DIY Planter from a Salvaged Chair

Spring has sprung, y’all!! No, I’m totally kidding, there is a foot of snow outside my window at the moment. There’s nothing like the contradiction of flowers coming up, trees sprouting buds, birds chirping and making nests on my deck, while hiding from the sleet, ice and snow, to get you officially ready for springtime. I’m not sure about you, but this is the time I usually like to make spring projects – we hunkered down, brewed the coffee, and made an adorable DIY planter from a salvaged chair for the deck in the back yard.
A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor

Andrew and I were at church one Sunday and saw three 1970’s captains chairs looking for a home. It was almost as if they sensed our garage is the hoarding ground for furniture, so they jumped in the car with us.   Making this DIY planter was so easy, I am tempted to make the other chairs into these diy planters too for the front porch. Perfect Thrift Store Decor challenge project!!!

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Let’s make a DIY Planter from a Salvaged Chair

A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor

Measure the diameter of your flower pot, and draw the circle on the chair. Our terra-cotta pot is 10″ and the hole is about 7″. Using a jigsaw, cut the circle out. This chair was so hard to cut, so depending on the wood, just be patient and stick with it.

DIY Planter from a Salvaged Chair! This is the perfect spring DIY planter project to brighten your garden and add character!

DIY Planter from a Salvaged Chair! This is the perfect spring DIY planter project to brighten your garden and add character!

Then you’ll want to sand it well and wipe it down. If the surface is shiny or has a finish on it. You could use liquid sandpaper for this kind of spindle chair, and I would do that next time, to preserve my sanity.

Finally, after that prep, you are ready for paint. Since this is intended to live on the deck outside in the elements, I am beyond happy to be sponsored by DecoArt so I could try their brand new Americana Decor Outdoor Living paint, available at Hobby Lobby. As if you needed another reason to go there, right?

Make a DIY Planter from a salvaged chair and use the amazing DecoArt Americana Decor Outdoor Paint to make it pop!

I like to start on the under side of the chair, and work my way up from the bottom. Flip it over, and continue.

This DIY Planter chair is gorgeous for your spring garden! Get the DIY Planter directions on FarmhouseMade.com

The first coat went on great, and dried to the touch very quickly and evenly. The jar says you can sand between coats, but I chose to skip that because the finish was already very smooth. I thought I’d have to apply 3 or 4 coats, but this covered in 2 coats beautifully! This is an eggshell finish, and it’s gorgeous. This color comes in an 8oz jar, and I used about 5oz of the paint, so there’s plenty more for touch ups or another project too! Oooh, like flower boxes…

This DIY Planter chair is gorgeous for your spring garden! Get the DIY Planter directions on FarmhouseMade.com

Anyway, once it’s fully dry, grab your pot and plants, and drop it right in. If the hole is wonky like ours was, or is a bit too large in spaces, just wrap some jute roping around, and secure it with hot glue or tuck it in for a temporary solution if you choose to swap pots out.

A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor

Sidebar… should I antique this flower pot, do you think?  Let me know. I want to, but I’m marinating on it.  

I used a spider plant – this little guy brings me back to my childhood. My grandmom had an old ladder in her bedroom window with these plants all over it and I’ve loved them ever since.

A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor

But, I do plan on planting all the pretty sweet potato vines and fluffy flowers in this pot as soon as I possibly can (c’mon last frost!). I cannot wait to put this chair out on the deck with the fairy garden and enjoy it in the sunshine with flowers, or on the porch with the birds chirping, breeze blowing, coffee in hand, it’d look so cute with the burlap wreath!

A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor
A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor

And definitely not in the snow!

A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor

A DIY Planter from a salvage chair is an amazing way to add color to your porch, deck or garden this spring! DIY | Spring Decor | Garden DIY | Outdoor

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26 Comments

  1. Aaaaaahhhhh!!!! I cannot even get over this CHAIR!!!! You may have just convinced ME- all-white-loving ME- to paint an outdoor chair this gorgeous green!!!!! I’m in love…..way to knock it out of the park Girlfriend!!!???

  2. I love it, this turned out beautifully! My mom was a complete houseplant nut, still is and had spider plants for-ev-er. I have a few small ones she gave me on my back porch that are doing well, well they were doing well until winter LOL

    I had a chair, two chairs, that I wanted to do this to but never got around to it. They had been painted but I never cut the holes in the seat and the water pooled and well, they cracked, bad. I hung onto them as long as I could before hubby cut them up and got rid of them. Oh, the horror of my procrastination!

  3. Love the chair! I actually had one that looked like this…I should just paint it so it’s as cute as yours! Also, the planter is a super cute idea!

  4. LOVE it!!! That chair and that color are just so perfect!!! I just can’t get over that color!The planter was such a genius idea!a

  5. A chair planter has been on my DIY list for a long time. I love the pretty green color you chose. It’s the perfect cheery color for spring.

  6. Every time I see a chair at the curb, I think about doing this. You have convinced me to grab the next one I see..love the color!

  7. I am in love with that green color of paint. Wow is it gorgeous! This turned out so nice. I can’t wait to see it on your deck. Have you decided to do the other chairs yet? I think it would be fun to have a little trio of planters!

  8. thank you for linking this up to Waste not Wednesday Link party! We loved it!! It is such a great project & i love the paint color you chose too!

  9. This is awesome! I have 2 chairs (windsor?) I purchased last year and was looking at them recently wondering what to do since I don’t really need them as chairs 😉 I’ve never used deco but, it does look incredibly smooth. Pinning and sharing

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