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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

No Spray Paint for this Chair Planter

I wanted to make this worn out dining room chair into a garden chair planter, but I knew it needed some help. I thought maybe I would spray paint it bright blue since I'm nuts about that color, but I did NOT want to sand all the nooks and crannies and curvy bits on this chair. What to do? Dry brushing to the rescue!

Here's a shot of the original chair. Curvy and sweet but the peeling varnish makes it unsuitable for a smooth coat of spray paint. So I sanded it just a little to knock the loose flakes off and loaded up my brush with exterior white paint then blotted most of the paint out of it. When it was almost dry I started painting the chair.....

Sweet! Look how it made this old chair look shabby chic and country style and downright vintage. LOVE it!

Here she is (funny that now she's painted she's a female. Whassup with that?)


I popped the cushion off with a screw driver and now have a perfect receptacle for a planter.

Ooh aah. The lime green trailers and the vinca and the mint and the blue glass balls are perfect together. Even my little gnomey guy is smiling.

And here's another angle. I love how this chair turned out with the wash of white paint! Much less work than sanding and spray painting, and as it weathers in the coming seasons it will just look more shabby and chic. I call that a win win!

Aaand....it goes with my drybrushed kiwi crate table and my whitewashed ladder with the drybrushed baskets. Is nothing safe from my new favorite painting technique?

I'll be linking up to White Wednesday in my sidebar. Come check it out, it is always loads of fun with lots of beautiful ideas using white.


  1. Hi Ann. This is much prettier than any paint job. I love it. The old chipy paint is gorgeous and wow, look at those beautiful plants against it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I had no idea that Walmart had $5 sheets. That is a tip worth sharing.

    Hugs...Tracy :) (your newest follower)

  2. Love this and yes, it will weather beautifully as it sits outdoors. Happy new follower from White Wednesday.

  3. This is great! It reminds me of an old English garden.

  4. It's so nice. White shabby and lime green my favorite color combination!


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