It’s amazing what color can do to breath life back into something worn out and seemingly useless. Today’s repurposing DIY project does just that and more. Bright color is the “hurray!-factor” and inspiration, as we see how we can take an old, “having-seen-better-days” chair and splash it with vibrancy and vitality through a bit of paint and pretty flowers.


  • Wood Chair
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint and/or Varnish Remover
  • Sand paper (optional: small hand sander)
  • protractor
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • 12” clay flower pot
  • Paint
  • Flowers


  1. Remove paint or varnish from old chair, then sand and wipe clean with soft cloth.
  2. Measure the circumference of your clay pot mid-way to 3/4 up from bottom, then using a protractor, draw your circle on the center of the seat.
  3. Using a drill and large bit, drill a hole in the center of the seat large enough to insert your jigsaw.
  4. Using the jigsaw, cut out the pre-measured circle. Sand any rough edges.
  5. Paint chair and pot in your favorite, vibrant color.
  6. Plant colorful flowers into pot and place pot into chair planter.


Garden stylist: Wendy Doan, For The Garden, St. Louis, Mo. Photo, top right: John L. White, McClatchy Newspapers

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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