Bowl me over. Toilet Planters

Monday, April 16, 2012

Somehow a new trend has made a big splash* in the decor space without even a whiff* of notice. Old toilets are now this seasons new planting vessel. I got my first introduction when I saw this gracing a neighbors front yard.

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Flushed* with disbelief, I googled 'toilet planters' and saw that this really is a thing.

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photos via dreamworker32000 / mapawatt / art at home / design salon

I'm a big fan of repurposing old items but I somehow can't get behind* this one.

*Sorry, I couldn't resist the bad puns with this post!

What do you think? Am I being prude or is displaying old bowls crude? Discuss.

49 comments:

  1. these totally rank up there with bathtub planters for me.  and i do not like those either!

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  2. Emily8:41 AM

    I do not like these.

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  3. I've seen these out in the country for years and never understood them then and still don't. I don't like the decorative outhouse in the yard either. No matter how many flowers are planted around it, it's still a port-o-potty.

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  4. I've seen these around for years (usually in semi-rural areas). ugh! yuck!

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  5. Andrea Ritcey9:04 AM

    I don't like them and think they are tacky.

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  6. Jaimie9:06 AM

    Our neighbors did this last year, and our other neighbor nearly had a complete meltdown over it, which was way funnier than the toilet planter itself. They have it in their backyard now. I think they are cute, and kinda funny. Maybe not something I'd do in my yard though.

    We live in the boonies so there's a lot of rednecks, and it fits in. I'd rather my neighbors have kitschy landscaping than a dead yard any day (we have some of those on our street too).

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  7. Sarah Fogle9:10 AM

    I've seen this done with just the tank part, and it's far less gross.  Since the tank is basically a rectangular ceramic planter, it's much harder to go "Oh, that used to be a toilet!"

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  8. I saw some of those in my toilet planter search and they can look good. I'd never guess it was a toilet tank.

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  9. ha. don't worry, im not planning a march against them :) its their house, they are entitled to do what they want.

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  10. I've seen the tubs done up in a way that looks kind of cute. Im not a big fan of them in front of townhouses b/c they seem outsized but I have the same reaction to the tubs as the toilets. I guess its because the imagery that comes with a tub is totally different.

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  11. People put 'decorative' outhouses in their yard? WHY???

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  12. I guess I don't get out much :)

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  13. Eewwww not a fan I think that looks tacky.

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  14. I also like to repurpose, but I won't be planting anything on a toilet but my butt;)

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  15. Well, not too crazy about this idea; really with so many planter choices!!

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    Karena
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  16. carmel10:41 AM

    Nope not a fan.  No matter what it just looks like a toilet.  

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  17. Darn I passed 2 toilet bowls just this morning I could have grabbed! :)

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  18. Nicole Widder11:23 AM

    Do not like!

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  19. I'm with you on this one.

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  20. No I agree with you. This would be outside of my comfort zone too. I couldn't help but have a flashback from the movie "The Help" with tons of commodes lying on Hilly's front lawn. :-)

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  21. Shelley11:40 AM

    Gross. Enough Said. Gross.

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  22. Wrenaria11:40 AM

    Yuck. No thank you.

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  23. ramblingrenovators11:48 AM

    Why oh why would anyone think this is a good idea? Leave the potty where it belongs - out of sight, behind closed doors.

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  24. We have a bathtub planter in the backyard, but there's no way at all you could convince me to go the toilet route! 

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  25. lavender and lilies12:35 PM

    Me either.  It's just gross to me.

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  26. Janette@The2Seasons1:36 PM

    Your puns are great.  Maybe this new fad was influenced by the toilet in the yard scene in The Help.

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  27. Erin Tatum1:39 PM

    Rednecks have been doing this for years!  And IMHO it's ugly no matter who you are....  Love your puns, though.  :-)

    Erin @ The Great Indoors
    www.tatumgreatindoors.blogspot.com

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  28. Jenna2:14 PM

    I mean, really?  Whose idea was this?  I'm all for repurposing, but this is taking it to a whole new (nasty, tacky, ugly) level!

