It started out as a new roll of wire reinforcing for putting in concrete. It was purchased to be used in a DIY concrete sidewalk project that never materialized. So it languished away by the side of the barn through Summer’s thunderstorms, Autumn’s leaves, and Winter’s ice and snow.
And slowly it gained this wonderfully rusty, beautiful patina. Patiently it waited, longing to be noticed, wanting to shout about how lovely it had become and how perfect it was for some fun project.
I looked at it daily, at first wishing it had a place to go where it couldn’t be seen all the time. Wishing it didn’t look like hobo’s lived here, accumulating anything and everything that might have a purpose on some far-off, unknown time.
And then I started to notice that it had become delightfully rusty! And I began to wonder what could be done with it – because anything that rusty and industrial really needed to be turned into a fun DIY project.
Enter the idea to use it as a trellis of sorts to get my ivy to grow up instead of out over the ground. I’d been trying to get the stuff to go up the porch post for the past 2 years but the ivy wasn’t getting my vision.
The idea wasn’t met with uncontrollable joy from my husband, but he didn’t totally reject it either. So I left it to simmer for a while. Spring hadn’t arrived yet anyway.
And then I saw a House Tour Feature over at It’s Overflowing, and I was smitten. I immediately headed over to Cape 27 to check out her vertical wall planter a little closer. I was convinced that I could create the same idea with my rusty fence stuff.
I showed it to my hubby and he thought perhaps it would work – he wasn’t nearly as excited as I was but he did agree to let me buy the containers when we were at IKEA just a couple of weeks later.
I’m so glad I Aimee featured Cape 27, and that the feature included a photo of the front porch and there was a link to the project. I bought 9 IKEA pots at .79 cents each. My husband drilled holes in the sides for the s-hooks to hang the post, and my teenager punched drain holes in the bottom with a nail. I planted the white petunias in them and hung them on the fencing that my hubby was convinced to staple to the porch for me. Very simple and fun project, I’m so happy with it!
Now you may have seen several of these photos if you read my blog regularly. I posted the pics here when I was ‘borrowing’ wifi from a friend. And since I didn’t want to take the time it would take to link to the other blogs I reposted now so I could give credit where credit was due for the idea for my project! I hope you will take the time to go over and check out both Aimee’s at It’s Overflowing and Jessie’s blog at Cape 27. Jessie and her husband have done quite a few great DIY projects on their house and it’s worth checking out!
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