Remember my friend Marilyn who gave us the bear bench? (Click here) She also gave us this wonderful… well… I am trying to decide what to call it. It’s a chair, but not really. It belongs in a bathroom, but not really. Okay, it’s an antique potty chair. There’s a hole in the middle of the chair, where… uh… you get the point. Mr. CH, looking very skeptical, said, “What are you going to do with THAT thing?” My family stared at me as I carried it around looking for just the right place to put it. They just couldn’t move past the chair’s former life. I figured that there was somewhere I could use it where no one would know about it’s “shameful past.” I think we all deserve a second chance, don’t you, a time to leave the past behind (no pun intended) and have a fresh start. (Note to self, never blog late at night. Did I really just write that???? Oh My-Lanta!! Once again, can I just say that I am so thankful that my family doesn’t actually read my blog.)
The chair is short so I decided it would work well on top of something. The something I put it on is this antique family washstand, that also got a new life.
When I got it, the washstand looked like this. I never liked it.
The poor dear had lost her hardware, and someone had used these shiny brass pulls instead. The door on the front was missing and it was painted a teale green, definitely not the original color. I didn’t want to keep it, but I think Peggy convinced me that I would like it with the right paint and new pulls. I agreed to give it a second chance.
I used ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) in Paris Grey.
You can see the teale green paint showing through where I sanded down the ASCP. In places some yellow paint poked through underneath the teale. I also stacked some vintage enamelware on the washstand.
And the coke crate is a favorite of mine, that my friend Peggy gave me.
I filled the coke crate with little brown bottles, that used to be filled with supplements from the health food store. I then added water and babies breath.
In the spring I filled the crate with some purple flowers, click here. As you can see, I didn’t have enough bottles then to completely fill the crate, but I do now.
And in the little cubbie, I put my bunny.
This washstand is to the left of the door, to the right of the door, we have a few rockers. You can see more of this side of the front porch, here.
And to the left of the washstand, you can see this table I got at Round Top years ago, with my Ikea chairs.
Thanks Peggy and Marilyn!!
Love! It looks so inviting. I have an old Coke crate (smaller one and red) that I enjoy using for a planter, as well. Love the colors in your Coke crate.
No wonder you’re featured. I can’t stop viewing your posts. All are fabulous. I find everything is of it’s beauty when we use our mind to set it. Your blog is inspiring.
Terrie from Hong Kong
The White Farmhouse says
I just had to giggle at your story! Love it! I like this look. Too bad the potty “catcher” is long gone. You could plant some flowers in it. Now I want a potty chair! It looks so cute on the washstand. I really like the vignette you made around it.
Erin of Salvaged Whimsy says
The “real use” for your chair is funny…a conversation starter, perhaps? I love how you stacked everything and I like what you did with the coke crate.
Miss Kitty says
Love your potty chair composition! So clever! Your front porch has lots of personality and is very welcoming.
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
We had one of those old potty chairs and someone had covered the hole with a piece of leather. Love your vignette you created.
I like it all! (I have a “potty chair” out in the garage. I’m going to take a fresh look at it!)
I love your front porch, it just makes want to sit and visit a spell.
Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers says
Love this whole look! It is so inviting. Thanks for picking up my clock on your facebook page! I am heading there now to see.
Gosh, your little chest turned out beautifully with the ASP and new handles. I got a giggle over your potty chair. I just bought a chamber pot last week. That’ll probably be my next post. Thanks for stopping by and following. I’m your newest follower. Yay!
Cindi @ Rustique Art says
What a beautiful front porch! Love the washstand and the color you chose. ASCP is a dream come true, is it not?
Cindi @ Rustique Art says
I love your front porch, It’s lovely and inviting. Your washstand is wonderful, love the color you chose. ASCP is a dream come true; is it not?
❀ JoAnne says
The little chair is so cute and looks adorable on your porch! Your entire porch looks so cozy and relaxing ~ wish I could sit there for awhile!!
Always love visiting your porch!!! Porches are special places. Mine is soon to come!!!
Honey at 2805 says
I had to giggle at the thought of putting a potty chair on the front porch, but hey, it works! The whole vingette is lovely and welcoming!
