Free Garden Junk Up-cycling Projects

Last Wednesday evening, an elderly gentleman from my church, dropped off some junk for my garden, including two watering cans, two spittoons, a funnel, and an old milk can.

YAY!  More garden junk!



This watering can was painted black, and had drainage holes already drilled in the bottom.

I wanted to brighten up the watering can, so I brushed on a couple of coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red.  Fusion Mineral Paint is pretty durable, and I think it will hold up outdoors for several years, even without a topcoat.

I found this farmhouse style stencil pack at Joann Fabrics earlier this year.  I have already used the two stencils on the left side for a repurposed drawer project HERE and for a spring plant caddy project HERE.

I decided to use the "Eggs" stencil on the watering can.  

I taped it onto the watering can using blue painter's tape, and pounced on most of the stencil with Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain.



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 I didn't distress the paint or the stenciling at all.

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 I planted the watering can with red impatiens. 
I think it's pretty fun and farmhouse!

The two little enamelware spittoons had been painted with yellow enamel.  The paint was peeling.

The gentleman who gave me the junk stated that the spittoons were from the county court house, where his father had worked years ago.  

He said it was his job, when he was a kid, to empty all the spittoons.

I sprayed the spittoons down with KRUD KUTTER Tough Task Remover.

Then I soaked the spittoons in very hot water.  I used a green scrubbie on the paint spots.  It took a little elbow grease but most of the paint is off without using a stripper.

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 The little spittoons already had drainage holes in the bottoms as well.

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I filled both spittoons with red impatiens.

The milk can was also covered in peeling yellow paint.

My husband took it to the self service car wash and the force of the water knocked off a lot of the paint.


*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

I taped the stencil onto the milk can, and stenciled the cow on the bottom and "Farm" on the top.

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 I sanded just the stenciling, fairly lightly, with 150 grit sandpaper, and stuck the funnel in the top of the milk can.

I planted a confetti mix/calibrachoa/petunia in the funnel.

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The milk can is pretty rustic with it's peeling paint, but I like it! 

The other watering can makeover is coming up soon.

Thanks for visiting!



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2 comments

  1. Love that milk can! also like the spittoons and the red watering can. It doesn't need to be distressed. All your planters look great.

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  2. You never cease to amaze me with your ideas. As always, everything turned out super great.
    *Smiles*

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