Upcycling a Standing Shower Caddy as a Vertical Plant Stand

Upcycling a Standing Shower Caddy as a Vertical Plant Stand

I do a lot of cooking at home but I’m not a prolific gardener. I’m limited my own lack of gardening interest, but also by space. That being said, though, I do like to grow my own kitchen herbs in pots as much as possible. You may recall how I upcycled a muffin tin as a propagation tray for growing some herb plants from seed? Well, it’s time to transplant them and I’ll be upcycling a standing shower caddy to do that!

A quick refresher on the muffin pan I used as a seedling tray

Propagation tray or seed pots by upcycling a muffin pan from the thrift store

I had been looking at what I could use as a vertical plant stand for my herb pots, and this shower rack seemed meant for the job.

Standing shower caddy at a thrift store for upcycling ideas

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! So, a standing shower caddy like this was positively perfect and would suit my needs swimmingly.

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Cleaning and Painting a Standing Shower Caddy

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.

First, I needed to clean 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.

Cleaning a standing shower caddy with a wire brush before spray painting metal

Once it was relatively clean, I got ready to spray paint the standing shower caddy. I used a dark bronze paint to give it a fresh, but vintage-y appearance. 

Of course, this is a completely optional step. But, I’m not a huge fan of chrome and wanted something darker for my vertical herb garden since it’ll be living on our front porch.

Spray painting metal of a shower basket for upcycling as a porch garden

And you know what? It made a HUGE difference on the shower rack. It’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do…

Shower rack that has been spray painted to use as a patio herb garden

That was it! The standing shower caddy was ready to be used as a vertical plant stand.

Next, I transplanted the herb seedlings from the muffin pan into herb pots that would fit in the standing shower caddy.

Transplanting the herb plants into pots for a porch garden

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).

And yes, I know the jiffy pots are only temporary- which is fine! I’ve got raised garden beds in the backyard that I can transplant these into later on when the plants are bigger! But for now, these will work just fine.

Growing herbs in pots on a standing shower caddy for a porch garden

Upcycling a Standing Shower Caddy as a Vertical Plant Stand

The herb seedlings thrived on my porch, thanks to my vertical plant stand from a shower rack! And the whole thing works as front porch decor for Spring, too.

Standing shower caddy as a vertical plant stand for a patio herb garden

I don’t use this chunk of picket fence in my photos enough, do I? It’s so pretty against the blue of our house.

Either way, now I can run out and snip some fresh herbs as needed when I’m cooking!

Shower organizer as a vertical planter for a porch garden

And make sure you check out the third and final installment of my upcycling series on herb gardening here!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a vertical plant stand, then you’ll love this idea for a hanging herb garden, as well!

Wire hanging baskets for a vertical herb planter by upcycling the lampshade frames

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Your herb garden is great… and looks so nice. 🙂

  2. Love it! I keep telling myself to grow herbs in small pots. This just might be the ticket

  3. This is so clever! I love it!

  4. Fonda Rush says

    Hmmm…nice use of the shower caddy! I could use something like that! And, the picket fence piece! I love those, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use them in my yard. I’ll keep my hopes up, though.

  5. acraftymix says

    Stunning Sarah, that’s such a great idea. Those little seedlings are going to grow so beautifully and Cottonball won’t be able to cook them 😉 Awww what would we do without our purr babies

  6. reinventedkb says

    That’s a great idea. It looks like it was made to be an herb garden.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  7. I love how that turned out!! What a great idea!

  8. Ingenious! I’ve been looking for ideas for a mini herb garden. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  9. Great idea to us the shower caddy!

  10. Oh my goodness, I have that exact same shower caddy! I am so doing this! 🙂

    I’d like to invite you to share this at the Farmhouse Friday link party. I will share it with a direct link back to your post on all my social media, including on the DIY Farmhouse Style Facebook group. The link party opens Friday morning at 6am PST. I hope to see you there! 🙂

  11. You put me to shame with your creative up-cycling!! Did you see my vertical herb garden this week? Of course I am not nearly as creative as you, I went out and bought the things to assemble mine! Enjoy those herbs! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!!

  12. The picket fence is a nice backdrop for the caddy. You must be the envy of the neighborhood and I would love to be your neighbor. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  13. Super cute! Featuring you tomorrow!
    XO

  14. When I walk into a thrift store, know what I mutter under my breath these days? WWSSGD?

    And since no answer comes, I’m leaving the genius up to you. Continue on. LOVE this idea!

    I’ve featured you in this upcoming DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 376. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      LOVE. IT. I need #WWSSGD? on a t-shirt, stat!!! Thank you so, so much for the party love. Pinning the party collage right now!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this at Farmhouse Friday! Shared and pinned! 🙂

  16. Me again! 🙂 Just wanted to let you know this will be featured tomorrow at the Farmhouse Friday link party #3!

  17. Where Can I Find A FREE STANDING Shower Caddy? (Even A New 1 Like That) Actually, I went on a “perfect” shower caddy search a couple of years ago to use in my shower and besides the price varying hugely, even when the quality didn’t, was basically 2 different design shower caddies that hung all their weight around the shower head or ones that had a vertical tension rod that had to be braced between the floor & the ceiling. All the rest were not much bigger than a bar of soap and usually 2 tiered. The shower caddy pictured is much bigger than what I saw unless it originaly costs over $115 (my search limit). Thanks!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Kris- this one is similar to what I found at the thrift store (affiliate): http://amzn.to/2qdyHqW Would that work?

      • Thanks, for the very fast reply! When I clicked on the link & now I see a bunch of affordable free standing options even in Amazon’s ads. I really like your blog too! Keep it up. I’ll be reading 🙂

  18. Fran Powell says

    I have a question, what happens when those pots fall apart? Aren’t they meant to be placed in the soil so we don’t disturb the roots?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      As long as you don’t overwater your herbs, these pots will hold up ok- but I have every intention of transplanting them. I just needed 5″ pots to fit my specific shower caddy and couldn’t locate plastic pots in time.

  19. Great idea! Perfect for a garden DIY, you did a great job.
    Maria

  20. Great upcycle, very clever.

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