Monday, January 5, 2009

Trash to Treasure: Porch Decor

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One of my favorite things to look for at flea markets and thrift stores is things for my porch. I haven't been out shopping lately so I wasn't sure what I would post.

I looked through pics from last summer, and found a picture of this old tool box that I found at a flea market in Bay St. Louis, Ms. It was already painted to match the wicker on our back porch! The plants are inside now, but looking at this pic makes me long for those warmer days!
I paid a little more for this than I normally do- about 10 dollars. Since I've gotten so many bargains in recent months, I've gotten a lot more selective in what I buy! I probably would pass this up now-but I'm glad I have it!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit the others who are posting a Trash to Treasure today.



41 comments:

Lorrie said...

Oh I love this planter Diane. Now that Christmas is over, I'm longing for warm weather again!

Femin Susan said...

Hello……. !
Very cute all these pictures... I agree with your title..Great……. may god bless you !

Tootsie said...

love the planter, the furniture and wish it was warmer here too!

Jon said...

Diane, I am particulary fond of container gardening, and I love your use of this as a planter. One of my favorite things to do is planting interesting plants in unusual and interesting containers. As the country people around here sometimes say when giving a compliment: "You did GOOD"!

Jon at Mississippi Garden

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a great idea! I'll be looking for a tool box now. laurie

Sandy Toes said...

I love the color of your planter..my kitchen is that color..love it..that is a true treasure for any home!
-sandy toes

Steve Buser said...

I have an old tool box like that sitting around. it is much longer but handmade -- this would be a great way to do it a makeover.

Sheila T said...

Hi,
I love your blog; it's always so cheerful. I especially like the "Trash to Treasure" entries. Thanks for the reading pleasure!

Jan and Tom's Rose Haven said...

Hi Diane...

What a nifty use of a tool box!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Happy To Be said...

Diane ..I just signed up to do this...it sounds like fun..thanks Diane..love your tool box girl..I just love things like that...hugs and smiles Gloria

tardevil said...

I love it and it's colors! I'm glad you did buy it. I had a sunroom at my last house, and I so miss it. :O( Be thankful for that lovely porch everyday. We have a deck, and you just can't foof them up as nicely! Not that I'm lecturing you - I'm just a tad jealous (not one of my better qualities!)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Diane, I love it! I'm glad you didn't pass it up because it's so cute. I really like tool boxes, and they have a whole bunch of uses! Glad you got yours!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Joy said...

I've always loved the look of old tool boxes. Yours is beautiful! And the pretty photo makes me long for weather that's warmer than 20 degrees with snow storms.

The Muse said...

looks like a very "cottage" style accent... lovely.

beth at aunties said...

The tool box is lovely with the plants. You seem to find the best stuff! I am glad you bought it then and have now. I later seem to regret those good deals
I pass on.
It goes so well with your nice wicker furniture.
Thanks for hosting this party again:-)

April said...

Your planter is so pretty, Diane...makes me long for springtime!

Southern Lady said...

I'm glad you didn't pass up that pretty little tool box, Diane. It's perfect with your beautiful wicker set.

We're going to the Coast Friday and I hope to stop along the way and find some potential "trash to treasure" goodies.

Dawn said...

I long to have a porch. I love looking at the pictures of yours. I love the color and the planter is great! I'm not quite ready for summer yet, though the thought of summer vacation always brings a smile to my face :)

take care,
Dawn

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Diane, This planter is so cute! Makes me think of Spring on this winter day. I won't say cold day, cause it is 70 degrees today! LOL! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Diane! I love things like this for the porch/patio. I had one years ago and for the life of me don't know what happened to it!! Seeing yours I may have to look for another one or maybe have my dad build me one! Looks great. Nice color for wicker too; a little different than most! Have a nice day - Sincerely, Jeannette

jeanne said...

Hello Diane, I wanted to play along today but I couldn't think of anything to post. I'm working on it though. Hopefully next week I will think of something. LOL.

Your little tool box is so sweet for a planter. Truthfully, you are the queen of seeing possibilities in trash. I am lame at best. I can picture a room decorated but that's about it.

Love and hugs...Jeanne

Deb said...

I love the colour of your tool box/planter! What a pretty porch you have. Looks like the perfect spot to sit and enjoy your garden.

Darlene said...

Hi Diane,
I LOVE your toolbox planter....it is GREAT!

ann said...

This is darling.What an idea...Ann

Joanna said...

Great use for it! I would have never thought of such a great idea.

Joanna said...

Great use for it! I would have never thought of such a great idea.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Love the planter! You're making me long for spring.

Beth @ Blue Socks said...

So cute; makes me want to get out and hit the thrift stores!

Melissa Wertz said...

Diane, I like it and it looks great on your porch.

KATHERINELLEN said...

Diane,
That is soooo CUTE! Great idea you done...thanks for sharing...I love it! Hope you had a great day today..

Alex said...

What a cool idea, Diane. You've always been one to find great finds in your treasure hunting!! :)

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I also look constantly for things for the outdoors. At the antique mall, wherever I happen to be shopping. I'm just as excited over a purchase for the gardens as the house!
Brenda

imjacobsmom said...

That is really cute! ~ Robyn

Picket said...

Hey Diane..love that planter...I could see it being used in alot of ways...oh I do so love that wicker...what is it about wicker and porches and living in the South? Ohhh I love it! lol Hope you have a great week my friend!

nikkicrumpet said...

DEFINITELY worth the ten bucks! I love it as a planter...and I too am longing for spring!

Victoria @ Auction Girl Vintage said...

Hi Diane, and thanks for hosting. Your tool box is such a pretty shade of green ... if I call it Robin's Egg Green, do you think anyone will understand what I mean?

Have a great week!

Victoria

Nancy said...

Oh Diane, I can't wait for spring! It really is my time of the year! I love your planter! I have 2 chairs that need to be refinished....if...I mean When I get them done...I am going to post them on your trash to treasure! blessings, Nancy

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Love it! Saw a tool box this summer that was probably around the same price (maybe $15) and kind of kicked myself for not picking it up. I think yours is a good deal for $10. And I love the old patina (that's my HGTV word. :-)

Rambling Girl said...

WOW...I would have never thought of this....I have a toy tool box that is just the same size and style and I really need something sitting on my wicker table on my porch...ok glad I saw this post cause now this will not go to the dump and will have a spray job fix later on one weekend real soon...The pansies would be cute sitting in that tool box I have...

Kim said...

Great blog. I just found you. I'm going thrift storing today if the weather will let me out. I'll post what I find.

Arlene said...

Diane, I joined your trash to treasure on a different post and it didn't show up in this blog. I just found this one tonight. I wonder how I ever got a blog going by myself.lol Can you get my last name off of list?