May 21, 2013

A Pretty Garden Chair

I kind of want to call this post my "Un-Craigslist" chair find. I choose to give it that name based on a recent encounter with a Craigslist seller that pretty much left a bad taste in my mouth (& he wasn't the first either). If you want to read an entire post about it, you'll want to go back to my March 27th post. Since I tend to go on & on about things enough as it is, I won't bore you with repeating that story here.

But, I do have some good news! I did manage to have a BEFORE picture of this chair. If you read my blog enough, you know I'm really bad about getting, or finding Before shots of the things I refinish.

Craigslist furniture
There is actually 2 chairs that I found at the curb of the before mentioned Craigslist deal gone wrong, along with some other things you see here.

I just want you to know that I braved the mosquito infestation this morning to take these pictures. I think it was the quickest photo shoot I've ever done.
painted chair

The one I worked on first is one that had a broken leg brace. So I fixed the break & decided to make it a garden chair. The chair is still pretty sturdy, but I don't want to take that chance with anyone's safety, but it will hold a heavy planter of pretty flowers just fine.

I wanted to make it bright enough that you could see it out in someone's garden or a shady porch (like mine-not shown). 

decorative chair

Using my Silhouette Cameo cutter, I made this design. I've always loved the quote "Time Began In A Garden", because my husband always thought that me having flower gardens was kind of senseless & a waste of time. I felt it was necessary to remind him of where time began. He doesn't say that anymore.

painted chair
I think this scroll bracket was a freebie from the Silhouette store a little earlier this year. Did you know that they offer one free design each week? They choose the design, but they do pretty good about selecting decent ones. Anyway, I felt this one was perfect for the front of the seat. It fit the curve nicely without getting blocked by having a potted plant or vingette sitting on the seat. 

The blue is more of a teal blue color and I just used a Glidden sample bottle that I got at Walmart. The color is WGB09 Deepest Aqua. The green is an Apple Barrel brand acrylic paint in Pale Green, also from Walmart.

I love those set-back spindles and I wanted to accentuate those by painting them in the green accent color.

If you look closely, really closely, you can see the break in the "cr" letters of the word Scrap in my watermark.

stenciled furniture

I traced the Petunia/Morning Glory image from clipart I found online, as well as the butterfly, in the Designer software add-on for my Silhouette.

The font is Guttenberg MF and can be downloaded for FREE at

This is just a close up of the white accent painting I did in the grooves at the back of the chair.

I sprayed the entire chair with Krylon Clear matte spray sealer and called her good and took a day of rest (actually I didn't rest, I have more projects to finish).

This project has been featured at these blogs:

PJH Designs
PJH Designs

Photobucket Parties I'm linking to:

PJH Designs

Furniture Feature Fridays

Ivy and Elephants


Cynthia said...

This chair came out beautifully, I LOVE it big time!!! The colors and the detailing are great. I can really see this in the garden and what charm it would add. Love the container and the flowers in the picture too.


Pieced Pastimes said...

Hi Beth,
Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment about my Pleated Dropcloth Pillow Tutorial.
Your chair turned out so sweet. Love all the details you added and the colors you chose.
Thanks for sharing,
Pieced Pastimes
PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

Tracy said...

I love this!!!
Great colours :)
I had pinned a few of these and have an old chair to try it myself.
My old chair was outside all winter and the seat cracked...big time. But hopefully some wood glue it will be fine. It is for a plant, so don't have to worry about anyone falling over, lol.

Cindy Eikenberg, Little Miss Celebration said...

Beth, this chair is absolutely gorgeous! So glad that I saw it over at I Gotta Create. What a beautiful job you did. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Dana DeVolk said...

So pretty, I love it!
We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
Two Girls and a Party
Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:
Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
We hope to see you there!

Deb Mathenia said...

You did an awesome job on this once abandoned chair! I found you a Wildly Original Link Party...Yay! I will be following you, now.

What sealer is best to use on outdoor display furniture? Thank-you!

Beth@Under A Pile of Scrap! said...

Deb, if you return here, I tried to reply to you, but you are set-up as No-Reply.

To answer the question as to what I use to seal my chair with, it's just Krylon Crystal Clear spray matte sealer - at least 2-3 coats.

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Oh, now this is a super cute chair redo. Love the color combinations and also the saying on the back.

Christine said...

Absolutely STUNNING!! I want a chair like that!!

Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer last week! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

Peggy Hale said...

Beautiful chair. I love the colors. I'm so glad you joined us at Transformed Tuesday. Have a wonderful week.

Peggy~PJH Designs

Cathy said...

I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Cathy

Barbara said...

Very the colors and verbiage! Visiting from Ivy and Elephants...have a great day!
XO Barbara

Good Time Charlie said...

Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux. I am featuring at my party today at 1:00 PST :)

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