I’ve got a special treat for you today! I’ve teamed up with some of my blogging buddies to bring you Best of Farmhouse Friends, and for our special event, I gave my super rusty old bike a makeover and dressed it up with a farmhouse style flower basket!
I bought my old bike four years ago at a yard sale (see how it looked when I bought it HERE).
It was already really rusty when I got it, but it’s been sitting out in the rain and snow for four years, which was taking a toll on it, and I was afraid it was going to rusty away to nothing.
The bottom of the wicker basket had rotted away too, so the whole thing needed some love!
I’m including affiliate links to help you find the products I used.
The first step was to prevent more rust, so the whole bike was painted with Rustoleum Rust Reformer.
The spray paint goes on black, and works like a primer to seal the rust. It works great for metal outdoor furniture as well.
Don’t worry – the bike looks better after the next step! 🙂
I wanted the wheels and tires to stay black, so we removed them, then gave the rest of the bike two coats of Rustoleum Stops Rust spray paint. This will give the metal frame some extra protection from the elements.
Once it was dry, the wheels went back on, and the bike makeover was finished.
Now for a new flower basket!
I wanted something sturdier to withstand the elements than a regular basket, so I used the wooden crate I upcycled last month.
I drilled holes on the bottom for drainage, and drilled two holes in the back so I could hang it on the bike’s handle bars with zip ties.
My old bike isn’t in good enough condition to ride, but I hope to enjoy it for many more years in my front yard.
Speaking of old and worn out – as soon as our dear old beagle saw us walking down the road, she had to join us.
This poor old gal has had a tough life. She lost one leg when neighbor dogs attacked her, then got her remaining front leg stuck in a trap, and now has developed a large tumor in that leg. She’s such a sweetie though, and still always wants to go on walks. We know her time with us is coming to an end though, which makes me very sad. My son earned the money to buy her when he was in the 6th grade, and he’ll be 26 years old this year, so she is one old pooch, and such a part of our family.
Now let’s see what the rest of our Best of Farmhouse Friends Team! has come up with!
Click their names or photos below to see each blogger’s project!
Angie @ Knick of Time
Susan @ Love of Home
Julie @ Love My Simple Home
Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.
Paula @ Sweat Pea
Tammy @ One More Time Events
Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage
Kim@ Hunt and Host
Tricia @ Suburban B*tches
Amy @ My Life From Home
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