Friday, April 25, 2008

More than a place to rest your head

Today's crafting topic covers refurbishing old headboards and footboards, converting them into fun flowers beds, benches, and other fun stuff.

Old iron bed frames make great 'flower'beds. They hold up to the weather better than wood ones. They can be any size you choose by make the 'bed rails' long or short. Add a wood border just inside the bed frame and fill with soil. Shortly after you plant your flowers you'll have a colorful 'quilt' of bright flowers for your bed. Flowers that spread are great for this purpose.

In the second photo just the head board has been used as a back to this flower bench. It has been attached to a dresser drawer and wood turned legs have been added to the front of the dresser. Paint everything the same color to bring it together as one unit. Just another fun way to display your flowers.
The last photo for today is a bench for people. The head board has been used for the back of the bench and the footboard has been cut in half to use for arms. Additional lumber has been used for the seat. This bench has actually used larger turned spindles for the front legs.

So next time your at a garage sale or thrift store don't pass up that old bed frame. They can be turned into something wonderful and given a brand new life.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Have a Seat

Well have a seat! Today is the day I finally decided to get back to this blog thing and put together posts about what I really wanted to use it for. Inpiration, creativity, and crafty stuff! Let's talk about crafty garden ideas for the next couple of days, so get comfy.

Today topic: chairs
A chair is your garden is a delightful respite from the work that goes on there, or maybe its just a place to ponder life. What ever it is for you, paint it a bright, bold, fresh color. Color is what a garden is all about, so add some more with brightly painted cahirs.

If you don't want to sit in your chair, make it a special place for some of your favorite flowers. Take an old dining chair, paint it a bright color, white or even black for more dramatic results. Cut a hole in the seat slightly smaller than the rim of the flower pot or container you'll be using and drop your container in the hole. If you cut it too big and the pot falls through...don't fret. A simple fix is to place a few screws in the cut edge, letting them stick out a little. This will make the hole smaller and your pot won't be on the ground. Add some wonder geraniums, petunias, ferns, or a mix of several if the pot is large enough.

I hope this give you a creative little bug that makes you want to do something for yourself and others to enjoy!


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