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Rusty Metal Wheel Barrow Makeover

by Amy Bowerman

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!

Rusty Wheelbarrow to Planter with Krylon Rust Protector

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?


Rusty Metal Wheebarrow Krylon Rust Protector Before

Got a rusty piece of Junk?  Turn it into Garden Art in just 5 easy Steps!

Rusty Metal Wheelbarrow Krylon Rust Protectory Step 1

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.

Rusty Metal Wheelbarrow Krylon Rust Protector Blue

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.


Rusty Metal Wheelbarrow Krylon Rust Protector Twilight Effect

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.

Rusty Metal Wheelbarrow Krylon Rust Protector Bubble Wrap Texture

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 .


Rusty Metal Wheelbarrow Krylon Rust Protectory After

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. :)

Copic Coloring on Rusty Metal Wheelbarrow

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!


Rusty Metal Wheelbarrow to Planter

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.




{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steven March 19, 2018 at 5:19 am

Hey Amy,
This is a good piece of write up on makeover on rusted wheelbarrow. Your pretty good article including good images shows how to make over on rusted wheelbarrow. This make over can give rebirth to a rusted wheelbarrow and can bring to the light of work !
Great .


2 Samantha May 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Hello, How did you sign up to receive products to review?! I would love that job!! Thanks!


3 social media Bedford July 25, 2014 at 9:12 am

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4 Laura / Pet Scribbles August 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

Love this, and love knowing about the Rust Protector product from Krylon too! Very pretty addition to your landscape! (The bubble wrap texture plus the copic marker details are the icing on this cake!)
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5 katie August 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

LOVE this makeover and the color you chose!
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6 Debby B August 28, 2012 at 4:54 am

Love it! Soooo cute! What are the exact colors you used? Would love to try recreating this project!!! Looks
Sweet! Thanks!


7 Amy Bowerman August 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thanks Debby! Gosh I’m such a dope I thought I mentioned the colors whoops! Going to have to update the post :) The Colors I used were Basic Blue (1 can), Light Blue (2 Cans) and Metallic Silver (1 Can)…I also sealed it with Krylon Rust Protector Clear Gloss Sealer. Let me know when you finish your project I would love to see it.

Happy Spray Painting!



8 Carolyn Dube August 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

This is fabulous! The 2 colors gives it such a polished look- taking to the level where people will wonder how you did that (but since you gave us great step by steps- we know!). Thanks for sharing!


9 Shahrul Niza August 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

pretty, pretty. perfect as flower bed, with attitude, LOL. did you now have it at the front porch?? :)). it’s beautiful work, Amy.
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10 Amy Bowerman August 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

I have it right near my front porch Shahrul (porch is too small). The Wheelbarrow is much happier now that it’s out from behind the dark damp corners of the shed :)


11 Johnnie August 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

It is precious!


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