Mark F.
Mark F.
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  • Green Bay, WI

Ugly Rain Barrel Beautiful


Didn't know how to hide an ugly blue rain barrel that was on my deck.
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Got this delightful blue rain barrel for my gardens and it stuck out like a sore thumb on my deck. I didn't want to take the time to paint it. I didn't even know if the paint would stay secure or peel season after season. I wanted something that would fit into my landscape and be beautiful.
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I had an extra bamboo blind laying around the house. I had purchased it at Big Lots for $15.00 and knew how I could put it to good use quickly and easily.
how to make an ugly rain barrel beautiful, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Wrapped the blind around the rain barrel and used the cords to tie it securely to the barrel.
how to make an ugly rain barrel beautiful, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Cut holes out for the faucets and spigots.
how to make an ugly rain barrel beautiful, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Trimmed off excess bamboo.
how to make an ugly rain barrel beautiful, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Finished with trailing everblooming Petunias. Total time to do was less than 30 minutes. Cost for rain barrel and bamboo blind $25.00.

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2 questions
  • Maria R
    on Mar 15, 2016

    Where did you get rain barrel for that price. Looks nice. I'll try that.

    • Pokey35
      on Aug 26, 2018

      If u ask at ur local hospital in the area they may have similar barrels from the laundry dept. Many of the hospitals recieve laundry soap in them for the industrial washers. 10.00 was what i paid for mine.

  • Cheryl
    on May 16, 2016

    How is it collecting the rain water?

    • Mark F.
      on May 16, 2016

      Bought rain barrel kit. Rain barrel is connected to down spout by plastic tube.

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  • LeeAnn Gerleman
    on Apr 16, 2016

    If this was in Colorado, it would be illegal to store rainwater. You don't get water rights with your property. Which is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. A rain barrel is illegal there.

    • Phillipcardjr
      on Apr 16, 2016

      @LeeAnn Gerleman Interesting to know. You would think that rain from heaven that haddn't touched the ground wouldn't be the governments to regulate. The wrap around is great though.

  • LeeAnn Gerleman
    on Apr 16, 2016

    I agree. But hey they don't listen to me.

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