Brighten Up Your Mops, Brooms, and Gardening Tools
You’ve got your digital mess in order, but now it’s time to take care of the more traditional spring cleaning essentials: your home and garden. If you’ve got wooden cleaning and gardening supplies kickin’ around that have seen better days, this simple DIY is a great way to brighten things up and make the task of cleaning a little more fun. And if you don’t already have brooms, mops, trowels, and shovels, head to your local hardware store and stock up.
– wooden brooms, mops, etc
– wooden gardening tools
– acrylic paint
– mod podge
– painter’s tape
– spray shellac
Gather all of your brooms, mops, gardening tools and colorful materials.
For all of these tools, the how-to is essentially the same. Put a piece of painter’s tape at the point at which you want the color or glitter to end.
For our brooms and mop, we allowed for about a foot of color. For our gardening tools, we allowed about 4 inches.
Now, paint! We used purple and teal acrylic paint, and had to paint two layers per wooden handle.
For the glitter, you’ll use a similar method to our DIY Glitter Heels. Brush mod podge onto the wooden handle, sprinkle glitter on, turn the handle and repeat.
Once everything is well-covered, it’s time to seal the deal. Head outside and lay some newspaper down. Use spray shellac to seal in the paint and glitter. You’ll probably want to do at least 2 coats of shellac to make sure the handle is waterproof. For the glitter, we recommend 3-4 coats.
And c’est fini!
Your days in the garden will be just a bit brighter as you wait for those darling spring buds to bloom.
And those Sunday afternoons spent cleaning will feel just a little more festive with bright purple, teal and glitter in your hands. ;)
Bonus: Your new set of cleaning and gardening tools will be so bright and hip that you won’t even want to put them away!
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