Garden Planter {Swap it Like it’s Hot}

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Hi Sweet Friends!! Did you miss me? I sure missed ya’ll the past few days! I’m super excited about today’s post. It is another thrifty makeover, but this one is part of the Swap it Like it’s Hot series where blogger friends send each other a box of thrift store junk treasures to work their magic on. Mine came from my lovely friend, Shanna of Restoration Redoux:

Get a load of what she picked out for me to work some magic on:

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A very patriotic box with drawer, a brass lantern, and a three-piece swag.

I have yet to do anything with the lantern, but after racking the creative corner of my brain, the other pieces were finally repurposed into this whimsical garden planter:

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Cute, right?? That’s the patriotic box with the drawer and the three-piece swag thingy.

I also used this spindle that was originally part of a clothes valet that I spied busted apart on the curb on my way to pick my 13 year old son up from school a couple of weeks ago. He was thrilled that I stopped to pick up garbage off the side of the road on the way back. “Seriously, Mom!!”

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I would never pass up a perfectly good spindle. 🙂

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

To make this, I first spray painted all the pieces black…

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Then I added a little Vaseline on the edges here and there, anywhere I didn’t want the paint to stick, and followed it up with a couple of coats of white spray paint.

When it dried, I used a soft cloth to gently rub the areas I had added Vaseline to and the paint came right off.

Adding vaseline to the corners stops the paint form sticking and is a great tool for getting that shabby worn look.

I do love this technique but have only tried it with spray paint.

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

To construct this (in case anyone sends you similar treasures in the mail to make over), here’s what I did:

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

1. I cut the rounded piece off of the spindle.

2. Then I screwed one of the flat rectangular pieces from the little swag that I had cut into a square, into the top of the spindle.

3. That gave me something to attach the drawer (which I used on the bottom) from the patriotic box, to the spindle.

4. Then I screwed the other patriotic piece to the top of the drawer part, as the part that would hold the plant. I also drilled a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage.

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I added another one of the rectangles from the three-piece swag to the front for more interest. I already had the glass knob and the metal piece from Hobby Lobby in my stash:

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

They were the perfect icing on the cake, but unfortunately the metal part started to rust after a good rain boo hoo! So I have since removed it. It’s still pretty with just the knob though.

To be able to easily get it into the ground, I cut the bottom of the spindle to a point.

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Here it is from the back showing the opening that was once the drawer!

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Shhhh. When I turn it around, no one will ever know.

I took these photos two weeks ago and that dormant bush in the foreground is covered in green foliage now!

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Amazing what two weeks and a bunch of rain will do.

I sure hope you enjoyed this makeover!

Whimsical garden planter made from thrift store cast-offs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

If you missed it or are new around here, you might also like to see what I did with my swap items I received for round #4 back in the Fall:

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Thrifty Sweater Upcycle and More {Swap it Like it’s Hot}

And here’s what I sent this round to my sweet friend, Christy from Our Southern Home:

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I can’t wait to see what she dreams up for these thrift store finds! Check them out HERE now, and check out what the rest of my swapping friends are sharing all this week!:

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Hearts & Sharts

58 Water Street

I Am a Homemaker

Prim and Propah

Create & Babble

Windgate Lane

Gourley Girl and Guy

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

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Two Purple Couches

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Our Southern Home

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Erin Spain

Prodigal Pieces

That’s My Letter

Southern State of Mind

Roadkill Rescue

Always Never Done

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Casa Watkins

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Two Thirty-Five Designs

 Finding Silver Pennies

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The House of Wood

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Bright Green Door

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While They Snooze

The Charming Farmer

Primitive and Proper

A Designer At Home

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Home Made By Carmona

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If you missed my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days Series, where have you been??

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See the final makeover and all links to the fist 30 HERE:

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XOXO,

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Comments

  1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Absolutely love your cute little planter box even with the opening in the back as that will make for a great nesting box for robins being they don’t build nests in trees or shrubs; but in nesting boxes. Great job on coming up with such a cute and useful item for your garden area
    I wish my brain and imagination worked the way yours does

  2. Ha! I did laugh out loud when I saw your final piece Christy, very unexpected, and a definite wow! Thanks for sharing your unique painting technique, it turned out so adorable!

