Garden Shelf Reno DIY Project

April 3, 2014

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DIY Backyard Makeover: The Garden Shelf Project

Apparently, I have relaxation issues. If I’m not tackling a project, I manage to quickly find one. Often no need for planning. I just dive right in. When we wrangled MacGyver’s recycled project chest out of our shed for his backyard science center, I also noticed a forgotten little metal shelf the previous owner had left behind. I just couldn’t get it out of my mind.

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The Front View

Loved, loved, loved the enamel top. Not such a bad view from the front. Just a little rust. I see great potential!

Garden Shelf DIY Reno Project from waddleeahchaa.com

The Back View

A little worse. Okay, a lot worse. But hey, this will be up against a wall and nobody will ever see it. A bit of sanding and spray paint and life is still good.

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The Inside View

Alright already, I realize it’s beginning to look like a piece of junk. In fact, the bottom is actually includes a giant rusted hole. Just to make things really fun, the inside was full old nasty blankets and towels. Uuuuhg!

A little sanding, a good washing, a few layers of spray paint, a couple of boards placed over the rusted out bottom and I’m still in business.

I protected my beloved enamel top with kraft paper and tape.

*Spray Paint: Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X, Satin Green Apple General Purpose

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The Garden Shelf After Photos

By the end of the weekend, I had moved my quirky little garden shelf to its official spot by our backdoor.

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Enamel Top for Projects

The enamel top has been perfect to store projects such has our biosphere terrariums.

The kiddos can also set dirty shoes or rain boats on top until they can be cleaned.

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The Garden Drawer

The top drawer keeps my every day garden tools organized and handy.

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Backyard Garden Storage

  • The top shelf houses a pet supply basket with dog shampoo, fish food and pond supplies.
  • The bottom shelf holds a garden supply basket and natural bug repellent for the nasty mosquitoes.
  • I have plenty of storage room for my tea can full of seeds and my organic fertilizers.

Garden Shelf DIY Reno Project from waddleeahchaa.com

A New Life and a New Family for a Trashy Little Metal Shelf.

I think it’s just lovely. A garden shelf only a DIY junkie could love.

This is why I don’t have time to post on my blog . . .  I’m too busy tearing things up, planting and spray painting!

What have you transformed and saved from the trash?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful April 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I have just tagged you to write about why you blog.
http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-do-you-write-blog.html

Tara H April 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Awesome job!

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