A Fun Cherry Tomato Planter Idea & Farmhouse Shed Wall Decor

May 17, 2021

Photo of a white painted small open crate
Patio vegetable containers need not be boring.  

See how I transformed this little thrifted crate, along with a galvanized bucket into a fun cherry tomato container garden.  Also see my garden shed wall decor for 2021.

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Photo of a garden vegetable names stencil

After painting the white crate with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Caviar, I pulled out my new Vegetable Labels Stencil from Old Sign Stencils.  Of course you can create super cute plant labels with the stencils, but I had an idea for my crate. 

I cut my stencils into strips for ease of use.

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 painted crate with tomato stencil taped to it
For the first stencil on the crate, I measured and taped it down so it would be perfectly centered.

I then pounced on the stencils using Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.

Photo of black crate with stenciled vegetable names
I added more vegetable names on the boards of all sides of the crate. I chose veggies that were suitable for growing in patio pots.

I then taped the "vegetables" stencil on my galvanized bucket, between the crate boards.

Photo of black crate with stenciled vegetable names
I pounced on vegetables using more drop cloth paint.

Photo of stenciled crate with vegetable names & leaves
Deciding that a few leaves may add additional interest, I pounced on one of the two leaf stencils included with the vegetables stencil with Dixie Belle Paint in Kudzu.

Photo of painted & stenciled crate with cherry tomato plant
A couple of coats of Rustoleum Painters Touch Clear Spray Matte Sealer were applied to the crate and stencils.

I planted a cherry tomato in the galvanized bucket.  

The bucket has holes drilled in it, and the bottom of the crate will become weathered with time, but the sealer will keep it nice for a few years.  Maybe even more years, with additional applications of sealer next year.

Photo of cherry tomato planted in a stenciled crate & bucket
I think it's adorable!

Photo of stenciled crate & bucket with cherry tomato planted inside
The patio container is ready for other veggies.

Photo of cherry tomato planted inside a stenciled crate & bucket

Photo of garden shed decorated with plants & junk
The veggie crate is being displayed on my potting sink.  (My potting sink has a new location in the yard, and new cedar legs).

This side of the potting sink is my "Garden Cafe" side to tie in with my window screen sign project.

Photo of garden shed decorated with geraniums and garden junk
I'm just getting started on 2021's junk gardens!

Photo of garden shed with farm junk decor
This is the Garden Tools side of the potting sink!

Photo of garden shed wall decorated with garden junk & red geraniums
Here is the display side of my shed with the potting sink, farm junk, an ivy geranium, two Calliope geraniums, and with the cherry tomato plant.  That's a tulip crate on the left hanging on the wall.

The farm supply window project details are HERE.  The stenciled coffeepot details can be found HERE.  The garden screen post tutorial is HERE.  It's time to add some stenciling to your garden junk too!

Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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