Rustic Window Box

I showed you my new, “old” window box that I found at the flea market way back in April, and I promised to share what it was and how it looked planted with pretty blooms. It’s been a while but the flowers have finally grown enough to show it.

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It may be the second week of July and we should be complaining of summer heat, but here in Illinois, we’ve barely had any summer. There’s been a day or two of hot weather but, for the most part, it’s been cool and rainy, which means the vegetable garden and flowers are growing at a snail’s pace (and I’m so ready for some fresh tomatoes).

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When I posted this in April, there were a lot of good guesses but one of you smarties knew exactly what it was. So, have you guessed what it is? It’s actually part of an old corn crib conveyor system that carried grain in the cups and was chain driven. I saw it at the flea market and knew it would be perfect for the garage window.

I didn’t want to lose it’s rustic”ness” so I did nothing but drill several holes in the bottom to let the water drain out. To hang it, I put two screws under the window sill and hung the curved edge right on the screws.

Rustic Window Box - chatfieldcourt.comOnce it was up I put two small pieces of scrap wood behind it to keep it level. The front was hanging low and, when watering, the water would run out and onto the ground. The wood keeps the front up so the flowers could get a proper drink.

Rustic Window Box - chatfieldcourt.comRustic Window Box - chatfieldcourt.comIt may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I love that it’s rustic and different.

Rustic Window Box - chatfieldcourt.comRustic Window Box - chatfieldcourt.comHave you reused or repurposed anything lately? I’d love to hear about it.

I’m hoping to get some work done on the kitchen this weekend. See you next week and I hope your weekend is great!

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24 thoughts on “Rustic Window Box

  1. I love it Kristi! It looks great with the flowers and trailing vines. Well, you already know about my enamel pot with red handles and trim that I used as a flower pot centerpiece on my 4th picnic table.
    We will be going to my side of the family’s picnic and believe me I have a large family! Although I am an only child I have tons of cousins and with one family I have 11 cousins and then there are all their children and all their children. A nice big Italian family! This is the first time they will meet Piper, my younger son’s daughter.
    Then on Monday we will be celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary and my older son is 39 today! My, my, my, how time flies! Enjoy!

    • Thanks so much MJ! I loved your enamel pot with the red handles, so cute.

      I hope you had a great time at your family picnic and a very happy anniversary to you and your husband! Wow, 43 years is an awesome achievement. I don’t know many people married that long anymore. Congrats!

      Hope your week is a good one.

  2. That’s such a fun (gorgeous) way to repurpose a rusty piece. The textures of the flowers/the rusty box/siding behind it – so pretty! I would love for you to share this at my linky party (went live late last night). This is so fun!

    Have a great week!

    • Thanks Julie. Yes, it’s certainly not something that you see often but it makes the perfect window box. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping in.

    • Thanks for the sweet comment Heather! I totally agree, there’s nothing like knowing you turned something old and rusted into something a useful treasure. 🙂 It’s the best kind of DIY.

  3. Fabulous and creative window box. Oh my goodness that takes me back to the farm and if I knew then what I learned today a few of those pieces would have gone missing! You are so lucky to have had such a mind summer. Rainy and hot here in FL.

    • Thanks Becky! Who knew that, when we were kids, we’d see farm equipment as treasures, right?

      I remember the hot summers in Florida! We just started to have summer weather here, and it’s already the end of July.

      Thanks so much for stopping in. 🙂

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