What once was...

When I saw the theme for Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special, I could not resist...taking an item that once was one thing and turning it into something else is right up my alley.  Disregarding what something once was and instead seeing the potential in what it might be was the focus of The Salvage Studio, a retail/workshop studio I once co-owned but I had the recycle/upcycle bug long before that.

Most of the time I know what the original purpose was of the item I am re-purposing...but with this example, I'm actually not quite sure...was it a manifold cover?  an oil pan?  part of a carburetor from a big truck?  It didn't matter...it is now a flower box for my kitchen window!

It already had two holes in the bottom, so drainage was no problem.  I attached two iron brackets to the house so the flower box could set securely on the brackets just under the edge of the window sill.  I planted geraniums and trailing vines...our weather here has been cool to say the least so they have a bit of growing to do until it all fills in...I like how the reddish tones of the vines complement the rusty exterior...

I encourage you to check out the projects over at Funky Junk Interiors...I can't wait to see other stories behind what becomes of what once was...


  1. I LOVE it!!!
    It is so much fun to take old stuff and make it
    beautiful with flowers and plants ~

    Thank you for sharing with us :)


  2. Perfect rusty planter...I'm always intimidated to attach things to the house. So far I've only done it once. Good for you!

  3. absolutely gorgeous! Great choice of plants, and..... are those metal brackets meant for curtains originally? Wonderful!

  4. Phenomenal! What a perfect execution for a 'what is it?' junk artifact! I want one. :)

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 86. :)



  5. Fun stuff! I've been "away" this week...just catching up with my readings. Sue and I did another "adventure" on Tuesday...I'm going to post pics about this soon (...hopefully today!)

  6. Love this. absolutely perfectly rusty. Found you through Funky Junk Interiors and have added myself as a follower. Looking forward to your future posts.



  7. That is a fabulous piece and you found the perfect use for it!! Your flowers are beautiful!


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