This old wheel barrel came with our house. It was in a sad state when we arrived. It was left to rust behind the barn. So, with gardening on my mind, I decided it needed saved. I started by taking the whole thing apart and hosing everything down.
After it dried I used a wire brush and gave it a good scrub. I tried to remove all the old paint and the rust, making a nice smooth finish. Then I washed it again and let it dry.
The next day I started to paint. I picked Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel spray paint in a nice blue. The only hard part was the wheel which I had to tape out as not to get the entire wheel covered in paint. I let everything dry and applied a second coat the next day.
Here is the finished product. After two coats of rust stopping spray paint and then putting it back together the wheel barrel is ready to go. I mainly did all this to stop the rust from eating it away, but I have to admit I think it looks really nice. You can't beat a wheel barrel makeover for under $5 because new ones are pretty pricey! I know that it will get good use because we have already started planning out our garden and talked about building a compost pile - now it's ready to do the job!