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!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!