From old chair to unique plant stand


So many people have asked about the chair with the fern that I recently shared.


I decided to revise and repost my original post about the chair, especially how I acquired the chair. It’s actually kind of a cool story.

It all started when my grandpa gave me this old chair:

He gave it to me because I wanted an old chair to put a flower pot in, and hadn’t found anything I liked at the thrift shops.

He received the chair from a friend of his. You see, my grandpa is named Roy. His friend’s dad, also named Roy, had used this chair in his workshop.

I liked this chair, though, with its ladder back and its metal slats. I decided I wanted to paint it a color they would stand out. 

I painted it bright yellow and then sanded it down with sandpaper to rough it up.

As you can see, I liked the metal slats but decided to remove them. They were a bit sharp and I was worried my children might hurt themselves. 

I wanted to add some chicken wire and a coconut liner to hold in the potting soil. To save money, we decided to use some wood scraps we already had on hand. 

These wood scraps turned out to be the perfect height for this potted fern I bought a few weeks ago.


I really love how much color and cuteness this project added to our greenhouse landing

Hope you like my plant chair! 

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DIY Tips and Tricks Tuesday: unique flower planters


A few weekends ago, I spent an entire day just planting flowers. It was a fun, relaxing day, but it also made our outdoor spaces look a lot better. We had a lot of dead, brown plants that needed to be replaced. I’m certainly no landscaper but I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned.

1. Don’t settle for the cheap flower pots. 


In the past, I’ve used just the cheap pots that the flowers came in. Recently, I realized these flower pots were dry rotting, so I replaced them with these blue pots. While these look like expensive clay pots, they’re actually inexpensive resin pots from a local discount store. Not cheap nursery grade pots but not hugely expensive either.


2. Vary the heights of your plants 

Just like indoors, you should vary the height of your planters to keep the eye moving. Here I’ve used logs as plant stands.


3. When it comes to planters, think outside the box.

My grandpa gave me this old chair a long time ago. I painted it yellow, took the seat out, put a few old boards in the bottom of the frame, and then dropped a potted fern in it.


4. Choose planters that show off your plants

This little flower resides on our back porch. This simple, white flower pot lets that cute little flower be the star of the show. 


5. And finally, use an interesting planter that matches your decor.

This cute aqua planter came from Walgreens and it matches our porch pillows and rug perfectly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and tricks. Have a wonderful day!

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 Distressed Chair Plant Stand 

It all started when my grandpa gave me this old chair:

He gave it to me because I wanted an old chair to put a flower pot in, and hadn’t found anything I liked at the thrift shops.

I liked this chair, though, with its ladder back and its metal slats. I decided I wanted to paint it a color they would stand out. 

I painted it bright yellow and then sanded it down with sandpaper to rough it up.

As you can see, I liked the metal slats but decided to remove them.

I wanted to add some chicken wire and a coconut liner to hold in the potting soil. To save money, we decided to use some landscape fabric instead since we already had it on hand.

I added in these lamb’s ear plants and I really love how much color and cuteness this project added to our greenhouse landing.

It will look a lot better when my plants perk up. It’s really hot here today.

Hope you like my plant chair! 

​​Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoise HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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Sprucing up the outdoors, the “before” post

We definitely have a long term “outdoor to do list,” but currently, we have a short term list, too.

We’ve been wanting to spruce up the outside of our home, but it has rained almost daily for a week and a half. This weekend, we hope to take some time to clean up the outside of our house. I’ve been wanting some pretty fall flowers but haven’t been able to get them yet. If it doesn’t rain this weekend, I’d like to get some things done. Here is my “to-do list.”

1. Pull those weeds! 
This summer, before I got too far along, I spent several hours weeding all of the flower beds. Then, I got further along and school started back, and now weeds are taking over the flower beds again. Unfortunately, I can’t really get down to pull weeds anymore, but I can do some things. I would love to replace some flowers that didn’t survive the heat of summer in our “flag flower bed.”

Since we’re transitioning to fall, flower pots are currently on sale and there are some pretty ones available. Even if you find some flower planters you like, but don’t like the color, you can likely paint them. I found this guy for $5 at Wal-Mart. It’s since been marked down to $3.47. I ended up buying two of them.

10" Colonnade Planter, Clay I 
My plans are to paint it gray to make it look like stone, and maybe affix a smaller flower pot to the bottom to give it some height. 
2. Replace those dead plants with pretty, living plants that are fall appropriate

In the backyard, I had intended to replace our summer flowers with some more hardy fall flowers, but our red geraniums and purple vincas were still looking good, so I didn’t want to waste them. Our coleus and polka dot plant were looking a little worse for wear, so I decided to pitch and replace them. I’ve purchased some pretty orange mums to replace them. I think they’ll look good with the red geraniums.

3. Clean up that back porch
Our back porch is also looking pretty bad- we’ve been letting some junk pile up back there, and I decided it needed a boost. This weekend, I want to throw away the trash and dead plants, put away the clutter, and add some fall color. I am still shopping Craigslist for a baker’s rack to use back here as a plant shelf. 
On Monday, I hope to show you the “after,” but this depends on what the weather does. Stay tuned!

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