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September 30, 2016

Water Pump Plant Stand

Dan's father created this combination water pump plant stand for his mother a long time ago.  It's a combination of salvaged metal parts that he always had laying about and the water pump may well have been from his mother's childhood home.  I'm estimating he put it together for her in the mid to late 70's.  It moved around in their home many times with various plants and the last time we visited her at the farm she insisted I take it with me.

The dark green wasn't going to work for me so Dan wanted to clean it before it got a new paint job.  He found a total of 7 different colors on it.  We have a small sandblaster that he did some of the clean up with and sanded the rest.  I wanted to be able to read the wording on the pump again.

Barnes Mfg. Co. Mansfield Ohio

After it was painted we gave it a few days to harden off before bringing it in.

Dan estimates the water pump to be 80 to 100 years old.

I really didn't think I wanted it when his mom offered it but I'm glad I took it and gave it a new life with us.  She's having issues because of dementia now and has to be in assisted living.  I'll always think of her as the years go by because of it.

I set the plant on top and it fits right in the top saucer area perfectly but I am nervous the plant is going to get knocked over so I moved the plant stand over near the other door.  This plant has always done well here so I put it back on a shorter stand for now.



  1. What an amazing idea, Liz. It looks beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend. Maria

  2. What a wonderful item to have and the age makes it a conversation piece. Mr. Scarecrow looks happy with his seat.


  3. I love it Liz! It's a true treasure to have such a unique piece from your MIL home, especially since your FIL put it together.

  4. That is so unique and the fact that it has a family story makes it even sweeter. I absolutely love it and will be keeping my eyes open for an old pump. Thank you for sharing, it's a marvelous idea and you did a great job cleaning it up. Nice to see the writing on it, too :)

  5. Liz this was so clever. Who knew it would be so cool. What a conversation piece.

  6. Liz this was so clever. Who knew it would be so cool. What a conversation piece.

  7. Very creative and unique look. Lots of memories there too. Love it as a plant stand. Don't over do it this weekend with moving things.

  8. Liz, your husband did a beautiful job refinishing this family piece. It now has a beautiful finish and looks so nice in your home. The history and uniqueness of this piece makes it a great addition to your home. Have a lovely weekend. ♥

  9. How cute is that! A very creative idea. I know it will become more precious as the years go by!

  10. Hi Liz, What a great way to repurpose this old pump. Your hubby sure made it look wonderful and it's so nice in your home. So many ways to style it with your decor.
    Have a great weekend. xo

  11. I really like that old pump plant stand! I used to have an old pump, can't remember what happened to it! I wish I had it back!

    Happy Fall!


  12. Beautiful job! This will be a treasured piece for years to come!

  13. I love this idea!....I have a water pump just sitting in the garage..Had it for 35 years and have not placed it in the garden at this house...time to take it out!..Such a creative idea!

  14. This is awesome and I love the transformation. Thank you for sharing this project at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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