• Our Summer Potting Sink

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by in DIY home and garden craft projects, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art, Things that inspire me in the garden

     

    potting sink in her summer skirts

    potting sink in her summer skirts

    Can I just tell you how much I love our vintage potting sink? I dress her up for the seasons and special holidays and, as I come down the garden path and she comes into view, I smile every time. You see, my sink is a girl !

    Today I took the Americana Fourth of July decorations down and replaced her summer outfit. Three cute gingham and applique half-aprons found at yard sales create the sink skirting which conceals a five-gallon bucket and recirculating pump housed there. Since we are having quite a heat wave, I moved heat-tolerant succulents from other spots in the garden to be this month’s stars. One succulent I tucked , pot and all, into an old colander and wired it in. Dried Spanish moss hides the wire and lends a finished look. To water it, I’ll take the whole piece down and put it right side up.

    Knick-knacks from the shed and garden room become accessories, and I fire up the pump (the sink is conveniently next to an outdoor electrical outlet). A soft trickle of water flows out the faucet, enticing birds from all over the yard.

    See our potting sink in some of her other “outfits” by following the links below:

    http://www.hometalk.com/1100793/my-favorite-garden-repurpose-potting-sink-fountain

    http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/everything-including-the-kitchen-sink/

    http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/happy-4th-of-july-patriotic-potting-sink/

    Sink as water feature

    Sink as water feature ~ plastic tubing was threaded up through the faucet

    Birdhouse in a wire basket

    Birdhouse in a wire basket

    succulent planted in a colander

    succulent planted in a colander

    The sink dribbles into a bowl. water goes down the drain into a bucket below which holds the recirculating pump.

    The sink dribbles into a bowl, water goes down the drain into a bucket below which holds the recirculating pump.

     

    aprons serve as

    aprons serve as the potting sink’s skirts

    Sink as water feature

    Sink as water feature ~ water trickles into the bowl, overflows and runs down the drain into the bucket below

    Summer Potting Sink

    Our Summer Potting Sink

8 Responses so far.

  1. Debbie says:

    Barb,

    I enjoy your creativity. You give me lots of ideas.

    Debbie

    • Barb says:

      Watch out, Debbie!! Those “ideas” will get you in trouble ~ have you hauling home other people’s junk and doing crazy things in your yard : )
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  2. Megan says:

    Charming

  3. lynnh96005 says:

    I’ve saved my old sink for just such a purpose but cannot decide where to place it. :D Love the way you’ve decorated the area.

    • Barb says:

      Hi! Lynn,
      Great to hear you have the sink ~ that’s hard to come by for many folks! If you want to make it into a water feature as I did, you will want it to be near an outdoor outlet. That helped me figure it out at our house!
      Have fun,
      Barb

  4. Debbie Fletcher says:

    I enjoy and would like to continue following you Barb. I enjoy you and your information on Hometalk Gardening too!

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