How To Rescue A Rusted Out Wrought Iron Arbor; Reusing What You Have and Making it Fab In The Garden!

Garden, Green Ideas — By on June 20, 2011 7:58 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         My ten year old daughter and I are driving to the grocery store on a cold day last fall when I look out the car window and see a wrought iron arbor laying on its side out by the street.  I screech the car to a halt. SCREEEECHHHH!!

Both of us jump out and stare longingly at the arbor. My daughter says, “Mom, we have to take it home! It was meant to be.”

I knock on the door and ask if it is being thrown out. It is!! Hooray! Their trash is our treasure! The kiddo and I cannot get the full sized arbor on the roof of the car, so we leave the car sitting alongside the street and together manage to heft it back to the house, walking awkwardly on the sidewalk as we carry its bulk home.

Katie base coat painting the rusted arbor.

For six months the arbor sat on the side of my house awaiting a magical transformation. This Spring, my assistant Katie helped me lift it up onto a home made “horse” and we painted it in one coat of base paint and two top coats of “aubergine” (reddish purple). It is now a feature in the back French Potager garden, framing the ferns in bold colors, and adding a bit of “umph” to the wine bottle path.

Shawna and Katie top coat painting the wrought iron arbor.

Now the arbor sits in a quiet shade garden next to the feathery ferns and little wine bottle sentries. I love it when we rescue a dead wrought iron creature and bring it back to fabulous life.

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  1. Loving that color – courageous. Cobalt blue is the color I'm gonna go for next. I have a picture of a cobalt blue chair and stepping stone posted on my bulletin board to remind me. Just waiting for the right piece of inspiration to make me screeeeeeeech.

  2. Paul says:

    Love what you did, I make furniture from pallets. I have been known to stop at different places and pick up a good looking pallet. Right now I am doing a wine cabinet for a friend. If you would like ideas I am at Nice save from the landfill.

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