Every now and then I see a repurposed vintage project online and think, “I’d love to do that but I can never find that item.” That happened a few years ago when I saw this antique gas fireplace used as a planter. In all our shopping trips I’ve never seen an old heater like that. But guess what… just a few days later Bikeman and I took some time to go to some local thrift shops and I found one!
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My Repurposed Vintage Planter
The one we found wasn’t as ornate as the one in the blog post I read, but similar. The ceramic part is broken one one side which is probably why it hadn’t sold. I figured we could take that part out and just use the cast iron part to hold a planter box. The guy working in the shop came down on the price when he saw us looking at it. So even though the price tag says $30.00 we only paid $7.00.
Then we got it home and Bikeman took over. He cleaned it up, decided to leave the ceramic part in even though it’s broken, then went to the nursery and bought some flowers. It’s now in his garden.
UPDATE: Bikeman loves marigolds but I’m not that thrilled about them so next spring I added some different flowers.
I still love the details on this old heater.
He’s getting pretty creative in our little patio garden so I thought I’d show you what else he’s come up with.
This is a really big deal for him because up until the past couple of years he never really did anything in the garden. Just cut the grass. But now he’s really enjoying it and it looks better than ever!
I bought this old tackle box at an estate sale. It was going to be sold, too, until Bikeman grabbed it, stuck some succulents in it, and hung it on the fence next to his grill.
We’re on the lookout for more so he can completely surround the grill. Yes, I might be addicted to Pinterest. But where else do you find such great repurposed vintage projects?
Hanging right next to the tackle box is a magazine rack. It’s not vintage. We found that at our local T. J. Maxx. Bikeman bought some coconut liner at our nursery, added dirt, and more succulents. We just have to make sure we water this every day in the summer. It dries out fast!
Now, share your upcycle garden project with us!
If you liked this repurposed vintage project, check out these:
- Planting Succulents in Vintage Teacups
- Succulent Centerpieces for a Wedding
- Repurpose a Light Fixture into a Succulent Terrarium
- Build Your Own Wooden Succulent Garden Box
- Herb Garden in a Suitcase
Originally published March 28, 2014. Featured on Over the Moon Link Party.
‘Til the next vintage repurposed project,