Thrift Store Junk, Indoor Spring Planter

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

I have another super easy project for you this week.  Not quite as easy as Monday’s vintage milk crate, but it’s close. At least I got out a paintbrush this time.

I’m still stealing ideas from  Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper. Do you remember my LIVE BAITS sign? Yup, stole the idea, or as I prefer to call it…scavenged. 

Magnolia Farms plant stand

I first found this idea on Pinterest.  Only after clicking the link did I find out it was posted by Joanna. I should have figured, I love her shabby chic farmhouse style. On her blog she has highlights from the show as well as a few diy projects.  This pedestal planter was one of her diys.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

So now I was on the search in my local thrift store for my own indoor planter pieces. Not hard to find, all the thrift stores have loaf pans and their share of miscellaneous vases, it was just a matter of picking my favorite shabby pieces.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

The green vase was transformed with a little chalk paint.

White, gray and tan were just randomly dabbed and painted on. Finished off the base with a little bit of sanding to reveal a couple of the edges and a little tinted wax to muddy up the finish.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

The loaf pan didn’t have much character on its own. Used an electric sander to prepare the surface then painted on watered down black chalk paint. Wiped off the excess paint while it was still wet.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

This is a better picture of the before and after.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

The two pieces are just glued together with an epoxy.  I used “GOOP”, a marine adhesive.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

Since there are no drain holes, add some pebbles in the bottom of your pan before planting.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

Right now the planter is stocked with herbs.  The basil and mint will be transplanted outside as soon as we quit getting freeze warnings at night. I’m hoping that happens soon.

 If I don’t kill them first, two of these herbs should get way too big for this small planter.

Indoor Planter from Thrift Store Finds

Right now the herbs are making my kitchen smell so good.  Hubby is looking forward to mojitos with fresh mint and nothing is better than fresh basil pesto.

The third herb in this little planter is lemon thyme.  It smells fantastic but does anybody have a good recipe I can use it in?

Normally I just share with you 2 projects a week, but since tomorrow will be the third Friday of the month (where has April gone?), join me again tomorrow when I guest post over at My Repurposed Life.

Shared at Thoughts of Home on Thursday, Handmade Hangout Party,

Silver Pennies Sundays, Wow us Wednesdays,

Sweet Inspiration, Funky Junk DIY Salvage,

Share it one More Time, DIY Sunday Showcase,

Dishing it and Digging it, Amaze me Monday,

Metamorphosis Monday, Inspire me Tuesday, Be Inspired Tuesday,

Talk of the Town, Link Party Palooza, That DIY Party


  • Jemma says:

    You did an amazing transformation on both of these pieces!
    I just planted some lemon thyme too-can you believe how aromatic it is:)
    I too am searching for a recipe.
    Thank you for joining us at TOHOT!

  • Joan Lemon thyme is great for using on roasted chicken with potatoes in the oven. We Greeks use it on practically everything. Actually, we are also big on Oregano and Basil. Basil should be our national “flower”, there is not a balcony that does not have it growing in the spring and summer. Now that I’ve gone off topic,.. The planters are lovely and unique. I’m going to pin and use the paint technique that you applied. Thanks for joining us over at Sweet Inspiration.

    • Joan says:

      Hi Mary, when using lemon thyme on chicken do you dry it out first or use it fresh. That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing and the party.

  • Stacey says:

    This turned out so cute! I had to really look at it for a minute to understand the size. I’m going to share this on Poofing the Pillows Facebook page tomorrow. 🙂

  • Well that’s a cool idea – yours turned out great Joan!

  • gail says:


    I love Joanna’s style as well, and your junk plater turned out great! I love Pedestals of all kinds!

    Happy Friday!