Spring is just around the corner and I am so excited to see the signs of life in my garden beds. I know some of you already have full blooming, or are even headed into winter on the other side of the world. However, here in Ohio, we are just starting to see buds and smiling cold-weather blooms, like crocus pop out. Today, I’m going to take this misfit bunch of furniture legs and turn then into some spring-like DIY rustic carrots. (giveaway alert!)
There’s a story behind this loot. My friend, Mandy, sent me a picture asking if I wanted these wood turnings and legs. Me…”come to mama.” Right?? I mean, who would turn this down? This is the kinda thing that I just love to have on hand in my stash for when inspiration hits.
In times past I’ve used turnings like that to make my woolly sheep. In addition, I’ve created repurposed candlesticks. To be honest, I set them aside for a day or two on my bench. Then, one day I sat down beside them and saw carrots. haha. Yep, I’m weird like that. I have two different sizes of the same style leg. One was a basic wood one, and the other had a metal cap.
Then, with the cap off I’m able to take my sander and knock down that edge from the leg cap. I also remove all of the finish to get a fresh slate. After I wipe them down it’s time for paint. woot!
I can’t say enough how the right tools make my job so much easier. Check out some of my favorites. First, I have my HomeRight Small Spray Shelter set up. In addition, I’ve got my Turn Table, and also my Super Finish Max Extra Sprayer ready to go.
I’ve filled my sprayer with a custom mixed orange color and attached my blue tip. The sprayer comes with 3 tips that allow you to switch from one medium to the next depending on your job at hand. See my past projects using it as well as my video demo below.
Because I wanted the legs to stay upright while spraying, I used a piece of scrap wood temporarily. They were painted in a matter of minutes. Clean-up is easy and also done in a flash, which allows me to put on another coat in an hour or so.
Time to add my vegetation to my carrots. If you’ve ever grown them in your garden, you know that carrot tops are leggy. I wanted to recreate that feel with a natural element, so I used green raffia, floral tape, and my glue gun.
First, cut 6 strips of raffia about 7″ long. Then, bind one end with the floral tape. Last, put a bead of glue in the end and tuck in the raffia. One last bit of effect I added was a touch of gray wax. Viola! Your DIY rustic carrots are done.
Finally, I hope you can tell that I had a blast creating this vignette. Take note that everything here is handmade, second-hand, or found.
I’ve staged them in a Amish-made bucket with dried grass. Did you notice the apothecary bit on the front? I used a scrap of fabric and a t-shirt transfer to make it. Fun, yes?
If you’re loving this arrangement, you can find two buckets of carrots available in my online shop.
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Up next, I’ll be giving this cutesy churn a facelift. Stay tuned!