Old garden hose reel and a 39 year old wheel barrow

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This is my first DIY project and I'm wondering what should I do with both items. I remember at the age of 7 or 8 I cut myself on the leg while pushing this wheel barrow and still have the scar to show for it. So this project is special to me.
old garden hose reel and a 39 year old wheel barrow, repurposing upcycling, Wheel Barrow
Wheel Barrow
old garden hose reel and a 39 year old wheel barrow, repurposing upcycling
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  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Oct 01, 2013
    What about planting the wheelbarrow? I love what @Barb Rosen did with hers: http://www.hometalk.com/diy/grow/my-wheelbarrow-planter-511859

  • Angelia Sanders Angelia Sanders on Oct 01, 2013
    Thanks Miriam! That was my first thought just trying to decide what types of flowers to go with.

  • I would suggest cleaning up the bottom of the wheelbarrow and painting it with either that new rubber sealant spray paint or rubberized bed liner. I have an antique wagon I planted directly in for a couple years and nearly rotted out the bottom so now I put pots in it. I saved it by spray painting sealant especially since you love this wheelbarrow!

  • Sharon P Sharon P on Oct 01, 2013
    plant a cactus garden...I used my daughter Red Flyer wagon and it's in my garden now...don't paint it though.

    • Mary Weets Mary Weets on Oct 02, 2013
      @Sharon P That's what I did also, plus drilled 3 drain holes so it would drain, intend to bring it to the basement soon.

  • Keith Keith on Oct 01, 2013
    The reel part of the hose reel looks like it would make a great looking base for something.. maybe cut a round top (just a little bigger than the reel), cover it with mosaic tile and then place potted plants/flowers on it?? Good luck with your project!

  • Ellen Whitehead Ellen Whitehead on Oct 02, 2013
    I bought this old wheelbarrow at a garage sale, painted it and plan to use it for seasonal décor. Here's my harvest wheelbarrow. (PS - I am going to paint the wheel to look like a daisy next spring!)

  • Angelia Sanders Angelia Sanders on Oct 02, 2013
    Thanks everyone for the great ideals...can't wait to show the finished DIY project. So excited!!!!

  • Carol Carol on Oct 02, 2013
    I would use the reel as the front wheel and mount the hose reel handle as the wheel barrow handle . Then I would attach the hose reel base to the end of the barrow and use it as a planter. I would rubber coat the wheel barrow so the water and soil doesn't eat through it.

  • Joanna Carrisal Joanna Carrisal on Oct 02, 2013
    I would take the reel off the hose holder and make an outdoor lighting project. Add some cool Christmas lights to it. It would be beautiful hanging over a country table. The wheel barrow needs to be sanded, primed and painted. It would look amazing on the front porch for seasonal flower pots.

  • 153091 153091 on Oct 03, 2013
    I have a similiar hose reel and I hung it on a post near our outdoor water spiket and wrap the garden hose around the wheel, also hang my small garden tools, and a piece of nylon stocking with a bar of lava soap knotted inside and a small hand towel...VERY HANDY ITEM!...and wonderful country look!

  • Angelia Sanders Angelia Sanders on Oct 03, 2013
    @Carol... What a great ideal. I can truly picture that. Thanks

  • Jean DeSavage Jean DeSavage on Oct 05, 2013
    I planted a very old rusty wheelbarrow this year with a dark red coleus, dark blue lobelia, and yellow calabrachoa. I never even gave a thought about using anything in the bottom of my barrow because it is already holey from rust. I realize it won't last a long time, but I will try to patch it as I need to. I only paid a pittance for it and it makes my yard look so neat!