Lynn@ The Vintage Nest says
A potty chair on the front porch is better than a toilette (french speak) in the front yard. Living deep in the country as I do, I have seen that done. ugh! LOL…found your delightful blog this morning as I was blog hopping on White Wednesday. And I was amazed at how much your land is like mine, even down to the rustic road that leads to the property AND mine is called Cedar Hill too. (see my sidebar). Only I am in Va. It’s so nice to meet you! I am your newest follower. xoxo
Michele Smith says
Your porch is lovely, I love your potty chair on top of the washstand. The color you chose for it is fantastic too.
Have a wonderful day!
Love the wash stand (newly painted) and the potty chair. Everything looks so beautiful – can’t wait to see it all in person. It’s been much too long.
Charm Bracelet Diva says
So how can I meet this friend Peggy? lol You’re too funny about the chair! With the crate on top who would ever know of it’s sordid past? You did a great job on the washstand, too.
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
Anita your porch looks so pretty and I LOVE the vignette you created! Martina
~Tablescapes By Diane~ says
Hi lovely lady.
You did a Beautiful redo on this washstand. I love it next to the rocker sweet !!! This is great for relaxing and have a glass of tea on those hot Texas days.
I hope you are having a great day,
Betsy (BB) says
Anita, I love this story. I haven’t stopped laughing yet! Too cute! I need to send you the chamber pot I just found at a thrift store! Your vignette is lovely! Your porch is so welcoming and says,”come and sit a while”! Good thing it isn’t mine; I would never get anything done! It’s beautiful!
Love the idea of filling the crate with plants. I’m going to find a crate and copy this. 😉
THE FARMHOUSE PORCH says
Thanks for the sweet comment and following, I’m following back! Great blog!
Linda@Coastal Charm says
Can’t get any better…than a cute OLD potty chair!!! Love how you have used it!!
Comeca Jones says
What a pretty area and I love the table and chairs.
Funny, I just repainted a cabinet that was the same green color of your washstand. Your Porch looks great!
I’m LOVING your porchscape!!! The cocacola tray with dainty flowers makes me want to sit down and relax and chit chat with you!!! Thanks so much for coming by and introducing yourself and the sweet mentions of my White Chicken Chili! I’m now your newest “FOLLOWER.”
Aimee @ ItsOverflowing
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
Anita, You have a generous friend! I think that little (potty) chair is so pretty on your newly painted wash stand! It looks lovely on your porch!
Perfect for your great ranch!
Honey at 2805 says
Thanks so much for linking your lovely potty chair to Potpourri Friday! 😉 You are very special, my friend!
very cute — I have a coke box and a chair — I should try this!
Heaven's Walk says
I just adore your porch, Anita! You were very creative with that sweet little potty chair (despite the infamous eye-rolling we all get from the hubs)! lol! Your IKEA chairs are to die for, girl! ♥
I’d have never guessed it was a potty chair! It looks too cute with your coke crate filled with baby’s breath! Charm to the max. 🙂
My mom has an old ice cream chair with no seat. She found a round planter that perfectly fits in the hole where the seat should go, and it looks so cute! Your chair reminded me of that.
ritajoy @harbourbreeze says
It is so beautiful and welcoming…I’m just discovering you for the first time through the Shabby Nest, and yep, I’ve fallen in love with Cedar Hills Ranch!:)
The blue is absolutely beautiful and just like always … baby’s breath makes me smile. Thanks for the smile.
Sweet! Love the wash stand display & Love that Porch!
The Summer Porch says
Absolutely stunning Anita ~
I love the wash stand. Your beautiful display of baby’s breath in your vintage coca-cola pulled everything together.
Oh – what a wonderful front porch you have created! I would never have known that was a potty chair, for goodness sake! Love it and your blog. Just discovered you at Club GW!
Following you by GFC from the Finding New Friends Blog Hop. I’d love if you stopped by my blog.
Ginger Zuck says
Hi, I just hopped over from Honey’s Potporri’s Party! Love, Love, Love your old coca=cola box, it makes the perfect planter. Your porch is beautiful!
Love it. There is a street close to our ranch in Bellville called cedar hill lane. Any chance that is your place?
Designs By Pinky says
Well, who would have thought to put a potty chair on the front porch! I love it and the entire vignette. Your front porch is perfect ly inviting!!!! XO, Pinky
Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says
No that’s not our place in Bellville. Turns out there are lots of Cedar Hills. One blogger told me her place was called Cedar Hill and she lives in Virginia.