Easy Painted Upcycled Garden Tools from the Thrift Store
At Habitat for Humanity not long ago, I found these garden tools for about $3-$4 apiece. I snatched them up and took them home thinking in my head that, “these are great. I need them, but I can make them prettier…” Ha! So, here is my quick and super easy tutorial for how to make painted upcycled garden tools.
You can do this and add a pop of color to other things like:
- Rakes and Hoes
- Wooden Spoons
- Broom Handles
These also make great gifts for:
- Mother’s Day
- House Warming
Here’s how to make them in just a few steps.
Time: 30 minutes (excluding dry time)
This materials list contains Amazon affiliate links to products I have used and recommend.
Here are the tools I found. The hardest part of this was taking that darn stubborn price tag off of the wood handle. I blow dried it, soaked it in warm soapy water, and used nail polish remover to get them off!
One the tools were dry and clean, I taped the handles with painter’s tape measuring about four inches from the end of the handles. Press the tape firmly onto the handles to prevent bleeding.
Next, I painted four coats of Martha Stewarts Satin Craft Paint in Diving Board Plongeoirs Trampolin (say that 3 times fast), allowing 15 minutes in between each coat.
Tip: To let the handles dry, I set them upright in glasses so the paint on the handles didn’t touch any surface.
Lastly, I removed the painter’s tape after the last coat and once they were dry, I added some twine to hang them on the side of my potting bench.
I love the pop of color for Spring! Now I’m ready to plant more succulents… Ha!
Check out these wooden spoons I made too!