Nicotiana And My Rustic Garden Wheelbarrow

I've had this old wheelbarrow for close to 20 years.  I paid $15 for it at a garage sale.  I treat the wood with THOMPSONS WATERSEAL Wood Protector every couple years to make the old wood last as long as possible.  You can also brush or spray Thompson's on handles of garden tools as well.  
This is my newly planted wheelbarrow 2017.

Planting The Junk Garden Border 2017

Newly Planted Junk Garden
It's so hard to believe that this late May assortment of junk and mixture of bedding plants and perennials becomes a beauty every year.

Thrift Shop Mirrored Planter Box Up-Cycle with Paint, Stencils & a Drawer Pull

 My project starts with this thrift shop mirrored planter box.  

When I'm lucky the mirror can be easily removed for painting but on this one, it was not the case.  I didn't tape it off either.  I used a very fine bristled artist brush to carefully and slowly paint along the mirror.   I brushed on two coats of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Relic.


Planting My First Junk Garden of 2017

I purchased this old table at the thrift shop for $5.  I really didn't want the table, I wanted the heavy metal base.  I didn't even care that it was rusty.

Thrift Shop Chair Upcycle with Fusion Mineral Paint & Old Sign Stencils

I found this vintage chair at the thrift shop last week.  
First I sprayed it with Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac Spray .  The shellac will prevent any bleed through of old stain.


Outdoor "Farmhouse" Barn Door Sign/Planter Box with Old Sign Stencils

 I purchased this partial barn door with awesome rusty hardware last year at a local consignment shop.  It was a rustic backdrop last season to some of my container gardens.  


Outdoor Vintage Junk Decor

Isn't this a fun little shelf?  I found it last month at Jackson's Icebox Antiques & Collectibles, a favorite little occasional, local shop.  It's so rustic.  It fits perfectly in this spot on my covered patio.  Now let's do some styling!

Fuchsias, Creeping Jenny & Galvanized Pail Planters

When I get ready for our cold Minnesota winter, I don't empty my galvanized pails or put them in storage.  The washtubs, pails and mop buckets sit in a row on my deck, with snow cover from December through mid April.

Rummage Sale Footstool Up-Cycle & Repurpose

 This is an antique purchase from a garage sale last summer.  I think it was a footstool as there were nail or tack holes on the top shelf front and back.


Thrift Shop Enamelware Tissue Holder to Herb Planter

I purchased this enamelware tissue holder at the thrift shop last week.  I did a little research to see if it was rare or somewhat valuable before I transformed it.  I didn't find any currently listed on ebay or etsy,  or sold on ebay for any big prices.  Anyway, I didn't plan to put tissues in it.