Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Repurposed Picket Fence Garden Border


Several months ago I bought a tattered picket fence garden border at my favorite local antique store The Owl Box.  It was sitting in my projects-in-waiting pile for too long, so I fished it out a couple of weeks ago and just stared at it until inspiration hit.  Do you ever do that?  I think I need to start date stamping the stuff I bring home and get a "first in, first out" policy put in place.

This is what I ended up with and it only took me about an hour to complete after the chalkboard was prepped.  I used one coat of spray primer and two coats of Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint.

This is how it looked when I brought it home.  A little dirty, but that's to be expected after being stuck in the ground for who knows how long.  I thought about cutting off the dirty stakes on each end, but decided to wash 'em up and just touch up the paint in those two areas to cover the bare wood.

A scrap board left over from another chalkboard project was the perfect width; I only had to cut a few inches off the length.  Several small nails hold it in place, and two hooks were added for hanging.

I screwed some clips to each picket for holding cards, notes, or pictures.

Then I added a large rusty cup hook to the left side and an old wooden drawer knob to the
 right side.

One more project crossed off my list!  Wouldn't this be cute with family names and photos?


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37 comments:

  1. You continue to amaze me - I love it!

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  2. I love your vision, Betsy! You can turn anything into a wonderful keepsake! Love this! xo Karen

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  3. I need to stop passing up on things like this. Love what you did with it Betsy...it's super cute!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. I try not to post those "me too" replies, but look what I found at a yard sale of a going out of business catering company: http://stringingfool.blogspot.com/2013/12/focus-on-life-holiday-sparkle.html Look at the third picture from the top. Of course, I really had much more to start with... I just added jewelry!

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  5. You did good - again !!
    Send me a hefty dose of that creativity. :D
    Enjoy your evening.

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  6. I are sooo creative, I love it...I want to be hip and cool like you!!!!

    Carol

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  7. Rustic and gorgeous! I love it and yes, it would look great with names and photos! Very creative...:)
    Blessings, Vicky

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  8. Wow, what a great repurpose project! Don't feel bad you waited so long. You just have to wait until the creative spirit hits and then BAM, you've got a winner! Love your idea about dating the stuff we bring home. If I did that I think I'd be horrified when I started finding things I bought eons ago!

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  9. Awesome, Betsy!!!! I have a project sitting on my workbench that I hope to get to this weekend . . . we'll see!!

    xoxo

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  10. Just about the coolest use of a picket fence yet! Love it!

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  11. This would be cute capturing clutter in any home. I will not pass up another picket fence.

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  12. Very nice! I'm SO looking forward to spring.
    Brenda

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  13. How cute, Betsy! I know I must have one of these somewhere...

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  14. Another perfect re-purpose! Someone is going to hang this in their home and treasure it.

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  15. Love how the picket fence turned out!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  16. OI AMIGA.I LOVE SUAS IDÉIAS,PARABÉNS.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.

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  17. I just love this picket fence. Even more I love the "waiting pile" I never thought of that. Until recently I just had many piles then I saw the most amazing studio and have turned my own area into an organized haven. I now know where things are and I can create and work on the pile that I now have a name for. I love you creativity.

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  18. I do so love this! I made something with a picket fence piece like this and burlap last year but never thought of doing chalkboards in the sections! It's great!

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  19. Love this project Betsy!! It's so cute all finished! Love the extras you put on the hang cute pictures too!! :) Happy week-end! xo Holly

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  20. Adorable~~~love all the additions you gussied it up with!!! I'm going to look for that type of hanger you used in back, like the style.

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  21. This is so cute Betsy! Glad you finished this project! Love the chalkboards and the cute hooks!
    hugs, Linda

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  22. That picket fence is now saying, "Look at me, look at me!" I love how the addition of hooks and clips and knobs makes it so useful!

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  23. This is a terrific idea for hanging vintage tablecloths in my shop.
    Bravo for a wonderful idea.

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  24. Great reuse of the old picket fence! It's perfect!
    Jane

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  25. Very cute Betsy! I love anything garden themed! I have a small piece of picket hanging in my laundry room. I hang old dustpans and an apron off of it. The chalkboard is a fun idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. Betsy - It's just so adorable! I love how you find ways to re-purpose so many old things...♥

    -pamela

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  27. Another stunning transformation! It really is wonderful what you come up with... yes, I can see some lucky buyer filling it with family photos!

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  28. Hi Betsy, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at Share Your Cup later today.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  29. Found you at Junkin Joes:) Love chalkboards and your repurpose! Pinning

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  30. I now know why I have no curtains on the window in my computer room! I was waiting for this! It will, one day, be a valence! Thank you so much for this, Betsy!

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