Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vintage Toolbox Herb Garden (Revived & Repurposed!)

Happy Hump Day fellow blogerinas!  Just a few more days until the weekend is here!  For me, that means getting lots of projects done.  Last weekend I finally finished reviving this awesome vintage toolbox that I scored for just a few dollars at an estate sale a few weeks ago.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it to be an herb garden for my porch.  I considered just putting the soil directly in the box, but I like to keep my herbs as long as possible into the winter, so I decided to use pots inside the box that I can bring inside when the temps drop.  (from Ikea, of course!)

To paint the triangles I used the same paint that I did on the front door (see that post here).  I thought it would be a good way to make my porch cohesive. 

After I painted the triangles, I coated the bare wood with Thompson's WaterSeal to keep it safe from the elements.  This goes on super easy, but takes about 24 hrs to dry.  Make sure you do this outside because the fumes are killer!

For my labels, I took some little wooden triangles, painted them with chalkboard paint, drilled holes in them and tied them to the toolbox handle with bakers twine.  This way, you can change the labels when needed.

The best part of this?  Using the herbs to make delicious food!  I made a whole wheat margarita pizza with fresh basil and oregano on top. SOOOO yummy!

I love finding little gems like this toolbox and repurposing them into something fabulous!  What kinds of things have you repurposed lately?  We'd love for you to share inspiration with us!

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  1. Very cute! Love the labels! Stop by my Friday's Five Features this week and link up this post (and others)!

  2. Very clever and stylish. Really like, especially the way you did the plant markers.

  3. Not only is that an amazing find, but I think the triangles were THE BEST possible way of making it the world's coolest tool box/herb planter. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out to make one for myself!

    And thanks for sharing the name of that mint, it's SO pretty!


  4. This is such a great idea! I love growing herbs and am always trying to find cute ways to display them! Come check out my new link up on fridays at!

  5. i absolutely love it. The triangles you added to the toolbox were a great add. I'm hosting a Wall Decal giveaway that you should enter!

  6. Oh, I adore your tool box herb garden!!!
    So beautiful.
    The tool box is such a great find, and I love triangles...


  7. The pics and the coke looks nice. The recipe is mouth watering. You have a nice place.


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