Upcycled Vintage Garden Containers

I always say to make the ordinary extraordinary. Rather than buy a bunch of mass manufactured pots, I decided to gather together a collection of eclectic, ordinary, every day, rusty, vintage containers. Some of these I did go out an buy at vintage/antique stores, but some I had lying around in my project room!

Just use your imagination! For mine, I chose some old milking buckets, glass light fixture globes, kitchen items, a rusty wire fruit basket, and a John Deere rusty wagon bed. (See final photos for finished results!)

Make sure to add holes for water to exit using a drill and bits made for cutting through metal.


Next, just add your potting soil and plants! I like to vary the heights on the tables to make it more aesthetically pleasing! For that I used some old crates, pieces of wood, and or course different size containers.

You can even be creative with the tables you use! One table I made from a iron sewing machine base and Hoosier Hutch enamel top. I’m looking forward to watching these grow fuller over the summer – I prefer the “wild and overgrown” look!

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The Rusty Can Saga Continues…

[Get some of these amazing rusty cans now in my shop!]

And so the rusty can saga continues… my favorite colors are rust, patina and chippy! (Get your very own junker t-shirt that says just that!) There’s something about vintage pieces. Even though they can’t speak, their long journey tells a quiet, beautiful story. In a world of mass production and plastic everything, I just want to preserve a little bit of what we all came from. Progress is great but so is the past that got us there.

I guess I’m just a free spirited old soul. I can appreciate all of our modern conveniences and technology (especially medical technology that saved my daughter’s life). But I just love all things old and vintage. And so I rescue them, one rusty can at a time!

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Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Stephanie, and I’m a single mama of 2 girls, ages 12 and 9 and a grumpy puggle named Stella Luna. We live in Northern VA where I work full time and also started my own business, Artified Junk Rescue.

I’ve always been an artist in some way over the years, whether it’s fine art, photography, or upcycling, like I do now. I love the thrill of the hunt, wandering around antique, vintage, thrift stores or flea markets, looking for “junk” that I can make into a treasure. I love to travel and wherever I am, I am always rescuing discarded vintage pieces and antiques. My passion is preserving history, eating organic and all natural, working hard to grow my small business and and supporting other small businesses.

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