5 Repurposed Antiques You Didn’t Know Your Garden Was Missing

updated Oct 12, 2022
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Gardens are destined to be charming little spaces, the type where you’re surrounded by life and charm as you sit down to sip tea and read a weathered paperback book. If you’re reading this thinking, “That doesn’t sound like my garden,” you might just need a little touch of antiquity.

Make it your mission this weekend to scout out thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops for something old and quaint that you can repurpose for your outdoor space.

For inspiration, here are five house tours who’ve done it before you, giving found objects a place of honor in the garden (and I suggest you click through–it’s worth checking out more photos of these spaces if you missed them before).

A Drink Cooler as a Planter

Spotted in: Susan’s Adventure for the Senses


(Image credit: Monica Wang)

Windows as a Garden Fence


(Image credit: Bridget Pizzo)

A Brick “Wall”


(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

Childrens’ Toys as Statues


(Image credit: Marcia Prentice)

A Shower of Ceramics and Bowls

Spotted in: Thomas Hayes Gallery: A Modern Live/Work Space