There I was just enjoying my run for the day in the middle of a misty morning rain when I turn down the street and saw this reclaimed wood barn planter just sitting there on the curb. It was as if it was cheering me on to hurry up and finish my run and rescue it. Obviously, I’m not able to nap it on the spot with dirt and all. ahem. However, that doesn’t stop me from finishing my run and grabbing my keys to my truck. mwahahaha…
Wouldn’t you just love to have a video of this whole meeting transpiring? I would laugh so hard! Anyhoo, here it is and I felt the need to make use of that good wood. Does it have damage? Yes. Does it have whimsy? Absolutely. Therefore, I aim to give it a mini makeover to keep it truckin’.
WHAT TO DO
First, I need to assess what I’m working with. So, I dig out the dirt. I don’t know about you, but I take my spent soil and use it in my yard to fill low spots. After that I spray it down with a hose and let dry in the sun for a few hours. Then, once I’m able to really take a peek, I find that some of the wood is destined for my burn pile. I remove the bottom planter and get a better look.
What I’m left with is the basic barn shape which suits me just fine. Next, I use the charred wood reactive stain to give it all a dark base.
After the stain cures, I then use my milk paint to give it a whitewash letting that charred stain peek through. I love me some layers.
While a barn made of barn wood is fun, it still needs function. So, with that I want to add hanging hardware so it can hang on the wall, but also some hooks. Not only that, but I also am adding some Quaker pegs so it can serve as a coat rack, towel rack, or whatever rack. And, of course, I need add whimsy with some hand-painted typography. eep!
RECLAIMED AND READY
Finally, here’s my reclaimed wood barn planter turned rack for your entry, bath, laundry, porch…you get the idea. Definitely not trash! Am I right? It’s #trashure.
While it’s still a barn, it has a more party going on that keeps it from the burn pile or landfill.
Not only is my goal to inspire you to curb shop (haha), but I also encourage you to get creative in whatever form floats your boat. I love to sew, craft, build, cook, garden, dance, sing and wholeheartedly enjoy sharing it with you. If you’d like to make this sign a part of your home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.
In addition, let’s inspire others as well by sharing and pinning to your favorite spots. Let’s create!
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