Gardening with Antiques

I couldn’t wait any longer to share my wagon with you! I’m just so tickled with how it turned out.

We have been working on the front of our house for a couple months, landscaping, painting, and planting flowers. More to come on that soon…

If you’ve been around here, you probably know that I’m kinda a nut for old, broken junk. Really, I suppose they are Antiques, but many people see them as junk…I see them as treasurers! I also love to use my treasurers for things they weren’t really meant to be used for, like my wagon and watering cans (coming soon too). Gardening with Antiques can add a lot of whimsy to any garden or even a Front Porch area.

  1. My wagon had seen better days
  2. Actually it was a lot easier to work with since it was in pieces
  3. We looked several places to find some neat numbers to just apply to the wagon, but only found ones that were really expensive. We needed house numbers anyway, so we bought these and I just used them as stencils.
  4. I laid them on the piece of wood, spacing them out evenly
  5. And using a white crayon, I just traced around them
  6. Here are the numbers all traced
  7. Then I used a little left over paint from the porch, and filled in the numbers, then used a fine tip paint brush to make sure the white wasn’t showing
  8. We will use the numbers on the peak of the Front Porch
  9. Then I put the wagon in the front flower bed, before filling it with compost and potting soil. I didn’t drill any holes in it because the sides don’t fit tight anyway, so the water easily drains out.

This is right after I planted the plants.

And this is about 10 days after planting, the plants sure do grow quickly and fill in.

Do you garden or plant flowers? Share with us what you like planting your flowers in.

I’m linking to…Summer Outdoor Party, The Nester


  1. This is so cool! I love it! Great job. Please come by my blog and see my crate address planter when you get a chance.

  2. Super cute! The flowers are so pretty! Love the house number on the side – adorable! ~ Stephanie Lynn
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  3. Samantha says:

    I’m so jealous, I’ve been looking for a wagon for months. You did a great job, it looks fabulous!
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  4. I love your little wagon. I am going to be posting some garden pictures but I really don’t think they are going to be a pretty as yours lol
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  5. I love this! Great job!
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  6. Karen R says:

    I love it.

  7. Paula says:

    Your wagon *make-over* is lovely! I love the fact that all the wheels are on it and that you left the wood untouched save for the house numbers. Your plants and flowers look great. What a cute conversation piece.

  8. This is an adorable idea! I just love creative ways to display house numbers — wonderful job!!
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  9. Tracey says:

    That is so cool, I love using vintage containers in my garden, mostly big galvanised tubs and enamelware basins.

  10. Susie's Homemade says:

    What a neat project!! It turned out really well!!

  11. Lori says:

    You are so creative! I have an old red Oscar Mayer Express wagon that would be perfect to use, but I so don’t have a green thumb! You did an amazing job. Isn’t it fun to sit back and admire the work you put in to complete a project?
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  12. Becca says:

    Ooooh! This is so much fun! I planted my little red wagon with plants. I’ll be posting it soon!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  13. This is too cute! Love that you turned the wagon into this darling planter.
    xo, Sherry
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  14. DogLuvr says:

    I’m going to make one of my own! I found a litle wagon in the trash. I’m very lucky that way, I’ve gotten some great stuff on the side of the road!

  15. foodcreate says:

    Great idea ..looks so beautiful..thank you for sharing your wagon idea..
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  16. Oh… I love that! So sweet! I want a little wagon!
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  17. This looks adorable! The flowers sure did grow fast!
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  18. Holly L says:

    I LOVE this. I too have a fondness for junk, antiques and broken, upcycled, recyclced, you name it stuff! This is adorable. I try to plant…I almost kept my old kitchen sink to plant in…but my hubby gave me “that look.”
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  19. Well now, I should have known this would be by you. I always seem to pick your stuff!! :)

    I am loving this little vintage number! The blue simply pops against your flowers in the most inviting way. Such a fun twist from a typical planter. This one is right up my alley! (as you already know. LOL)

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  20. Jami says:

    What a great idea. It turned out beautifully!
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  21. Van says:

    Your craft turned out absolutely beautiful!
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  22. Going Jane says:

    I love that little wagon! Too cute! And your flowers seem to be thriving in it.

  23. Very cute! You are so clever! Thanks for participating in Tutorial Tuesday!
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  24. I LOVE how this turned out!! The colors, the flowers and plants, everything!! Great job!
    Visiting from bluecricketdesign linky party.
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  25. Wendy says:

    Really cute!!
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  26. says:

    Hi Liz, I found you and your amazing wagon transformation over at the HOH link party. I love a wagon in a garden! I had my kids old one and it rusted through….YOurs is beautiful and should last many more years!
    I’m having a garden linky party on my blog
    This would be an awesome project to link up! I have several giveaways going on as well! I’d love it if you’d stop by and link up!
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  27. Oh I adore this project. It is going in my style file for sure!

    Happy 4th of July!
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  28. Lori says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Linked to you:

  29. This is just beautiful–what a great idea!

    I’m new and wasn’t able to get the little thing at the bottom to work, but here is a link to my latest gardening blog post:


  30. Great Idea- you are very creative. Luckily, I’ve not thrown out any old wagons to feel bad about like the watering cans. :-) Thanks for sharing at the TGP!
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  31. I just love this idea! What a great and fun way to display your house numbers!

  32. Christa says:

    I completely understand about the junk/treasures! Please come by and join my first ever link party Vintage Suitcase Friday!

  33. Oh, I love this! I used to have an old wheelbarrow that I planted in. We moved and I forgot it. I miss it. The wagon is so cute and looks great with all of your plants.
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  34. JunkerMidge says:

    That wagon is ADORABLE!

  35. Kristal says:

    What a creative idea! Love how you gave this old piece a new lease on life! I’m sure it will give you plenty of days of happiness!!


  36. Amanda says:

    I’ve put together a round up of pretty plant ideas on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here

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  37. Mimi says:

    This looks great, love the house numbers on it and your choice of plants. Lovely!

  38. Hopping over from Centsational Girls outdoor party. Hope you enjoy my ‘patio time’ post. (link #205

    Thanks for sharing this fun and whymsical idea.

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  39. This is fantastic!
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