Broken French Press Planter/Vase

Pretty sure I bleed brown for all the coffee I drink and I easily get a serving of dairy each morning from the 1/2 & 1/2. I love coffee so much that its a true barometer of when I'm sick. If I don't want a cup of coffee then something is definitely wrong! lol This rings true when I'm pregnant, that first trimester nausea keeps the coffee away. 

During my last pregnancy I thought I would try a french press and see if it made the coffee more palatable. My non-preggo self wouldn't care if it was from a drip coffee maker or from a french press, but my preggo senses could barely stand the french press coffee, at best. 

Unfortunately, after about one week, the glass container shattered on the floor---I'm also very clumsy when preggo. And, just to round out the first trimester woes, I was too tired to return the product to the store and seek a replacement part. The leftover pieces sat in a bottom cabinet for almost two full years before I rediscovered them and decided on a re-purpose project.


This piece almost went into the garden, but several pinterest ideas kept popping up for hanging mason jar vases. The coffee fueled wheels started spinning, and viola! It fits with the coffee decorating theme in my kitchen, too.

Using the rust-and-patina-how-to from Treasures of the Heart, I rusted the sawtooth hanger to create a more rustic look. Here they are side-by-side so you can see the difference. 

The board was an old fence piece that received a good scrubbing and cleaning, then a mesh of paint and stain coats. I used my current favorite paint, Trattoria Teal by Behr. Finally, a spray sealer finished it off.

Pictured below: the frame has not received a coat of stain like the fence board has. I love this color just as much when it is unstained and stained (and more greenish).

Not pictured: a piece of felt was glued to the back before adding a picture hanger. This is to protect the wall from scratches. 

I'm on the hunt for a wide-mouthed jar to place in here so it can double as a wall-vase. For now, I'm happy with it. 


  1. I love to find this to repurpose. You did a lovely job with the Broken French Press. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  2. This is very cute! I like the rustic wood against the crisp silver and the pretty violets!


  3. Seriously?! I LOVE my french press coffee -- I make it so thick you can almost chew it. Yum. But I break one every decade or so, too, and this is a great idea for making something pretty!

  4. Nice job!!! Nancy @ LittlehomesteadinBoise

  5. Clever way to reuse an old french press pot. Pinned. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday. Hope to see you tonight at 6pm PST.


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