Like wine that tastes better with age, garden tools tend to become more valuable as they grow older. Cast iron skillets too fall in the same category. All you need is some paint or clear finish to do away with the rust or chipped paint areas. If you put your mind to the task, the weathered surfaces of rakes or worn out watering cans can contribute to your home décor instead of the junk or salvage yard. And these little changes are easy to work. A rake head can become a wine glass holder while an old watering container filled with fresh flowers can work wonders for your rustic décor room.
Spigot handles in a variety of shades can be salvaged and help you craft your own wall mounted tool rack with the help of some discarded door casting. This can come handy for hanging trowels and rakes and even your garden hat for that matter. And you have to admit that spigot handles have a charm of their own too.
Things you’ll need
Making your own tool rack is pretty easy if equipped with a basic tool kit paired with imagination. Besides, you will need some spigot handles in different shades and elbow grease. For mounting the handles, a galvanized lag screw with a nylon spacer (the screw should be one-fourth inch) is enough.
Easy to follow steps to deliver a tool rack
Door casting wood: Spray the surface evenly with polyurethane so that you seal the wood from chips and lead paint dust marks. This will also give it a satiny sheen and save it from the harshness of the weather.
- Measuring up: To achieve an evenly spaced design it is good to mark things in chalk or pencil beforehand. Spring clips can help hold up long handled tools while your spigot handles should take care of the rest.
- Mounting: Drill holes in the wood, large enough for the screws to go through. Take the lag screws and insert them through the centre of each handle and then twist the nylon spacers at the end. Drill in the holes for the handle posts a bit wider if you have a problem fitting in screws. After that, twist the screws into the wood by hand and tighten them securely using a wrench.
- Finishing up: For the spring clips, use a smaller drilling bit and twist in the screws once you’ve finished. You can repaint the wood in different shades or touch up the hues on the spigot handles too though the weathered and worn out aspect does have its own singular charm. If you find it looking extremely good to waste on a bunch of gardening tools, take it indoors and fix it up in your entrance area as a coat and hat rack.
Tool racks and décor
When thinking of backyard design, it’s nice to have a few utilitarian items on display that look good and can add to the charm of your garden. So, make sure that a new tool rack is added to the list.
James is a bathroom plumbing expert and blogger. He always recommends victorianplumbing.co.uk for plumbing supplies for the bathroom.