Repurposing the Old College Futon in Flower Garden

My oldest daughter recently moved to a new place and wanted to know if she should toss the old college futon. It had gotten bent and really didn't stay up in the back unless you propped it up against the wall.

I told her to send it back here with my son and I'd see if it could be fixed to sell. At any rate, she had to pay to bring it to the dump, so I took it off her hands.

This is one of the ends/arms before repurposing...


I think it is part wood, part mdf, with a metal bar across the top.


I spray painted the futon ends/arms a grayish color (to match my weathered gray planters and deck) and distressed them just a bit. Then I set them behind a weathered old cedar planter along my deck. The three indentations were perfect for decoration. So I added two little flowered plates and a white cupid (made in Japan) and spray painted white.



The bedding plants, (impatiens, purple petunia, and alyssum were just planted and look pretty sparse. (We have been having frost warnings here in Northern Minnesota almost all week)








The OLD COLLEGE FUTON arms! I think I might have a plan for the rest of that old futon too!



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30 comments:

  1. Ha-ha Carlene, you and I were linking up to Alisons party at the same time. What a cute idea you had girl. Love the color and the addition of the plates and cupid. The flowers will be overflowing before you know it. Very creative!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  2. So clever Carlene!
    I hope you will come back later this summer and show those beautiful planters when they are spilling over with their flowers!?
    Love your ingenuity!
    xox
    Thanks so much for sharing today.
    :)
    Alison

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  3. Great way to repurpose and recycle. The futon arms add a beautiful backdrop in your garden.

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  4. Very clever idea, they look great in your garden!

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  5. Are you kidding me??? This has got to be the best re-purposing thing I have ever seen!!!

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  6. Oh that is so clever! They look great, Carlene.

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  7. Wow... now THAT is some seriously creative re purposing! I am impressed!

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  8. How cute. You are so creative.

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  9. Great idea, and they'll provide your plants some protection from Jack Frost!

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  10. Carlene: What an ingenuous idea. You are so clever. Pink and grey is beautiful together..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  11. Absolutely amazing transformation! It is TOO CUTE!!!! And to be able to hang plates and decorations on it? A huge bonus there! That is the best re-purposing I've ever seen! You go girl! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of it!

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  12. What a great idea! Coming over from Favorites on the First!

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  13. That is one of the most creative repurposing projects I have ever seen. Your garden looks great.

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  14. Carlene,
    You have done it again...another fantastic project!!!

    Love it!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  15. Now that's clever and pretty!
    Pam

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  16. What a crafty idea!!Very nice looking too:)Thank you for the inspiration! Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  17. Congrats on winning - that's pretty darn creative girl. I sure do like it, and a great re-transformation! Looking good! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best!

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  18. They're perfect backdrops to your pretty flowers. Love the way you dressed them all up too. Great repurposing job.

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  19. Wow, that looks great!!! Very original :)
    <3 Christina
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open.

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  20. What a clever idea! I love them!

    Linking from The Polo House,
    Ricki Jill

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  21. I'm in LOVE with this.. I have an old headboard and I'll be copying this fabulous idea...
    thanks so much..
    Your's is Beautiful~!

    found you at DebbieDoos newbie party.
    your newest follower
    Sonny

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  22. So clever! I admire people who can see a new use for something. I wish I were better at it. Looks great.

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  23. I think this is ingenius. Looks great.

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  24. WOW...this is cute Carlene. LOVE it. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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  25. Carlene, you are such a clever girl!! I would never have thought to make such a pretty garden accessory like that one. Thank you for coming to the party this week. Hope to see you next week and June 17-23 for the Grill, BBQ and Picnic Party.----------Shannon

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  26. HI! What an exceptional and creative use of those futon arms! I am really impressed! I've just found your blog through Inspired By Charm's Random Link Party and must say that I love it! I'll be following and looking forward to reading more fun and inspirational posts! Hugs, Leena

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  27. I absolutely love this. Please come share at my linky party!
    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
    Thanks
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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  28. Now that's a creative idea and gorgeous too!

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