I recently gave our front porch a little makeover. I was inspired by this Apartment Therapy post on repurposed planters.
I had a $5 thrift store chair already sitting on the porch.
But upon closer inspection, the seat was in pretty rough shape.
I turned the chair upside down and removed the seat with a screwdriver.
I also touched up a few dings and scratches with some fresh acrylic paint.
Next it was time to prep the planter. I had a plastic pot (with a lovely dead plant still inside) from last year stashed in the garage.
Let’s try that again without the dog butt.
I simply removed the dead plant, wiped down the planter and sprayed it with a few coats of satin white spray paint.
Once the planter was white, I freehanded a chevron design with black acrylic paint.
I didn’t sketch out the design ahead of time, but you could definitely draw a pattern on before starting to paint.
I also decided to paint the rim black before adding a protective layer of polyurethane spray.
At this point I was going to simply stick the planter in the hole where the seat once was (photo mysteriously disappeared on me) HOWEVER the planter was slightly too small. I could have probably built a frame around the seat to fit the planter but it would have hidden part of the design.
Insert frowny face.
SO….I went to my favorite store (Lowe’s, duh…were you expecting Ann Taylor?) and picked up a straw planter basket that seemed like it would do the trick. I bought one and luckily, it fit perfectly.
Some potting soil and a few trays of flowers later, I had not one, but TWO new planters for the porch.
The nosy dog behind the window was free of charge.
They may not be much, but I love the bright pop of flowers when you walk up to the door.
Not too shabby for a ten dollar project.