May 6, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Normally I like to do something with flowers in this issue, typically my own Mother’s day tradition of potting my flowers. This year I decided to take an old piece of furniture and give it a pop of color for spring.

I tend to shy away from bright colors, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone. Bright colors are popular in spring. I chose a chartreuse paint, which gives punch to any backdrop.

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In this case it was a great little old shed that sits on a farm I drive past every day. It also happens to be the same spot where I had my youngest daughter’s senior pictures taken. I loved it then, and love it now.

I found some old cowboy boots in a thrift store, but I never wear them. They do, however, make a great place to plant flowers.

This really just requires a long weekend.

TIP: Unzip the boots, place on their sides and fill with dirt, then start to place plants and some ivy. Zip them up, and then stand them up. If you try stuffing them with dirt and then try to place the flower and ivy, it doesn’t work well.

Think of your entryway or porch as an extension of your house and have fun with it! 

Items Needed:
Wooden bench, or an old chair. If you can find a pair and put a little table in the middle that would also be a great look for a porch.
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Primer, if you are working over another color of paint

Paint. I used latex, and then sealed it.

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Boots of any type.

Colorful rain boots would look especially cute.

directions:
Make sure you aren’t going to use them again. Once you make that decision, drill holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain out.
If the boots have zippers, unzip them.

Place the boots on their sides, and fill them with dirt.

With the boots sideways, start placing plants and some ivy.

Zip them up if needed, then stand them up when they are finished.

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