A Vintage W H Barber Oil Company Metal Container Repurposed As A Succulent Planter

June 08, 2021

Photo of a metal oil company advertising container
I found this old W. H. Barber Oil Company metal wall container at the local thrift shop for $2.  It may have hung a gas station wall.

I repurposed it as a great junk garden decor piece below!

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Photo of holes in the bottom of a metal container
Three holes were drilled into the bottom.  Two for drainage and one for a screw.  Another hole was drilled into a section of wooden garden stake.

A washer was used with a wood screw to attach the portion of a garden wood stake to the orange metal container.

Photo of a round metal rod being added to a garden stake
Another hole was drilled in the bottom of the wood stake a bit thinner than a 1/8" steel round rod piece.

The rod was tapped into the hole with a hammer.  It fit snug.

Photo of a metal container attached to a wooden garden stake

Photo of a repurposed advertising metal container into a planter
This is what my planter project looked like when I was done.

Photo of a succulent plant in a small pot
I decided to add this succulent to the repurposed flower pot.

It was unmarked so I'm not sure what it's called.

Photo of a repurposed metal container planter on a stake
That's the beauty of succulents, they don't require a lot of soil, so they can survive in smaller containers.

Photo of a repurposed metal container planter on a stake
The color is perfect with the orange annual theme that I have going on the front side patio area.

Photo of a repurposed metal container planter on a stake
My garden stake was already weathered but if you want to use a newer stake, you can brush on some Rust-Oleum Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator.

Thanks for visiting! 
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I love junk. I love gardening. I love your style. I love that you use your junk, sometimes I try to "save" mine. I'm going use more of my junk in the garden. Thank you for the inspiration!!

    1. Use your junk. It's very fun. I used to save mine too, but if it wears out, rots out, rusts out, find some new junk!

  2. This is too cute, Carlene! Sharing a link to it in my Weekly Rambles post on Saturday.

  3. What a cute outdoor succulent planter, Carlene! Your flower beds filled with vintage finds are lovely.


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