What do You Think?


Hi everyone!

Last summer I picked up this metal bronzy wall basket.

6-10 Inventory 002I paid $1.00 for it and really liked it just the way it was. However, I was working on creating my “Black and White” yard vignette so, it was spray painted white. (I had a big ‘ol white spray painting marathon that day. You can check out the post HERE). So, here it is white.

projects 7-10 019I liked it white too. I planted white  petunias in it and it looked lovely. However, I discovered that planting in this was not a good idea for me. First of all, it dried out very fast and second, having any live plant up against this brick wall in the summer just fries the plant. That wall retains so much heat all day long.

Okay, this basket ended up hanging outside all year long. Yup, throughout are hard winter. So, it took a beating. This is what it looks like now.

Outdoor2011spring 034Outdoor2011spring 035 Okay, am I totally odd because I actually like it a bit beaten up. So, my question is what do y’all think? Should I repaint it? Also, any ideas of what to put in this basket besides live flowers? Keeping in mind that it is out in the elements of Michigan. I haven’t had any inspiration hit me yet this season for this basket.

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26 comments :

  1. Diann I really like the way it looks now! Have you thought of planting something in it that can tolerate heat really well? Maybe some kind of succulent? Not sure it would work but it's a thought. I vote not to paint it this year. hugs, Linda

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  2. vote: do not paint
    summer succulents would do great; don't need a lot of water; endure the heat; mine are perennials.

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  3. I liked the way it looked originally with no paint at all! Soooo, I vote for no more paint! It's looking better now that the paint is falling off :) I don't no much about plants and I always find a way of killing them! My husband tells me if there was a way to kill fake plants I would find it and do it!

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  4. I agree with the other ladies, don't paint this year. I liked the original version, too. xo,

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  5. When I first saw it, my initial thought was - oh!! I like the way it looks now! That was before I even saw your question. So my vote is definitely keep it that way. It has a nice vintage appeal this way!

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  6. Oooh, I love it just the way it is!! I wouldn't change it at all.
    Susan

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  7. I like the way it looks now. I'm not very good with plants, so I don't have any suggestions for what to put in there - unless you went with fake (gasp!).

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  8. I agree with everyone else. Leave it alone. I don't do plants, so I can't help there.

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  9. Love it as it is! I vote for nice faux greens and a few flags for the 4th:@)

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  10. An ice plant would look great in there. It can stand the heat and trails; I think you need a plant that trails down the front some. Better yet, have you thought of using polymer crystals to hold water in the soil? That way you wouldn't have to stick with drought tolerant plants.

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  11. Wow I think it looks totally cool! It looks so vintage. You can try some silk pothos, which can be changed with the seasons.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  12. I wonder how chicks and hens would do in there?

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  13. Diane, that metal bucket looks awesome after being out in the elements all winter!! Leave it just the way it is! Maybe some sunflowers for a fall arangement!

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  14. Over from BNOTP, love how this has weathered! Try some dried Hydrangea...would be gorgeous!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

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  15. Oh Diane Sweetie...
    I love the beat up look, and that blue coloring is just perfect for the Summer with our holidays. I say you should put a piece of styrofoam in the bottom and add several flags, and a bow, maybe even a pick or two. Love it. Cute, CUTE tin.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  16. I have a couple of these and I change them up with the seasons with artificial greenery. You can get nice summer stuff if you look hard (not the cheap obviously plastic stuff). In winter I put real evergreen branches in, although here in Toronto, Canada we don't get the harsh winters you get where you are.
    Otherwise, I like it chippy, the way it is now.

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  17. Diann, it is perfect just the way it is. You couldn't have created the effect if you had tried for days, and I'm lovin' it. I'm no help for something to put in it, since I have a similar one that currently holds some of the grands pool toys! laurie

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  18. I like it how it is now but I also liked it before it was painted also. Looks like a peg basket to me!

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  19. Somehow when I first clicked on this post, I knew that little basket was going to get a treatment. I love the way it looks now!

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  20. Love that beat up look. So pretty! I'd try some succulents they should like the hot dry conditions.

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  21. I like the way it looks now, old and weathered. I also have a buket in white, mine is on the door and covered. I also tried the live plants, well just forget that idea. I found some pretty fake stems (I know, I know) till I come up with another idea. I would love the dried flowers, but the wind gets into them and there they go. I can't wait to see what you do.
    Have a great week.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  22. Great Look!!!! I love it that way it is. Potato vine would look nice.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity <;)

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  23. Happy Tuesday!

    Lovely project just as it is~ a true metamorphosis.

    If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and enter the giveaway.

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  24. Diann, I love it! I liked it white too. I would put evergreens in it for Christmas.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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