A Unique Barrel Stave Outdoor Wall Planter

Sometimes it takes being challenged to see something through a different lens. Today is another Int'l Bloggers Club challenge and the theme this month is Iron. This one had me stumped for days until I remembered something buried deep in my stash that I've never found a use for.



A wrought iron door knocker! But I also found a barrel stave in there too and well the rusty gears in the old noggin started turning. Several hours later I emerged from the workshop with a unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter for our back gate and I'm thrilled with the results.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

Repurposed Iron Door Knocker Wine Stave Flower Planter

Had it not been for our challenge this month, I don't think I would have ever thought to put a barrel stave and an iron door knocker together.



Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
~Edward de Bono

The fleur-de-lis door knocker has been buried in the box for so long that I don't remember when or where I got it. I'm a sucker for anything French so it's no surprise that I bought it without having a purpose in mind. I knew one day I'd figure out what to do with it and I'm so happy today's that day.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

So I have the ornamental iron door knocker and the barrel stave but now I need something for a flower pot.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

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So many times I've stood looking at this barrel stave wondering what in the heck to do with it. I contemplated turning it into a stool but I don't think that would be very comfortable. But adding legs was definitely up there on my list of ideas.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

If you haven't heard of our Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of blogging friends from around the globe who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a themed DIY project. Links to my uber-talented friend's iron-inspired ideas are included further down in the post.



We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the USA, and Canada. The theme for our last challenge was silk or linen where I made a No Sew Tailored Bed Skirt For Adjustable Beds.



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Thanks to our challenge we now have a lovely barrel stave outdoor planter hanging on our back gate and I love it.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

The plan was to use a flower pot that fits inside the metal ring of the door knocker. The problem was the flowers covered the ornate details of the door knocker.



Onto plan B...



I found the turquoise metal flower pot at the dollar store. The hanger was perfect to bend around the door knocker ring so the flower pot could hang instead.



I could have left things alone because the pretty pop of turquoise is a nice juxtaposition between the rustic iron door knocker and the barrel stave. Instead, I decided to age the flower pot with some rustic charm.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

I'm not 100% sure that was a good idea because the turquoise color really popped. Too late now! Would you have left the turquoise flower pot as is?



How To Make A Barrel Stave Outdoor Wall Planter

Enough chatter, I've included the instructions below for how to make the barrel stave outdoor wall planter.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

Step 1 - Whitewashed Barrel Staves

This step is completely optional. While I love the natural wood on the oak staves, the door knocker looked lost against the dark wood. One option would be to paint the iron door knocker but I chose to whitewash the barrel stave instead.



First, I sanded the oak staves to remove the glossy finish. Then I brushed the staves with a whitewash glaze, brushing the glaze both vertically and horizontally to get it deep into the grain of the wood.



I let the glaze sit for a couple of minutes before removing the excess with a lint-free rag. You can see the process in the photo below.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

Step 2 - How To Age A Metal Flower Pot

This step is completely optional. I aged the dollar store flower pot hanger to match the galvanized metal hoops on the barrel stave. I still wanted some of the pretty turquoise color to peek through the finish. Pictured below are the products I used to achieve the galvanized patina.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

Big difference, right? Here's a close-up of the dollar store $1.50 metal flower pot before the galvanized paint finish.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

To achieve the galvanized look I painted the pot with layers of paint that I had on hand, starting with a dark gray.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

The first layer is hurricane gray chalk paint brushed in random brush strokes with an inexpensive chip brush. For the remaining layers of paint, applied it with the same chip brush, some of the wet paint was removed by dabbing it with a lint-free rag as follows.

