I stopped at a garage sale the other day and scored these great galvanized steel containers for $5 each!

(I think they were originally from IKEA)

If you give a woman bare galvanized steel she will probably need to paint it!!!!

Wait until you see how cool they turned out!!

I used some high heat black paint for the under coat…..
Then I looked through all my cans of spray paint and used a combination of rust and hammered bronze to finish them off!

I always “lust” after those fancy ceramic pots at the upscale garden stores…..so I tried to mimic the look of the glaze by letting the spray paint drip and run…..I think I nailed it!!!

The finished containers looked great…now where to put them?
Mr. S is always sayin’ 
“Can’t you just leave well enough alone?”
Well…..NO….I CAN’T!
Remember the deck fountain?
See how the GoodWill fountain is copper?
The exact copper of the newly sprayed containers?
Seems pretty obvious they belong TOGETHER!
 I dug out the oriental looking fountain from the “Sweetwater Store”
Put the jade pot of basil on the other side….
Stuck the hummingbird in so it looks like he is having a refreshing sip from the fountain!
I didn’t plan the color scheme….but I love how all the orange and blues are highlighting the copper!
The other container now sits between the deck chairs….with the $5 hanging basket I scored at a 75% off sale yesterday!
Finally….a little tip…
We filled the planters with mulch instead of all dirt to make them lighter!
All in all….a successful use of those $5 garage sale scores!
Now….out to the garden, it is a gorgeous day!

0 comments on “Deck Fountain Update!

  1. Cheapchick

    Wow, I love how that turned out – the hummingbird placement is a nice touch.

  2. Olive Cooper

    They look splendid. Very high end.

  3. Jessi W

    The containers turned out fantastic! And you did an awesome job putting the fountain and plants together; those colors really do work well together. I'd be thrilled if you would link this up to my current link party so everyone can see how great it is! http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/06/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-4/

  4. Karri Reiser

    Wow, this is beautiful. We are currently working on our front and back yards, I should really check out garage sales, maybe I will find a treasured piece like you did. Thank you for linking up to my Our Favorite Things Link party. Have a great week

  5. Grammy Goodwill

    You did a great painting job, but the real beauty is in your idea to redo the fountain. I love how it looks, and the hummingbird is the perfect touch.

  6. AshTreeCottage

    Of course we can't leave well enough alone! It's a girl thing!! I am your newest follower and off to visit your almost no sew box cushion post.

    Susan and Bentley

  7. Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life

    Beautiful!! Perfect for a deck or patio. I cannot believe you did all that yourself. They look perfect. I am a bit craft challenged over here but they came out wonderfully.

  8. Yael at Home Garden Diggers

    Love your pot/fountain project. I could do this. They look lovely.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  9. Robin

    These came out great, especially that fountain. Too cute! You can also fill the bottom of planters with packing peanuts.

    Robin Flies South

  10. Jill

    I also did a blog post on my spray painting – I did the galvanized containers too but mine were from the buck store! Love spray paint!!!

  11. Aizzing

    hi! found your blog thru katherine's blog hop. really love what you did with the containers! 🙂

  12. Epic

    Wow, they look fantastic!!! I'm popping by to visit from Katherine's linky!

  13. Karen at Bargain-ista.com

    I think you nailed it too! I adore those expensive drippy pots too! Your fountain is gorgeous 🙂

  14. Katherines Corner

    it looks terrific!!!! thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party. I hope you have a wonderful weekend xo P.S. I'm having a party at Katherines Corner today and just a reminder that the giveaway is ending

  15. Athena at Minerva's Garden

    That is so pretty–I love how the paint finish turned out! I love spray paint, too–so quick and easy. Thank you for sharing the great garden pictures with us, and have a lovely weekend!

  16. Anonymous

    They all turned out great. Love the fountain.