Thursday, July 13, 2006
Mexico or Barnum & Bailey?
As is typical, I forgot to take the "before" photo of this great $2.99 Thrift Town wooden chair. It was a purplish brown. (The spindles still are.) It had a woven grass seat but apparantly my scissors took care of that. The next thing that should have been done was to give it a white base coat. Patience is not my middle name. A cache of acrylic paints was unearthed along with a 5/8" paint brush and this is what happened. The intention was for the vibrant colors of Mexico. To me, it looks like the crazy colors of a circus and I'm half afraid that clowns will start pouring out of it. Oh the horror! A cross hammered and cut out of an old steel drum by a Hatian artist now adorns the big yellow area. The chair will probably go through several changes before it looks "right".
This evening, an old plastic "milk carton" thingie was attached with lime green zip ties. But then I discovered the large disc would fit nicely atop the seat frame, which would hold the old aluminum pan filled with succulents as well as the cool tin rooster planter that my daughter gave me for my birthday. (It contains a cute orange pot with a dandy Haworthia...I think that's what it is.) Now I'm thinking that since the origional plan was to hang the chair on the wooden fence, if the "milk carton" thingie were turned on its side, it would not only support plants in the "seat" but would also provide a place to store small garden tools underneath.
However, it still looks like a circus chair to me. Any suggestions?