  1. Layer One - Hurricane Gray chalk paint (Dixie Belle Paint Company)
  2. Layer Two - Metallic Silver paint (Modern Masters)
  3. Layer Three - Pewter Gray chalk paint (FAT Paint Company)
  4. Layer Four - Copper Primer, Metallic Copper paint, and Green Patina (Modern Masters)
  5. Layer Five - Blackened Bronze Metallic Surfaces (Sophisticated Finishes)
  6. Layer Six - Wicker White Multi-Surface craft paint (Folk Art)


Here's another technique for achieving a galvanized metal patina with paint but without the aging that I did on my rustic garden hand tool organizer.



Step 3 - Assembling Outdoor Wall Planter

Assembling the outdoor wall planter was quick and easy. First, I attached the door knocker to the barrel stave with 3/4-inch wood screws. To cover the screw heads, I dabbed some blackened bronze and copper primer paint with an art brush to match the wrought iron.



Next, I bent the hanger on the flower pot over the ring of the door knocker. Then I attached a D-ring picture hanger onto the back of the barrel stave and hung it on our gate. Last but not least, I planted pretty pink petunias for a pop of color.



A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

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A unique barrel stave outdoor wall planter idea using a repurposed stave and wrought iron door knocker for a one-of-a-kind hanging flower planter.

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  1. Everything totally came together on this one Marie. When I saw the photo of your wrought iron door knocker barrel stave flower pot holder I was taken aback with how big it actually is. Wow. Stunning mix and match of a whole bunch of different things. P.S. I tried to say it 5 times but the "door knocker barrel stave" bit tripped me up :D

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    1. LOL, I can't even say it one time without tripping up 🤣 She IS a big flower pot hanger but then so is our gate so the scale worked out perfectly. I love looking out my kitchen window and seeing it hanging there all pretty with the pop of fuscia blooms.

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  2. Your flower pot door knocker is truly adorable! It's so creative and unique and I bet all of your guests are quite surprise and delighted when they see it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gail! I'm so glad to FINALLY have put the door knocker to good use.

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  3. This is gorgeous Marie, and I love how you placed it like a wreath on your gate. Your yard has to be the most amazing spot, so much creativity. Of course your pot makeover looks perfect, your work always is.

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    1. Thank you Leanna, our yard has been a work in progress for 20 years. We've always got some project on the go out there. It is our little oasis from May - September. I'm quite pleased with how the flower pot holder dresses up our back gate, just what it needed. Glad you like it 😊

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  4. I couldn't agree with you more about a challenge, Marie! They sure get your brain working and are so much fun! You sure did nailed this challenge! Such a beautiful piece of garden art!

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    1. Thank you very much, Sam! It was a little unnerving before coming up with the idea and then so much fun to bring my idea to fruition.

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  5. What a perfect mix of items! This is just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kaycee! I love how it dresses up our gate.

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  6. This is such a unique idea, Marie! We just moved to central Oregon and got 4 feet of snow this past winter. I'm still trying to figure out what to plant flower wise in this new colder climate. Maybe something like this would work with annuals :)

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    1. I know all about living in a cold climate with lots of snow and nine months of winter. You'll be surprised at what can grow in a cold climate. I'm always amazed when my hydrangeas, tea roses, and lavender come up every Spring. But it's nice to have some annuals always blooming in flower pots too, like this one.

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  7. I like more the flower pot now, Marie. It looks aged as the wood and being out there on snow for nine months is what it would end up looking anyway. Your door knocker seems to be made just for this project, everything looks so nice on your door

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    1. Thank you so much Pili, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I think you're right about it aging over time. The more I look at the flower pot, the more I like the aged look. The turquoise would have stuck out like a sore thumb.

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  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS! While the original pot was cute, you were right to think that it was too, "too" for what you wanted to achieve. Good job!!

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    1. Thank you so much Ceyla! You know, the more I look at the aged flower pot, the more I realize I made the right choice. I think the bright shiny turquoise would look out of place. We've had nothing but rain this week and it's holding up well out there on my gate.

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  9. I love how you brought it altogether. Painting the bucket and the wine stave was a good call, it looks like it was made that way to begin with. Great job!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Chery, you made my day when you said it looks like it was always that way! That definitely was my intention so I'm glad you feel I hit the mark.

