Salvaged Herb Container Garden Decor
Posted By
Kim Tritz
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer
  • Piece of architectural salvage
  • Tarp or spray shelter
  • Chip brush
  • Clear, water based polyurethane
  • Extension cord
  • Containers and herbs or flowers

Project Steps


This herb garden container I made from a salvage crib turned bench is perfect to hold a lot of pots in various sizes, and is definitely going to add a lot of character to your garden, porch, or deck! My friend is moving, and she gave us this bench she had on her porch. Along with 900 other gorgeous rustic items hidden on my porch. A few weeks ago, we went to grab the bench from her porch, and Andrew showered me with a fit as he realized how rickety it was. Man alive, he was so annoyed, and I was so excited.

To read the full story about this bench, and how we got it up the hill, visit this post on Farmhouse Made! 

Step 1

Once you have gotten your piece of furniture, you can clean it by brushing it off or power washing. Make sure it's completely dry before you move on. Get all the loose chipping paint, cobwebs, and carpenter bees off.  If your piece needs sprucing up, this is the time to do it. We had to reassemble the legs and the headboard/footboard pieces with a lot of glue and some nails. Let the glue dry, and then you're good to continue with a light sanding. This is my piece after it's been reassembled, checking how it'll look in it's place before I fully committed! 

Step 2

Lay your tarp out, or pop your spray shelter up, and situate your furniture.  I like to begin with the under side, so I can move the piece around without touching the stain, paint, or sealer. 

Step 3

Ready your Super Finish Max paint sprayer!  This is so simple. Twist off the paint sprayer cup, and make sure your tube inside is pointed away from you.  This will help the sprayer suck up the sealer becuase you're holding the sprayer at an angle. 

Step 4

Fill the cup with your sealer, and twist the cup onto the sprayer bottom. I didn't need to thin this out and I almost always use the same green tip for nearly every project, but if your sealer (or paint) is particularly thick, you can switch spray tips (either green, red or blue, depending on your material), or thin it down a bit. 

Step 5

Plug in your sprayer with the extension cord, and get spraying! Start with the under side of the piece. Let it dry to the touch, then you can flip it. Work from the top and work your way down. Take your time, so you can make sure you get all the nooks and crannies. I sprayed the inside of the legs when I sprayed the bottom, so I wouldn't need to reach and guess where I was spraying.

Step 6

Grab your containers of herbs, flowers, and vines, and set them all up on your piece. You can plant whatever you like, in whatever container you like.

As long as you love it, that's what matters!  

Don't forget to pin this for later: 

Architectural Salvage Container Garden

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