Condiment Caddy Succulent Planter

Condiment Caddy Succulent Planter

I recently went on a thrifting adventure in Spartanburg, SC- a town not too far from where I live (and where I was recently interviewed for their local paper!). And let me tell you- the thrifting angels were singing from above, because I found future project after future project, driving home with a car load of fun finds. And one of those finds? This darling little vintage condiment caddy.

Vintage Condiment Caddy at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into farmhouse style decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just waiting for me to pick it up!

As soon as I saw it, I decided then and there that I was ready to try my hand at succulents again. I’ve admitted to failing miserably at being a Succulent Mom before, but I couldn’t see the condiment caddy through any other filter. I would paint the wooden base, “age” the cups, and plant a succulent in each one. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. 

Vintage Condiment Caddy from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into farmhouse style decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A pretty straight-forward upcycle, don’t you think?

First things first- I wanted to give my condiment caddy a farmhouse style makeover, starting with the metal cups. I didn’t really care for the stainless steel appearance (they reminded me of cat food bowls), so I used a new-to-me spray paint to “weatherize” them a tad.

Spray painting stainless steel metal bowls with weathered silver spray paint for a galvanized, vintage look by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There…much better!

Then, I turned my attention to the wooden caddy/holder itself. I used my favorite chalky spray paint on it, and then distressed the edges with some flexible sand paper– this allowed a lot of control on the round spindle parts!

Spray painting vintage condiment caddy with white chalk spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now it’s the caddy’s turn for a makeover!

Distressing chalk-painted vintage condiment caddy with flexible sandpaper by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I am LOVIN’ this flexible sandpaper, y’all!

Once the condiment carrier was done, I turned my attention back to the cups. In order to (hopefully) improve my succulent luck, I popped small holes in each cup (with an awl) to allow for drainage.

Creating drainage holes for succulents in my vintage condiment caddy succulent planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hoping drainage helps these succulents survive!

I also cut out small circles of mesh screen to place in the bottom of each cup (to keep soil from emerging through the drainage holes) using my heavy duty shears.

Adding mesh screen to bottom of vintage condiment caddy bowls to be repurposed as farmhouse style succulent planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Screen leftover from my doily display projects!

See? I really am taking this succulent stuff seriously!

On top of the screening, I added a layer of gravel…

Adding gravel on top of mesh screen to bottom of vintage condiment caddy bowls to be repurposed as farmhouse style succulent planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Anything to help my succulents!

And yes, I had screen left over from my doily display projects and gravel left over from my Ireland Jar!

NOW I could transplant the succulents from their little plastic planters- and I used vermiculite to fill up my condiment caddy cups.

Repurposing a vintage condiment caddy into a DIY farmhouse style succulent planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

FINALLY time to transplant my succulents!

One final step- succulents need a “topper” to keep lightweight vermiculite from flying away! I couldn’t find any itty-bitty decorative gravel at my local craft shops, so I used the next best thing: Aquarium Pebbles! Talk about having a “DIY duh!” moment… 

How to repurpose and upcycle a vintage condiment caddy into a DIY farmhouse style succulent planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ummm, hello, these are excellent succulent toppers!

How to repurpose and upcycle a vintage condiment caddy into a DIY farmhouse style succulent planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfection!

I think this condiment caddy / condiment carrier was meant to become a succulent planter, don’t you? It’s just perfect- plus it’s easy to move around from room to room, sun and shade.

How to repurpose and upcycle a vintage condiment caddy into a DIY farmhouse style succulent planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I. Love. It.

And if you’re looking for more modern farmhouse decor inspiration, check out some of my other projects here!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. I don’t live too far from you and love thrifting. I keep reading that you went to this place and that and I start drooling. What is it about thrifting that gets the juices going I wonder? I would really love to bring home some of those awesome linens or vintage sheets for some kind of re-purpose, even that sweet knockoff bracelet you made from a vintage handkerchief was something I would do.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Rose!!! I don’t know what it is about thrifting either- maybe because it’s a treasure hunt that ends differently each and every time!

  2. Lois Stimax says:

    I just get fake succulents at the Dollar Tree and then they always look good! Love this upcycle!!

  3. Once again, you take something mundane and transform it into something so fun and cute.

  4. What a fun re-purpose idea! Thank you for the idea…glad I saw it from the vintage charm party:)

  5. A very creative upcycle! I love how this turned out. I’ve never even tried succulents, so good luck! They do look cute in their bowls, and with all the efforts you’ve made, keep fingers crossed this time. Pinned.

  6. LOVE this … and wish I lived closer to Asheville …

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Kim! These Vintage Market Days are popping up ALL over the place…so there may be one coming to you soon!

  7. Margaret says:

    Once again, your keen eye for repurposing has worked like magic on this condiment-thing! The end result is so cute!

  8. l Heading to my favorite thrift store. Thank you for the creative project.

