Hello friends! It’s time to “roll out the barrel”…the rusty wheelbarrow that is. It’s no secret that I LOVE to spray paint. Give me a can and I will come up with a plan! When Krylon sent me their latest and greatest product to review I found the perfect canvas to try it out on right in my backyard! Believe it or not this Wheelbarrow planter was once rusty and crusty. Banished, to the darkness behind the shed. Turns out all this wheelbarrow needed was a little love and Krylon Rust Protector to bring it back to life!
I originally painted this rusty wheelbarrow 3 years ago with Krylon indoor/outdoor but due to the harsh New England winters my paint job succumbed to rust. This comes as no surprise to me since when I found it this baby was literally a rust bucket that had been used to mix cement….which of course I neglected to prime. Fear not! Now that Krylon Rust Protector is here we can beat the rust and skip the priming altogether! Whoo-hoo! I just love a quick and easy fix don’t you?
Got a rusty piece of Junk? Turn it into Garden Art in just 5 easy Steps!
Spray your Rusty surface with Krylon Rust Protector ….starting with the lightest color first. For extra rusty surfaces (like this wheelbarrow aka Rust Bucket) add multiple coats. *Cans and Colors used for this project: Krylon Rust Protector Basic Blue (1 can), Light Blue (2 Cans) and Metallic Silver (1 Can)…I also sealed it with Krylon Rust Protector Clear Gloss Sealer.
Once the first layer is dry add the darker color where you want it. Krylon Rust Protector dries fast (about 8 min) so adding multiple coats and colors is a breeze. You can use painters tape for extra precision but I didn’t. The precision spray tip makes it easy to control the spray and cover select areas.
This is a technique I like to call the “Twilight Effect”. Hold two cans at once and spray together in small sections. This technique works best with a Metallic paint but can also be used with dark and light colors.
To add texture I pressed a piece of bubble wrap into the wet paint. You will need to work in small sections and be quick about it for this step, due to the fast drying time of Krylon Rust Protector .
When you’re done your finished piece should look like this. Notice the metallic rim? Yup! No Painter’s Tape. It’s like working without a net, just not as dangerous.
The bottom of the Wheelbarrow was painted Silver Metallic which wound up reflecting the sunlight…so cool! I created a whimsical frame around the silver bottom and some scroll details along the top with Copic Markers.
Copic Markers make it easy to add details to a variety of surfaces. Rusty Metal Wheelbarrows are no exception. If you are anything like me and have shaky hands and a lack of precision painting skills then Copic Markers are the way to go!
Now all you need are flowers to fill your new planter! I found some lovely Mums on sale at the super market yesterday…Score! I’m so glad I was able to re-rescue my rusty wheelbarrow and bring it back into my garden. Thanks Krylon Rust Protector!
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Thanks for stopping by today and sharing in my rust fighting adventure! (It’s almost like fighting crime but not really)
Have a Rust Proof kind of day!
Disclosure: I received product to review for this post. All opinions are my own.