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June 13, 2012

wheelbarrow reveal

With summer just around the corner I am taking advantage of every minute I can in the garden.  It won't be long until the weather will be just too warm for much work to get down out there.  For now though, the morning hours are still pleasant enough to spend with my hands in the dirt and a smile on my face.



Remember my $3.78 bargain wheelbarrow? It jumped right to the top of my to do list.



What started out as a rusty, worn out shell has been transformed (with the help of a can of Rust-oleum Painter's Touch paint in Satin Aqua) into a charming cottage container garden.


I knew I wanted to preserve the rusted out handles and base so I used plastic grocery bags and masking tape to cover them up and sprayed away.


I placed it in the corner of a secluded space in our yard that I have designated for a future cutting and potager garden.  As you can see it still needs to be weeded, leveled and fitted with raised beds.  I have already planted a couple of grapevines, two blueberry bushes and a climbing rose to get it started.  The cool old rocker was a road side find that my hubby brought home for me.



I will gradually be filling the non-gardened space with pea gravel to cut down on weeds and because I love the look and the sound of it under foot.  I am on the lookout for a couple of tall used shudders or old worn door to place in the corner behind the wheelbarrow.


Realistically, this area is still in the dreaming stage.  For now it's enough to enjoy this charming little garden filled with zinnia, salvia, dianthus, gerbera daisies, allysum, hardy violet and what has become my favorite go to flower this year, pretty annual blue lobelia.

I wish I could show that man, who thought he got one over on me selling me this rusted old wheelbarrow, what a little imagination and a can of paint can do.

What have you transformed lately?

xo, Patty

I'm joining Kim for Wow us Wednesday's...
and Jennifer Rizzo for My Favorite Project

31 comments:

  1. Sooo pretty! I love what you've created with the rusty old barrow. As a new follower, I'm inspired by all your lovely things... Just wish it would warm up here so I could get stuck into some gardening too. The weeds are taking over! Have a happy day. xx

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  2. Beautiful! I like how planting in a raised container like that brings the display so much closer to the eye. I think the plans for your potager and raised beds sound lovely:>)

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  3. The barrow came up great,it's so pretty.
    Wish the man could see it now,he'd probably want it back:)

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  4. Very nice! I love the splash of color, your wheel barrel is tastefully done, it looks great in the space.

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  5. What a sweet arrangement. You did a beautiful job on the wheelbarrow. I too have unfinished but planned yard areas. I'm filling a planter today with moss rose. We are enjoying a cool spell here in the Midwest.
    Debbie

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  6. Turned out great!
    Love the color that you chose,and the plants!!

    You better not show it to the man that sold it to you....he might charge you more...or more likely want it back~~LOL!

    Smiles :)
    Kerin

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  7. I love what you did to that wheel barrow. It really looks pretty and to think that guy was concerned about it not working. It works perfect!

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  8. Now that is too cute. Love the color you chose. Makes me want to paint mine.

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  9. Love the whole look. You chose the perfect color to brighten up the corner, and the flowers are just darling in that setting. Perfect!!

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  10. Hmmmm. I really should think about transforming something. I do have a chair I'd like to paint metallic gold and bedeck with jewels for the granddaughters.
    Isn't June lovely? I adore it!

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  11. So pretty! I love the colour you painted the wheelbarrow and all the lovely plants! What a great idea!
    Helen x

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  12. That is a super idea!
    It so cheers up that little bit of your already wonderful garden!x

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  13. So sweet. Love that the chair is there for you to sit and enjoy.

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  14. The color you painted your wheelbarrow is just perfect. Great little corner you are working on. You have a good start. I love repurposed garden tools in a garden. I spotted a wheelbarrow in my neighbors junk pile, but before I got the courage to ask about it, he hauled it off. Now, after seeing yours I wish I had been more agressive.
    Afraid I haven't transformed much lately except fabric into clothes other fun things.

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  15. thrifting is an art, n you prove that..

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  16. That turned out just perfect...what a wonderful color!

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  17. I LOVE IT! Perfect color and perfect place for it. You did a great job. xo Diana

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  18. The color is perfect!!! I love it!

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  19. Some of the best "finds" happen when we aren't even looking for anything. Your wheel barrow corner already looks promising. "They" say, "enjoy the journey" so enjoy your planning and creating . . . and keep showing us photos so we can enjoy your progress!

    I would drop a photo off for the man to see . .

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  20. Great little garden in your wheel barrow!! I have one but just kept it in it rusty ol condition.

    Im giving away iris- want some? Come sign up over at my blog!

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  21. That turned out great! Love the color you chose too!
    The flowers will just keep getting better and better!
    Great job!

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  22. A great planter indeed... when we travel to see our children and grandchildren in Iowa, we pass a barn that has been repurposed into a home... all along their driveway they have about ten planted wheelbarrows in a long parade.... makes quite a show! Larry

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  23. Your wheelbarrow turned out wonderful. Great job.

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  24. Well, you sure showed him! I think you did a great job of painting and planting the wheelbarrow. It looks really pretty and it's portable too!

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  25. Patty,
    What a transformation. If you show him that wheelbarrow...he may want to buy it back. Ha! I love that you have places that you still wish to enhance in the garden...we do too!Your hubby is so sweet to bring you a "road find rocker"!!! Have a great weekend!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  26. I love the shade of blue paint you picked for your wheelbarrow--beautiful with the flowers in it! Have a nice weekend.

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  27. too cute! love your wheelbarrow! thanks for linking up to the garden party over here at Fishtail Cottage! i truly am enjoying peeking around at all of the posts that were shared this week! xoxo, tracie

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  28. How fun and pretty! Love the blue color.

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  29. Love how you transformed that rusty wheel barrow...beautiful aqua color. I love different container gardening and this is such a wonderful idea, looks so pretty in that corner of your garden. Lovely job!Thanks for this inspiring idea and for your sweet comment on my garden party. Have a beautiful Sunday!Hugs,Poppy

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