It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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I’ve always had a love for old containers especially buckets. My first thrift store purchase when I was 18 years old was an old wooden bucket that had been part of a crank ice cream maker. I used that bucket for many years as a planter and ended up giving it away to someone who loved it, too. When I saw this old, well-used metal bucket at the thrift store I immediately thought it would make the sweetest plant hanger in my kitchen.
I already had everything I needed at home except for the plant and went to my local home store and found this one that was marked down to $2.00. Because I am such a cheapskate and knew I could love it back to good health I bought it.
Old Bucket Planter Supplies
Here’s what I used:
- gloss spray varnish
- plant hanger with screws
- metal bucket
- a plastic pot and drain dish
- (optional) stencils, paint, and makeup sponge
Old Bucket Planter Instructions
- Rinse the bucket out and wipe around the outside. Let dry.
- Seal the bucket with a spray varnish to brighten up the patina and to protect it from any water.
- While the varnish is drying screw up the plant hanger where you would like it. Preferably near a window for light.
- (Optional) I like to add little encouraging words around my home so I stenciled “Count Your Blessings” on the bucket. I wanted it to look as old as the bucket so I used a vintage looking font and sanded it after it was dry. If you would like to see how I stencil here is a stenciling tutorial.
- I planted my plant in a bigger pot than it came in, fed it some plant food and water and stuck it inside the bucket with a drainer dish in the bottom.
I’m thrilled with the vintage detail it adds in my kitchen.
I would love to see your unique planter ideas. Send me your links and I will add them below.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!