I have this huge blank wall in the room off my kitchen that I am slowly filling up with a fun farmer’s market style gallery wall. It’s technically supposed to be an eat-in kitchen, but we don’t want a table in there – it would be just a bit much. So my Hoosier lives in there, along with a couple other little pieces of furniture. It gives the kitchen a more open feeling!
So for my gallery wall, I knew I wanted some kind of hanging planter. They are so cute and you can really have fun with them. They also make it easy to change out the plants just in case they die. Ahem. I came up with this easy DIY barnwood hanging planter and I love how it turned out!
I love the combination of textures on it – with the rusty pails, the barnwood, and the pretty doilies! They’re all so fun together. And I have a little secret too – this isn’t real barnwood – or real rust!
I made the planter with the new FolkArt Painted Finishes that are just coming out – in particular the Barnwood and the Rust! They are brand new and they’re part of a fun new set of finishes that includes Concrete and Moss too!
I can’t wait to show you how easy these are – you are going to want to turn everything into rusty, mossy, concrete and barnwood. Seriously.
So let’s get started!
- Raw Wood Pallet sign (from craft store, or make your own)
- 3 galvanized metal pails
- 3 hooks for hanging – any kind that will hold the pails
- 3 screws for hanging hooks
- FolkArt Painted Finishes – Barnwood Stain, Barnwood Wax, Brown Rust, Red Rust
- FolkArt Painted Finishes Shortie Brush
- Hot Glue
Start with your raw wood pallet. You can pick these up at most craft stores and they usually have some way of hanging them already. This one has a jute hanger that looks great with the other materials in the planter, so I left it!
Apply the Barnwood Stain to the wood with the Shortie brush. This brush works great because the bristles are stiff and really work the Stains and other finishes into the wood.
Brush on a good coat of the Stain, making sure to get the little cross pieces that peek through the slats, as well as the sides. You want it to look authentic! Wipe off any excess Stain and let sit for 4 hours. Trust me, it’s worth the wait. :)
Here’s a closeup of just the Stain part – I love how it shows the variances in the wood.
To get the barnwood look – apply the Barnwood Wax. This photo shows the steps – you want to apply a good coat to start with. (Top slat). Then wipe off the excess with a rag. (Second slat.) Next, grab an old credit card or even a popsicle stick – just something with a nice hard edge. Run that down the wood to scrape off any excess wax. This step is really important because it allows the grain of the wood to show through and gives it that aged, barnwood effect. You might need to do this a few times. (Third slat.)
If you want a lighter wax look, you can rub off more with your dry cloth. Just make sure you scrape the board again with your card or piece of wood. You don’t want a smooth even look.
Pretty amazing right?? I am obsessed with it.
So let’s get rusty! Start with your three pails and clean them with warm soapy water. Since we’re applying the finish to metal, dry them off, then wipe them with distilled vinegar and allow to dry.
The rust, moss and concrete finishes are textured as well – so you’ll get little flecks of material in the finish. It gives the project such a realistic look!
The rust finish comes in two colors – red and brown. You can use both these, or just one. Using both colors is great for creating highlights!
I started with the red rust finish first. To give me an idea of where to paint, I pulled up some images of rusty pails on my phone. I wanted them to look real, so I added the red finish along the natural rust lines of the photos I found.
I also brushed the red very lightly all over the pail, just to dull that shiny galvanized metal.
Now go in and add in the brown rust. Don’t cover up all the red, but add it along the places you’ve already painted.
To get the drippy, wet rust look, wet a paintbrush and dab it along the edges or wherever you want drips. It’s such a cool effect!
I painted all three of my pails a little differently – you don’t ever see pails all rusted the same!
Once everything is dry, it’s time to add the doilies. Lay out the doilies where you think they’d look good as accents, then hot glue them in place. I mostly glued them on the back, and just glued the fronts a bit to hold them in place.
Add your hanging hardware now. Mine have holes on the back, so I used screws to hold them. They will have a little more strength than just nails, since we’re hanging plants.
Now all you have to do is add plants to your pails! I found these cute little houseplants, but I might try succulents or herbs too! I have the plants in regular little pots that I set in the pails, then I can take them out for easy watering.
I’m keeping this as an inside display because the barnwood finish is for indoor use only. You can use the rust, moss and concrete finishes indoor or outdoor though!
I just love how it turned out! I’ll be showing off the whole gallery wall soon – I just need to make a few more things! :)
You can find the FolkArt Painted Finishes at all major craft stores! They come in little 2 oz bottle sets if you just want to give them a try, or 4 oz bottles for larger projects. You can also follow them on Pinterest, IG and Facebook for lots of project ideas.
What would you make with them??