Thrift Store Upcycle Herb Garden

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I am excited to show you guys this upcycled herb garden!  This is my second post for the Thrift Store Upcyle challenge and you know this is right up my alley.  I love all things thrifted!

Last month I painted this colander and used it to show off the wooden Easter eggs.  This month I did something a little more unique.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

 

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.

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Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Havalah | Sisters, What
Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs

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Upcycled Herb Garden

This is the how this herb garden started out.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I got this cutting board at a garage sale fundraiser for a couple of dollars.  This was almost a year ago.

It had the metal handles that insert into the sides so it would fit over the sink and the wire basket for the bits and pieces but I really liked the wood grain.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Supplies Needed:

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Cutting Board – I found the exact one I used

Minwax Wood Stain– I used red mahogany

Minwax Polyshades – I used Dark Walnut

foam brushes

lint free cloth

3 long paint sticks – I picked these up at the hardware store

Rustoleum Chalked Paint – Serenity Blue and White Linen

Silhouette vinyl

Black acrylic paint

Black Satin spray paint

Sanding block

Wood Glue

Miter Saw – or saw for cutting paint sticks

2 small screws

Drill

Saw tooth picture hanger

Herb plants

The Process

As I mentioned above the wood grain was so pretty on this cutting board so I stained it instead of my usual painting.  I only put on one coat of the stain but then after it was dry I added three coats of the polyshades letting each coat dry over night before adding the next coat.  This is the same process we used on the dining room table we made for Ian and Hailey.

The wire, mesh basket was going to be holding the herbs so I needed to cover the hole in the wood.  This is where the paint sticks come in.  They were the perfect thickness to fill the opening and not stick up above the wood.  Jeff cut the paint sticks to length then we had to trim the width of the two outer pieces so they would all fit nicely.

I painted them with the Chalked paint in the Serenity Blue and used wood glue to place adhere them.

You know I love to create my own stencils.  I used the Silhouette and the vinyl to make an “herbs” stencil.  The black acrylic paint was perfect to use with the stencil.

When it was dry I sanded and distressed it a bit.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I spray painted the mesh basket black as well.

I found some small juice glasses at a garage sale as well and painted them with some the White Linen Chalked paint from the rim down.  They each received two coats of the paint.

Putting It All Together

Jeff works at an architectural firm and sometimes he gets the old samples of Corian, Formica, etc.  I dug around in the sample boxes and found three that fit into the wire basket and worked with the colors that matched.  I also painted two small pieces of wood to match the painted paint sticks.

This was all to keep the little glass planters from moving around and bumping each other.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

We attached the wire basket to the wood with screw and hung a picture hanger on the back.   Then it was done!  I love it.  I think I will need to break out the grow light to keep them alive.  And the cats have been very interested so I will also need to keep them away.  It is a full time job so wish me luck.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 


And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle


36 Comments

  1. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Great vision to see an herb garden from a cutting board! Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Victoria. It was a fun project!

      27 . 04 . 2017
  2. Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

    OMG – this is a fantastic transformation! We love your creativity – and the herb flower box is beautiful!

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks you guys! I appreciate your kind words. It was fun to make something out of the cutting board.

      27 . 04 . 2017
  3. Peggy Stolley

    So cute! Do you have it hanging on your porch? If so, there may be enough light to keep the herbs happy. However, it’s probably to cold for them this week!
    You did a lovely job on this.

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      I brought them in for now because of the cold and there is nowhere to put them that is warm, well lit and away from the kitties. I am determined to find a spot though.

      27 . 04 . 2017
  4. Carolann

    So very pretty Michelle. I love growing herbs and this is such a beautiful way to do them.

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann! I hope I don’t kill them or that the cats don’t kill them. I am going to try my best and even try them in food!

      27 . 04 . 2017
  5. Nancy

    Very pretty, and so handy! Enjoy those fresh herbs, Michelle.

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Nancy. I will try to find something to use them in. I bet the canned sauces would be better with fresh herbs! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      27 . 04 . 2017
  6. Susie

    This is terrific. It’s amazing how creative you are. You’ll have to share how you use the herbs. Oh and P.S. I’d love one, too! LOL.. Congrats! Susie from The Chelsea Project

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      I do love the herb garden. Using them in recipes and food is a different story. I will have to have help from my foodie friends for that! I am glad you like it.

      27 . 04 . 2017
  7. Chelsea @ Making Manzanita

    This is sooooo adorable. Love that you added the paint sticks in and painted them. The creativity that went into this project is amazing 🙂 Hopefully you have better luck then I do! I planted some herbs indoor last year and they died within a few weeks, haha. I’ve got a serious brown thumb.

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Chelsea! Yes my thumb is pretty brown too and I have never tried to grow herbs before. I need some light for them and that is hard to find in my house. I am glad you like the herb planter. It was fun to make!

      28 . 04 . 2017
  8. Jeannee Taylor

    You’re a Genius! that is a really awesome repurpose! I love it and it turned out so classy looking! Perfect!
    Jeannee

    28 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Jeannee! That is nice of you. I love the word genius. Lol! It was a fun project to make. Keeping them alive is an entirely different story. Check back in two weeks.

      28 . 04 . 2017
  9. Dru

    I am so impressed. I’m going to look at old things with new eyes now. Turned out beautiful!

    28 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Dru! It was really fun! Did you make it home safely or are you still in Salt Lake City?

      28 . 04 . 2017
  10. Denise

    Very cool idea. Great job.

    30 . 04 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Denise!

      30 . 04 . 2017
  11. Ali B

    This turned out wonderfully! I would love to have that mini herb garden.

    01 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Ali!

      01 . 05 . 2017
  12. Debrashoppeno5

    You have true vision to see a herb garden from the cutting board. It is fabulous.

    03 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Debra! I love it when a plan comes together! I appreciate you stopping by to see it.

      03 . 05 . 2017
  13. Kim

    That’s amazing!!!! The wood is beautiful too!

    03 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Kim!!

      03 . 05 . 2017
  14. Sue

    This is very unique and I just can’t get over how creative you are. You should be a Martha adviser I think or have your own show.

    05 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Sue! Haha! You know, Martha calls me all of the time for DIY advice! LOL! I wish. That would be so fun. Thanks for your nice comment.

      05 . 05 . 2017
  15. Lora

    This is a great project. I love anything with herbs 🙂

    06 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Lora. I love herbs too. I just wish I had a ton of light in my kitchen to grow them. Thanks for stopping by.

      06 . 05 . 2017
  16. Michelle James

    I am so amazed at this project!! Very creative! Never would have thought of that from a cutting board. Pretty & useful. Great Upcycle.

    06 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Michelle! I was happy with the way it turned out. I just hope I can keep them alive. LOL! The odds are not in my favor.

      07 . 05 . 2017
  17. Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods

    Oh this is a great idea for small spaces! I’ve got the perfect spot for this on our front porch.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    {BIG hugs}
    ~Ashley

    15 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Ashley! I hope yours gets more light than mine. I can’t find a good spot for it yet.

      16 . 05 . 2017
  18. Erlene

    This is so awesome! What a clever use of an over the sink cutting board. Love its new life.

    16 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Erlene! I think it turned out pretty, dang cute! I am glad you like it.

      17 . 05 . 2017

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