Wheelbarrow Planter Garden

How to Make a Wheelbarrow Planter

Create a wheelbarrow planter by using a Wagner paint sprayer to elegantly display your summer flowers.

My husband has an old wheelbarrow he was about to replace because the old one had rotted through in a few spots. I intercepted that before it made it to curb and used this as an upcycling opportunity.

My goal was to turn this into a spilled flower garden. But before I used it as a planter, I wanted to protect the inside from further rotting. Especially considering that as a planter, it’ll be taking on a lot of water.

To protect it I wanted to paint it with a protective enamel made to stop rust. I chose the color brown because I didn’t want what was to become the backdrop of my flowers to compete with them. The first thing I did was to give the inside of the wheelbarrow a good cleaning and let it dry completely.

Wheelbarrow Planter Garden

I used my Wagner Studio Pro paint sprayer for this project. Using a brush or a roller on this wasn’t even an option due to the condition of the wheelbarrow. I set my sprayer on high-material flow, which is suggested as per the directions for oil-based paints. I did end up turning it down because it was a little too powerful.

Wheelbarrow Planter Garden

I recommend starting on the lowest setting and working your way up from there whenever using a paint sprayer. I had my adjustment ring set in the vertical position for this one and used a side to side motion while painting.

Wheelbarrow Planter Garden

Halfway through I flipped the wheelbarrow over to better get the other side without having to aim the sprayer up. Painting the wheelbarrow took all of about 2 minutes with the sprayer, which was a little disappointing because spraying is the fun part!

Because I used an oil-based paint on this project, I cleaned the sprayer by running mineral spirits through it until it came out clean. When using non-oil based paints I use soapy water instead. I let the paint dry on the wheelbarrow a full two days to be safe before filling it up with potting soil and flowers. I do love the added interest in our landscape now!

Wheelbarrow Planter Garden

Wheelbarrow Planter Garden

This sponsored post was created by The Honeycomb Home. Head to the blog for the full post and details about this project.

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