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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

{washtub planter}

I love this old washtub. I love it in the fall especially, full of pumpkins, and stacked with cornstalks on my front porch. But I loved it so much, that I wanted to be able to use it year round.

So, I poked a few holes in the bottom for drainage, filled it with potting soil and flowers, and then made a cute chalkboard sign on the front. It's perfect for my back porch! When fall comes around again, the chalkboard will look darling with "pumpkins" written on the front.

Washtub Planter

  • metal washtub--old, or new
  • painters tape
  • chalkboard spray paint

1. If you are using an old washtub, wipe off the outside of the tub well, and let dry.

2. Using the painters tape, mark off the size of chalkboard that you would like.

3. Following the directions on the can, apply the chalkboard paint. I applied two coats, 20 minutes apart, then let sit for 24 hours.

4. Peel off the tape. You can now write on the chalkboard.

5. Plant your flowers, and enjoy!



Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

Very cute! Those are also great for chilling down drinks in the summer!

June 2, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Keriann said...

I'm jealous! I so want an old wash tub. Haven't been able to find a good one yet. I love what you did with it! I have been looking for one for flowers too! Great minds think alike!

June 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

super cute!

June 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That's adorable! We used to have a washtub...wonder what happened to it....

June 2, 2010 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Molly @ The Creative Maven said...

I love these :) We had lots of them as planters in houses I grew up in.

June 2, 2010 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! said...

Cute idea! I love the way it turned out :) You could do an herb garden in a big tub like that as well!

June 2, 2010 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Jen @ said...

Such a cute project!!


June 2, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger jennifer said...

I just love this! Thanks for sharing!

June 2, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Kaysi said...

So stinkin' cute!! Now I want to go look for a wash tub so I can do this!

June 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

love this idea! where did you find the wash tub?

June 3, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...


Someone was actually getting rid of it! I quickly claimed it, lol. You can buy them brand new at many different locations (do a google search), and if you wanted it weathered, you could always do that part yourself.

June 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

That is adorable! Love the addition of the chalkboard paint.

June 3, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Orange Peanut said...

This is so clever!!! Thanks for sharing!

BTW - I gave you a blog award. Just copy the picture and do what I did. Thanks for all your awesome projects and ideas!

June 3, 2010 at 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So cute and very clever! ~Sam

June 3, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Hi! You came and visited my blog {} so I came to say hi back! This is such a cute idea! I've had so much fun looking through all your ideas--I love the quiet book for church--I'll have to make one for my boy when he gets old enough! Thanks!

June 3, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

This is such a charming planter now!

June 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

This is such a great idea! Love the blog too!

June 8, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I love this! I have that same washtub waiting around (for about 5 yrs now) for the perfect use. I'd love to see a picture of it filled with pumpkins. Do you have one posted here? (Sorry-I'm new to your cute site!)

June 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I love it--I'm gonna have to go and see if I can find a place to buy one or two.

June 10, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

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