Seems like it’s been a long winter and it’s not over yet. However, according to Punxutawney Phil (the famous groundhog ), we are in for Spring soon! Spring always gets me excited about the house and the garden — and it’s Auction and Yard Sale Season!
I have a plan when I go looking usually. It’s easy to get caught up in all the items you find for sale at auctions and yard sales. However, with a plan I can stay more focused to the immediate goals I am trying to achieve. (That’s not to say, I won’t jump on something unexpected for future use!)
My short list consists of re-doing furniture, add some home decor touches as well as a few items for the garden and patio areas.
My problem is sorting through all my ideas and getting them into priority order. There just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything! So, this spring, I am going to concentrate on the patio first. I want to find some used items I can upcycle into something new or recycle to get more use out of.
I love old, wooden boxes in all shapes and sizes, with and without advertising on them.
- Tool boxes
- milk crates
- wood crates
- wheel barrows
- wash tubs
- mail boxes, etc…
I want to find some to accent the patio area as planters, end tables and maybe even wall shelves. I have been looking around on eBay and found a few I like. Once spring really hits, I plan to hit auctions and yard sales as well.
Do you have any ideas for me? How can I use old, wooden boxes to decorate my patio area?
Update: here’s one washtub we planted with flowers in the side yard. We placed it on top of an old stump that was just clamoring for something! I even like that you can see where the sticker used to be — adds character.
(Don’t forget to drill a few holes in the bottom so that water can drain out. Otherwise you’ll end up with plant rot from too much water!)