Re-purposed Planter Box – Put a Bird on it!

Re-purposed Planter Box – Put a Bird on it!
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We stopped at the Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Oregon over the summer to sample some of their delicious blue cheese. There were these very cool vintage cheese sinks in front of the cheese factory building that were repurposed into planter boxes. I believe the milk used to run down them and then the curds would be made here. Re-purposing is fun because we are breaking rules. That sink was meant to assist in cheese-making, yet here were all these funky grasses and herbs in them. So naughty! Break all the rules!!

 


The inspiration

 

I wanted to make my own cool planter box but knew that finding a vintage cheese sink would be nearly impossible, but what else could I transform?

I found this sad trunk complete with funky mold odor in an Oregon Thift Shop for $8 while on my trip. As ugly as it was, I knew I had found my new planter box and it was ready to be reborn. In a nod to Oregon and one of my fav shows ‘Portlandia’, I decided to ‘Put a Bird on it’.


The dog is not impressed.

 

After painting the top part a dark brown that I just happened to have in my excess paint collection, I hand painting some birds sitting on a wire. I didn’t paint the bottom portion because it was already brown and I liked the weathered look. Plus, I’m lazy.

I drilled holes in the bottom of the wood trunk so water can drain out. I realize that the wood will eventually rot out, but I’m ok with that as this piece of old furniture was probably not going to ever see the inside of a house again.

I put in some container plants, and would like to put some succulents in the small boxes in the front. The whole project cost me about $14 including the plants.

 

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