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Easy Distressed Wheelbarrow Planter

Today, I’m sharing my secret on how to give a wooden wheelbarrow planter a distressed look in seven easy-to-follow steps.

Repurposed vintage wooden wheelbarrow garden planter


Step One:

 

Distressed Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter Makeover

Find an old beaten up wooden wheelbarrow that looks like its on its last legs. John found this one for me at a second hand store.

 

 

distressed-wheelbarrow-planter

Step Two:

Stick it in your new water heater box for spray painting with a lovely aqua.

 

 

Distressed Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter Makeover

Step Three:

Drill some holes in the bottom for drainage and plant with pretty pink geraniums and sweet potato vine.

 

Distressed Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter Makeover

Step Four:

Leave it outside for the winter under 3 feet of snow until the very late spring thaw the next year.

 

 

Distressed Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter Makeover

Step Five:

Convince yourself you did Step Four on purpose.

 

 

Distressed Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter Makeover

Step Six:

Plant with fuschia pink Geraniums and a Lobelia called Sky Blue.

 

 

Distressed Wooden Wheelbarrow Planter Makeover

Step Seven:

Admire Mother Nature’s handiwork, because you had absolutely nothing to do with it.

There you have it… my distressed planter in seven easy steps, and it only took 11 months.

I said it was easy… I didn’t say anything about it being quick. lol.

 

Don’t forget to pin it!

Repurposed vintage wooden wheelbarrow garden planter

Plant something pretty today… and smile!

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!

XOX

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12 Comments

  1. Well if that's not the cutest little planter ( love the hearts !!! )
    I used the same method as you did with metal candle holders – left them out in the snow and voila lol
    Love the color – I've been incorporating it into my garden – so I need that wheel barrow!
    XOXO

  2. LOL I use that method too and it works really well, although sometimes you get a stubborn paint that takes more than one season….but that doesn't happen very often. It looks fantastic Tuula. You definitely picked the right color of flower to compliment your wheelbarrow!

  3. I love it! And you made me smile 🙂 Have a beautiful week, Tuula! Hugs to you

  4. LOL Tuula, this gave me a good chuckle. Amazing what Mother Nature does!!!

    Cynthia

  5. I also use that method. It's very effective! 😉
    I love geraniums. They are perfect for your little wheelbarrow.

  6. Mother Nature knows her way around distressing. Oh, no, NEW water heater? OUCH!

  7. fun post! love how mother nature helped you weather your wheelbarrow planter!

    gail