Salvaged Planters

One afternoon on a stroll I spotted two metal deck planters in someone’s trash. I picked them up and carried them home.  I cleaned the rust spots off with a wire brush then painted them.

They needed liners but those are expensive so I pulled out some fabric I had on hand, organic duck upholstery fabric, and used that instead.

To save even more money I filled them with seeds instead of live plants.  I’ve got Forget-me-nots and Alyssum, the blue and white will look nice against the white rails when they sprout.

We had a lot of rain right after I put these out and you can see the fabric allowed the excess water to filter through the fabric nicely.

Total cost: I had paint and soil on hand which left me with a total expenditure of $1.00 for seeds.




    • I’m looking forward to seeing how they look with the blue and white flowers. I’m really bad at growing flowers from seed but I keep trying. I’m hoping this is the year I finally get my green thumb with flowers. 🙂


    • You are so right, Sue. I just need to be careful I don’t try holding on to all fabric I find and use it in a timely manner or I will no longer have a Minimalist Farmhouse. 🙂


  1. Lovely…

    I love, too, the blue fabric…the colour is perfect with white fence etc.. I suspect it will be quite durable and long lasting…

    I used to have a neighbor that had some smaller baskets like you, hanging on her back wall, which I could see from my kitchen window. I saw that every single yr, she replaced her purchased fabric..every single yr. I suspect that was not quite necessary, but, I also suspect your duck fabric will last for at least five or six yrs…

    Great find.


    • Thank you, Anon. Blue and white is my favorite color combination. I do hope I won’t have to replace the fabric each year. I’m hoping I can remove the soil and wash the fabric for next summer but we shall see how it holds up. I bet looking out your window at your neighbors planters was a beautiful view.


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