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  29. laurie - magpie ethel2:38 PM

    I repurpose quite a bit, but draw the line at this one. Not showing up in my yard.

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  30. Rachele Slotman2:40 PM

    Definitely hate these... what's wrong with a nice pot or planter?

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  31. Where I grew up, people with a toilet in their yards,  plants or not were, well how to say this, trashy and did not take care of their property.  I think this is tacky and trashy. Surely there are still some lines held for good taste!

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  32. Hahaha I've never seen this before, very cool!

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  33. I don't think so!  Is it possible for something to be cutesy and gross at the same time? ;-)

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  34. MaAngelica6:07 PM

    One word: EEEWWWWWW

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  35. Sheri6:33 PM

    I dislike this idea. It all goes back to the concept of modesty for me, which sounds super prudish and old-fashioned, I know. But modesty=mystery and class. It preserves all those romantic and idyllic things I love. Which do not include toilet planters.

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  36. Kathryn7:01 PM

    Yeah, gotta say, a bit weird. I could probably handle the green toilets being used that way, for some reason.

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  37. Kvenable7:35 PM

    This is nothing new. It just took a while to reach you Yankees. It's been a "thing" in the South for as long as I can remember.  It makes me cringe. I don't find it cute or clever in the least.  I don't know what y'all call it in the North, but folks down here with an ounce of good taste call it "tacky!"  I've noticed that it seems to be favorited by the same folks who brought to the landscape design world -- metalic gazing balls, flowers planted in wrought iron beds, waddling duck statuary, white plastic garden urns, and old couches on the front porch.

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  38. I have a neighbor who deserves this view but yes it is a bit too crass for my yard.

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  39. I totally agree with you.  I'm a southern girl & I've seen these around the south my whole life - I guess they crossed the Mason Dixon line! lol I do love whimsy in the garden but this is not whimsical to me.

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  40.  I've seen small garden sheds made to 'look like' an outhouse - just the tall narrow shape & a half moon window in the door, for example.  I guess this doesn't bother me as much because I know they aren't really outhouses, they're storage sheds or potting sheds for the garden.

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  41. Diana6:58 AM

    Well, I honestly don't understand why everyone thinks of the original purpose of the toilets when they are not being used for that anymore. A toilet is just a ceramic pot in the end...and of course it was cleaned so why should it be discussing? It is just an object, its purpose is the one we want it to have...

    People use manure in their plants and crops, don't they? Shouldn't that be more discussing, in the end, than using clean toilets to grow flowers and such? Cause if you think about it, you eat vegetables grown in cow (or other) manure.

    I personally wouldn't put it in a front yard, but I would have no problem putting it in the back. In fact, I do have old toilets from an interior renovation done a while back, and maybe I can give them a better purpose than just being there slowly rotting away and using up outdoor space or being dumped in the garbage. I'm all about using everything to the limit. If I have a chair and can turn it into a cat bed, why not turn a toilet into a flower vase? It is the same to me. :)

    Btw, love your blog.
    And sorry for any English mistakes, since I'm not English.
    :)

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  42. from_Bucyrus10:12 AM

    This is the same as wearing pajamas in public...everybody may be doing it but it's still  - a no no. WWJS...What would Jackie say?

    In my neck of the woods, this is in the same boat as a car on blocks in the yard or going to the store with curlers in your hair.  I'm all for re-purposing, recycling and re-doing...but there is a limit. This is it.

    BTW...the above was said with a smile and a laugh...not harsh tones. I enjoy your blog immensely, even when I disagree. J

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  43. Frankysportfolio1:53 PM

    This is totally a hilarious idea. Clever too! Maybe planting herbs in there would be a great idea as well? Eieihome has a few tips and tricks on how to plan and plant a herb garden. Hope you like it!
    http://www.eieihome.com/blog/how-to-plan-and-plant-your-own-herb-garden.html

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  44. BM...as in bad move!

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  45. I am totally not "bowled" over by these... ( sorry but if you aren't "behind" the trend then I guess I can get away with this ). marcie

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  46. Franky9:28 AM

    this is a very interesting idea lol not bad though....very creative :)

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