In this post I want to show how I DIY-d a rustic farmhouse shovel from a dollar store plastic shovel using paint, cinnamon, and Dixie Belle Paint’s no pain gel stain and patina products.
Plastic Turned Rustic
I wanted a rustic farmhouse shovel to include in my daughter’s FFA Banquet photo booth. And I needed to accomplish this project inexpensively which meant a DIY shovel project was in order. I started with this plastic child’s shovel from the Dollar Store.
And used a variety of products to achieve a rustic, farmhouse look.
Just A Few Supplies to DIY A Rustic Farmhouse Shovel
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DIY A Rustic Farmhouse Shovel From Dollar Store – The Process of Turning Plastic Into Metal
Paint The Shovel Head
- Paint with two coats of Slick Stick. Let this dry.
- I mixed together Anchor Point and Whitecap to make a dark grey paint the same color as the patina paint in iron.
- You can use a grey paint you have
- Visit Dixie Belle’s color lab to mix an exact color
- Give the shovel two coats of grey paint
- While they paint is still wet …
Add The Rust-ic
- Sprinkle cinnamon into wet paint
- Shake off excess cinnamon
- Using a chip brush push cinnamon into paint and brush off any extra
- You can stop here – this is an amazing transformation!
- You can clearcoat this with flat clear coat but it’s not necessarily necessary!
- Sponge on one coat of the patina paint and let dry before adding another
- Spray on Patina Paint Spray, let it do it’s magic
Stain The Handle
- Using No Pain Gel Stain and a foam brush apply stain.
- A little goes a long way!
- They should have called it no mess! The gel makes this easy!
- Wipe away excess with paper towel or lint free cloth.
- Let dry.
Where Can I Use My Rustic Farmhouse Shovel?
I used my newly rustic shovel to celebrate this kid … because of goats and a million other things she is accomplishing and doing. I am so thankful to have a front row seat to watch how God is using her, stretching her and making her dreams a possibility.
And to celebrate with her is a fan club – her big sister Priscilla and one piece of our framily. No, I didn’t spell that wrong. There are friends who become family and Heather is just one of those people.
And you can see where that rustic, farmhouse shovel ended up! In the photo booth of course along with that fantastic periodic table of elements! Because …
Let’s See The DIY Shovel Closer
I am in love the way this turned out – give me all the things to make rustic and farmhouse.
I can see this shovel used in so many ways –
- spring vignette with flowers, all things gardening and these spring flash cards, specimen labels, and seed packets
- in a winter vignette with snowballs and these winter wonderland flash cards
- in an Easter display with carrots
- outside areas – use in a door hanging or attach a sign to the handle
How Will You Use Your Rustic Farmhouse Shovel?
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