March 8, 2016

Spring Garden Tool Holder with Planter

How did I Spring back into getting my Repurpose groove on for Frugal Decor Tuesday? With some pallet wood scraps, thrifty metal garden hook, mini galvanized bucket and an iron Vintage Garden Faucet Hook that I had in my stash.

If you follow me on Instagram you already got a sneak peek at the stash I used to make this fun project. This Canadian Prairie Girl needed a little Spring in her life because I'm so done with Winter.

Materials Used to make Spring Garden Tool Holder

 What do you get when you put them all together?  A cute Spring Garden Tool Holder.

DIY Spring Garden Tool Holder

I apologize for being M.I.A. last week for Frugal Decor Tuesday.  It was one of those weeks where I jumped out of bed Monday morning, eager to start all the projects I had going on in my head and before I finished my first coffee, the day went to hell in a hand basket.  And snowballed into a series of crappy events that unfolded one-by-one each and every day.

You can have my blog comments disappear one-by-one right before my very eyes and I'll report the problem to Google to get it fixed.

You can delete more than 30 of my blog posts and I'll find and retrieve them.

You can phone me to report a series or unpleasant incidents and I'll find a way to get them resolved.

But on Sunday morning when my Keurig Coffee Machine went on the fritz, oh no you don't mess with my coffee addiction. Especially after a week from hell with very little sleep! Can we say complete, like a two-year-old who's had their favorite toy taken away, kinda tantrum meltdown.

Garden Tools Holder with Plant Pot

So I appreciate you joining me again for Frugal Decor Tuesday, a weekly series where I breath new life into thrifty treasures.


Here's the How To in case you would like to make one for yourself.

Joining Pallet Wood Together

So to make my sign, I used the last remaining battered pieces of pallet wood from my stash and joined them together with a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

Joining pallet wood with Kreg Pocket Holes

Aging Wood

Next, to give the boards more character I grabbed the plastic container of Aging Solution that has been brewing in the workshop for several weeks.  I call this brew Giggle Juice because the effect of this stuff on wood makes me giggle.  You can find the recipe HERE.

Wood aging solution

I simply applied it using super fine #0000 steel wool and wiped the excess off with a paper towel.

You can see the difference between the stained and unstained wood in the picture below.  When it dries all the nail holes and imperfections in the wood pop.

Pallet wood stained with homemade aging solution

How To Get The Look Of Galvanized Metal

Now I had to figure out how to get the same galvanized look of the mini bucket onto the metal watering can hooks.  This is the original finish which isn't bad but I wanted the two metal finishes to be unified.

Watering can garden hooks before

The first thing I did was brushed Modern Masters Matte Metallic Silver Paint (it's what I had on hand) over the entire surface.

Galvanized look with Matte Metallic Silver Paint

After it dried I lightly burnished it with the Aging Solution soaked steel wool and wiped off the excess with a paper towel.

Galvanized metal look by burnishing metallic paint

Then with an artist brush, I flicked spots of Folk Art acrylic paint in the color Wicker White to get the appearance of white rust that you see on galvanized metal.

After it dried I applied Paris Grey chalk paint on all the raised bits and dry brushed some over the metallic silver paint, and a little on the galvanized bucket as well.

Once dry, I lightly sanded again with #0000 steel wool to basically blend it all together.  It's not a perfect match to the mini bucket but pretty darn close!

Faux galvanized metal

Applying Ink directly onto wood

In PicMonkey, I created the Bloom Where You Are Planted graphic.  To get the words long enough for my board I had to make two mirrored (reverse print) jpeg images.  You can download the BLOOM here

...and WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED here.
I took a sheet of Avery labels and removed all the labels and the border from the sheet.  Next I printed each of the graphics (one-by-one) using my Inkjet Printer (this won't work on a laser printer) onto the shiny side (where the labels used to be).

Starting with the word BLOOM, I carefully placed the ink side of the sheet onto the wood and rubbed the back of a spoon over the sheet to lift the ink from the paper onto the wood.  I repeated this process for WHERE YOU and then ARE PLANTED.

Inkjet printer image graphic transfer

Using an artist's brush and Americana Acrylic Paint in the color Tomato Red, I painted over the word BLOOM.  I added a shadow line using a Black Fine Point Sharpie Marker.

Acrylic Paint and Sharpie Marker painted graphic

Assembling The Sign

I attached the Faux Galvanized Watering Can Hooks and iron Vintage Garden Faucet Hook onto the pallet wood using 1 1/2-inch brown screws.  On the back of the sign, I attached two D-Ring hooks to hang it.

Iron Vintage Garden Faucet Hook

Garden Tools Holder with Galvanized Bucket Plant Pot

Now like I said at the top of this post, Spring has not sprung here yet so I filled the galvanized bucket with...
faux
fake
not even close to the real thing

Pansies, and hung them from the iron faucet for the finishing touches to my fun Spring Garden Tool Holder.

Spring Garden Tools Holder

I'll fill them with beautiful real blooms in late May, when the risk of heavy frost is finally over.

*affiliate links are included to help you find some of the products I used to make this project.

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