I’M ASKED QUITE OFTEN about the sets of painted wooden chairs in my garden–one red, one chartreuse, one lavender–and where I got them. Saturday’s Open Day in the garden was no exception: lots of chair questions! They are an adaptation of the Wave Hill chair, named for the public garden in New York City, and you can order a plan inexpensively and DIY, or get someone to help (as I did). The details:
You can order the plan, a pdf, from Wave Hill’s shop. My pairs were adapted from there–made in cedar, not pine; the arms slightly longer; the wood slightly thicker and so on–and a savvy carpenter can adjust the angle of the seat and back before screwing everything together, to be more upright or less so. Follow the plans to the letter…or have some fun with them. Order the Wave Hill chair plan by calling the Wave Hill Shop at 718.549.3200 x 249, or email jenahb at wavehill dot org.
Want them painted? My expert woodworking neighbor recommends using Benjamin Moore Aura exterior on top of an oil-based primer to help stop any tannin bleed (assuming that the material is cedar, which is the best choice if you plant for long life of the chairs, or to leave them outdoors in winter). If there are knots, use oil-based Binz primer on the knots only.
You may recall my recent interview with Dan Benarcik of the amazing Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and his take on the chairs–and how other gardeners have adapted them. If not, it’s here.