1. Coal / Log Boxes
I bought one of these decorative fireside boxes at a junk shop for a tenner. Many of these old boxes are wooden panelled and then just covered with embossed brass-plated sheets as decoration and protection from heat, but this was a solid steel box underneath and therefore very suitable for use as a planter. It's 400 x 300 x 300 mm in size, about 35 litres internal volume.
I drove out the hinge pin with a drift and removed the lid, and then drilled some large drainage holes in the bottom, before painting all the internal and external steel surfaces with a gold coloured metal paint (Triflow, similar to Hammerite). Three heavy coats to prevent corrosion.
Within a few days, and before the paint was even dry on the first one, I spotted an identical box on eBay, located just a few miles away, but this second one cost me £17.50 after a round of negotiations although it's actually in worse condition than the first, cheaper box.
|preparing the second box for painting....|