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Old 05-07-2016, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I am thinking about making a planter out of an old ladder back chair by cutting out the seat. Also I want to take an old night stand and turn it into a planter pulling the drawers out so I can place pots in there. What do I need to do other than apply waterproofing? Surely there must be some kind of special paint for turning inside furniture into use for outside functions. I understand it will never be brought back inside but I'd love to make these items last as long as possible.
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:18 AM
 
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Sounds cute.
Spar varnish (marine varnish)-several coats over your paint would be cheapest way. Make sure you do extra coats on the legs that will be touching ground. You will need to apply another coat or two each year.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Thank you.
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Old 05-07-2016, 02:03 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Any type of marine paint if you like a particular color. Not sure about planting edibles, but any other plant will be fine.
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Old 05-07-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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well I'm thinking about using the pieces mostly as plant holders and will be planting directly into nursery pots and baskets. So no edibles will com in contact with the paint. Thanks for the info folks.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I agree the top coat if spar varnish will protect any object exposed to the elements. I would put a paver under each leg to keep it out of the dampness (as much as possible) as opposed to directly on the dirt, too.
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Don't let the legs touch the ground. Nothing you put on that surface will last. Put some flat head screws--not all of the way in--into the legs so they don't stand in water.
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Good idea about raising the legs a bit with screws. Thank you. I'm thinking the night stand and possibly the chair will be on the patio and even then it will be a good idea to raise the legs a tiny bit so they don't have direct contact with standing water. If i take the potted plants out of the stand and chair to water them and slather on the right paint, they should be able to withstand the elements just fine.
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:18 AM
 
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These sound really neat! Do you think you need to drill holes in the drawers so water can drain?
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Old 05-09-2016, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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These sound really neat! Do you think you need to drill holes in the drawers so water can drain?
What I'm planning to do is use nursery pots or baskets for the actual plants and take them out of the drawers to water and drain.I'll try to find a picture to share which gave me the idea.I have several pieces from the 50s and 60s and my mother which I simply could not get rid of. They have been in the garage under tarps for quite some time.

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/chair-planter/


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