Refresh, Renew, ReStore: Make a DIY planter from an old wood chair this spring
Spring is here, and DIY makeover ideas are springing up like crazy in my brain.
So when I spied a few rows of wood chairs at the Habitat for Humanity Bucks County ReStore, my DIY day was made. I knew I could turn one of them into a DIY planter for new flowers to liven up my porch.
Some chairs were in pairs but most were singles, and all of them were inexpensive. A bargain if you want a chair, and a huge opportunity for a springtime repurpose project.
After examining the shapes, sizes, and details of all the chairs at my Habitat ReStore, I decided on the perfect chair for my DIY repurpose idea. And that wood chair had no idea that is was about to become a new DIY flower planter for my front porch.
Wood chair with a back
Oscillating tool with wood cutting blade and sandpaper attachments (a hand saw or reciprocating saw would do the job, too)
Fine grit sandpaper
Impact driver or drill
Spray paint in colors
Potting soil mix
Paint stirrers, scraps of wood or wood shims
Burpee pollinator seed packet
The first step in turning a chair into a planter is making a plan. I have an artist soul, so I sometimes just study the object to think through the possible scenarios and sketch different ideas. Even if I land on a solution, I usually push myself to think about a few completely different ideas, so I can see the possibilities from several directions.
No matter what plan is chosen, the planter certainly will need to have a bottom and sides. So before you cut the chair into pieces, I highly recommend deciding what will be the bottom and what will be the sides.
For my project, I decided to turn the chair upside-down and cut the back of the chair off of the seat. The seat then becomes the bottom of the planter.