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.

  4. Carlene, as always, too cute, by the way, the succulent is called Watch Chain or Crassula Muscosa.


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