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A Fun Re-Do Project...A Little Herb Garden...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on my last post!  I really appreciate your visits and your kindness!

Last week I worked on a fun re-do project...a little herb garden!

Recently, I found this garden rack at the thrift store.  I'm sure you've seen hanging baskets like this...a dark black/green painted metal with scrolly goodness.  
For $2, I knew I could use this in lots of ways.

I am a blogger for DecoArt and recently they sent me some of their new DecoArt Media products.  This is a great line for mixed media artists and for all sorts of projects!  The paints are smooth with a great consistency.  I decided to play with some of the acrylic paints to change the look of this piece.  I chose Titanium White, along with Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.  
The Transparent Iron Oxide paints inspired the whole project for me...

I know I could have just spray painted this, but I didn't want that perfect, new look.  I used a soft brush...more time involved...but it allowed me to control the coverage and add texture.

 Once I had the piece painted I had some fun with the transparent iron oxide paints.  These are the colors of rust, and I mixed different tones.  (The way the paints looked on my little lid palette inspires all sorts of artistic applications...)

Using a wet brush allowed me to add it to all the jointed areas, where rust would naturally occur, and to various areas on the bars.  I used a soft cloth to remove any excess, 
or on areas I wanted to lighten.

As you can see, there's nothing perfect about it.  When I had the look I wanted, I coated the piece with DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish.

I have been making container herb gardens this year, and decided this would be a perfect little herb garden to hang on my gate...

I used some of my old clay pots...

It looks like an old rack hanging in my garden...I love the transformation!

I am blogger for DecoArt and received product for this project...
all opinions and the fun are my own!

Until next time...have a wonderful weekend!


  1. You'd never know this wasn't a real rusty finish. Love it!

  2. What a great find! You did a wonderful job on the planter. Your herb garden is so handy and soo dang cute!

  3. it looks like my rusty cross hanging on my wood fence on my patio
    never know it wasn't aged with the weather

  4. Linda, I love your herb garden. That's pretty neat to make it rusty. xoxo,Susie

  5. Ahh that looks so pretty and fresh

    Karen x

  6. That is so cute. It rusted up nicely!

  7. I love the tutorial, Linda - I always wondered how to age painted metal! It came out perfect and really looks authentically old! Congratulations on getting published in the magazines! You are so talented! Hugs xo Karen

  8. Wow Linda what a great job on the making the hanger look rusty. It is really cute with the clay pots and plants inside. Very nice.

  9. I love your "new" rust spots, Linda! Great project!

  10. Oh so lovely, herbs & wire baskets = perfect.
    Didn't have a chance to post my congratulations yet on your prior post......that is such cool news!

  11. I love the combination of the clay pots, the "rusted" metal and the weathered wood. It all works perfectly. Great job.

  12. Looks wonderful! I could never figure out what to do with all that paint!

  13. Cute and tasty too. Great combination :)

  14. The only thing better than real rust is well-done faux rust! WELL DONE, Linda. It's adorable.

  15. Well now isn't that clever.
    I like how you sealed your faux rust with Matte Varnish to keep the real rust out! ha!
    cute project and fun too.

  16. I absolutely love the result, what a transformation! I agree about the not spray painting, love the result of the soft brush. Those clay pots with herbs are perfect with it. Pam xx

  17. Oh, this turned out great! Love it :)

  18. I love how this turned out! Perfectly shabby! Mimi

  19. Oh, i love this!...i have a wall rack for plants not in use. This gave me a beautiful way to use it! Thanks for publishing tips!....

  20. I love it! What a great transformation, and it looks fabulous hanging on your gate.

  21. I can't believe there is a craft paint I have never seen before. Will have to try it. Looks awesome Linda. Love that basket, it is perfect for herbs.

  22. So beautiful Linda. Love DIY's :)


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