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  10. Don't you dare touch that "aged" pot - it is perfect!!! It is my favorite part of this project an I love the entire thing!! It looks fantastic on your gate - what an imagination you have!

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    1. LOL, promise I won't be touching it, Carol! The more I look at the aged flower pot the more I like it's rustic charm. I can see it hanging on the gate from the kitchen window and it makes me smile. Can't wait for the petunias to fill out and trail down the wine staves.

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  11. I LOVE this, Marie! I think aging the pot was the right thing to do. I liked the turquoise of the pot, too, but I think it would have clashed with the vintage vibe of the barrel staves and the hanger. Just too modern-looking for the rest of the piece.

    I have some old barrel staves in my garage that were painted a medium green color. Before the barrel fell apart I used it in my yard to sit a plant on and loved it. So when it came apart I just couldn't stand to throw the pieces away. I don't know if I have the metal bands that held the staves together, though. I would love to use it to make a plant holder similar to yours. I'm thinking maybe I could hold the staves together with some old leather belts instead of the original metal bands. Then I'd have to find some sort of hook or door knocker to hold the flower pot. I'm getting excited already just thinking about using those old barrel staves! I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the great idea and the tutorial! You are the Queen of Creativity, Marie!

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    1. I'm so excited that my flower pot holder inspired you to do something with your old wine staves, Naomi! Leather belts would be cool to replace the metal band. You probably can find some metal strapping at the home improvement store that would work too. Send me pictures when you're done, I'd love to see it!

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  12. I love your flower pot holder, it's perfect and the pot looks like it's been hanging there for a while!! Lovely repurpose of a door knocker Marie!!

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    1. Thank you, Katrin! I would not have my unique flower pot holder if it wasn't for our challenge, so thank you my friend 🤗 So glad to FINALLY put the door knocker and wine staves to goo use!

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  13. Personally, I think that if you left the planter its original color the "newness" of the appearance would have been jarring. It looks perfect exactly the way you did it!

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    1. Thank you Kathy, I totally agree after sitting on it for a few days.

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  14. Looks perfect Marie. Happy Weekend
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris, I've been enjoying my new gate decor from my kitchen window all week as it poured rain outside. We finally have sun this morning so hopefully those petunias can now grow!

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  15. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  16. What a bang-up job, Marie! I love the patina look you gave the flower pot. I think it all words well together, and you can still see some of the turquoise (which obviously give that faux patina). I having a hard time visualizing what you did with the d-ring. Can you expound on that? So glad we got to see this at Tuesday Turn About!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie, I'm glad you like it! As for how I hung it on the gate, I attached a D-ring style picture hanger hook to the top center of the back of the wine staves and hung it on the gate with a nail. Easy peasy!

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  17. Hi Marie! This turned out beautifully, as always. I love seeing your creativity in the garden. So appreciate you joining us each week at Tuesday Turn About!

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    1. Thank you very much, Crissy! I appreciate you hosting the TTA party for us bloggers to share our creativity. See you Tuesday and have a great weekend!

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  18. I'm so impressed with your flower pot holder project Marie. You really know how to take an idea to the next level! Thanks so much for sharing on Tuesday Turn About!

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle, I'm glad you like my flower pot holder idea!

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  19. Oh em gee! I thought that little pot was real galvanized metal. OK. You win the prize for best faux metal. Pinning to my Faux Metal board.....of course. Beautiful piece. Great job! Susie from Chelsea Project

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    1. Yay, then I successfully accomplished my goal! Thank you so much, sweet friend for the pin and your kind words...and the visit 😊 Hope you had a nice 4th of July!

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  20. I love how this all came together. The cut barrel and knocker mesh perfectly for your gate decor.

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    1. Thank you so much Erlene! I love how the large size of the barrel staves adds that punch we needed on our back fence. Now that we have some sun, the petunias are filling out nicely too!

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