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This Repurposed Toolbox Turned Flower Planter is Perfect for Your Porch!

Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today’s tutorial NOW!

Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

Every once in awhile Mike and I will pick up something super rusty and junky, and absolutely love the way it looks right off the bat. Sometimes we’ll know exactly what we’re going to create or use them for, and other times (like with these toolboxes!) we just knew we loved them and just had to get them!

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But, since I was at a loss with these beauties I had to sit and chew on a few ideas for a while before I started this particular project.

I didn’t mind the rust, but I wanted Spring.

Do you ever feel the same way?

Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

Repurposed Toolbox Flower Planter

For instance, I do believe that if we had found these gems during the fall I would have been ALL for the rust.

Wouldn’t they have made some gorgeous funky pumpkins, or collaborated with a bunch of oranges and yellows?!

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Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

Meanwhile, I still wanted color, but in the form of pastels and springy yellows!

You know me. I turned to the power of paint.

In the form of my favorite go-to brand–Fusion Mineral Paint.

Have you ever tried painting rust before?

Honestly, me either! So, I figured I’d start with Fusion’s Ultra Grip for a tough base coat.

Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

Steps:

  • Put a nice layer of the Ultra Grip onto my toolbox and let it dry overnight
  • Added a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Buttercream and let it dry overnight
  • Added a second coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Buttercream and let it dry overnight
  • Last, but not least–added some dirt and beautiful flowers to my new and improved planter!

Pssttt… have you ever wondered what paint brush you should be using, or a great one to try? This one is my favorite!

Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

I could not be happier with how gorgeous this beauty turned out?!

Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

As you can see, I left the clasps and top handle rusty to give it a little bit of texture and an interesting element to it, and also did not paint the inside of it either.

Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

This Repurposed Toolbox Turned Flower Planter is Perfect for Your Porch!

The contrast is just awesome!!

I’m not sure how hard toolboxes are to come by, but just use your imagination! You can do the same thing with:

  • bread boxes
  • colanders
  • tins
  • watering cans
  • bowls
  • mail boxes
Create an interesting and beautiful flower planter using an old repurposed toolbox! Not sure how? Let me show you in today's tutorial NOW!

If you loved these ideas then you’ll definitely want to browse some of my other Gardening projects that are full of step-by-step tutorials as well as freebies galore! Can’t wait to see you again and happy planting!

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This post was originally created in March 2016 and then updated in March 2021.

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30 Comments

  1. Looks fantastic! I am in the middle of a huge yearly Passover house cleaning, and was just eyeing my own old red toolbox that is quite rusted, and quite a bit bigger than yours. I had also thought of using it as a planter, but was undecided. Now I realize I just have to paint it, or part of it, thanks so much for the great inspiration on craft schooling Sunday!

  2. What a cute idea and great way to repurpose an old toolbox. I think that I have an old metal tackle box somewhere, will have to try and find it. This looks like a much better way to use it then storing old rusty fishing tools.

  3. LZ, this is the cutest project, I love to see how things are repurposed, Great project!
    I have Pined to share!!

    I have chosen to follow you on Pinterest, FB< Twitter and Instagram today!!

    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week!

    Hope you have a great week!

  4. What a creative idea and unique planter. I love repurposing old items. Found you at Swing into Spring linky party.

  5. Thanks, Morgan! How funny is it that I was just looking at your “stockpiling blog posts” post. Great minds 😉

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