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Monday, October 28, 2013

I put down my needle and picked up a paint brush and ..............

a couple of shovels...........
old and broken shovels........that is.

This shovel once belonged to my husband's grandfather.It has long since lost it's shaft and has a little of the wood left on the handle.

and a little of the wood shaft still in the shovel back. Although it is large heavy metal, the edges of the shovel are showing signs of wear. I think the white coloring is old cement that someone never washed off after using the shovel.

I could not stand the fact that it was just lying in a pile of unusable things..........so I decided to give it another life.
I love the way the old cement makes the shovel look ,  along with the rust. Instead of painting over the whole shovel, I simply gave it a good cleaning with a hard bristle brush.............

I then decided to paint the word "welcome" onto it along with a humming bird and some flowers.

with a few more flowers on the upper edge.

(click onto photo for a better view)
Even though I just painted this...........it looks as if it was painted years ago.........
don't you think?

Now it sits by the old milk can.............
to welcome guests at our back door.
I placed the shovel handle on top of the old milk can.

The other shovel was also lying in the pile..........
 is not so old, but very broken and very rusted.

After cleaning the rust........the shovel had the prettiest natural background color. I painted a white garden gate with flowers on each side.

I then added the words "my garden" with a buzzing bee.
The wooden shaft was broken with just the right amount of wood

left to stick into my garden ground. Now it is the perfect sign for my garden.
Do you have any broken tools just lying around waiting for you to re-purpose?
Have you painted them or done something else with them?
I would love to hear!
 

14 comments:

jill said...

No broken items here to use in the very, very small garden, but gosh how pretty yours came out.
blessings, jill

Bev said...

You are so smart!! It looks lovely!!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

What a great way to revive an old item. Very creative and resourceful.

Patty H. said...

Love. them.

Hindustanka said...

Such a creative idea! I love the shovels' make over :) Also you paint so very well, beautiful!

chrissies said...

Wonderful ideas and a beautiful Welcome sign.

Chrissie x

lil red hen said...

Wonderful!! No matter if I had old items, I can't paint! There are some old hand saws ~ hum ~

Connie said...

You are so creative . . . you seem to have a talent for turning rust to gold. I am in love with your appliqued teacups, they are delightful, you have inspired me to do better.
Your newest follower and blogging sister, Connie :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

No I have not but I admire your creativity ! :) Beautiful! :)

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

And, of course your garden must have a Welcome sign...just perfect and so creative!

KathyB. said...

I love what you created from "junk". I do have a lot of rusty, broken shovels & rakes I have saved to maybe do what you've done. Great ideas !

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Great way to Welcome people to your door. You can paint as well as stitch. You are so talented.

Cindy said...

Great way to reuse old tools!

Marianne said...

Oh, I do like the good use you found for those worn out items...now they look charmingly happy and content with a reborn 'spirit', if you will. I love the way you put the shovel head as a sign in your garden. You're are a true creator, Kathleen!

Blessings for more inspiration and creation,

Marianne xo