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Asked on Jul 12, 2013

Garden Junk idea???

LisaSue HunterMrs P
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Today as I was shopping I found these two metal decorative pieces. I thought these are so neat and would love to add them someway in my yard art. Now what I need is some ideas on how you would use them. They stand about 4 feet and is a heavy metal.I only paid 99 cents for them so I was double excited.
Two metal decorative post? They have a slight half circle to them.
Two metal decorative post? They have a slight half circle to them.
Inside
Inside
Love the detail.
Love the detail.
38 answers
  • Kathy Franz
    on Jul 12, 2013

    oh i love them. they look like the back of old chairs, of some sort. i myself would spray them black or green. pop them in the garden where you have a climbing plant like ivy, so you can move the plant as it grows around the parts of the posts- great find!

  • SANDY
    on Jul 12, 2013

    Put 1 on each end of a flower bed or 1 on each end of a white fence or... put each 1 on the back of an old small chair. Then find a small whiteold iron table to set in the middle. Luv those super buy! ( if you follow me then we can chat, I live in Eastern WA) I just started following U. Luv your stuff

  • Angie May
    on Jul 12, 2013

    They would make beautiful hanging plant stands, would make a nice entrance way gate holders, or would look superb if used as the ends on a bench. They could also be put flat end to end and would make a nice raised flower bed.

  • Therese C
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Oh what beautiful English garden gate sides they would make!

  • Therese C
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Oh geez..another idea hit me! You could even put these on each side of your drive up mail box and plant ivy to climb up them! Just a thought...:) They are beautiful!

  • TJ
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Lucky you. I love finding these neat old iron pieces especially super cheap. These are very special pieces. They would become a garden gate for me or the backdrop for a very special planter. I also like Angie May's idea of bench ends.

  • TJ
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Oh, and don't forget to post pictures of whatever you decide to do with them.

  • Trish Austin
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Plant supports.

  • Lori J
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Wouldn't they be lovely stuck into a huge pot (one in the pot) with flowers and greenery spilling out in front of them? Perhaps with a house number added with ceramic, iron or painted wood letters? Personally, I think are very lovely in the white and would create nice contrast to all sorts of green and growing things.

  • Judy
    on Jul 13, 2013

    I think these would be fabulous at the corners of a flowerbed...decorative solution to keeping the hose out of the flowerbed. Could paint them to blend, or paint them bright to make a statement.

  • Teri
    on Jul 13, 2013

    Wow! I am so glad I posted my great find and have wonderful hometalk friends give me their output. Since my last project was a bench made from a bed (also posted) I am going to see if I could use them as a gate way. I hate to cover the detail these beautys have with greenery. Thank you everyone for the help and will keep you posted. I still would love other advice.

  • Stephanie Post
    on Jul 14, 2013

    I believe that these are footboard corners for a bed. I had a bed that had something like this instead if a full footboard. These are gorgeous! My first thought was a gate entrance as well!

  • Summer
    on Jul 14, 2013

    I think these are all great ideas, but I wouldn't paint them. They're just gorgeous the way the are and any colors or greens would pop against them! beautiful!

  • Lisa Larson Howard
    on Jul 14, 2013

    I love these!

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Whatever you do will be AWESOME those are great. Can I have a couple to make a head board out of?

  • Teri
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Stephanie I believe your probably right by the looks of them. I would like to some how turn them into a gate entrance, but now Im trying to find out Where I can put them.lol

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Jul 14, 2013

    yeah put them in my house!

  • Therese C
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Do you have a front walk that leads to your door from the street? Or on the walkway that leads to the door your friends most often use? This would be so pretty on each side of the walkway with climbing roses or vines with perhaps an arch built over the top with a welcome friends sign.

  • Teri
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Tanya your so funny..in a good way.lol And if I past them on to you where would you put them?

  • Therese C
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Sorry this is not a perfect drawing, but you'll get the walkway idea.

  • Janet Robbins
    on Jul 14, 2013

    What you found are from a bed frame. They each go onto the end corners of the bed frame. I have a friend who has a bed like this. Cute idea!

  • Lorraine Edwards
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Kneejerk reaction: Spray them black; place one on each end of a garden bed and connect with a black chain to add a little interest, e.g., along the garden bed by a driveway, or along a little garden bed by a front door, etc. You get the idea.

