As winter turned to spring I was brain storming ideas for something to hang on a little red wooden ladder we built at Christmas time for down in the den to hang a wreath on. My goal is to find vintage skates or snow shoes for cheap before this Christmas comes around for it.
I decided I wanted vintage gardening tools to hang from it in the summer, and a rustic flag to sit at the top. The flag already existed, a couple of years ago I made a bunch of scrap wood Canadian flags so I picked one and set it on the top step.
Well into May the rest of the ladder remained empty, I guess I didn’t think it would be that hard to find someone’s old rustic looking garden tools somewhere, but I was wrong.
I thought about heading to our local antiques market but then realized if I find some they will probably be more then I am willing to spend so plan b it was.
I headed to the dollar store in search of garden tools with wooden handles and ta da I found some!
I simply sanded the handles the best I could with an electric sander, and by hand, then painted them with chalk paint by Rust-oleum
And then sanded by hand to distressed them.
Next came the shiny new looking metal, even though the handles did look old and rustic, I still wanted a more “old” look.
I sanded the metal with my electric sander ( please do so with caution and safety glasses) here and there and then sat the tools (metal parts only) is a bath of vinegar and salt. I used some glass pickle jars I had laying around, I usually have them as I am always needing jars for paint storage.
I’m not sure of any other way to obtain rust on new metal and this one has worked ” good enough” for me always.
I am totally loving how my “vintage” tools turned out
I am happy with how it looks because its better than bare, however I feel it is missing something….
Another time, another brain storm and I’m sure I will add to it, for now they are my faux vintage gardening tools on my little red ladder.
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