Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party

*This Post is sponsored by The Home Depot #DIHWorkshop

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to share my version of the rustic wheelbarrow with you today! If you are visiting from one of the other blogs in the tour, welcome to Averie Lane!
Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party

If you read last week's post, then you know that I'm usually NOT the builder around here. I'm the one who dreams up lots up fabulous ideas and then send my husband off to tackle them (it usually requires bribes...like a cigar or two!), so it was quite a shock to me that he expected ME to build this wheelbarrow...something about it being a do-it-HERSELF workshop...I don't know!? 

But, guess what? I did build it!

Just to refresh, we were asked to take this basic wheelbarrow concept and customize it. 

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party

To be honest, I had several ideas right away that were crazy ambitious just for the sake of trying to over customize the wheelbarrow, but I soon realized that this project should represent me, this blog and my main side hustle.... hand painted signs. 

Obviously, if I was going to paint a sign, just one wasn't going to cut it. 
I totally needed a sign for each season, right? 

This meant I needed an easy way of switching the signs out. The solution ended up being super simple, didn't require any additional tools or hardware (other than a bit of glue ) and utilized scraps from the original build!

Here's what I did....

The first thing I did was cut four 8x10" signs from 1/2 in plywood. (*tip: If you want to create something similar, you can buy small project sheets of plywood at The Home Depot and have them cut to size right in the store) Next, I stacked all 4 pieces of wood together and clamped them to one side of the crate I'd be using on my wheelbarrow. I made sure to position them exactly where I wanted them to hang.

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party

Once clamped, I used a 1/2 drill bit to drill two holes, one through each corner of my stacked boards, making sure to drill through the crate as well. Once drilled, I removed the signs (*tip: mark which way is up on the signs if you eyeball drilling the holes like I did because the signs will only fit on one way) Next I cut two 1 1/2" dowels from the scrap material and glued them into the holes drilled in the crate.

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party

After the glue set I slid my signs back over the pegs to test for fit. I ended up widening the holes just a bit by running the drill back thru the signs a few times. This allowed them to slide on and off easily, yet keep them snug enough to withstand the windy days we get around here.

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party

After everything was working perfectly I went ahead and painted my wheelbarrow with white exterior paint and then sanded it heavily. The exposed wood looked too new for my liking so I watered down some gray paint and did a wash over the whole wheelbarrow. Wherever there was exposed wood it soaked up the gray paint and it immediately looked nice and old. Perfect for our old farmhouse!

Well, are you ready for lots of pretty pictures now? I hope so, because I took a lot since I created 4 different signs!

The first sign I made was for Averie Lane Farmhouse. We just bought our 1930's fixer upper farmhouse and I felt like it really needed a sign! Everything may be a hot mess around here, but gosh darnit, we can at least have a pretty sign!

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Averie Lane Farmhouse Sign

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party Averie Lane Farmhouse

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party Averie Lane Farmhouse

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party Averie Lane Farmhouse

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party Averie Lane Farmhouse

The Farmhouse sign pretty much works year round, so I could've stopped there (seriously, that sign makes me really happy!), but it is fall, so I wanted a fall version too. I ended up creating two fall options because I couldn't decide between them.

First, Be Grateful....I love how the black background really pops off the white wheelbarrow. It may look like chalk, but since its paint, it will withstand the elements.

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Be grateful arrow

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Be grateful arrow

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Be grateful arrow

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Be grateful arrow
(this is my most favorite of my styled photos!!)

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Be grateful arrow

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Be grateful arrow


The other fall sign is a quote from Anne of Green Gables, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Every girl with an October birthday totally needs this sign (me!)

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Anne of Green Gables Octobers

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Anne of Green Gables Octobers

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Anne of Green Gables Octobers

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Anne of Green Gables Octobers

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Anne of Green Gables Octobers
Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Anne of Green Gables Octobers

Last, I created a Christmas sign, because obviously...

This one was a chore to style because #1 its still basically summer here in southern Idaho and #2 I couldn't find any of my Christmas stuff thanks to that whole just moved thing. Thankfully I had a box of vintage ornaments in my show stash!

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Merry Christmas

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Merry Christmas

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Merry Christmas

So there we have it! A rustic wheelbarrow with interchangeable sings! What do you think? Do you have a favorite? This was so fun for me, because I rarely show off my sign making skills here on the blog and I got to work with The Home Depot (its our fav...like we actually went on a date to HD the other night...!!) Plus, it was my first time getting to utilize our barn for a photo shoot! 

