Plain Old Chair Until a Little Mexican Inspiration Hits!

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I had been wanting to do a "planter chair" for a while and finally found just the right chair to start with.
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This is how I got this girl. Not in bad shape - but she's in definite need of a make over.
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She had some paint chips that needed to come off - So I used Citristrip (safe for indoor use - no harsh fumes).
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Dabbed the Citristrip on with a toothbrush to just the areas that needed paint removed. (I used it for spot use on this project - but I've also used it on full pieces. I love this stuff!)
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Stripping done but still a bit of a "hot mess". Time for sanding.
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Sanded this baby down starting with coarse, then medium, then finally fine grade sandpaper. I didn't "fix" any of her natural "aging" (in other words - I did not fill any cracks or splits - I wanted this girl to look aged, but HOT!)
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I determined how big the hole should be....sized it up.
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My husband cut the hole out for me. Time to sand the hole.
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Checked to make sure the sizing was right by inserting the pot. Time to paint!
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I used Valspar Color Radiance spray paint (it's paint & primer in one & drip free) in Flat White to cover the chair.
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I then painted the accents, added a few final touches and voila! My Mexican inspired planter chair!

Suggested materials:

  • Citristrip  (Lowe's)
  • Valspar Color Radiance Flat White  (Lowe's)

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  • MHRooster
    on Jun 11, 2016

    What kind of accent paint did you use and did you seal the paint?

    • Jan's Garden Art
      on Jun 12, 2016

      I used Valspar color samples to paint the details and yes, the chair is sealed.

  • Carol
    on Jun 12, 2016

    Love the decoration on the chair back. Did you paint that by hand or is it a decal or stencil?

  • Christine
    on Jul 2, 2016

    That looks really nice. What did your husband use to cut the whole?

    • Jan's Garden Art
      on Jul 5, 2016

      A Jigsaw and then he smoothed it out with a dremel. Circle was drawn using a compass.

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  • Neva Dew
    on Jun 13, 2016

    Jan, your project is great - cute and useful at the same time. But I am sitting here almost laughing out loud at myself because the first thought that popped into my mind when I saw the photo with the round hole before the chair was painted was that it was a fancy outhouse seat!! LOL

  • Laurie Laurent-Hyland
    on Jun 14, 2016

    Pretty!

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