Sitting Pretty

Here's the second garden chair I put together the other day. This one was literally a $1 chair I bought at a garage sale. It used to have a cane seat but that was gone when I got it. Here's how I did it (clockwise from top left photo - click on the photo for a closer view):

First I cleaned the chair with Orange Glo wood cleaner. When it was clean I realized how pretty and still in great shape it was; I decided right then that I wasn't going to drive nails into it or paint it like I did my last one. You can still make a lovely decoration, for indoors or out, without making any permanent changes.

Next I took a nice round grapevine wreath and used wire to attach it to the chair through the holes that already existed from the caning.

Then, I took a silverplate bowl that I had mosaic'd and attached it over the wreath. It worked out well because the bowl was already pierced around the edges so I could put the wire through it and then through the wreath. The bowl can hold several 4" pots of flowers or it can act as an undersaucer for a larger pot. It can even be a birdbath!

I had a small birdhouse that I drilled a hole in at the base so I could attach it to the chair, too. I decided to spray paint it red. Then I attached it to the front of the chair and decorated it with a tiny, heart-shaped grapevine wreath.

Then all that was left to do was wire some red silk geraniums and filler leaves to the back of the chair. I added a small painted shovel, too.

Last but not least, I found a sweet antique needlepoint with a bright red bird and attached it to the chair back with raffia.


Micki said…
You are very talented. I love it!
Anonymous said…
Looks like you have been very busy. I like the chair. Very creative idea you have there. I would have never thought to use a grapevine wreath.

Wow! That is so cool! And I love how you've explained the process in pictures! Great job, Laurie!
Pretty Things said…
WOW! I absolutely love it! I love things like this and would own more if I didn't have two long-haired cats that think "interesting surfaces" are theirs to fuzz up.
★Carol★ said…
Hi, I'm a Junk Party first-timer! That garden chair is just gorgeous! Do you actually put it in the garden? It looks too pretty to go outside!
Beca said…
The chair turned out very pretty. I have a weekness for chairs. I have a few too.
Love it! Thanks for joining in on the junk party! Your re-creation is awesome!
Very nice and I love it. Very creative. Happy Junk Party Thursday!
Marie said…
Laurie - love your sweet garden chair!

Anonymous said…
So cute! What great ideas -several, all in one! Very creative!

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