container gardening & old chairs

I love container gardening.
In my professional job before starting a family I was the marketing director for one of the largest pottery importers|distributors in the United States.
It was fun selecting the styles & sizes to import and actually designing some styles for the factories to create.  I still see some of the designs in the Home Depot or Lowes or Walmart or local nurseries.
So fun!  Makes me smile.
I can tell where a clay pot is from by the color & design.  That’s right.  Italian terra cotta is very different than Mexican terra cotta, which is much darker & rustic, or Vietnamese t/c, which is lighter, etc.
I can also tell the difference in the glazing from different countries like China, Malaysia, Vietnam and many others.
How does it help me in life now?
It really doesn’t, except for personal knowledge.
Why am I talking about this?
Because although I love traditional planters & pots, I love re-purposing unusual items into planters even more!
Chair planter 4
II made a few chair planters when I was consigning at the shops & wanted to share.
Here I simply removed the chair seat, repainted the chair & allowed for a planter to be slipped in the seat section.
Chair planter 3
This is a great way to re-purpose a chair with ripped weaving or caning which is pricey to repair.
In this case the needlepoint upholstery had clearly been the preferred spot for cat(s) so I chose to clean it, paint it & seal it to give it a new lease on life.
Chair planter 1
Here I simply inserted the coco lined iron planter into the chair.  It was a hanging planter but I just cut off the chains.
The best part about this project was that the green chippy paint is how I found the chair; I didn’t even have to touch it except removing the woven seat.
Chair planter 2These chair planters always sold super fast which I found surprising since cast off chairs are pretty easy to come by.  The chair can even be a little wonky since they don’t have to withstand the weight of a person but simply some pretty flowers & plants.
I hope to show you some of the container gardening in my yard real soon.
Happy gardening!
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the scoop @ stonegable
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what’s it wednesday @ ivy & elephants
inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life
tweak it tuesday @ cozy little house
sizzle into summer @ diy by design
wordless wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
wow us wednesday @ savvy southern style
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1 Comment

  1. Karen says:

    MaryJo, I just love these so I can see why they sell well! I love to see old pieces get a new life 🙂
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!

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