How To Repurpose An Old Chair Into A Flower Planter

How-To Repurpose / Refurbish

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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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).