Gary Hardman
Gary Hardman
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  • Springboro, OH

Chippy Garden Art

3 Materials
4 Hours

So this idea came as I was cruising garage sales. I picked up a faucet from a 100 year old claw foot bath tub. With the dollar tin from the Dollar Tree and a chippy cabinet door I could picture the next masterpiece.
chippy garden art
The first step was to distress the shiny new tin. I wanted it to look as old as the faucet. I went on line and tried equal parts ( 1 tbsp) of hydrogen peroxide, table salt and white vinegar. It worked a little so I decide to pull out the Brillo pads and use brute force. Sucess! If you want the words to stand out again, use a permanent black marker. It is also better to treat with this mixture in the hot sun.
chippy garden art
The next step, I sealed the door with Tung Oil. You want to preserve that distressed look on the cabinet door. I then mounted the faucet onto the door by tracing around the back two pipes and cutting holes with a 1 1/2 inch drill bit.
chippy garden art
Here is a view from the back with the faucet showing. I also added screws and picture wire to be able to hang it. The last step was to drill 2 screws to attach the tin container on the board.
chippy garden art
Here is the finished piece at home on my patio. You could make it into a fountain or plant flowers in it. If planting flowers, drill holes in the bottom of the tin for drainage.
chippy garden art
This was an easy fun project that takes less than a day but truly stands out in your garden. The vintage faucet was one of the stars of this piece. However you could use faucets from any hardware store.
Happy Gardening!!!
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2 questions
  • Laurie Kilts
    on May 29, 2018

    I already own a similar shabby chic piece similar to this. I would like to use it outside on my patio. The only "finish" on my piece is old white flaking paint. Should I use tung oil first and let that absorb in then spray the entire piece w/clear matte spray paint?

    • Gary Hardman
      on May 29, 2018

      It’s a matter of taste. I put tung oil on it thinking I would use it inside. Once it met the flowers however it wanted to stay outside.

  • Amazing Grace !
    on Jul 25, 2018

    Love it but I have a question, does the faucet work>????

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  • Jina
    on Jun 20, 2018

    Love this!! Great job. Thanks for sharing!

  • D. Scott Courtney
    on Jun 21, 2018

    What a nice piece to personalize your garden retreat! I enjoyed following you in my imagination, Gary, as you found complementary recycled/upcycled items to create a unique focal point. Keep those creative juices flowing.

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