Recycled Chair Planter Project

Outdoor Chair Planter Project

This sunny chair planter is just the thing to showcase a stunning annual display in a hidden part of the garden. Here is it’s story… Recycled Chair Planter Project Garden Therapy

Not long ago I happened to see a beat up old wooden chair out in the back alley. It had no seat, the rungs were broken and unglued; it sat toppled over looking a bit sad. But not to me! I saw the beautiful details in the wood and had a vision for giving it a new life in the garden.Old Wooden Chair

It wasn’t long after that I received a box full of mixed goodies from 3M to try out. Actually, what arrived couldn’t have been more perfect to repair this former beauty. Here is what was included in the kit:

3M DIY Bloggers Kit

If you have the luck to happen by an old broken down chair with too much personality to throw out, here is the process that we used to make this cheery planter.


  • old wooden chair
  • ScotchBlue™ Drop Cloth
  • Holmes Workwear Premium Safety Eyewear
  • 3M Sandblaster Sandpaper in 60 grit, 80 grit, and 120 grit
  • 3M TEKK Protection Sanding and Fiberglass Valved Respirator
  • wood glue
  • screwdriver
  • 3M Wood Filler
  • strap clamp and ScotchBlue Exterior Painter’s Tape
  • exterior wood paint with primer
  • paintbrush
  • decorative container garden containing plants and container soil in a pot


1. Pull apart any of the loose parts of the chair to see what you are working with. If the chair has a seat, use a screwdriver to remove it. Use 3M™ Sandblaster™ Sandpaper in 80 grit to take off any remaining bits of glue, paint, or dirt on both the hole and peg of the chair rungs and legs. With older furniture that may have remnants of lead paint, it best to use 3M™ TEKK Protection Sanding and Fiberglass Valved Respirator while sanding. Regardless of the age of the chair, it’s best to use protection so mask up!

Repairing an old wood chair

2. Use wood glue to secure all the parts back into place and strengthen any joints that are loosening.

Using Wood Glue

3. Tighten the screws holding the chair together and replace any missing hardware.Adjusting Screws

4. Use a strap clamp and 3M™ Exterior Tape to hold the joints together while the wood glue dries.Clamping Chair while glue dries

5. Fill any nicks, grooves, or holes with 3M™ Wood Filler. Sand when dry to smooth out.Using Wood Filler to make repairs

6. Prep the chair now for painting by sanding off any loose paint or debris on the wood with course 3M™ 60 grit SandBlaster™ Sandpaper. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove all sanding dust.Refinishing an Old Chair

7. Paint the chair with a exterior wood paint with primer, or prime the wood surface before painting your chosen colour. We used a flat paint in “lemongrass” which looks like a bright sunny yellow in the garden. I didn’t use a heavy hand with the paint on some of the details so they would stand out. On most other areas I gave it a few coats to ensure that the planter would stand up to the elements.Painting Chair Planter ProjectPainted Wood Chair Frame in Lemongrass via garden therapy

8. Time to dress it up! It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a pot that is wider at the top than the bottom, and that also fits into your chair. Choose a decorative pot that compliments the chair, as this bronze pot pulls out the details and the colour of the decorative trim of the chair.Annual Container Garden in an Old Chair via garden therapy

9. Fill your planter packed full with annuals as this one is, with begonias, coleus, and lobelia, with some rush or grasses for height. You may choose perennials or edibles instead, whatever you want to showcase in your chair. Pick a pallet colour for your planter that contrasts the chair and set it up in a corner of the garden to add a little pick me up.DIY Chair Planter via garden therapyDisclaimer: I am proud to have been included in the 2013 3M™ DIY Program as a 3M™ DIY Blogger. While this post was sponsored by 3M™ and materials listed in the project were provided at no cost, the project ideas, instructions, and opinions expressed are my own. Get more inspiration from top DIY bloggers at

3M DIYRecycled Chair Planter Project Before and After via garden therapy


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Jenn
    JennJuly 3,13

    Put the feet up on tiles to keep them off the dirt, and your chair won’t succumb to rot as quickly!

  2. Meesh
    MeeshJuly 5,13

    That chair looks so happy you gave it another life! :) So cute!

  3. Donna
    DonnaJuly 15,13

    I have been looking for the perfect chair to do this for a while now. No luck yet.
    I love the bright yellow that you chose to paint your chair.
    Thanks for posting.

  4. Nadine Schnettler
    Nadine SchnettlerSeptember 9,13

    I found 2 similar chairs with broken caning for $4 each at my local Restore (a store that sells used items to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Most communities have a Restore if they have a H4H program. Maybe you’ll find a chair there :)

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    cloud with soundsNovember 27,13

    Magnificent goods working for you, man. I’ve realize your stuff before and you’re just extremely fantastic.

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    boutique dress patterns toddlersDecember 22,13

    Тhanks foor finally writing about >Outdoor Chair Planter
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  7. Margaret Michel
    Margaret MichelJuly 7,14

    I love this idea! Now I have to find a chair!

  8. Judy
    JudyAugust 24,14

    I just made a chair, but I made a Country Flower Pot Chair with colored tiles on the seat part around the Flower Pot around

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    StephanieAugust 24,14

    I would love to see a picture, Judy!

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