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8 Inventive Ways to Repurpose Sculptural Urns

How to give forgotten urns a second chance

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Written by Lisa Yakomin
Produced By and Styled by Donna Talley
Photographed by Michael Partenio

Even if you don't have a green thumb, it's worth a trip to your local garden center to dig up one of the most versatile home accessories to come from the garden: decorative urns. Originally intended to hold potted plants, garden urns come in a variety of styles, finishes, and materials that make them ideal for repurposing indoors. Cast-iron, ceramic or cement planters offer durability and strength, while lightweight plastic versions provide flexibility and style for those on a budget. You can also find great bargain urns at home centers, flea markets and discount stores. Transforming them is simple, using creative paint finishes and scrap materials. Here are a few fresh ideas for urns that will have you blooming with pride.

Place a round of painted plywood atop an inexpensive planter to create an Elegant End Table, perfect for a sitting area or living room. Paint the table pale yellow or cream, then apply a bronze glaze to the bas relief portions of the urn to accentuate the pretty raised designs.

Photographer: Michael Partenio

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