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Antique Banister Wall Planter

Oh my stars, y’all! We have something hanging on our wall! I know… it’s the little things that thrill us these days at the new house. In this case, it’s wall decor.

Since going paint crazy in the living room, breakfast nook, dining room, and laundry room (more on that space later), I was really itching to hang something on those freshly painted walls.

The other week, my mom and I went junking and I found these two chippy antique banisters for practically a song. I had no clue what I was going to do with them, but they were just too interesting to pass up. And they seemed like the perfect Trash to Treasure Tuesday kind of project, which I’m finally jumping back into today after a 2 month hiatus during our move. (If you don’t know what T2T Day is, a few blogger friends and I take trash or thrift finds and transform them for our homes. Their makeovers are at the bottom of this post. You can see all of my past Trash to Treasure projects here if you want some thrifty ideas.)

While I was planning our breakfast nook, it finally hit me… a wall planter!

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

If you ever happen upon a pair of banisters, bundle of spindles, or a couple of old ladders, I whipped up a quick tutorial for you to make one yourself.

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To stop the chipping on the banisters and preserve the aged paint, I gave them a quick couple of thin coats of the clear matte acrylic.

Then, Robert and I hung them up on the wall using the wall anchors (since they’re not on studs), D-rings, level, and power drill.

When I was on the hunt for some planter hooks, I discovered some on sale at Crate and Barrel that ended up being cheaper than Walmart. (What? When does that ever happen?)

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

I originally planned on getting some cheapo terra cotta clay pots and whitewashing them to look aged, but could not for the life of me find any that were the right size for the planter hooks.

These cement pots ended up being the perfect size but were a little more expensive than I’d planned on spending. Buuuut they’re cute. So it’s still a win, I guess. My junk find just wound up being pricier than I thought it would be.

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

While I was in IKEA recently picking up our living room furniture, I snagged these artificial sage and lavender plants.

I can’t get over how real they look for around $6… and I don’t have to worry about keeping them alive, so there’s that. They wouldn’t have a prayer living in our dark window-less breakfast nook where they’re hanging now anyway. (If you don’t have an IKEA near you though, these are really cute too.)

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

Since the pots are a tad heavy, we secured the planter hooks with wall anchors. I love how much they’ve brightened up our breakfast nook! Like a total breath of fresh air with all those cozy textures going on.

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

I’m restraining myself a little bit with super rugged, distressed things in this house, but there’s a certain elegance to this one that marries the farmhouse look with the more formal style in this house with those curvy details on the banisters.

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

Pretty soon, I’ll be sharing my big plans for the breakfast nook, but this is certainly one of those projects that sets my wheels turning with more ideas.

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

This breakfast nook was so black and white before, so I love that it’s feeling much warmer with this punch of greenery right when we walk through the back garage door. It’s, thankfully, still shallow enough that we don’t bump into it when we walk in.

One thing’s for sure though, I’ve never seen anything like this project before, not with banisters at least.

DIY Antique Banister Wall Planter | www.blesserhouse.com - A quick and simple tutorial for how to make a wall planter from a repurposed antique banister using artificial plants. Cute way to bring the outdoors in!

I can’t wait to share what else is happening in this spot very soon! It’s going to be very classic, chic, French, rustic, relaxed, but elegant. That’s probably a weird description, but I hope it’ll make more sense later.

You can check out the rest of this month’s Trash to Treasure Transformation projects by clicking the links of the blogs below to see the afters:

Clockwise from top left:

Girl in the Garage | Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer | Prodigal Pieces | Artsy Chicks Rule

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Hope you have a beautiful week, loves!

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20 Comments

  1. Love the look. The combo —Wall, floor, and door are beautifully complimentary. Want to see the French addition. Nice work!

  2. That is extremely inspired! But question: Were the wooden bannisters’ spindles originally the top railing or did they somehow stand vertically? It’s driving me a little nuts that I can’t figure out in what position they were originally to be part of a bannister! Another question: the pot hangers are screwed into the wall, right? They are not attached to the bannisters at all?

    I have a couple of tobacco ladders–is that what they’re called, I can’t remember for sure. Anyway, they are basically configured like a bannister with vertical pieces on the sides and horizontal cross-pieces attaching the verticals. I was just thinking that they might lend themselves to a similar project as you did with the bannisters. Hmmn, I’ll have to think about that some more. Would it be terrible to paint and distress them??

    Thanks for the great post!

  3. What a great idea!! Now I might have to be on the search for a banister….or two!! 🙂 How creative…..thanks for sharing!

  4. I love this so much!! Such a great idea, and so beautiful! I was wondering if you might have any suggestions for an alternative in lieu of those amazing antique banisters? 🙂

  5. Hi Lauren,

    This is a neat idea; thanks for sharing! One thing about the wood, though: Did you consider the possibility of lead paint on those old, chippy banisters? I live in a house built in 1915. When we had to replace our vinyl siding, I was thrilled to discover naturally distressed, “chippy” painted wood siding hiding underneath. I had plans to turn the siding into signs and hang them in the house. But my husband refused, saying the original paint was probably lead-based and it would be a safety hazard. I know you wrote you coated the banisters with spray, but I don’t know how long that would last or if that would provide sufficient protection. Perhaps he was just being overly cautious, but I would hate it if anyone, especially little kiddos, were exposed to lead poisoning.

  6. Well, these are truly fantastic, Lauren. What a great find and ingenious use of the banisters. Enjoy!

  7. That is such an original use of banisters Lauren. And you are right, the whole thing does make the room seem much warmer, especially with the greens. But the chippy goodness of the wood also achieves that. Can’t wait to see more!

  8. This is really cute! I cant wait to see your Breakfast Nook. We are hopefully getting a house soon (its in the works) its little and needs character…wanting to add a Breakfast Nook (if it will fit). I am enjoying your blog! Sandy

  9. Now that is a unique wall treatment! I love that you preserved the chippy appearance of the wood instead of painting over it.

  10. You are soooo creative! I just love that idea! You are right, I have never seen anything like it!
    As always, thanks for providing such detailed instructions.

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