Welcome to a special edition of our Thrift Store Decor Team’s Repurposed Planter special! I chose to do a vintage toolbox planter using succulents! I really struggled with this month’s theme because I have already done so many repurposed planter ideas! But! I’ve never used a toolbox and succulents.
Be sure to see all the other great ideas at the end of this post.
Red Vintage Toolbox
I actually went to the garage looking for an enamel pan, but when I saw this vintage toolbox on the shelf, I knew it would be perfect for this challenge. As you can see it was quite dirty!
Always clean your thrift store projects
I sprayed it off with the hose. I chose NOT to paint it or remove the rust.
Add natural elements to vintage toolbox planter
To add some natural elements to my toolbox planter, I grabbed a rock and branch from the yard. I used a hammer to bust the pieces to make them smaller.
Shopping at Home Depot for Succulents
Lulu Mae and I headed to the Home Depot to shop for plants. I thought I would do succulents, but I wasn’t sure until I got there and looked around. These little guys were so cute, not as cute as Lulu though! She really didn’t want me to take her picture.
Gather supplies for repurposed toolbox planter
Along with the succulents, I picked up some cactus potting mix at HD. Then we headed across the street to the Dollar Tree to get some rocks. I chose several faux succulents at the dollar tree in case I needed them to fill in.
Add rocks for drainage
These small white rocks were perfect for lining the bottom of the toolbox planter to aid in drainage. I used all three bags.
Add potting mix and succulents
It’s difficult to keep the soil off the leaves. If you have a tip for this, please share it with me! I have an answer to the problem after the fact, but I’ve never figured out how to keep the plants free of dirt as I’m planting them. You can see—I’m a messy gardener!
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Leaf blower removes excess dirt from plant leaves
I have the leaf blower really close in this picture, but in reality I held it further away once I started blowing away the dirt from the leaves.
Vintage Metal Toolbox Planter with Succulents
So much better with all the excess dirt blown away! After the dirt was taken care of, I gave the planter a little drink.
Then I placed the toolbox planter on this cute little chair I got in the spring. It’s in perfect condition and the price was really good.
Display toolbox planter on metal chair
Do you think it needs something else? Or is it perfect? Would you have painted the toolbox?
You will be inspired by the creativity of my friends! Be sure to check out their ideas below!
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House Of Hawthornes' Colorful Bushel Basket Planter
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's Succulent Bird Bath Planter
Our Southern Home's Decorative Potted Plant Finish
My Repurposed Life's Vintage Toolbox Planter
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.