5 Household Items to Give Your Plants a Designer Edge

12 Sep

From utilitarian to chic, here’s 5 ways to recycle ordinary household items for an updated look that melds potters and home decor!

{5 Household Items to Give Your Plants a Designer Edge}

As the growing season begins to fade into the fall,  I’m already thinking about which perennials will stay “green” through the winter months and how to get all my herbs to fit onto my kitchen shelf. Then comes the notion of transplanting and if the pots will work with the aesthetics of my home.

In true Thrifty Vintage Chic fashion, I’ve come up with 5 chic ideas for upcycling ordinary household items into potters that will give your home decor an extra touch of pizazz!

1. Watering Cans

“Buy it Now” on eBay for $5.99 to $25
Watering Cans

2. Colanders

“Buy It Now” on eBay $4.99 to $27

3. Tin Pails

“Buy It Now” on eBay for $4.99 to $19
tin pail

4. Vintage Soup Tureens

“Buy it Now” on eBay for $3.99 to $49.95
red soup tureen

5. Tea Kettles

“Buy it Now” on eBay for $9 to $33.99
tea kettle

Want More Chic & Utilitarian Gardening Options? Then watch how I turned these 5 Household Items into Designer Potters:

My Green Thumb Container Gardening Tips

Terracotta Pots: Seal the inside with a clear acrylic spray paint. This will keep the moisture in the dirt rather than the clay sucking the moisture through the pot and causing your paint to bubble on the other side.

Outdoor Containers: If you can put drainage holes in your outdoor container, do so. For rubber, tin or plastic containers, use a drill or hammer and nail about an inch above the base. This allows excess water to drain out while allowing the roots to have a small reserve for hot days.

{NOTE} Drainage holes are typically on the bottom of potters, but if your containers live on wood or a deck, then side drainage holes are good for your plant while also protecting your outdoor space from mildew, water marks or other signs of rot.


3 Responses to “5 Household Items to Give Your Plants a Designer Edge”

  1. Justin September 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM #

    I love it!! What great ideas!!! You’ve inspired me!! I took an old janitors mop bucket from the 1970’s (stored since then in my barn in upstate new york.) I transfered this plant that was on its last legs in an old plastic pot, now its kinda doing better now! And I love the industrial edge it gives it too!


  2. Dawn September 13, 2011 at 3:09 PM #

    Robin, I love all your ideas, but that soup tureen is fantastic! It has such an old-world vibe to it, and you can’t beat the price. Did you put a drainage hole in it? Also, did you put a drainage hole in the cast iron pot—my second-favorite idea–?


  3. Joe (mad about design furniture) Cooper March 1, 2012 at 1:11 AM #

    Cool objects! Very vintage indeed!


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