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Topic: Card Holder from Retail Store...becomes Plant Boxes and Table!!  (Read 9393 times)
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« on: April 03, 2005 12:28:11 PM »

I used to work at this health food store and part of my job was ordering the cards.  One day we decided that our old card display rack was in need of a replacement.  Once the new one arrived, I knew that I couldn't let the old display be thrown into the dumpster.  So with my boss thinking I was crazy, I backed my truck up to the loading dock and we hoisted the old display into it.  This display was about 8 or 9 feet tall and it was a square shape that swiveled at the base.  Many of the plastic card holder trays were cracked or broken.
Once home, I started to think about what to do with it.  I decided to cut off a 2 foot section from the top.  This part I do not have a picture of, becasue I gave it to my friend.  It had the top and 4 poles attached under it (llike a table), with plastic card holders going all the way around.  I tiled the top and added rocks and soil to the "plant boxes".  I also added 1 screw into each foot, creating an adjustable foot (for leveling). And it became this unique planter table, that is perfect for growing herbs in.
With the rest of the display, I took off the remaining plastic boxes, measured and attached them to the wall of our garage.  I put river rocks in the base of them for drainage, then filled with potting soil, then planted with ground cover types of plants and chicks and hens.

There was still more left of the card holder and I couldn't let it go to waste.  What was left was the base, the part that swiveled.  I figured that it would make a great outdoors side table, so I tiled the top with the same tiles I used on the planter table (above), and viola, a rolling end table with swivel top.

The "shelves" on this fence were also from a display, a different one.

I wanted to send this project in to Readymade Mag but forgot too.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2005 03:19:16 PM »

That's awesome!  Great job thinking outside the box and reusing and making beautiful things, all in one!  I love the rows of plants on your garage especially...
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2005 12:20:50 PM »

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That is such a great idea! I wonder if the hallmark store here would be willing to send some my way. That is a really great way to save space too! That would be great for us college kids who cant really dig up the apartments courtyard to grow stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2005 04:19:44 PM »

What a fabulous idea!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2005 11:37:23 PM »

oh how wonderful! i'm totally obsessed with terra cotta and window boxes, etc.. right now!

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2005 08:19:09 AM »

Ultra Coolio!
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2005 08:37:08 AM »

You call it recycling.  I call it Genius!
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2005 09:21:20 AM »

Amazing, the things people throw away! That looks so great...can you see the roots through the clear plastic?! I absolutely LOVE this!!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2005 11:39:06 PM »

wow!  what a cool idea, thanks for sharing! Smiley

« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2006 09:55:08 AM »

That is incredibly cool!  We have a place called "ReStore" here - it's a Habitat for Humanity overage and donation collection center that sells what they have to benefit the program - I know they'll have something I can use soon to do this (at least by the time the world up here thaws in spring).  I am going to use that fence of mine!

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