Rusty and Dusty to Farmhouse Flower Holder!

I know my husband and kids are always dumbfounded by the “junk” that I think are treasures, but occasionally I even dumbfound myself!  All it takes is the sight of some old wood, or rusty metal, and my common sense completely disappears. repurposed vintage dustpan

Last year I was at an auction, and there was a large crowd around a flatbed trailer full of stuff up for bid.  I’m not very tall, and I was frustrated because I couldn’t get a good look at what was being bid on.  All I know is I heard the auctioneer say something about an old metal thing, and I usually like old metal “things”.  The bid wasn’t going high at all, and I foolishly stuck my hand up to bid without knowing what I was bidding on.

The next thing I knew, I had just become the proud owner of a dirty, rusty, vintage dustpan, that looked like a box on a stick.  Now, what the heck was I going to do with it?!

antique dustpan

Well – I did nothing with it, that’s what I did.  I stuck it behind my antique piano desk, because isn’t that a logical place to hide a metal dustpan you feel embarrassed you bought?

It’s been sitting there for over a year and every time I reach behind the piano desk to retrieve a big piece of foam board I use for photography, the dumb dustpan comes tumbling out with it.

I finally got sick of putting it back, so I pulled it out and put it on my kitchen table where I stared at it for awhile.

It’s sort of box-like, so I supposed it could be used to hold file folders, but that didn’t seem very exciting.  Suddenly it hit me.  With a little “primping”, it might make a really cute flower holder!  It was worth a shot anyway.

I slapped a little paint on the flap first, which covered the instructions that were originally there.  I left the cobwebs there – no point in cleaning them until I knew if my idea was going to turn out.

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Then I added the word “Welcome” with a vinyl stencil.  I removed the wire handle, because that just make it too long to hang on a door or wall.

Now, to put flowers in it…the moment of truth.

It was either going to look adorable, OR I was going to throw it away…

adhesive stencil

Adorable wins!

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Isn’t it amazing how the addition of JUST PAINT can transform something, and totally change its purpose?

This thing started out as a dirt collector, and ended up as a wall pocket for flowers!

There’s hope for all of us, isn’t there?!

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  1. Oh Angie- you sound so much like me- particularly the paint it with the cobwebs on it part!! That is so cute! If I ever see an old dust pan I will snatch it up!

  2. Funny, amazing, and adorable!

  3. Hey Angie … that made a really pretty plant or flower holder. I love those dust pans with the long handles to actually use for dust pans … but, I tell l you … it is much prettier with flowers instead of dust bunnies.
    Good job … love that you painted Welcome on the flap.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. You turned that into something so cute! Great re-use project, Angie!

  5. I just love the way you always see the beauty in everything!

  6. Looks great! Kind of like an old metal mailbox.

  7. I like the story on how you bid on something you couldn’t see just because the auctioneer said “old metal thing!” I’m not sure, but maybe there is a name for that disease? LOL Regardless… you turned it into something lovely.

  8. Hello, this is my first time responding, and I love your sight. I love things you can turn into something beautiful. I am a decorative painter and a regular ole crafter, I LUV IT.

    • Thanks so much Jacqueline! It’s nice to “meet” you, and I hope you’ll comment often – I love hearing from visitors! I wish I was a decorative painter, but my skills are pretty limited there – I’m a regular ole crafter!

  9. Great re-purpose! I love the flower holder.

  10. Marlene Stephenson says

    You are a clever person and i love what you did.

  11. Sandy Park says

    Angie, you did it again. Good thing I didn’t know you when I was hitting the auctions in the Texas Hill Country. We would have been “trouble on wheels”.

  12. A lady with a vision.
    I would never buy that before your creation and now I am searching my brain to see what I have that I can slap a little paint on and come out as dreamy as your dustpan.

    It is lovely!

  13. Hi, love that about put your arm, and bought it ! I am not tall either, sounds like what I would do.. well you have a great eye, and turned it into something cool. Love your news letter blog, inspires me to get busy. I have the same thing too with family, (they don’t see it and think your crazy ! ) yup Audrey 🙂

  14. You amaze me with your creativity! That is so cute!


  16. Your intuition is so fine-tuned towards recognising overlooked treasures that it even gets ahead of you sometimes! 🙂 Anyone would be very fortunate to have this lovely dustpan turned beautiful flower holder proudly hanging on their front door or entrance-way! You can bet that I won’t ever pass by an old dustpan now…in fact, I will actively look for them, thanks to you! And btw, I had a look at your piano desk, too…it is just off-the-hook amazing, Angie! Oh, to have just 1/10th of your ingenuity…but I can only dream…that’s why your blog is such a blessing…we can let you do all of the creative thinking for us! 🙂

  17. Oh it is wonderful! love how you painted just a bit of the front!

  18. Beautiful! I’ll certainly be featuring it on my next ‘5 of the best’ – if you don’t mind? x

  19. Well, I’ll be dag-nabbed–you sure did make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear! With hardly any work at all! I’ll be switched! But, you know, Angie, this is not a good example for me as I am going to have a harder time than ever getting rid of some of my junk, like my daughters remind me quite regularly to do. I guess I”m just gonna have to get busy and make some neat stuff so maybe they’ll leave me alone! You rock, girl!

  20. I just love your blog & the creative ideas you come up with out of the most ordinary (& sometimes not so ordinary) things. This one is no exception! I can’t believe that I’m now going to have to add this to the ever growing list of “junk” I NEED to pick up if I see it. Lol You’re one of my favorites!

  21. This is so perfect ♥ Alexandra

  22. Great idea! Do you ever stop? LOL

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