Wheelbarrow Makeover and Rehab

3 Materials
4 Days
I found this wheelbarrow at a favorite antique mall several weeks ago. I decided it needed some TLC and a little rehab to return it to it's former glory.
This little wheelbarrow was a great price due its neglected and rickety condition, but I loved the cut out tulips on the sides that someone had taken the time to chisel.
I gave the wheelbarrow some TLC, cleaning and sanding it, before giving it a couple of coats of bright, fresh red paint.
The front panel of the wheelbarrow was plywood and consequently the layers were peeling and chipping away. My hubby cut a piece of wood to replace the plywood front. It was easy to pry loose and take apart due the dry and splitting condition.
I used the paint left over from painting my new Board and Batten Shutters. When we built the shutters, I purchased Valspar Reserve Extreme Weather Paint + Primer from Lowe’s, with RainRelief™ Technology, designed for rainy, humid regions and to give the wood some extra protection.

Note to Mother Nature: The Lamb’s Ear, lavender and myself could all use a little rain relief about now ;)
I gave her several coats, making sure to fill in all the cracks and crevices. Here is my happy little tulip wheelbarrow after her makeover, with her new red paint (color, Spanish Tile).
I’ll eventually move her to the porch of my the Potting Shed where she has some more protection. For now I tucked in some pots of million bells, angelonia and coreopsis, which will be planted in the perennial bed and in pots.
Before and After
More photos and details at the link below!
Suggested materials:
  • Pine board, sand paper   (leftover from previous project)
  • Valspar Reserve Extreme Weather Paint + Primer   (Lowe's, leftover from shutters)
  • Wheelbarrow   (antique mall)
Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is
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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 24, 2017
    @Mary. I just know this red wheelbarrow is happier in your flower garden than in an antique shop. Do you know anything about the history of these wooden wheelbarrows? Were they always decorative items, or made for garden service? The size seems to be too small to be a working wheelbarrow. Best wishes 😇

  • Holly Wood Holly Wood on Jun 26, 2017
    No question...just a comment..
    Great job and you've a lovely garden!

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