I got a great deal on a three-tier wrought iron plant stand. You may know my limit for most thrift store projects is $5. Why? Because if I pay too much for a project, the profit will be too small by the time I paint and flip it.
There is an exception to the rule: if I buy something for myself, the budget is higher. But this project is for our monthly Thrift Store Decor Tour. How much was this pair of flower pot holders? They were only $4.05.
This is our Thrift Store Day, be sure to check out all the projects below.
Wrought Iron Plant Stands
Have you ever seen anything like these potted plant stands? I did a Google image search and found nothing to match this image. They are in good shape, with only a few areas of rust where the solder joints are located.
Use a Wire Brush on Rusty Areas
It's very important to deal with rust before you paint your metal project, especially if it is going to be subjected to outdoor elements in the future. I used a wire brush everywhere I saw any rust.
Sanding Sponge for Rusty Metal
As an added precaution, I used an 80-grit sanding sponge after using the wire brush.
Spray Painting Wrought Iron
I purchased two cans of cheap spray paint at Walmart. I found this can of Rustoleum Flat Protective Enamel in my stash and decided to use it as a primer coat. On the can, it clearly states that it stops rust.
I always paint the underside of my projects first. The coverage was awesome, and I was in love with the flat finish. I flipped the wrought iron plant stands over and continued with the Rustoleum. The project was very quick and easy.
Adding a Shelf to Flower Pot Holders
As I was taking pictures of the green flower pot holders, I noticed there were some options for displaying them. That is when I decided to add a shelf to the top row. I grabbed the perfect piece of scrap wood and cut it to size on the miter saw. The board was painted with a chip brush and Iron Gate from Heirloom Traditions.
Reconfigure Plant Stands
What do you think? Do you like the added shelf with the new configurations? I had an ulterior motive for adding the shelf. Instead of filling six flower pots, I would only have to fill four!
Materials for Fall Floral Arrangements
Where do you buy your artificial flower supplies? I bought the flowers and pots at The Dollar Tree. The styrofoam pieces were purchased at my local Ben's Bargain Supply at 40% off.
Even with their price increase, I think they were the most frugal option. Walmart's flower bunches are almost $4.00.
I won't go into the process of arranging the flowers because I am definitely a novice. However, I did figure out that hot glue was helpful to keep the styrofoam secured to the flower pot.
Wrought Iron Plant Stand Fall Arrangement
The wrought iron plant stand is very versatile, depending on how the two pieces are arranged.
The possibilities are endless for any season or location.
Of course, you could always separate the two pieces to flank your front door. The entire project comes in at under $30 because I already had some of the Autumn decor pieces.
Related Content: Choosing the Right Outdoor Planter For Your Space
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Fall Thrift Store Projects
- Three-Tier Plant Stand (You Are Here, Thank You)
- Easy Modern Mirror Edge
- Hanging Candy Dish
- DIY Bird Feeder
- Pumpkin Decor From Straw Trivets
- How to Make a Painted Surface Look Like Wood
- DIY Three-Panel Room Divider Refresh
- Thrifted Pumpkin Basket Makeover
- DIY Felted Fall Leaves
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.