my limits!) {8~)

Until then…hugs and smiles and special winks for those three who just can’t stop themselves from lookin! - you know who you are . *) *) *)

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47 comments:

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

It amazes me the vision you have in turning trash into treasures. That is truly a gift and one I've never had! Very nice.

Staci J said...

I LOVE this project!!! Your flowers look perfectly beautiful:)
Visiting from Coastal Charm
justsewsassy.com

Alison said...

That planted chair is awesome, Tootsie! So clever, and it still swivels, what a hoot! I love imaginative planters, but somehow my little brain never comes up with ideas anywhere near as sweet as this, all I ever plant is...umm...pots. LOL

Serena's Secret Gardens said...

A very cool idea. But i would like totake a seat and just enjoy!
It just goes to show .... you're only limited by your imagination.

Brooke (CreativeCountryMom) said...

Very clever indeed! What a cute idea.
~Brooke
http://creativecountrymom.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/WebGarden/261885457648?ref=ts

Darla said...

way cute!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I think it's fabulous...
Now how about a little side table and a lamp...and a rug...:-)

Heather said...

Looks great, Tootsie - I like the plant combination too!

Manang Kim said...

That is what I call curb appeal!! People would surely can't help but had a second look with these beauty. Like it!! Happy Tuesday!

Sub-sale find

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I think you just make the cutest things!!! You have such amazing ideas!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Darla said...

did your seeds get there?

Darla said...

cool chair, don't know why this comment did not show up before...

CiNdEe said...

I is just adorable! I love the "skirt" of potato vine! That is very clever! It looks just great sitting there too!(-:
It is true that almost everything can be reused for a planter(-:

~~Carol~~ said...

I love unusual things used as planters, so I think this is awesome! My goodness, when the sweet potato vines really get going, it will be amazing!

Justine said...

Holy cow, you sure can turn shit to treasure girl. Looking at your creation (which I think is fabulous, btw.) I had an idea to spruce it up even more. To make it look more like a "real" chair, how about covering it with indoor/outdoor fabric? Ooh, now that would be cool, no?

Or maybe not. I don't know how to do this kind of stuff!

Justine :o )

The Japanese Redneck said...

Definately trash to treasure. LUV IT! Amazing job.

You rock Tootsie!

Sherrie said...

Hi,
Awesome redo! I love it!!! Have a great day!

Sherrie
Sherrie's Stuff

Tracy said...

:) Definitely trash to treasure! Your creativeness always amazes me. I would have thrown that chair away without a second thought and you turned it into the coolest planter.

Linda said...

Love the chair, Tootsie! A treasure, for sure!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That's great.

If your guests sit still too long in your garden, do you give them plants to hold?

Just askin'

:-)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Tootsie, Sweetheart!! That takes imagination! Who would have thought to do such a thing. It looks cute as heck, a real traffic stopper! I probably would have spray painted the entire thing green, painted some vines going up the legs..and around the edges and that is because I spray paint everything that does not move! Your chair looks REAL, and like it just was sitting there and began to bloom..and bloom and bloom!
I love your chair! Amazing and so original!!! But then I love every single little thingy you do around your home! FASCINATING!!! What an ingenius, talented woman you are!!! :)
Love to you this beautiful morning!!
Mona

Brambleberry Cottage said...

When it comes to creative garden reuse, you get the prize, Tootsie! By the way, if you use some Thompson's Water Seal (the same product you would use on a deck) your creation should survive many seasons.

This terrific rehab project would fit for Tips & Tricks Tuesday or Time Travel Thursday. You choose.

Until then...
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

This chair is so stinkin' cute that I can't stop grinning! I love the combo of impatiens and sweet potato vine but I just plant mine in pots. Sheesh, I coulda done this!! Your yard gives me jealous fits. Love your creativity!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

There you go again girl, making these pretty displays. What a neat idea! It looks so pretty and alyssum well look great next year.

Life in Rehab said...

I love that you "upholstered" it with landscape fabric!

Becca's Dirt said...

Girl you can change anything into something to put plants on or into. I love love love it.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

This is sooooo stinkin COOL...thanks for showing it off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party!

Blessings,
Linda

Alberta said...

...and everything she touches/plants turns to gold! Love it!!!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your planter chair looks adorable Tootsie! I love impatiens and plant them everywhere. I'll ahve t beging looking for a chair to transform like you did!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Tootsie, you are something else! You certainly can turn lemons into lemonade. Go girl!

Eileen

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Very creative!

Angel said...

How Cute is That!!! Absolutely Love it! Now you have something else fun to play with :)

Troy said...

Your planter rocks! (And swivels.)

I would love to see your gardens, but I'm afraid that if I tripped, I'd end up planted, with plants growing out of my.... Pockets.

sewingseeds4U said...

How on earth did you ever envision that? It totally works for me!

mangocheeks said...

What a fantastic way to recyle and spruce up the garden.

Erin said...

Reading your blog and seeing your transformations has completely changed the way I look at things. Thanks so much for sharing all your inspirations...they help the rest of us tap into our not-so-imaginative sides.

Anonymous said...

What's up with the three you "wink" at? Are they not supposed to be looking? I don't understand why you would think people care if you know they're there or not reading your blog? Strange....

Tootsie said...

not strange...not strange at all. I also do think people like to be seen...and acknowledged.
What's the harm in being nice? I don't see any!
thanks for poppin' by!
wink wink....*) *) *)

P. said...

You're right -- it rocks! Love that idea!

Olive Cooper said...

Well done...some days there is no such thing as junk. ~olive

siteseer said...

Too cute. You have to remember not to sit or you might get stung on your 'bee'hind :). Do you stay awake nights thinking this stuff up lol

Sally Annie Magundy said...

This is my first time visiting your lovely blog, what a gorgeous garden you have. I love your "chair as planter", so much fun!

Happy VTT,
Sally

Coloradolady said...

amazing....now...I want a chair!!! My husband would have a fit!!! Have a great VTT!

xinex said...

Wow! You truly amaze me, Tootsie. You are full of imagination and creativity and so much talent too. It's beautiful and so original!..Christine

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! you are so creative! and have lots of imagination! flowering chair! just perfect for summer!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Oh, my goodness, you could make a career out of "reupholstering" chairs with flowers! I mentioned this post at the end of my FF post. I read the names of the parties you linked to, and this really fills the bill on all of them. I want to see your chair when the plants grow, and the sweet potato vines drape more.

Rebecca Everett said...

What an amazing planter. great idea!!