Yardsale Finds and Repurposing

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Repurpose something old! It’s that time of year! It’s a great time to hit the yard sales and estate sales. Scoop up fun inspiration for making something old new again. Check out these repurposed, upcycled and refreshed ideas!

Chandelier – one of my favorite DIY projects from the past. It does require a lot of TLC for the plants. I also love the idea of solar lights in place of plants. 

Chandelier Planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

Light Fixture – DIY at your own risk. Always make sure to use non flammable materials and to consult an electrician.

Globe Light Fixture

globe light cover

Repurposed Pallet – learn how to choose one that’s not chemically treated and plant a mobile herb garden.

Pallet Garden

vertical pallet herb garden

Or fill it with flowers for a beautiful outdoor feature.

Flower Pallet Garden

flower pallet garden @diyshowoff

Industrial milk can side table – look for unique pieces to repurpose!

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Tea cups for planters. 

Succulents in Tea Cups

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

And a bundt pan too…

Patio Table Umbrella Planter

Update wooden candlesticks with paint. It’s a great way to add a colorful accent to your decor. 

Candlesticks

colorful painted wooden candlesticks Candlestick Centerpiece at diyshowoff.com DIY candlestick update at diyshowoff.com  Give a thrift store treasure a brand new look…

Serving Tray Makeover

chevron serving tray makeover

Basket wall – my studio is still a work in progress but there’s a new collection on display… 

basket wall diyshowoff

Grab a lamp and give it a makeover with a good scrubbing or paint and a new shade.

Lamp Makeovers

Lamp makeover at diyshowoff.com

New collections: I love these brooches on display!

Brooch Wreath

how to make a jewelry wreath

 

Gallery wall! A collection of thrifted and vintage artwork is one of my favorite ways to dress up a wall. So much interest and personality! 

Gallery Walls

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff gallery wall at diyshowoff.com mixed media gallery wall at diyshowoff.com eclectic gallery wall stairway gallery wall gallery wall Christmas decorating thrifty gallery wall gallery wall

Furniture makeovers – the power of paint is an awesome way to rescue old furniture. 

Dresser Makeover after DIY Dog Bed labeled-dresser farmhouse kitchen diyshowoff side table makeover Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial plastic picnic table makeover steamer trunk coffee table painted upholstered chairs flea market step stool makeover @diyshowoff DIY Show Off step stool makeover

What are you latest greatest favorite yard sale treasures?

Flower Fountain Planter

Isn’t she a beauty?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This flowering fountain is my favorite planter so far and after looking back, I’ve done a lot of planters over the years…and we joke that I have the complete opposite of a green thumb. Pffft. The DIYShowOff vault is filled with proof (below) that I’m not THAT terrible a gardener. Right? Right.

Okay, onto this year’s planter project….she’s so pretty! A mix of something old, living breathing beauty and a new topper. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

When we bought this old neglected house just about exactly ten years ago, we found pieces of an old fountain in the tall overgrown grass. Or maybe it was weeds or what might have been a garden at one time…but it was like finding buried treasure! And for 10 years, I’ve wanted to do something with ‘her’ but she sort of just sat discarded in that same overgrown area (and that little fenced in mess, well that’s a project for another time) or up against a hidden area of the house as a last priority. Forgotten. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

I bet this rusty, chippy fountain was stunning back in her heyday with her beautiful curves. I imagine she had a bubbling personality with lots of feathered friends. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This year, Russ hefted those cast iron pieces out from hiding and cleaned them up and a plan was hatched. He drilled holes into the basin bottoms and sprayed the interior basin areas with a rubber/latex coating. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then he assembled it, using a cyclone fence pipe to anchor and secure it into place. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

We filled the basins with potting soil, plants and flowers. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Looking good, old girl! It’s worn and old and the top wasn’t quite what it used to be (not sure what it looked like back in it’s prime, but I love that we didn’t spray paint it solid. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then I remembered that I had a decorative artichoke-type accent. It’s resin and perhaps a temporary topper but it’s secured with a blog of concrete (still wet in photos but dried to a lighter shade…still, imperfectly perfect although I may give it a little white-washing) and I AM IN LOVE! Isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she lovely?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

How old do you think she is? I’d guess at least 50-60. The imperfections of age give this girl some history. Just imagine the stories she could tell of homeowners past.

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

She looks like a beautiful tiered cake with luscious flowering/fruit decorations to me!

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Those laugh lines and wrinkles. She’s just as striking today as she once was. At least to a lover of worn and vintage treasures like me. What do you think?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Like creative planters? Me too! Check out these past DIYShowOff projects:

chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

tire planter

tire flower planter decor How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

patio umbrella (bundt cake pan) planter

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

 

tea cup succulents

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

stenciled flower pots

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

sisal rope planters

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com

house number flower pots

house number flower pots

creative planter ideas @diyshowoff