Design. Create. Decorate.

Design. Create. Decorate.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

DIY - Upcycled Fountain

Welcome to Quince Cottage!
When you spend a couple of hundred dollars on a solar-powered fountain, you kind of expect it to last more than two years. Well, at least we did. When ours stopped working at the end of last summer it was hard to determine why. Was it the pump? Was it the solar panel? Was it the wiring?

Last summer in the garden © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
We used our dead fountain for Halloween. It seemed appropriate...

Macabre © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
It sat in our courtyard garden all winter, basically waiting for the upcoming neighborhood big clean up, when we planned to heave it into the dumpster. And then we had a bit of storm, and it blew over and pieces of it broke, so at that point we no longer had any guilt at all about tossing it.

Toast © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet

But then Rhiann had an idea. Why not take the remaining intact pieces and use it for a container garden?
The steps were so easy it didn't even need documenting. Basically she filled the bottom with a layer of gravel, to add both weight and drainage. Next she added potting soil. Then came the plants and more soil, topped with a layer of mulch to retain moisture and keep the dirt from blowing out.
Ta-daaa! Done!

Close up © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
Fountain garden © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
Fountain garden © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
All's well that ends well © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
Let's pretend you don't see that folded up pile of old sheets in the chair (we had a frost a week or so ago and used them to cover up our roses).
There's still the top bowl of the fountain that we might do something with too - like a succulent garden. How trendy would that be?

Here's that cute Jack Russell Terrier pic you were waiting for!

Daisy & Buster © Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
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© Rhiann Wynn-Nolet
See you around!

Quince Cottage Style is #agrarianchic - a mix of old and new, rustic and opulent.
Our goal is to make our new subdivision house look inviting, beautiful, 
and as though it wasn't born yesterday!


  1. turned out perfect ! love the copper !!

    1. Thank you! If you're on IG and collect anything "decorish" you should play #MagpieMonday with us.