If you have been following me for a while you will know that I cannot resist a free chair. There are just so many ways you can recycle a chair and today I am going to show you how you can turn a chair into a planter and a shelf for the garden. I have no room in my home for any more chairs so I decided to chop up this old chair and use it in the garden. I decided to make two items from the one chair and I got the idea to make a shelf! As always I have a Youtube video sharing how I made it and I will share some pictures and details below. I also have a discount code with Autentico which I will leave all the details at the bottom of the post.
I started by cutting my chair in two. I cut the base from the back of the chair using a jigsaw. Don’t worry if you do not have a jigsaw as you can use a handsaw instead, just take care when using tools. Once my chair was cut I started working on the shelf part of my project. I had some scrap wood in the shed and I cut it to size to use as the base of my shelf. Using my drill I added some metal brackets to the back to join the bottom piece of wood to the chair back. I then gave it a light sanding and cleaned it down with some Krud Kutter cleaner before I painted it.
To make a planter I used some garden fabric liner that I had left over from last year. You can pick this up in the garden centers and DY shops. I sanded away any rough edges on the base of the planter and cleaned down the wood. After painting, I added the fabric to the chair by using my staple gun. Check out my video to see how I achieved the final look. I added some plants and styled up my chair in a bare spot in my flower bed.
For this project, I used the Autentico Versante matt in the shade “Blushed”. I have previously used this paint on my kitchen cupboards and PVC door and I am a massive fan of how durable it is. You can also get it in an eggshell finish if you do not like the feel of matt.
Have you got a chair lying around that you are unsure what to do with? Why not have a go at making something new, it doesn’t have to be for the garden you could easily make a shelf for your home. Please share what you make with me over on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out my video below and give it a cheeky thumbs up if you enjoy it! If you enjoyed this garden themed post then you might also enjoy this post here where I painted up an old wishing well!