I spent some time last week working on smaller projects, so I have five of them to share this week! In other words, I’ll be posting one per day through Friday.
I also spent time last week cleaning out my workshop in the carriage house. There is a lean-to on the back side of the building and it tends to be one of those areas where we shove things to get them out of the way and before you know it, we are three or four layers deep in stuff and can’t even remember what is back there.
Just for reference, here’s a photo of the lean-to …
And I’m really just sharing that as a opportunity to show Annie where her Royal Standard hostas ended up because I missed it in my garden tour post from last week. They are happy as clams in their new home.
OK, so this is one of those items that ended up buried in the lean-to for years.
It’s some sort of old cart that my bff’s sister gave to me years ago. I don’t even remember the story behind it now.
It’s not your typical antique factory cart like the one we once had as a coffee table in our living room …
It’s a bit lower (and smaller overall) than that at only 10.5″ tall when laid flat, so it’s not suitable as a coffee table.
It has those handles, for wheeling it upright and that short curved end piece so Mr. Q thinks it must be some sort of hand truck or dolly.
It definitely has some heavy duty, and now quite rusty, iron wheels (they do still work though).
Regardless of its original purpose, I decided that it should have a new life as garden décor.
So I cleaned it up, sanded the flat wood area a bit and then painted it with one coat of Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky. Then I stenciled over that with my Fresh Cut Flowers stencil from The Stencil Market.
Once it was dry, I gave it a couple of coats of Dixie Belle’s flat clear coat to protect it a bit from the elements.
Now it’s perfect for placing somewhere in the garden. You can keep it upright, like I’ve shown it above, or lay it down flat …
and then put a pot of flowers, or maybe an old galvanized watering can on top.
This piece is for sale locally, but if it doesn’t sell I’m sure I could find a spot in my own garden for it.
Be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.