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Repurpose Your Furnishings...In the Garden!

by: Rita A. Leonard This old-fashioned wringer washer became a planter in Westmoreland.

When you're updating your appliances or furniture, there's the quandary of what to do with the old ones. Inner Southeast neighbors have been having fun up-cycling these items into their garden landscapes.

Sellwood folks have mounted bedsteads at either end of raised planting beds to create amusing 'garden beds'.

Mattress springs and bike frames have become trellises for pole beans and bamboo.

Many people use old chairs for planter stands; and on S.E.15th Avenue near Ramona Street, a Westmoreland resident has embellished a shady garden nook with two unique planters - an old-fashioned wringer washer, and a ceramic toilet.

'If you just think about it, there are so many different things you can do with old appliances,' the Westmoreland woman, who asked not to be identified, said - indicating the hostas curving gently over the edges of the old washtub. Violas draped over the edges of the nearby toilet tank and bowl nearly obscure the object's true shape.

'Before you remodel your home, just imagine what you can do with your outdated items,' she said. 'It can be a lot of fun.'