Furnish the Outdoors Challenge

5 Materials
2 Hours

I love the outdoors and playing in the dirt. Therapy! This week’s challenge was to furnish the outdoors. Well, this challenge made me remember two chairs I recently found on the roadside. Yes, I brake for and usually stop for and pick-up roadside/curb treasures. I appreciate peeps who are kind enough to place unwanted items out to share instead of adding them to the land fields. Let me say “thank you“
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This is a picture of the chairs just as they were on the roadside. Love them! 💞
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This is the blue chippy chair with a plant sitting in the opening. Oh so cute! ... And all I did was rinse the chair off, let it dry and add the plant and a 🇺🇸 and a small bunny figure on the front, left corner .
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Now on to the other chair. First, I used a knife to cut out the remainder of the cane from the seat of the chair. Next, I washed the chair and let it dry.
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Then I used a dry sponge brush and white chalk paint to paint the chair. I wanted the chair to look old and worn, so I just swiped the paint on not covering all of the wood completely.
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I repeated the process on the back of the chair.
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All finished with the painting. Now to add a plant. Before I began painting, I tried the flower container I was going to use in the opening. It too fix perfectly, so no chicken wire needed in this chair either. Oh wow! So easy.
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Almost finished, plant is added. Now to arrange my two roadside treasures for outdoors display.
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This is a picture of the final arrangement. It is on the side of the fence by the carport. A welcoming sight for friends and family as they enter our back door (back door guests are the best) or go onto our patio. A nice extension to our home. Furnishing the outdoors with old furniture and pretty flowers just makes me want to stay outdoors longer.
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Honestly, this project was really quick and easy! Thankful for my find and for the kind peeps who placed them by the roadside. I knew when I saw the chairs on the roadside exactly what I would use them for, I had a vision. They (the chairs) did not disappoint. 😘
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Any chair can work for this project, if you can cut out the bottom. I originally bought a chair, at a flea market, to use as a plant stand. The chair bottom is wood. My plan was to use a Sharpie to draw around a flower container and use a saw to cut out the hole. Paint the chair. Then staple chicken wire to the bottom. The chair is still in my stash. Who knows, I may use it for another flower display or create something totally different. Happy creating sweet friends!
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1 question
  • Suzanne Estabrooks
    on Jun 7, 2018

    What would you put on the chair to waterproof it after painting?

    • Susan K Mullins
      on Jun 8, 2018

      You can purchase. clear spray protective spray or use polyurethane and brush it on. I am going to use the spray, just because it is quicker and dry time is quick too.

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