A Coffee Themed Junk Garden Vignette On An Old Treehouse Ladder

May 25, 2021

Photo of a rustic ladder with minnow bucket planters
 In 2012, my son was tearing down an old treehouse in the back of his property, and I saved the treehouse ladder.

I leaned the ladder up against my house and added a vintage minnow bucket and minnow bucket insert to the rungs. Since the ladder is on the northwest corner of my house, it is in a shady spot, perfect for impatiens.

Here is the ladder over the years including this year's vignette.

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Photo of terracotta pots with impatiens on a ladder
 One year I planted my red double impatiens in terracotta pots on the ladder.

Photo of tea kettles with impatiens & begonias on a ladder
 I have also planted in tea kettles on the ladder, and included a few begonias with the impatiens too.

Photo of a nail pounded into a ladder rung
It's quite easy to keep the pots/buckets/teapots/coffeepots on the ladder rungs without blowing off.

I pound a nail in the center of the ladder rung, and slip the pot or bucket drainage hole over the nail.  Just make sure one of your drainage holes is in the center bottom.

Photo of impatiens planted in tea kettles on a ladder
Impatiens really seem to thrive in this location.

Photo of a ladder stenciled with cabin themed stencils with impatiens planted in minnow buckets
I have also decorated the ladder with a cabin theme HERE.

Photo of an Organic Coffee Stencil
After sanding the remains of the cabin themed stencils off the ladder sides, I prepared to stencil the ladder rail with my Organic Coffee Stencil from Old Sign Stencils.

This is a great stencil! I have already used it on multiple projects!

All pricing and shipping amounts on the website are stated in Canadian funds, and will be converted to US funds.

*Old Sign Stencils has provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

Photo of a paper plate with paint & stencil brushes
I put a spoonful of Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash on a paper plate, and swirled and pounced the excess paint off my stencil brush.

Photo of a stencil taped to a ladder side
I measured with a ruler to center the stencil on one of the ladder rails, and taped it on.

Photo of a stencil taped to a ladder side
Besides stenciling "organic coffee" I added two stars from the same stencil.

Photo of a ladder stenciled with organic coffee
A couple of finishing nails were pounded into the sides of the ladder to hold enamelware cups.

Photo of an aluminum coffeepot stenciled with coffee beans
I stenciled three coffee beans from the National Brewers Coffee Stencil onto a plain aluminum coffeepot.

Photo of enamelware coffee pot with a Fresh Daily decor transfer on the front
This enamelware coffeepot has a decor transfer snippet from Redesign with Prima, Delicious Menu.  I separated this decor transfer for use on lots of projects.

Photo of a ladder decorated with an Organic Coffee stencil, coffeepots with impatiens, and coffee cups
The coffeepots are planted with reddish orange impatiens.  I put two in each pot.

Photo of a ladder decorated with an Organic Coffee stencil, coffeepots with impatiens, and coffee cups

Photo of a ladder decorated with an Organic Coffee stencil, coffeepots with impatiens, and coffee cups
I can't wait until the flowers fill out!

Photo of a ladder decorated with an Organic Coffee stencil, coffeepots with impatiens, and coffee cups
Coffeepots makes great planters for annuals.

Thanks for visiting!  The planting continues!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Love your ideas. Love the old coffee pots and the ladder. You come up with the cutest yard decor! I have some old coffee/tea pots, too. I have geraniums planted in an old blue enamel canner, and some impatiens in an aluminum saucepan. Love this stuff!

    1. Thanks so much! It's so much fun to have junk as planters!

  2. I'm soooo smitten with this Carlene! The ladder is the cutest, but your coffee theme with planter pots takes it next level! I need to get out this stencil more often myself... haha


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