Repurposed Vintage Strainer Makeover

In my Finds post earlier this week I showed you this vintage strainer that I found for $1. I had just started to do some annuals planting. Perfect timing!

Repurposed vintage metal strainer planter

I confess I have a thing for strainers. I think it has something to do with my love of polka dots. 🙂

A few years ago I made this strainer planter wind chime, but this strainer had sweet little feet so I decided it would make a perfect planter.


vintage metal strainer repurposed into a planter

It’s quite large.


vintage metal strainer makeover

And it comes with ample polka dot drainage.

It has a crack in the right handle, but the handle is still solid so that didn’t matter to me.


vintage metal strainer repurposed into a planter

I love these little feet.


vintage metal strainer repurposed into a planter

It’s marked Made in Italy. Cool!

All this vintage strainer needed was a little spray paint love.


taping a vintage strainer for spray painting

So I covered the handles…


taping a vintage strainer for spray painting

and the sweet little feet with painter’s tape because I wanted them to keep their silver colour.

I liked the Made in Italy mark so I taped over that too. Why not?


I gave it three light coats of a lovely aqua apraypaint, letting it dry between coats while I worked at pulling weeds in the gardens.


vintage metal strainer makeover into planter

Then I removed the tape and simply plunked in a ready made $10 hanging planter of hot pink geraniums. Hangers removed of course.

And voila! Easy peasy pink prettiness. 🙂 I love a pink and turquoise combo.

Oh who am I kidding… I love a pink and any colour combo. lol.


Don’t forget to pin it!

Repurposed vintage metal strainer planter

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. You are the queen of vintage repurposing and this makeover is no exception! The last shot is a perfect setting for your lovely vintage flower container creations!

  2. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Gorgeous! I love that strainer and what a make-over beauty it is

  3. Oh, that is so pretty. Love the little girl under the table, too!! Looking forward to what comes next! Dona

  4. It’s so cute, Tuula! I love the combo of pink and turquoise as well. Now, I want to find an old strainer! Enjoy your break and see ya when you get back!

  5. I love the colors! So pretty & cheering! Unusual to find a strainer made in Italy!

  6. Lorraine Castellon-Rowe says:

    Darling!!! Love the color!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Adorable. Love the color you painted the strainer. I have an enamel strainer that is about to be pressed into service. Pink in aqua are my favorite colors these days.

  8. Love your idea. It came out so cute. I do the same thing with regards to your “made in Italy” mark. I like to leave certain marks showing…..people might think I’m crazy but I like the history of things so I like to leave marks on some of the items I repurpose. 🙂

  9. Very cute! I love the colors you chose and with the lime green table….divine!

  10. Tuula very pretty, gorgeous Geraniums

    Been missing for a while but I’m back


  11. I love it…especially with the pink flowers! So happy. I’ve been away, too- and might stay away a bit longer. 😉 xo, T.

  12. Who would have known that a strainer could look so amazing! Nice makeover Tuula 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm 🙂

  13. Just found your in my email DIY.
    I think we must be sisters from another mother 😉
    I love strainers, curly ques, thrift stores and garden art!
    Can’t wait to get started on some of your fun projects!
    Thank you do much for sharing

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Cathy! I’m so happy you’re here. It’s always nice to meet a creative sister. 🙂