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Sure it works for watering your horses. But this galvanized tank from Blain’s Farm and Fleet would also make a gorgeous outdoor planter.

I am deeply enthralled to the rustic farmhouse aesthetic, and nothing spells farm-chic to me like galvanized metal.  You can source galvanized planters or decor at the usual design-centric stores. But big box home stores and farm supply shops like Tractor Supply Company, Rural King or Blain’s Farm and Fleet — purveyors of the galvanized horse tank (above) — are great resources too. At these farm supply retailers you’ll find galvanized bins that make great planters or let you bring the outdoors in, as clever solutions for drink storage or toy-organization.

This chicken feeder from Rural King has obvious utilitarian purposes for all of you backyard chicken keepers. But for farm-chic fans, it can also be a flower holder, pen and pencil organizer or even a rustic-chic way to organize your makeup brushes.

chicken feeder

Yes, this galvanized pan is used for feeding hogs. But don’t let that stop you from using it around the house as a handy tray or for organizing craft supplies or for placing under potted plants.

hog tray

Or use this galvanized tray (we won’t share its true purpose) from Blain’s Farm and Fleet for containing your indoor seedlings as they grow, or to organize your various household items.

galvanized tray Mass retailers have gotten in on the galvanized action too. Pottery Barn offers an array of galvanized bins, in various sizes, perfect for potted plants or for use as a beverage cooler.

galvanized bin

Pottery Barn also sells these great closed metal bins for your kitchen organization, or perhaps to use in your potting shed to corral gardening items.

The aptly-named Bucket Outlet offers just that: buckets galore, at shockingly affordable prices if you are looking for multiples to organize objects or to create an industrial-chic planting scheme indoors or out.

galvanized bucket

Also from Bucket Outlet, I love the French rustic look of these square galvanized buckets.


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