If you saw my post last week, Giving an Old Piece New Life and New Purpose ,you know how much I love finding old items in and around the out buildings of our farm to use as decor. This week I’d like to share with you what I did with an old wooden box that I confiscated from our shearing shed. For years it had been used to store some of the shearing gear, such as combs, cutters and hand pieces. I was in the shearing shed one day, saw it and decided it would be great to use as a planter for our front porch! And the rest is history. I figured all that shearing gear could be stored elsewhere. Here is the box before being gussied up with flowers.
Normally I would have painted it, but I love the box’s history and rustic look. So it’s staying as is. I wanted the pots to be at varying heights to add interest, so I added a few bricks that were left over from our garden path, to put the pots on. And speaking of adding interest, I white washed three of the terracotta pots and added a little “moss” to them. Thanks to The Painted Hinge for the easy to follow instructions on how to do this. (Although her’s looks much better than mine!)
I went to my favorite nursery a couple of days ago and bought a few colorful plants that I’m hoping the kangaroos won’t find tasty. I also added a fork and spade, some small pots and a bit of burlap for additional texture.
Next I just fiddled around with the pots a bit and decided on where I thought they looked best. And there you have it…a spring planter out of a vintage shearing storage box. It only took a few minutes and was easy on the budget.