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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We haven’t had much of a summer yet here in Illinois. 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 earlier, 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 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 it to lose its rustic-ness so I kept it pretty much as is. It did get a good cleaning and a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage. To hang it up, I put two screws under the window sill and hung the curved edge right on the screws.

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Once 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.

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Rustic Window Box -

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I love that it’s rustic and different. How many people can say they’re using rusty farm equipment as a window box? πŸ˜‰ 

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Rustic Window Box -

Have you reused or repurposed anything lately? I’d love to hear about it.

See you next week and I hope your weekend is great!

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  1. Thursday,July 9, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Very pretty! You definitely have an eye for design and some real vision. Fabulous!

    • Kristi
      Friday,July 10, 2015 / 1:22 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words my friend!

  2. Marcy Ray
    Thursday,July 9, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    So unique & perfectly adorable!

    • Kristi
      Friday,July 10, 2015 / 1:21 am

      Thanks so much Marcy!

  3. Friday,July 10, 2015 / 12:04 am

    Love it….it has great charm and you filled it so beautifully!

    • Kristi
      Friday,July 10, 2015 / 1:31 am

      Many thanks Shirley. Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Friday,July 10, 2015 / 11:44 am

    You have great vision. I would have never thought to make that a window box. It turned out lovely. Debbie

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 11, 2015 / 4:10 am

      Thanks so much for the kind words Debbie. I hope you have a great weekend.

  5. MaryJean
    Saturday,July 11, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    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!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 13, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      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.

  6. Eco Friendly Homemaking
    Monday,July 13, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Your flower box is simply beautiful!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 13, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks so much!

  7. stringtownhome
    Tuesday,July 14, 2015 / 8:06 am

    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!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 15, 2015 / 2:48 am

      Thanks so much Heather. I’m loving my old window box. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the invite to your linky, I’ll be sure to check it out.

  8. Tuesday,July 14, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    This is just BEAUTIFUL! I loved seeing how it went together, and the selection of flowers would have been those that I would have selected because I love that combination. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 15, 2015 / 1:39 am

      Thanks so much for the nice comment Patty! I love how my window box turned out and the plants are doing well with little care. Perfect for me. πŸ˜‰

  9. Friday,July 17, 2015 / 4:50 am

    Oh My, I love it! It’s so different, and now it’s all full of beautiful plants it looks amazing.

    • Kristi
      Friday,July 17, 2015 / 8:13 pm

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

  10. Sunday,July 19, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    I really love this! I want one! I think it is awesome when you can turn trash into treasure:)

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 20, 2015 / 3:25 am

      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. πŸ™‚ It’s the best kind of DIY.

  11. Friday,July 24, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    This is real rustic perfection!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 2:28 am

      Thanks Betsy! πŸ™‚

  12. Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    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.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,July 26, 2015 / 2:10 am

      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. πŸ™‚

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