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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Make it Mondays: a farmhouse style chalkboard 


You may have seen this “chalkboard” hanging in my dining room.


It’s actually not a chalkboard at all. It’s a framed piece of black foam core board that I stenciled before I knew what I was doing. 

I decided to make it a legit chalkboard and use a hand lettering technique I’ve recently learned. 

First, I whipped out some chalkboard paint and applied to coats to the board. I wanted it to be a legit chalkboard so I could change it up if need be.


After using two coats of paint, I let it dry and then “seasoned” it. If you want to be able to erase, you must do this. Just rub the chalk all over the board twice, completely covering it.

Then, erase it once. Leave the dust and DO NOT CLEAN it.


Print out what you want it to say and then trace the letters with a pencil. When you trace it, you should see your word, very faintly, in the dust.  


I used a Bistro chalk marker to trace and fill in the words. This is awesome because if you mess up, you can erase with a wet paper towel. You’ll have to reseason the board though. 


I love how it turned out.


Don’t you think that’s way better?

And, best of all, I can erase it and change it up if I want to.

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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! 

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Upcycling: baby food tubs

We all know there are tons of ways to reuse baby jars. Gerber is now selling baby foods in these nifty little plastic tubs like this:

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There are so many neat ways to use these.  My former co worker used to keep hers in her lunch box with her daily vitamins in them, and a second one with a handful of almonds in them. I use them to store small items in my craft room, like buttons and push pins. I also use them to store small items like safety pins and bobby pins in my purse.

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Before you ask, I did wash it. This one just used to have sweet potatoes in it and it’s stained.

I’ve also used them for a mini first aid kit. This one works better with foil packets of Neosporin vs. a tube that doesn’t bend well. The lid doesn’t stay on well.

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Here are some other uses I found on the web:

Use for craft paints and tempera paints

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Single serve Jello snacks. Couldn’t find a link back to the original source.

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Here is a great idea: store small servings of snacks for traveling or for the lunch box. [couldn’t find original source]

This one doesn’t concern the small tubs, but the cereal containers. Why not use them to store your pancake mixes and cake mixes? You could use some chalkboard labels and they’d be perfect in your pantry.

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I can’t wait to show you which ones I try 🙂 Have a great Tuesday!

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Christmas craftiness: Wooden crate

A few years ago, my grandmother gave me a wooden RC Cola crate I found in her outbuilding. Since then, I’ve done a number of things with the crate, even planting impatiens in it at one point.

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I had seen all these really pretty Christmas ideas for antique crates on Pinterest and other blogs. I’ve seen people put ornaments in them and put them under Christmas trees, so I decided to do this:

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I had an extra set of lights that I didn’t put back on the dining room tree (ha). I decided to load the crate with some pretty old pinecones I had, and put the lights in the box, too. I love how this turned out. So easy, pretty, and didn’t cost me a dime.

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What quick, easy, and cheap Christmas decorating ideas have you tried?

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Upcycling: plastic food and cleaning product containers

Last week, I showed you some of the ways I have used tin cans to organize and decorate. Now, I’m going to show you some of the ways we re-use plastic food containers.

Travel Snacks...didn't know these were clear under the wrapper:

We have upcycled cottage cheese containers to plant small plants.

DIY - Modge Podge Yogurt Tubs Step-by-Step Tutorial using Lightweight Scrapbook Paper.:

We also have covered them with paper and used them to store things, just like the cans. I use a oaoer-covered Chlorox wipes container to hold Boxtops for Education in my classroom.

Recently, I got an even better idea. I had an old Chlorox wipes container in my kitchen that I had saved for one reason or another. I decided it would make a great headband holder for the baby’s room, but I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do it. I started by wrapping the can in pretty paper.

Then, I found a dollar store candleholder and attached it to the bottom of the can with some Locktite super glue to give it some height. I added some pretty ribbon to the top and bottom of the can.

I had a pretty cute little headband stand then 🙂 What do you think?

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DIY’ing with upcycled “garbage”: tin cans

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. We go through a lot of cans at our house, and while we usually throw them away or recycle them, it recently occurred to me just how many things we could do with the cans. I decided that it would be a good idea to see what I could do with those cans.

1. DIY storage:
Put some pretty scrapbook or contact paper on those cans and use them for storage. I use the black and white cans in my crafting cabinet to hold scissors, Sharpies and paint pens, and even a contact paper-covered Oatmeal can for storing pipe cleaners.

2. Turn them into decor!

I found these great printable vintage can labels on Pinterest, and I printed several of them off on our printer. Wrap them around your cans and you’ve got some “antique” cans you can display! I am going to ask the cafeteria at my school if they’ll give me one of the large cans so I can wrap a pretty label around it and use it as a vase.

How pretty would the pumpkin can be with some light pink flowers in it?

3.Candle holders/tea lights

 I didn’t do this one, but I may try it soon- I’d love to make these tea light holders for our porch this coming summer!

Garden Lanterns #tin cans:
Here is another similar idea: 
Fun Summer Nights Call for Tin Can Lanterns | Fox News Magazine:
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4. Seasonal decor: 
I didn’t make this one either, but I’d like to. Here are some cute seasonal craft ideas you can make from tin cans. 
Snowman from tomato paste can...I think my kids can do this for our holiday present!!! Christine!!!!:
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And how cool is this advent calendar? 
Recycled Tin Can Advent Calendar and 50 family activities #skiptomylou:
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Have you made any neat things with tin cans? 

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