Friday, April 23, 2010

Roadside to Gardenside

I was lucky enough to find this 1950's style ice cream parlor chair on the side of the road. My first thought was "this would look great in my backyard" so I threw it in the back of my jeep.

I first used a wire brush to knock off any unwanted dirt and old paint and of course to add more scratches to the vintage style I was looking for.

Next, I measured and cut a piece of plywood to fit inside of the seat (which was a 13 inch circle). Luckily the original seat supports were there and the plywood laid right in place.

Once I made sure it fit, I cut the inside circle that supports the pot. Be sure to cut the inner circle smaller than the top of the pot.
After I cut the circle out I treated the wood with a primer and sealer since it would be wet with water on most days.

I chose to paint my flowerpot white, choose the color that suits you. Think about the possibilities for the chair as well.

So if you happen to see this or anything similar on the side of the road or at a yard sale, stop and grab it! It would look great in any flower garden, in your back yard, or on your deck!

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TBonesMom April 23, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

That is seriously one of the cutest things I've ever seen! Nicely done Jessica!!

Dawn April 23, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

I am soooooooooooooo JEALOUS!!!
heehee! Love that chair and so love what you did with it! The flower choice for the seat couldn't have been any better!


Erin A April 23, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

Jessica this is seriously incredible!! I just love it!

BabinBlogger April 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

so jealous! gorgeous, fun, a real work of art! why don't i ever find "junk" like that. so pretty!!!

BabinBlogger April 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

oh. and who throws that kind of stuff away?

Kendra Goodrich April 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

Great idea, it looks beautiful!

Frugal Home Designs April 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

I just found one last weekend and did the same thing--actually I didn't even have to alter the chair seat. I happened to have a planter that fit perfectly. Gotta love big trash day :) Yours is beautiful.

Patrice April 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

I love your chair! I need it!

Tiffany April 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

So stinkin' cute, Jessica! Great eye you have for treasures! Love the way it turned out! Fabulous.

Brit @ Esbe April 23, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

Very nice and sweet...I am loving it.

Cynthia@ITLLDO April 23, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

I Love this! How come I don't find any good junk by the road?

Becca April 23, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

I love this! What a great find!!! Happy "Home and Family Friday!"


Looking Glass Jewels April 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

I love this! SO cute! Want! :) This would be so pretty on my back porch, plus have the added benefit of keeping my naughty little terrier from digging up my flowers... again. Grrr.

BTW, I added your site to my link list and added your cute button! Thanks for all the inspiration you provide! :)

I'd love to have you come visit sometime! :)

Shel at Dreamy Nest April 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM  

That is too stinkin' cute!

Meet Virginia April 23, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

This is too cute! I love it!!


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Ann @ makethebestofthings April 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

SO cute! I now have a serious case of roadside chair envy.

michelle@somedaycrafts April 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

You guys are ALWAYS coming up with such amazing project and ideas! Love this one!

Francy April 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

So cool.

I did this to an old oak chair that could not be fixed. Course after three years in the garden it rotted away.

I hope to find one like yours on the side of the road.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape April 24, 2010 at 3:56 PM  

I have to tell you... I read A LOT of blogs and this is truly one of the best creations I have ever seen. Great job and thank you for sharing with us!

michelle@somedaycrafts April 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

I am featuring this at I love this!

LissaMe April 24, 2010 at 11:17 PM  

beautiful I looove this.

Fawnda April 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

This is simply FABULOUS! I love it!

Denise Marie April 25, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

very sweet job...cuter than mine.

Fawnda April 25, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

I just wanted to let you know that I featured you here:

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk April 25, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

That looks beautiful. I absolutely love it and I hope to find a chair laying on the side of the room in our neighborhood soon!

Mama Holli April 25, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

LOVE THIS!! I have done it with an old wooden chair but the iron one is way cuter!!! Love it!

Casual (dash) Cottage April 26, 2010 at 1:17 AM  

Love this little chair, and so much more that I've seen here tonite...just been sitting reading, and reading, and reading... I've featured some of your posts on my blog...
thanks for all the inspiration!

Gay Vaughan April 26, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

Seriously cute and I will be featuring this. Thank you for joining my hodgepodge party! I love it! I hope you will join again.

Gay Vaughan April 26, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

I featured this!

The Garden Bell April 26, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

Off to my attic stash to see what I can come up with, like this charmer. What a fun idea.

Hope it's OK to follow, grab your button and have a quick peek around at all your fun stuff.

Hope to be out in the garden tomorrow with some lemonade. Stop on by.

Kate - The Garden Bell

Stephanie Cameron April 28, 2010 at 1:36 AM  

I adore this!! Love the flowers that are in the pot too!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft April 28, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

I love that! Those flowers in that are so darling!! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

Mama Holli May 14, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

I have featured this at the "Flock" or Group named Crafty Mamas! I have linked you up in te discussion named Summer crafts/projects! You are welcome to join the flock and link up any of your creations! Have a great weekend!

Rachael September 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

LOVE your chair and LOVE your blog!

Esther is not-quite-perfect May 27, 2011 at 6:11 AM  

That is so beautiful! Straight to my idea folder it goes!!

Megan November 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

That is seriously adorable! I love the heart in the chair back. Great job!

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