Garden Arbor Creation

October 19th, 2009 in blog, projects     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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This is the finished project.
This is the 45 year old hog crate that had long since served its original purpose.  Jim used two of these crates for their project.
This is the arbor shown from the side view.  Jim used three hog crate side panels to form the re purposed arbor.
Once again the finished project.  This is against their garage which looks onto Sandys flower gardens on their property.
This is the finished project.

This is the finished project.

Photo: photo by Sandy Carlson

Jim, Sandy's husband, took the old pig crates that had been sitting in the weeds since the early 90's and turned them into something useful again.  These pig crates  had been used for their pigs on their farm for 22 years in the 1970's and 1980's. 


Jim cut apart 3 sides.  He used two on the ends and one on the top and then added a brace rod across the middle of the back as well as at the bottom.   He sanded the pig grates with coarse sanding paper by hand and then spray painted the entire arbor with black rustoleum paint.

The curled black hanging metal pieces that the flowers are hanging from were from another part of the crate.

I just had to share this creative re purposing that my sister and brother-in-law have designed with junk that has been just laying around waiting for a new life.

Very fun project they did.

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Comments (15)

WhisperWood Cottage writes: I'm with everybody else...What a transformation!!


Posted: 11:53 pm on October 23rd
langi writes: My hubby thinks "junk" cannot be repurposed. I have been trying to show him by bits and pieces but just cannot use up the collection of junk fast enough to suit him. What a blessing it would be to have a hubby that actually got in there to help with the repurposing. Someday.... Posted: 7:16 pm on October 21st
MimiToria writes: Thanks everyone for the nice comments for my bil and sister. I thought it was really cool too, and so every once in a while when I post I will post something for someone that doesn't have the knowlege to share their project or the computer to do so. I did this with my mil & fil's arbor project, as well as my friend, Laura's beautiful home architectural features last Fall. If you care to see any of the former projects just click on a persons name and it takes you back to all of their projects. Both of these projects were posted late last year, along with some other cool stuff I did for the our cabin. There are sooo many new people that haven't ever seen the projects, that its too bad we don't recycle a few of those earlier ones.
Thanks again, and I'll email my sister and let her know their project is up and showing.
Gretchen Posted: 6:01 pm on October 21st
JunkArchitect writes: Jeez, I would have never guessed it was originally a pig crate…great finished project.

Posted: 1:36 pm on October 20th
CottageElements writes: Gretchen, great project. The before and after are amazing. Hard to believe it was even the same piece. Wow! (Had to add mine, too)!

Lani Posted: 10:59 am on October 20th
DesignTurnpike writes: Really an amazing transformation! Posted: 10:50 am on October 20th
shabbychick writes: Gretchen...adding my WOW!! That's so cool and who would have thunk, right?? What a beautiful new use for a pig crate (which I had never seen before...)!

Tell you sister and brother-in-law - job well done!!

Kathy Posted: 8:46 am on October 20th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: By looking at the finished project, it is almost hard to imagine it came from pig crates! Truly a creative transformation. I keep looking at your photos in disbelief! Very, very cool.
Candy Posted: 8:05 am on October 20th
RustyDiva writes: Great project ~ they did a great job! Posted: 1:47 am on October 20th
chippingcharm writes: One more WOW...these turned out great! Laurel Posted: 9:33 pm on October 19th
Grasshopper22 writes: Looks great and very sturdy can have very strong climbers on that one...wisteria would look fantastic but they take forever to bloom!! Posted: 3:28 pm on October 19th
fellowjunker writes: Wow Gretchen....I've never seen a pig crate before and I can't believe they were able to create this amazing arbor from one!!!
It's beautiful!
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 11:36 am on October 19th
alicemom writes: BOY Howdy!!!! What a great re-do!He did a beautiful job. I was thinking about you yesterday when I had a wire wrapping Dilemma. Thought what would Gretchen do! That helped. Not as good as you but I am still a newbie.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:13 am on October 19th
oldnews writes: Wow, that's amazing! What an amazing reuse! I would have never guessed what it was in it's previous life!! Marie Posted: 10:03 am on October 19th
suewhitney writes: Wow, Gretchen...this is an amazing re-do! I guess junking runs in the family. I love that this was crafted from hog crates. VERY cool. Thanks for sharing girlfriend!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 6:52 am on October 19th
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