Hello friends! Can you believe it’s time for this year’s OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA? If you haven’t started any outdoor projects, now’s the time! I promise you’ll be inspired to whip your backyard (or any part of your outdoor space) into shape.
I’ve invited some creative blogger friends to join in the fun. Over the next few Wednesdays, we’ll be sharing Plants & Flowers projects, Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining ideas, as well as Build-it & Paint projects.
Then, on May 28th, we invite you to come back for one big OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA link party, where you can share your own outdoor projects!
To kick things off, we’re sharing our Plants & Flowers projects today…
For a while now, I’ve had two vintage tool boxes sitting in our garage. One I found in front of a garbage and the other was rescued from the back of my cousin’s truck, which was en route to the dump.
When I brought them home, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I mean, that orange paint job was hideous. But they both were solid and deserved a second chance.
So, I did what I usually do with old wood, and pulled out my sand paper, white paint and some rags and brushes. The orange caddy got a few coats of indoor/outdoor paint, whereas the wooden one got a watered-down wash that I wiped off with a rag. Just enough to tame down the stain color.
Then, I aged some terracotta pots with the same watered-down indoor/outdoor white paint. I brushed it on and used a rag to remove a little here and there. Some areas required two coats. Don’t worry if you mess up. Dampen the rag to remove the excess and apply a little more. Be sure to finish at least the rim part of the inside too.
Next, I placed each pot in a section of the larger tool box along with some spanish moss.
To keep the plants from drying out, I transferred them to peat pots first and then placed them in each terracotta pot. They’ll still likely need a daily watering, but the fiber will help hold in the moisture.
Don’t you love these frizzle sizzle pansies? Adorable, I say.
For the orange caddy, I stencilled HERBS across the front using self-adhesive stencils and charcoal paint I had left over from my tea towel project. Then, I lightly sanded the letters to give them a slightly-weathered look.
I like how it serves as a garden tool caddy…
Or a cute little herb planter.
I think these vintage tool boxes are better served here than in a landfill. Just saying.
Ready to take a look at the other Plants & Flowers projects?
Texas Centerpiece by The Blissful Bee
Whimsical Herb Garden by Craftberry Bush
Front Yard Garden Tour by The Happy Housie
Vintage Tool Box Planters by Satori Design for Living (you’re here)
DIY Patio Planter by Fynes Designs
How to Make a Fairy Garden by Echoes of Laughter
Thanks for stopping by!