  3. Good morning, Christy – really cute planter, I’ll bet a wren has already checked out the opening in the back.

    LOL – I can jut see you agonizing over parting with pieces from your stash. 🙂

    Sheila

  4. This has to be one of my favorite transformations from this series! You really knocked this one out of the park! I love the farmhouse style it has. It’s going to be gorgeous this summer as that verbena takes off!

  5. So cute! How do you come up with this stuff?!

    xoxo
    -andi

    • Thanks, Andi!! I work better under pressure, I think lol. I never would have purchased those items to make over, but was forced to for this series! 🙂

  6. Angelia says:

    Sooo creative!!! I love it. However, your posts always have me running to the thrift store. 🙂

  7. This is beautiful!!

  8. That is the cutest little planter! Love it!

  9. Great transformations and I love, love, love your garden planter. Great idea.
    Shelly

  10. This is so cute, great idea !! I never would of thought that putting Vaseline on the edges would do that , wow good idea. :))

  11. I also thought of a bird nesting in the open space in the back of the planter. It will be interesting to see if that actually happens. 🙂

    The Vaseline technique worked perfectly on this piece to distress it. It looks great and I’ll be that the people who walk through your neighborhood have already admired it.

  12. Oh wow! No way would I ever have recognized that junk in your cute planter!

  13. this is so adorable. Thinking of making one or two for my planters. you did a fantastic job.

  14. Could a bit of sealer save the rusted piece? It looks soo pretty! It’s such a creative way of using those piece!

  15. Sally Luebben says:

    You are so creative!!

  16. This is so brilliant and totally perfect for Spring! That spidle was in the right place at the right time! 🙂

  17. this is awesome- so clever and cheery, too! i wish it was warm enough for flowers here right now!

    • Thanks, Cassie! It was 75 here yesterday…today it was 43 and actually started with snow flurries! I hope my poor flowers last till the warm weather is here to stay! XO

  18. O.M.G. That is so cute!

    Tania

  19. Love this! My eyes need as much spring as possible, out my window is nothing but snow!

  20. I love, love, love, love what you did with your pieces. This is gorgeous

  21. I love the way your creative mind works, Christy. I would have never seen a pretty planter out of those items! I’m totally jealous that you have flowers and green shrubs while we woke up to snow this morning.

    • Thanks, Marie!! That would be my creative mind…under pressure lol. I never would have thought those items could be anything great if I saw them at the thrift store myself! And we actually woke to snow flurries yesterday booooooo! It was 75 the day before that. Crazy weather!

  22. THE WHITE FLOWER BOX WITH THE OPEN BOX ON THE BACK; I WOULD PUT A BIRD NEST AND A CERAMIC BIRD IN THAT SPOT

  23. Good morning Christy! So glad to see your post. I was looking forward to seeing what you would do with those pieces. It came out really nice. I love it and would love to have one like it. You did a beautiful job. Now I wonder what you will do with the lantern. And “Seriously Mom!!” Hmmm, where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, right in my own car with one of my sons. Laugh out loud funny! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

    • Hi Joanne! I’m so glad you like it! I still need an idea for the lantern. I didn’t want to just paint it…I wanted to transform it somehow, so I’ve got a couple of ideas. Aren’t kids so funny? He was so afraid one of his friends would see…oh the horror! 🙂

  24. That is too cute! I love the vaseline trick!

  25. Christy, I am flabbergasted! I’m pretty sure you win the prize for the “totalest” transformation. Way cool, girl. I loved seeing the photo of the items I sent you last fall, so fun!

  26. Christy, this is amazing! Your garden planter is so pretty and so clever!

  27. I had no doubt your creative mind would figure out something fabulous to do with the projects I sent you! This is darling!

  28. Shut the front door! This was freaking brilliant, friend! LOVE what you did!

  29. Genius! (And also super cute)

  30. You were MEANT for this! I canNOT believe you get this random box and think, ‘I know… I’ll make it into a PLANTER!’. What the WHAT? SO cute!!! I love it! Thanks for playing along! 🙂

    • You are so awesome, thank you, Charlotte!! It helps when you get stuff you can actually work with. I’ve been very lucky! Thanks so much for pulling this together! XOXO

  31. So, so funky fun and pretty too! Love your style, Christy!

  32. Oh Christy! This is so cool! Who knew a bunch of junk puzzled together could be so beautiful! Featured you this weekend on Party Junk, thanks for linking up! 🙂

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