I was tag saling and came across this beautiful distressed green chair with no seat. It was practically screaming at me to plant flowers in it… so I bought it for $3. The paint was already perfect so I just decoupaged on some flowers I cut out from a cool piece of tissue paper I had laying around.
After I sprayed the heck out of it with clear matte sealant (about 10 coats), I made a kind of basket out of chicken wire and put it in the hole where the seat would have been. Using gloves would have been smart at this point, because my hands were not happy with me after that. I stapled it in with a ton of staples and then lined it with garden fabric, also stapled in. Then I filled it with dirt and plopped in the flowers. I used white petunias and vinca vine, thinking they would fill it out and overflow quite nicely. The vines were my wife’s idea. Some mulch to top it off and voila!
Here are some examples of planter chairs I found on WordPress and from some that I’ve pinned on Pinterest (my go-to page for anything I want to remember):
http://flowersavvydesigntips.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/an-old-chair-takes-front-seat-in-the-garden-when-it-becomes-a-planter-by-sharon-mcgukin/ – Nicely executed and with directions.
http://laceandlures.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-little-flower-garden.html – My DREAM garden look. So much color, so much upcycling, and a birdhouse!
http://www.cre8tivedesignsinc.com/2010/05/chair-planter/ – I LOVE how she threw a bunch of random “objects” in to this one. A flea market extravaganza all in one little garden display.
UPDATE: I was posted as a “guest blogger” on 30 Days/30 Things- a really cool blog by folks who challenged themselves to create 30 things using upcycled items for 30 days. They did it and then decided to continue posting ideas from other people until they ran out of ideas. That was 817 days ago! How cool is that?!?! Here’s their site- so many AMAZING ideas!