Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The chair is finished!

So..... you may remember I posted this picture a while ago.  I just fell in love with it, it's kinda a chia chair, right?? Well I was at the local thrift store and just happened to find a chair that I thought would work out just fine for this project.
Let me just say mine looks nothing like this one but use your imagination and maybe squint your eyes!
Isn't she a beauty!!!! Can't you just see her in a cute little house in the 80's with some modge podge flowers on a basket next to her? (For those of you who do not know what I am talking about maybe I will do a tutorial on it, :)) She's got some beautiful legs, just wait until I take her skirt off!
Here she is after I stripped off about 4 kinds of fabric and removed 100, 1000, 1 million staples and gave her a fresh new coat of hot pink paint.  I also added some screening, I actually think this stuff is called hardware cloth, you find it at Loew's or Home Depot out in the garden area.  It cost about 8.00 I think. Anyway I stapled it all over the place and made a little pocket on the part where your back goes on a chair. I just used wire to kinda sew it together, ouch!  (kept poking myself) You may have noticed there are parts of the original chair that I left thinking this would help me with my master plan.  Well we had some rainy days and hot days and life got busy, so this thing just sat. Yesterday I said I have to get my chair finished and so I began on it this morning.  I took one look at it and said, my original plan is not going to work! (Actually I said, what the hec was I thinking... literally, don't remember what the plan was. You young ladies will have your day, just you wait!) Time for plan B!!!!!
So I looked through all of my junk and found this old drawer and thought ah-ha, that would work! So I drilled some wholes for drainage. (That kinda hurt because I didn't want to damage my drawer.)
But it was a good fit and probably wasn't ever going to use the thing anyway.  I filled it with some dirt and planted some angelwing begonias, morning glories and blue daze. When I took the chair apart there was some filler dried mossy stuff. They use it for upholstery. Interesting side note.  I recently visited Florida and that moss is all over the place.  One of the guides on a boat trip told us that in the early 1900's the moss was used to stuff furniture and beds.  They later realized it was filled with chiggers! That is where the saying "don't let the bed bugs bite comes from!  So hopefully my moss stuff has been around so long that the chiggers are long gone (why am I itching????) 
So here is my chair, doesn't look anything like the other chair but it's mine and I love it!
Look at that little creature, isn't he adorable?  I hope once everything grows out you won't see the hardware cloth.  I'll keep you posted and put up another pic when it grows out! Don't you think she needs a name?  Any ideas on what I should call her?

15 comments:

byLGD Glass Jewelry said...

hey that's realllly super cute! (the first chair, the chair that isn't your's? well it kinda gave me the creepies, but YOUR pink chair is totally NON-creepy and ultra cute!)

Great work! :) i think i might try this!

Sherringa said...

grow baby grow! I am sure it will mature into something beautiful...good work smartie pants!

Mary Vogel Lozinak said...

I love pink!!!! The drawer is brilliant! Love it!!!! You rock! This is so much fun seeing what others did with their chair. I love the color choice, much happier than the blue. fun fun fun! x0x0 Pink

Mary Vogel Lozinak said...

I just posted this to my facebook page. xoxo

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

What a cool idea, looks great!

hjmart said...

wow! very interesting! Love the idea!

Susan said...

Who knew you were so crafty! The chair was a great find very unique. I have to agree with the creepy comment of the chia chair. I like yours much better,

willoughbywhimsy said...

Pink is perfect! Silly me wouldn't have thought to think about putting the holes in the drawer and my plants would have died! You could even toss in some snap pea flowers that I bet would attach themselves to the wire back of the chair as they grew. What a fun idea that was executed so well!

Anonymous said...

I saw this chair and all the pretties around it and it looks charming...I loved it. In another week or two when he plants take off, it's going to be stunning!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I think instead you are Miss Smartie PLANTS. :)

shannon i olson said...

Really really cute idea.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Great images, Laura! I love the look of the 'lost chair in the meadow'. :) So cool!

Donna

michele said...

Hi Laura:
I just found your blog and think the chair is a really neat idea. I'm glad you posted it!

While I was admiring your pictures I was drawn to the crooked geranium terracotta planting that you have next to it. How did you do that?? It’s so whimsical and I would love to have it in my garden!

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Ah, I like your garden chair. Bet it's looking great by now, all filled in.
Good idea on the drawer.

Prior said...

Wow, good for you, It turned out great! Lezlee

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