  • Phyllis
    on Jul 14, 2013

    If U have a free-standing mailbox, U can put 2 around it with a climbing plant or vine.

  • KathrynElizabeth Etier
    on Jul 14, 2013

    I wouldn't paint them; they look great in white. I think I'd hang small, trailing plants from the middle, and let something vine up them. I'm not sure ivy will vine on metal; I've never had any luck with that, just brick and wood.

  • Carol Richardson
    on Jul 14, 2013

    plant some ferns and bleeding heart's around them that would look pretty

  • Teri
    on Jul 14, 2013

    Theresa C Thank you so much for the drawing. I found a spot today and now will have to do some digging. I might even set them in cement. I also found two victorian garden type people that will also look awesome attached to the sides.The stair way goes to my lttle get away where I have my avairys of birds and also do all my craft projects. I like the sign above, but not sure how I could attach it and don't really want to reck the detail.

    , I found a spot where I am going to put my rails Once I maybe cement them in the ground they will look great, I also found these that I will be attaching to the sides They happen to be the same color so I think it is a meant to be, The stairs leads to my play area
  • From My Cherry Heart
    on Jul 15, 2013

    love them at the bottom of the steps but I would angle them more so you can see them as you walk up to the steps.

  • Therese C
    on Jul 15, 2013

    I love your Victorian-type people! They would look beautiful either attached to the sides or mounted atop pedestals just to the outside of them! Please post pictures when you are finished! Or oh my gosh! Wouldn't they look gorgeous attached to a Victorian bird bath?? (the people statues I mean)

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Jul 15, 2013

    I think I would put them into a little section making up a fairy garden that isn't as tiny as some..could really make it stand out don't ya think?

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Jul 15, 2013

    @Phyllis Wish our mailbox wasn't all encased in concrete next to a telephone service pole that they clean off 2 times a year!

  • Maggie Lais
    on Jul 15, 2013

    This is just one tiny suggestion, and it is only my desire to have patterns that mirror one another... but have you thought of reversing the 'corner bed posts' so that the taller side is up hill, and the lower side is downhill? somehow it suits my sense of balance that way!

  • Therese C
    on Jul 15, 2013

    Maggie Lais, I noticed that as well...it has a bit of a 'pitched forward' feel. I am by no means trying to insult anyone's taste, but by reversing the pieces it will draw toward the house rather than pushing away from it...just my opinion, nothing more.

  • Teri
    on Jul 15, 2013

    Maggie & Theresa I sat them up that way, but the steps are so steep after the 2nd step the top of the ball looked like it was just sitting there. If that makes sence.Im also thinking about maybe finding something that can go inside the metal since there hollow and make them higher. Once I figure that out maybe it would look better turned around.And no problem I love the advise.

    • Kim Silman
      on Aug 1, 2016

      I love to use galvanized metal electrical conduit to mount things on in the yard. It comes in different sizes and the silver color is pretty or can be painted. You can find it at Lowe's, Home Depot, or hardware stores. It is cheap enough and holds up well outdoors.

  • Heather Koepke
    on Jul 15, 2013

    Hose guides?

  • Heather Koepke
    on Jul 15, 2013

    Or put them as a trellis behind a potted plant flanking the front door?

  • Mrs P
    on Jul 4, 2016

    These are beautiful !!!! Couple ideas 1) trellis for a climbing rose, in two separate spots in yard, use as a back drop, put a bird bath next to it, a bird house also. OR 2) a garden arbor, if you have a spot that is a walkway, created an arbor, one on either side, to bring the height up I would make a flower bed on both sides of the walkway, "we'll say". 2 ft high flower bed, 2 ft long, 2 ft deep, then you put these on either side in the new flower beds, then I would find some grape vine to go over the top and intertwine them together. Roses in the flower beds to grow up on. Little bit of a job, but well worth it, maybe a bench after you walk through the arbor, with a bird bath, bird house Just a thought I would love those Or 3) if you have a set of 2 or 3 steps some where's, hand rails Good luck

  • Sue Hunter
    on Aug 2, 2016

    They are the right and left sides of a foot board from a bed. I have a similar bed frame only mine are longer as it is a canopy. Might give an idea.

  • Lisa
    on Aug 2, 2016

    I have seen these at my local shop theyre original part of a queen bed. Wall sconces with some lanterns or add some shelves for storage and display

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