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Amazing FMG Befores and Afters!

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Next time you come across something ordinary, get ready to give it a healthy dose of quirkiness! Read on for inspiration!
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Amazing FMG Befores and Afters!

Befores and Afters,…our favorite!

Everyone loves a good before and after — including us! We love getting inspired by garden makeovers like the ones that follow.

At FMG we get the most enjoyment from ‘before and after’ photos of re-purposed garden objects that you created.

When we think about inspiration, what inspires us most are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in their garden spaces. Here are the best of the best!

Terrific Tub

Tammy Lack’s old decrepit tub, before

Terrific Tub

Tammy Lack “This old tub was given to me after I spotted it on the porch of an old house about to be torn down.”

Tammy Lack’s stunningly beautiful tub planter, now

Tammy Lack “We intended to put this in the house, but after 12 years in the barn I decided it was time to give her a new life.”

Heavenly Head Board

Rhonda Zwart-Crooks’s old headboard find

Heavenly Head Board

Rhonda Zwart-Crooks says, “After seeing one of our posts in potting benches a while back I got inspired, here are my before n after pics! Thanks for all your neat ideas!”

Rhonda Zwart-Crooks’s new potting table!

Unbelieveable BBQ!

Margo Huff‎’s old BBQ, before

Unbelieveable BBQ!

Margo Huff‎ says, “I just repurposed an old BBQ and made it into planter. I’ll plant lettuce, and herbs in the top and grow cilantro in a pot on the bottom. Before and after!

Already have two more friends that want to donate their old BBQs to me so I’ll fix them up and either sell or give as gifts! It was a fun project and not expensive.”

Margo Huff’s BBQ planter, after

Charming Chicken Feeder

Charming Chicken Feeder

Kathy Hardin’s says, “This is an old chicken feeder I bought during the summer…., before.

Kathy Hardin chicken feeder, after

Bewitching Bowling Ball Orb

Sue Langley’s bowling ball project, before

Bewitching Bowling Ball Orb

Complete How To: Garden orb of modest materials

Sue Langley’s bowling ball garden orb After

Barnwood bench

Sue Langley’s stash of old recycled wood, before

Sue Langley’s rustic bench, after

Real Flowery Wheelbarrow

Nell Stelzer’s father in law made this wooden wheelbarrow

Real Flowery Wheelbarrow

Nell Stelzer says, “This is my before picture, above. I showed my father-in-law, Lynne Mann’s wooden wheelbarrow on FMG, I asked him if he could make one. This is the finished piece. He used old wood that he had in his woodshop. Thanks, Dad!!

Nell’s wheelbarrow after planting!

I can hardly wait for fall and fill it with mums!! My husband found a picture of that online and we are going to do it!! Thanks again to Lynne and her husband for the idea! !! I was surprised my father-in-law made it so quickly! He lives three doors down so he will get to enjoy it also!

Totes Toolbox

Totes Toolbox

Kirk Willis made this wooden toolbox…

Kirk Willis’s toolbox planter after

Adorable Door Arbor

Adorable Door Arbor

Cheryl York’s old doors

Cheryl York door arbor after

Making snazzy re-purposed garden arches …from doors!

Red Wagon Planter

Barb Pawlik’s before and after wagon planter

Red Wagon Planter

Barb Pawlik says, “I finally dug up the “before” shot of my Little Red Wagon project. It’s looking pretty good today and is the centerpiece of our backyard. The wagon is 40+ years old, was my sons.

File This Away

File This Away

Tamra Dalton found an old file cabinet

Tamra Dalton’s clever tool storage now!

Tamra Dalton says “File Cabinet turned into a organizer! “After” I’m going to put some caster wheels on it, so it’s easy to roll around.”

Beddy Bye Bench

Beddy Bye Bench

Stacy Castricone’s new porch bench from old chippy headboard

Winsome Wire Arbor

Winsome Wire Arbor

Jeanne Sammons shows her hog panel arch, before and after planting

Tasteful Totem

Tasteful Totem

Kathryn O’Brien-Custadio starts her totem from simple glass pieces, glued with GE II Silicone in clear

Kathryn’s birdbath, in the garden, after!