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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
(this is my most favorite of my styled photos!!)
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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