Hi MRL fans! It’s Angie from Knick of Time, and today I have a repurposed farmhouse garden project to share.
If you follow my blog, you may remember some beautiful pieces of farmhouse salvage that I picked up at auctions. Both of them were were the tops of old farmhouse water pumps. I used one of the farmhouse water pumps to display flowers and turned the other one into a hanging farmhouse light.
This is a complete water pump that we brought it with us from our Missouri farmhouse when we moved to our Illinois farmhouse several years ago.
The pump stood between our shed and the house. I never could decide what I wanted to do with it, but I have such sweet memories of our time in that house, that I knew wanted to something special with it.
I decided to make a few repairs and turn it into decor for our front yard.
The bolts holding the faucet were loose, but too rusted to remove, so we cut them off and replaced them with galvanized steel bolts.
We dug out a hole and sunk a 4 x 4 post into it, then filled the bottom of the hole with concrete.
The pump was positioned on top of the post and the hole filled with dirt.
The metal handle was missing the original wood, so we drilled a hole through the center of a dowel and cut it in half to fit around the metal handle. I stained the wood pieces then used E600 to glue it together.
Then came the fun part …
I planted flowers around the base and put cedar mulch around the plants to help control weeds. We plan to put an edge around it to contain the mulch also, but haven’t gotten that done yet.
The finishing touch was filling a little metal bucket with flowers to hang on the faucet.
I love using repurposed farmhouse salvage inside my home and outside too, so it’s so nice to have our old water pump as a focal point in our yard where we can enjoy it again.
Click here to see the rest of the Junk Garden projects I’ve been sharing at Knick of Time.
See you next month!