Sunday, June 12, 2022

Vintage Watering Cans for the Patriotic Porch

Hello Everyone, we all have a real treat today with a fun vintage Hop. I'm joining today with a great group of gals who love vintage goods and absolutely love using them to decorate our homes and porches. Our friend Cindy of County Road 407 came up with this unique way to share our vintage pieces with the Lifestyle of Love Bi-Monthly Hop. Our theme this month is galvanized tin containers and vintage items. Summer is the perfect season for sharing our metal farmhouse goods with an industrial and garden vibe.

If you're coming from Rachel's at The Pond Farmhouse, thanks so much for heading over to visit. Today, I'm out on the back porch with a few of my old watering cans creating a patriotic display with a garden theme. I have a lot of galvanized goods, but vintage "sprinklers" are one of my favorite ways to  decorate with vintage. 

I wanted a flag as a backdrop for the garden display since it's close to July 4th, and this vintage 50 star flag was the perfect size for the windows. Since I shared the potting bench last month I thought I'd head to the other side of the porch and use this old "garden table" that I've had for many years. It's an antique sewing machine base "married" to a furnace grate that's attached to the top. Perfect for the deck, patio, or porch. It's a little rusted and chippy, but that just gives it more "character"!

I have several other watering cans that are painted, but for today I wanted to stick with the patriotic color theme. The red one filled with faux geraniums is the one that I use most often because it's perfect for summer and the Christmas season. I have painted ones in pink, green, and a pumpkin/rust for Fall. They're spread around the cottage...front porch, back porch, and garden room. 

Pastel green for Spring

a Restoration Hardware French Watering Can

and while we're talking about watering plants...
A galvanized plant tray in the Garden Room;
keeps plant spills off the furniture.

My love for old watering cans comes from a very early memory of watering flowers at my paternal grandmother's house. They had a large garden with rows of flowers along the front border. Everyone had a garden during the World War 2  and that just carried on during the 50's and 60's when I was very young. We would go to an outside cistern and fill up the can over and over to give her Snapdragons, Daisies, Zinnias and Rudbeckia a good long drink. 

  On the table (above) is a galvanized carrier, 
which I think must have been for milk bottles.

I painted this red one myself with a red outdoor enamel paint.
Since I've banged them around a bunch they have a naturally "vintage" chipped look.

I brought out my wonderful red/white Churn Dash vintage quilt,
and my handmade ticking bed pillow with an old 48 star flag.

The large watering can on top has a French design with the long supported spout. The unpainted ones are plentiful and I've picked them up at fleas and vintage markets. 

Below is a piece of antique painted galvanized wall tin.

Vintage Memorial Day flags in an olive bucket.

More red/white/blue in an old gym basket.

One of my concrete bunnies is along for the display.

mini olive buckets are great for plants and candleholders.
such a pretty glow...

Here's one of my favorite photos from 2012 with a French 
galvanized flower bucket filled with faux hydrangeas and red geraniums.

And another important family piece;
a large galvanized laundry tub from my mother-in-law,
where I keep potting soil throughout the year.

Thanks so much for coming by!
We hope you'll continue the Hop and scoot on over to see
  Ann at Dabbling and Decorating with some planter fun.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!


  1. Debra,
    I'd love to expand my collection of old watering cans and your post inspired me to get busy finding more. Love all you do.

  2. I just love vintage watering cans and you use them so perfectly! This is incredibly delightful and cheery!

  3. Lovely collection of watering can. I love your vignette with the sewing machine base. I really enjoy your blog.

  4. Love all your wonderful watering cans. Very pretty vignette. Happy Weekend Debra.

  5. Now that's what I call a fantastic collection! After I saw your first photo I realized I don't have one watering can. That's crazy. Now I want them all! The patriotic scene is a fave look for summer so that would be front and center for all to see. Everything looks so fun. I also realized, I want a galvanized tray too. Great idea for the leaky plants. Thanks for joining in. Always enjoy seeing your pretty displays. Pinned

  6. I LOVE collecting vintage watering cans too Debra and your collection is quite impressive. It's such a great idea incorporating them into your patriotic porch, which is beautiful.

  7. You have a wonderful collection of galvanized vintage finds, Debra, and I love all your watering cans; they're the best! Your patriotic vignette is adorable; great inspiration for the decorating I've got to do today! Always love to see how you artfully display your amazing vintage collections!

  8. Thanks so much, Debra. You have such a great collection of watering cans and they look right at home with the RW&B. I didn't do any decorating for Memorial Day this year. That is always where I start the patriotic colors, but I will be starting on July 4th this year. Can't wait. It is three of the most favorite colors to decorate with. Yours all looks so beautiful..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  9. Love the galvanized watering cans, and the patriotic flags and such!

  10. I love all of your vintage goodness, Debra. Those watering cans are beautiful, chipped and all. You have amassed quite the collection!! They look so good at all times of the year!

  11. You have so many inspiring images. I love how you have styled all your galvanized treasures.

  12. Love the vintage watering cans Debra, along with your patriotic decorations on the porch!

  13. Debra I absolutely love vintage watering cans and you display and style yours to perfection. I will be featuring this tomorrow at The Home Imagined Link Party. Hope to see you there and thank you for the inspiration! XO- MaryJo


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