Plastic Flower Box Planters Used As Home Decor

Hey, my sweet friends!

Welcome to another month of the Thrift Store Challenge!! You may remember from other editions that I teamed up with more than 30 bloggers to provide some inspiration with our thrift store finds that we turned into home decor pieces.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Kim | Made in a Day
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
   Marie | DIY Adulation    Sue | A Purdy Little House
Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Karen | Dragonfly and Lily Pads
Kimm | Reinvented    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home   Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
     Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House

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I had bought lots of plastic flower planter boxes many years ago at a local flea market which I used for flowers in my garden. When we moved to the new house we had no garden and there was no room to use them all, so they were all piled up collecting dust.

Sorry I don’t have a before picture because when inspiration came I just grabbed a paintbrush and paint and forget about the rest, but they looked similar to this

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · The before shot · Via www.sweethings.net

My two daughters were sharing a room downstairs but at a time the oldest one decided she wanted a room for her own, so it was time to get creative to get the best of the tiny space

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · The before shot · Via www.sweethings.net

The first thing I did was paint the ceiling because it was brown and dark. It is amazing the difference it can make, a white ceiling makes the room brighter. You will see a picture of it later on 😉

There is only room for a bed a few extra things. She likes to draw and paint, so she needed a table… She also has lots of teddies but again, there is no room for shelves at her height unless you want to get bumped with a corner…

Then inspiration came, I could use the plastic flower box planters to keep some of her teddies! We used a beautiful blue color from DecoArt, “Serene”

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Via www.sweethings.net

They are perfect for that spot, the right size and safe enough to get in and out the patio door.

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Via www.sweethings.net

She painted her own bedside table. Yes, you are reading it right, she did it. You can read how an old bedside table got a makeover here.

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Bedside table and folding table · Via www.sweethings.net

She did a great job with it, love how it looks.

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Bedside table · Via www.sweethings.net

Do you remember I told you she loves to draw and paint and that she needed a table? I end up building a folding one.

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Bedside table and folding table · Via www.sweethings.net

She opens it when she wants to use it, and we used some empty cans to hold her pencils, pens and random stuff. The little bench was a free find that I upholstered, and the bin was an empty coffee tin, tutorial coming soon for both, pinky promise.

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Bedside table and folding table · Via www.sweethings.net

This is how the room looks, simple but cozy at the same time.

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Via www.sweethings.net

Do they seem flower box planters at a first glance?

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Via www.sweethings.net

I hope you enjoyed this thrifty makeover as much as I did!!

How to use plastic flower box planters as home decor · Via www.sweethings.net


And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


13 comments

  1. JaneEllen says:

    Certainly have to agree Pili, planter boxes for toy shelves is great idea. Painting them made so much difference. If your daughter should bump her head won’t hurt. That portable table is genius also, way to go Mom.
    I think her room is really cute and cozy., perfect for one girl.
    Happy weekend

  2. Katrin says:

    Pili your daughters room is so much fun and I love how you painted that beautiful ceiling! The planter boxes are a great idea and I love her creative space too! Great job!

  3. Michelle says:

    That’s really creative Pili. Those planters are perfect for storing all her teddies. Great use of space. Alba’s bedroom looks lovely. I bet she’s really happy with how it turned out and having her own private space.

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