Vintage Finds for the Garden

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Patios and small garden spaces can pose a problem or a goldmine for the creative gardener. We have a small brick patio leading to the back door of our home, and I was bored with simply lining it with container plants each Spring. A trip to a local resale/salvage yard proffered some (inexpensive) vintage finds that added varying height, color, and interest to my patio “garden.”

Here’s the mishmash of what I brought home one day for under $35:

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My haul included two tables, an old toolbox, and a window.  I liked the colors and the varying heights of the pieces as well as the weathered and chipped paint.  The only work needed was to clean them a bit and decide how to use them.

The table before....

The table before….

 

...and after

…and after

The table looked lonely against the wall, so I added a “window” above it. Using an electric drill and a bit specifically for use on brick or cement, I drilled two holes into the stucco then hammered plastic anchors into the holes.  I screwed two screws about halfway into the anchors and hung the window atop them.

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Once opened, the toolbox became the perfect home for two flowering plants.

 

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The small green table found a perfect nook between the table and toolbox.

 

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I tucked some additional containers around the vintage pieces to add color.  Now the brick patio provides a welcoming walk to the back door with some interesting visuals to admire along the way.

 

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