Repurposing is always a fun project for me. Whenever I am out and about, my mind races with different ways I can use and make things that I see and love. Coming up with creative ways to make functional pieces from cast offs in your home, attic and garage is something I am passionate about and I am always excited to share my latest creation with you here. This time around, I am sharing the cutest repurposed wood planter idea.
When this wood planter idea came up, I had tons of ideas, but I really wanted to use things I already had and things that have been in my “stash” for a long time.
This little bench has been in our garage for over a year.
As I was cleaning out the garage to get ready for our spring yard sale, I almost put a price tag on this bench. Then, I came across some pots I picked up on clearance last year. The bench was the perfect size to fit three of the pots and my Upcycled Planter project was underway.
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Supplies used to make this Repurposed Wood Planter:
“Heirloom” Fusion Mineral Paint
To turn this ugly brown bench into a spring planter, we turned the pots upside down and traced around them.
Then, we measured inside that circle to make a smaller circle. This ensures the pots fit inside, but don’t fall through.
To cut the holes out, we first drilled a hole in each one.
Then, we used the jigsaw inside the drilled holes to cut the circles out.
Now, the pots fit perfectly.
We removed the bottom layer of the bench because water would just collect on it.
I painted the bench in “Heirloom” from Fusion Mineral Paint. I distressed the edges with sandpaper and used Thompson’s Water Seal to protect the planter.
I thought it would be fun to make this a herb planter, but when we were at the store to buy them, there weren’t many herbs to choose from yet. I loved the small, white and yellow flowers anyway so I went with them instead.
The colors in the flowers with the color on the bench are so pretty for spring.
You can make a planter out of so many different things. I was just happy to finally find a good use for the “ugly, little brown bench” that has been taking up space in our garage. 🙂
Now, go and shop your garage and see what you can repurpose for this spring and summer. I would love to hear all about your ideas and projects!
If you don’t want to make your own planter, I found some fun planter options online:
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Lindsay, we did this a couple of years ago now and I haven’t gotten to cleaning out my flower beds and planting my annuals yet so I don’t have a picture to post. When my hostas get full and I have everything planted and looking good I will send pics… Anyway, we had a dryer that had quit working that hadn’t been scrapped yet. I had been wanting some large containers to put in my gardens for pops of color. My husband took the dryer apart for me to get the drum out of it. They are usually plastic so not good for scrapping metal… I bought some red spray paint that’s sticks to plastic and painted the outside of the drum. There is no bottom in it and we definitely would not be moving it after we had it filled with dirt so that really didn’t matter. Since it would take a lot of dirt to fill it, we put some logs we had cut up here. We happen to have plenty of those since we live in a timber and always seem to have a tree falling in a storm. (you could use other things you have setting around to take up some of the space so you don’t have to used so much dirt in there. Maybe cinder blocks, gravel, whatever). After it was filled I chose to plant a mixture of red, white and purple patunia’s and some sweet potato vines in it to give it a patriotic look. I absolutely love it and I only had the cost of a can of spray paint, the dirt to fill it and the flowers. I have gotten so many compliments on it!
Beautiful, and so unique!
Thank you Allison!
Marie, The Interior Frugalista says
Excellent repurpose idea and I love the heirloom paint color. Thank goodness no one else ended up with that hidden gem!
I know!!! Thanks Marie!
Soooo creative!!! love the fun paint color Lindsay!
Thank you Christine!
I love your planter! Great job.
Judy Gaaskjolen says
I see you used Thompsons water seal to protect the finish. so, this is working out well to use over chalk paint or mineral paint ? Ive wondered what to use to protect the finish outdoors.
Yes, when I have used it, I haven’t had a problem.