FAVORITE FINDS #3 – BULLET PLANTER

My recent vintage bullet planter find

My recent vintage bullet planter find

One item that seems to be a mid century modern staple is a bullet planter. I had been wanting one of these for a while and was hoping that I might come across one at a garage sale or thrift shop (man would I do a happy dance if that happened). I haven’t given up hope of that happening some day but in the meantime I’ve been eyeing these beauties all over Ebay and Etsy for months trying to get my hands on an affordable planter but without much luck. Most authentic 1950s bullet planters go for hundreds of dollars. Eventually I came across this one on Ebay and I managed to get it for under $50. It’s about 22″ tall so not as big as most people want and it wouldn’t be my colour of choice…it’s a wishy washy pinky peach. I could spray paint it which I am considering but then it would lose the stringy look of the fiberglass so I’m still deciding whether to leave it as is or give it a colourful make over. And it isn’t in perfect condition but to me that is part of the beauty of a true vintage rather than a reproduction so I’m okay with that.

 

mid century bullet planter

mid century bullet planter

 

Bullet planter made of fibre glass

Bullet planter made of fibre glass

I have no issue with reproductions though…and there are some amazing reproduction bullet planters available. One company that has specialized in mid century bullet planters is Hip Haven which offers them in sixteen colours and three height options. You can check out their site at www.hiphaven.com . You can also get similar planters at Design Within Reach http://www.dwr.com/product/bullet-planter-short.do which offers five lovely colour options…and they’re on sale right now. Unfortunately, with the Canadian dollar exchange rate and international shipping, it still ends up being a bit out of my price range right now. But it is nice to know there are options.

 

Bullet planter available from Hip Haven

Bullet planter available from Hip Haven

As you can see in the photo, they really make lovely eye-catching planters whether indoors or outdoor. I’m planning to use mine outdoors in our entrance area and maybe find another one for our living room in a fun colour. People have also used them for other purposes like as an ice bucket, that would make a great party conversation piece. I’ll keep that in mind for our future house warming party.

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