Repurposed Egg Basket planter

Sometimes I am an “over-thinker”. Like right now as I wrote that sentence I spent a lot of time trying to decide if overthinker is a real word and trying to avoid the little red squiggle telling me I spelled it wrong. To me it is one word- my word that pops into my head when I find myself spending a lot of time trying to figure things out. I put it in quotes hoping the computer would realize it is my word to misspell as I want- the red squiggle appeared. I added a hyphen- no red squiggle- success? Those of you who know me are probably questioning the “sometimes” and after reading, this probably all of you…

repurposed egg basket planter

 

repurposed egg basket planter

A few months ago, a friend and I stopped at an estate sale on our way home. Before I go any further, this is the same friend that put a tray on the curb. You can read more about that here– I’ll wait. I didn’t get anything but my friend picked up this vintage egg basket for $3. On a side note- Most of the time I can’t remember what I went into the next room for but I can remember the vital stats of a “find”. When we got home, she insisted I take the basket because I would do something “cool” with it. Sometime resistance is futile. I know her well enough to know that this was one of those times. If i didn’t take it, it would appear on my doorstep abandoned and alone like a vintage lost puppy. One might say she also knows me well enough to know that I can’t stand the thought of a vintage treasure ending up in a garbage can. Anyway, I cut out all that ‘in between” and accepted the vintage egg basket and along with that months of overthinking because now it not only had to be saved, it had to be COOL. Agony I tell you- A-G-O-N-Y.

 

repurposed egg basket planter

I put it in the basement where it would taunt me I would see it so it wouldn’t be forgotten. I thought about using it for Easter but that was to easy. Easter came and went and the basket sat. Fast forward to late late Spring when I was shopping my house looking for items to repurpose (another word with a red squiggle) as planters.

At the end of last Summer, I threw away my flower pots. They had been looking pretty shabby for a couple of years and it was time. Getting rid of them would give me no choice but to buy new ones. The problem was I forgot that I got rid of them so I spent a lot of time looking for them. I was convinced we had been robbed. Never mind that all our power tools and bikes were still in the garage, someone took my nasty flower pots. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of new pots just because I needed them. I decided to see what I already had that could be repurposed as flower pots. That way I could take my time and pick up flower pots that I liked and would maybe last a little longer than a few years.

I saw the vintage egg basket and immediately thought “you would make an amazing planter but you need to pop!” Okay, okay, I said it out loud.

repurposed egg basket planter

The simple solution to my months of overthinking: PAINT. Paint makes everything better. There is nothing paint can’t fix especially spray paint! Sometimes I agonize over choosing a paint color and sometimes the color comes to me right away. In this case it was instant- paint it black. The basket needed to pop but not pop more than the flowers. The basket needed to catch your eye so that the flowers would be noticed first. The “hook” to “reel” the eye into the flowers. Ha ha- like flowers need a “hook”

repurposed egg basket planter

A few thin coats of black spray paint, an inexpensive black pot and petunias from Home Depot and the vintage egg basket has been given new life.

 

repurposed egg basket planter

and a new home

 

repurposed egg basket planter

on my friend’s porch

 

repurposed egg basket planter

full circle…

 

 

repurposed egg basket planter

I snapped a few pictures before I sent the repurposed egg basket planter home.

repurposed egg basket planter

Isn’t she pretty? As the flowers grow, the basket can be made wider.

repurposed egg basket planter

I had a moment where I thought about keeping it, wouldn’t you? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. That happens to me a lot especially when I am wrapping Christmas presents.

repurposed egg basket planter

OMG what if she doesn’t like it? What if she never liked it? What if she never LIKED it and she bought it because she thought I liked it? Now she is stuck with a vintage egg basket she never liked or wanted. That my friends is my overthinking coming full circle. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back…

 

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I’m sharing at:  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Cupcakes and Crinoline, Knick of Time, Creativity UnleashedCraftberry Bush, Waste Not Wednesday

Comments

  1. Your friend is smart! And lucky-I’m not so sure I would have given it back to her ?

  2. I’m wondering when you are going to re-purpose me?

  3. Your tips and artistry are so inspiring!!! I’m so lucky to be your neighbor and see all the cool things you do! I always walk past your house looking to see what creative thing you’ve done next!!:)

  4. It’s nice to meet another over thinker!! What a great post and project! Perfect spot for those beautiful petunias! I am sure that your friend was tickled pink with what you did to the egg basket!

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