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In this Instructable I’m going to show you how I turned an old, rusty wheelbarrow into a wonderful garden planter. It required a lot of work, but the end result was definitely worth every second I’ve put into this project.

This was my first restoration project, so you can check out the video as well, and tell me what you think in the comments section bellow.



Now, let’s get started!

Step 1: Cleaning the Wheelbarrow and Scrubbing the Heavy Rust

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I cleaned all the dirt from the surface with a small broom. Then, I took a wire brush and removed the heavy rust. After scrubbing all the rusted areas for a while, I couldn’t feel my arm anymore, so I threw away the wire brush and decided to continue with a power tool.

ThomasMaloney3 months ago
Wow! I've never thought that such an amazing transformation of a wheelbarrow is possible. It does make a beautiful pot that is perfect for the backyard. Is it just me or is this also perfect to act as a serving table for the outdoor barbeque?
WUVIE4 months ago
Wow, what a lot of work!

We have an old bicycle laying in the weeds that would look great with the same treatment.

Thank you for sharing this.
MagazineD4 months ago
really cool idea and you make it looks so easy to do :) thanks for sharing
Nice job. I probably would have just clear-coated the wheel-barrow after a quick once over with the wire wheel to keep the rustic look. Interesting, with the sugar and water on the tire. That's a new one on me.
I will do that soon! I pin it for the moment, thanks!
I love restoration projects.Great job!