Rustic Wheelbarrow with interchangeable signs #DIHworkshop Virtual Party - Merry Christmas



If you are interested in learning more about the workshops The Home Depot offers at all of their locations ( Workshops include Do-ItYourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids where you can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. ) visit http://workshops.homedepot.com  and don't forget to register to build your own rustic wheelbarrow by clicking HERE(seriously, if I can build this so can you!)

Now head over to these other blogs to see how they customized their rustic wheelbarrows!


*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting TheHome Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. 

The Home Depot Do-it-Herself Workshop + Virtual Party

*This Post is sponsored by The Home Depot #DIHWorkshop

If you have followed us here at Averie Lane for very long you'll know that we love to DIY ALL. THE. THINGS. so it shouldn't be a surprise that I'd be all over the opportunity to work with The Home Depot and their Do-it-Herself Workshops to build my customized version of a Rustic Wheelbarrow! 

Did you catch that "herself" part? Yea...I was all geared to pass this project off to my husband who does 90% of the grunt work around here, but then he spied that part of the title and was all like "guess this one is on you, babe. I'll grab a beer and watch this freak show happen!" (I'm not even kidding and he really did!)

The Home Depot Do-it-Herself Workshop + Virtual Party Rustic Wheelbarrow

Even though I had to figure out how to build this on my own, you don't have too! Did you know The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels? There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-ItYourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids (my kids love these and if ever we don't have time to do one in the store we always grab a project to bring home with us!)  In the workshop you can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. Basically its like a real live DIY blog post or you tube video which means you can ask all the questions you need to right there as you build! Brilliant I tell you! 

Soooooo...you'll have to come back on Monday 9/12 for the DIH Workshop Virtual Party to see how my customized version of the project along with that of several other talented bloggers turned out! I'm can't wait!!

If you are interested in learning more about the workshops please visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more and don't forget to register to build your own rustic wheelbarrow by clicking HERE(seriously, if I can build this so can you!)


*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting TheHome Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. 

Restoring Old Floors - Averie Lane Farmhouse

Hey Everyone!

I thought I would pop in for a short update about the farmhouse before starting on another big painting session...(oh hey, we will be in Kansas Ciry, MO for Vintage Whites Market THIS WEEKEND! yay!)


If you have been following on Instagram you might've seen that we decided to tackle the floors before moving into the farmhouse. We had a couple weeks before we needed to be out of the other house so it seemed like good timing.

I have to laugh now, because not so much! We severely underestimated what removing old flooring and restoring hardwood floors would entail! Justin got all the carpet out easy peasy, but under the tile we found another layer of tile and some other goodies like a LIVE plug in (gah!!) So. not. fun.

(btw...we assumed the black layer and tile contained 
asbestos so we took precautions to contain it safely.)


Luckily the second layer of tile was only under one 10x10 ft section of floor, but it set us back several days in our floor overhaul. You can see in the picture below that under the tile was also a patched in section of floor.


Once all the tile was safely removed, we rented all the sanding equipment from our local Home Depot. Our floors had been primed over by the previous owners so we needed to sand off the primer and level the floors. Again, we underestimated how long this would take us. We spent a day and half sanding and only accomplished the first round of sanding. We didn't even touch the corners of the rooms that will all need sanded and scraped by hand. We both knew there was no way these floors would get done before our looming moving deadline so we aborted the mission and decided we could live on them unfinished for awhile.

A fun time-lapse of Justin using the edger (which holy moly is a beast to run!)



Hey, look pretty floors!

I kinda love how the fir and oak meet up with each other. It was very common to put the fancy wood in the main living area and the less expensive wood in the private areas.

Vintage Floors - oak and fir - restoring old floors

I'm so glad we decided to stop the sanding process and move in. Sure the floors are a bit rough and there is still dust everywhere (SO MUCH DUST!), but its actually turning out to be a smart move. The floor finish I really want to do would not have happened in our time frame so we were planning on using a poly finish (which is NOT what I wanted at all) instead. I just received some samples of lye and oil to play with and will be tackling each room on its own whenever we have a break between shows. I think the combination will help marry the two types of flooring together and also keep things light and bright in the house.

Here's a short video I shot for Instagram stories that shows how the floors look and the lay of the land before we moved our crap in.



What do you think? What would you do if these were your floors?

Also, if you happen to be in Kansas City this weekend, I would love to meet you at the market. My girl crush Ree Drummond will be there Friday night too!! So fun!!

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