Last month, I introduced my three-part upcycled herb garden series with Part 1- by sowing herb seeds in rusty, thrifted muffin tins / pans as starter pots! But several weeks have since passed and it’s time to bring you Part 2, which involves another repurposed thrift store find…
I had been wanting a way to create a stacked, vertical herb garden for our front porch in order to maximize space. Our front porch isn’t tiny, but a linear herb garden wasn’t ideal- so, like big city architecture, I needed to go up, not out! And an upright, standing shower caddy was an excellent option. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking- eww, gross, a secondhand shower caddy. And I get that, I really do! But that’s what gloves, a good cleaning, and spray paint are for, right? Plus, I really need to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to buying secondhand…as much as possible.
So, let’s get to it! First order of business was cleaning it as much as possible. Using a scrubby metal wire brush, I was able to remove a lot of the grossness. I wore gloves and did it outside, so it really wasn’t all that bad- I swear! And canned air (an unsung hero in my crafty, cleaning world) blew away the scatter from my brush.
Now relatively clean, I got ready to spray paint the caddy. I used a dark bronze paint to give it a fresh, but vintage-y appearance.
Ok- that’s it! The shower caddy is ready for plants…but they still need to be transplanted. I gathered my muffin tins to transplant the surviving seedlings. Why do I say surviving? Well…a certain fluffy kitty (ahem, Cottonball) slept on them in the window…and “cooked” a few of them…
ANYWAY, let’s focus on the surviving seedlings! I easily tore off the top portion of each muffin paper and used a plastic spoon to scoop out my potted seedling! So, it worked really, really well- making it super easy to transplant into a larger pot.
I used 5” jiffy pots for my plants because they fit my caddy the best. See? My little seedlings are ready to flourish (and can be separated and repotted again later, as needed).
After repotting everything (including herb plants purchased from a local organic farm…to subsidize my garden, thanks to Cottonball!), I placed them in my shower caddy. Of course, I couldn’t leave well-enough alone and created a Spring porch vignette with my salvaged picket fence!
An antique rake head hangs on the fence and holds some garden tools and my vintage watering can for easy access. Plus, it just looks cute and cheery!
Grow, baby plants, grow! And don’t forget to come back in a couple of weeks to find out what Part 3 is!!
P.S. Y’all…I’ve launched a YouTube channel! I hope you’ll pop over and check out my DIY videos as I load them up!