Vintage Ice Buckets Repurposed to a New Life
Have you ever entertained the idea of using your vintage pieces in different ways? In today’s world of small space living, the concept that less is more and making the most of what you’ve got has opened up the floodgates to repurposing and DIY in a big way. Well, it’s in this vein that I saw potential in a simple duo of unsuspecting Mid-Century ice buckets.
I’m not gonna lie. These teak veneer twins were listed in my Etsy boutique along with their sassy big sister who had handles made of rings. The ring handled ice bucket sibling was sold and relocated to a loving home quite some time ago, but the twins were left waiting for love.
I think these matching ice buckets are pretty sweet, but it seemed a shame to keep them listed hoping for someone to come along and buy them up. I knew they could be so much more than just ‘For Sale’ in my shop, and that’s when I decided to make herb pots out of them instead!
Planting Basil in Bar Buckets
These ice buckets are great because the inside is lined with galvanized aluminum shaped and molded in one piece, perfect protection for the teak wood. If you wanted to drill holes in the bottom for drainage, you definitely could, but I decided to line the bottom with crushed gravel instead. I filled each ice bucket about 1/4-1/3 with the crushed gravel.
Basil needs well-drained soil and at least six to eight hours of bright sunlight per day, but it should not be in direct sunlight. Ideally, 10 to 12 hours of light per day promotes the best growth, but if potted up in planters you need to watch for drying out. Knowing this, I chose a potting soil that drains well, and filled each ice bucket up. When I set the basil in place I tried to leave room at the top for watering.
I will have to be careful not to overwater, because basil tends to rot off at the stems. It’s hard to see in the photo, but I did try to create a bit of a well in the soil around the outside edge. I’m hoping this helps keep the water from pooling around the basil stems.
Test Soil Moisture Before Watering
One tip I read suggests watering once a week, but to poke your finger in the soil first. This allows you to tell how moist or dry the soil really is.
Lifestyle with a Vintage Twist
When it comes to lifestyle with a vintage twist, it sometimes means thinking outside of the box. In this case these Mid-Century teak ice buckets were collecting dust on the shelf. That just feels wrong to me. Now they are planted up with one of our favourite herbs, and ready to bask in the warmth of our coming summer months!
If all goes well, these ice buckets turned herb pots should fill right out and flourish through the summer!
Tell me what you think. Would you have held out for a potential buyer to fall in love, or would you do what I did and give these twin bar buckets a purpose by repurposing them for a new use?
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