A Cool Upcycled Iron Stove Base

Hi all! I’m hoping you are all enjoying some Spring weather, it’s just beautiful here in Kentucky, which is great for all of the outdoor events they have here in Louisville. My eldest will be home from college next week so I’m hoping to get out to more local events with her before it gets too hot! But until then I am trying to finish up some projects before our community yard sale next weekend…

So this was a fun project for me, but it took FOR-EV-EH for me to decide what I wanted to do with this vintage iron stove base! I bought it at auction well over a year ago and just couldn’t come up with THE idea to upcycle it that seemed just right to me. Finally it hit me that it would make a great outdoor planter… so I asked my SAH build me an insert for it from the leftover treated lumber we used on our trellis/planter project… and of course he did a perfect job!

Here is the base in it’s original state with the drop in wood insert.

BEFORE

antique iron stove base

And here it is after! Isn’t she a beaut!

AFTER

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

I painted the wood insert with 2 coats of the same white outdoor deck stain that we used on the trellis and I spray painted the base with Rustoleum’s Aged Copper. I think this piece can be used for lots of things: add glass to the top and it’s a coffee table, add wood and fabric to make it an ottoman, put it at the door for shoes or a place to throw pet toys!

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

But I really like the idea of it as a planter, it’s just so pretty. Here it is with one of my coffee table planters sitting inside it…

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

I had thought about painting the iron a fun, bright color, because I would have liked that too, but since I’m selling it I thought it was best to keep it pretty neutral. I think the color scheme seems more upscale…

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

So if you ever run across one of these stove bases I say snatch it up! There are so many fun things you can do with it, so why not?!

Hope you’re digging this piece as much as I am!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

K

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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hi, my name is Susan and I’m a furniture hoarder… whew, now that I have said that I feel so much better! Anyway, I started this whole furniture refinishing and blogging business in 2011 and I have LOVED every minute of it! It’s not “easy” by any means but it allows me to utilize my creative side and meet lots of wonderful people… it is seriously my dream occupation! I have been refinishing furniture for myself for over 20 years but never gave any thought to doing this for others until my kids had gotten to the point that they didn’t need me as much… sad but true! So now I’m a stay at home mom and wife who has decided that fixing up and painting furniture is so much more rewarding than vacuuming and grocery shopping… my house is never quite as clean as I would like for it to be and there is furniture everywhere… but I couldn’t be happier! I hope you can come along on this journey with me!

Posted on May 8, 2014, in Furniture, Garden & Plants and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Rosemary Weiss

    Very clever. I would buy it in a minute if you still lived in Central VA.

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  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    I love the planter idea – fun and pretty!

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  3. Oh Susan you’re brilliant – that is just gorgeous !!!
    Wouldn’t a chair be pretty in front of it ( with flowers on it of course )
    I’ll be on the lookout for foot stools too now ( the list is getting long – very very long LOL )
    XOXO

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  4. What an insanely clever idea! Thumbs up! -Patrick Tan

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  5. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Happy to feature you at our garden party this morning! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you again soon!

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