Many of our most inspired idea start at the antique swap meets around Southern CA.  Our favorite (and the closest to Huntington Beach, CA) is the Long Beach Swap Meet.  But on the day we started this project we were at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.  We spotted this wonderful antique chicken feeder and immediately knew we had to have it!  Of course, Brett got the task of carrying it to the car – poor guy!  

It was rusty, bent, and so so cool…

Once bought, (We can’t totally remember since it was “pre-blog” and we didn’t write everything down, but we think it was $10) and home, our first step was to hose it down.  After it dried, we layered on Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax which we purchased at a cute paint store in Costa Mesa, CA called Peinture.

Our next step was to waterproof the metal so we could use it inside without worrying about leaks.  We used Pruning Sealer and painted it on the inside.  Watch those fingers, this stuff is gross!

Once dry, we filled with cactus mix and planted our succulents.  

And here are some photos of where we like to use it in our house.  

Since completing our project, we have seen many of these old feeders for sale.  This is a DIY that is totally do-able!  

Also, we were reading the October, 2013 issue of Sunset Magazine and saw a photo that looked similar.  Looks like our next trip is to check out local shop, Molly Wood Garden Design in Costa Mesa, CA.