  9. Well, how cute is this?! Love it! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  10. Kathy A. says:

    Another great project; seeing as how I have black thumbs, I would just go for the fake succulents and glue the gravel to some styrofoam! If you ever need small gravel, head to the pet store and get some parakeet gravel. I always have good luck at Dollar Tree and sometimes clearance @ Michael’s and AC Moore–or at least a coupon!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I seriously thought about going the fake succulent route, LOL! If these guys don’t make, I’ll totally use some faux ones!

  11. This is hilarious because you beat me to it! Seriously, I have one very similar waiting on the queue with the intention of turning it into a planter except I was going in the direction of herbs. Yours looks fabulous, Sarah and I love the way you staged the photo! Pinned and sharing. P.S. Onto Plan B 😉

  12. fresh original idea! I’m impressed!

  13. Lisa Philbeck says:

    Hey neighbor! I live only about 45 min from Spartanburg, but I’m in NC. I love thrifting and don’t get enough time to do it. Your projects are always so cute!

  14. Tara Harless says:

    I love how you see things you find at thrift stores in a new way!

  15. Brilliant AND adorable! Let us know how well the plants survive. Pinned it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Angie!!! yes, here’s hoping- so far, so good. Like any good blogger, I just needed them to stay alive for the fancy photos, LOL! But I’m hardly watering them (which was my downfall last time)…so time will tell…

  16. Janet Brennan says:

    I like old dishes and pottery

  17. Janet Brennan says:

    I love your posts on thrifting in different cities – I love traveling upstate SC and the mtns of NC so I need to check out some of your recommendations.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Janet! I’ve traveled to towns and cities in SC, NC, GA, FL, TN, KY, and VA so far. I just adore exploring each one…and hopefully find treasures along the way!

  18. Gaahhh, so cute! My succulents have all croaked 😉 Thanks for sharing it over at Funtastic Friday, Sarah!

  19. I’m just getting into thrifting as I’m building a new home and want the farmhouse feel. I’m in upstate SC and need to know all the good shops to check out!

  20. Jessica Bentley says:

    I hope to visit your booth at VMD!

  21. Tasha Dickerson says:

    I hope to find anything! There will be to much to see!

  22. I would have never thought of a planter, but I love how it turned out and would LOVE to have it in my office! Thanks for the idea (I’ll be on the lookout for something to transform)!!

  23. Tammy Vaughn says:

    You are so smart! Love the repurpose idea! 😁

  24. Fonda Rush says:

    I have no expectations if I were to go to this show. I would love to find anything that would add to what I already have. Goodness knows I don’t need to start anything new! This would be a great birthday surprise. My birthday is 8/19. I hope that the weather is good for everyone.

    • Fonda Rush says:

      I got a little carried away, and I wanted to tell you how wonderful your make-over is. If you puncture the bottom, the water may seep out and ruin what is underneath. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful opportunity to set the planter on an oval platter or serving tray. You could put additional doo-dads on the platter or tray that continues the delightfulness of the planter. Have fun! I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for something like this. I love the idea.

      • Sadie Seasongoods says:

        I don’t worry about the water with succulents- you don’t add much to begin with! 🙂

        • Fonda Rush says:

          I’m new to succulents, too. I have a Jade tree now, a couple of hens and chicks and a couple of aloes. I’m winging it. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  25. Tammy Vaughn says:

    Love your ideas!

  26. acraftymix says:

    I have a sneaky suspicion that all the previous succulents you’ve tried growing were just not capable of surviving in a space that’s filled with so much positive creativity and energy. They’re sensitive in that way 😉 These guys look like they’re a bit more hardy and you’ve given them the perfect space to thrive. I think they’ll do go and give you lots of little babies too

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hahaha, I love you for saying that! I’m already worried that I’ve overwatered these guys, so I think I need to set them out on the porch, away from my constant sight. 🙂

  27. This is such a great idea! I love your creativity!

  28. This is such a great re-use! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week!

  29. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Sarah I have had really bad luck with all plants even succulents but I try to not give up. Your repurpose is very pretty and as long as the plants don’t die on you, you should be fine.

  30. Cute idea.

  31. The fairy godmother of thrifting was looking out for you! This looks much better with succulents than with condiments and I love the way you styled the vignette. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, she sure was!!! I owe her big time…I was in a real slump before that thrifting trip, so to find so many treasures (including that caddy) was the shot in the arm that I needed. Thank you so much, Sandra!

  32. I love this upcycle, it looks so high end! I would love to have this in my house. #MM

  33. Adorable! Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I am featuring your Succulent Planter today at the party.

  34. This collection turned out GREAT – love the planter. Hope to see you at this week’s party & am thrilled you joined us at last week’s party. xo
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  35. As always, you rock!!! Good job upcycle sister!

    Thanks for linking to Waste Not Wednesday.

  36. Another amazing and creative project. Thanks for sharing with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party. Keep coming back and inspiring us.

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