“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

A couple of years ago, I made a simple repurposed clip board for our gardening/work gloves– both of us had a bad habit of flinging them off in the garage and struggling to find them the next time we needed to wear them! And let me tell you- having the clip board has been a life (and glove) saver! So, when I found these outdated bucket sconces at a thrift store, I decided make something similar for my gardening hand tools.

Vintage wooden bucket sconces to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY garden tool organization holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sconces to ensconce my tools!

All I needed to do was attach them to something solid that I could hang or lean in our garage. I looked through my stash of reclaimed wood, but none of it stoked my fancy. But when my eyes settled on my collection of thrifted cutting boards, well…you know the drill- it was a done deal. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage wooden bucket sconces and thrift store cutting board to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY garden tool organization holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think this will work…after I clean up that board.

Of course, I had to make everything a little prettier! First, I started with the cutting board- it was scarred up and stained (not in the good way).

Refinishing a thrift store cutting board to repurpose and upcycle it by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s give this some much-needed TLC!

We sanded down both sides of the board to remove as much of the staining and scaring as possible. Then, I conditioned it generously before giving it a makeover with chalk paint.

Refinishing, conditioning, and painting a thrift store cutting board to repurpose and upcycle it by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking better…

While the chalk paint dried, I turned my attention to the bucket sconces- and in the gardening tools theme, I decided to paint them a fresh, bright green.

Painting vintage bucket sconces to use as a repurposed DIY gardening tool organizer holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok- now the sconces!

Now that the cutting board paint had dried, I sanded it down– I’m still working on my distressing skills, and practice makes kinda-sorta-perfect, right?

Refinished and chalk painted thrift store cutting board to repurpose and upcycle it by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There we go! A million times better.

I touched the sandpaper to the bucket sconces as well- just the edges this time- and gathered some hardware. The bucket sconces already had pre-drilled holes in the flat back panel, so we just needed to line them up on the cutting board, drill through it, and then secure each sconce in place!

Creating a DIY gardening tool organizer holder using vintage bucket sconces and a thrift store cutting board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coming together nicely, yes?

There! A pretty and very functional holder for all of my gardening hand tools- trowels, weed forks, etc.

Creating a DIY gardening tool organizer holder using vintage bucket sconces and a thrift store cutting board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My vision come to life!

If I decide to hang it, it’ll be easy enough to drill in some D-hooks…but I may just lean it under the gardening glove clip board. My gardening tools will be ensconced- literally, in sconces! Tee-hee…I love a good punny.

Repurposed vintage bucket sconces and thrift store cutting board into a DIY garden hand tool holder / organizer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

And if you’re looking for more repurposed cutting board ideas, I’ve got you covered!

Craft on!

S

PIN ME!Repurposed vintage bucket sconces and thrift store cutting board into a DIY garden hand tool holder / organizer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. You find the best things to upcycle! I love this idea and I need to create something like this since I’ve already lost my gardening gloves….grrr.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Why are those things SO easy to lose?? I don’t even lose socks in the dryer, but give me a pair of gardening gloves and I’ll lose them after one use!

  2. Such a pretty green color, perfect for gardening tools!

  3. Wow, I never would have imagined this! You’ve created such a unique and useful garden organizer! I love the springy colors you choose too!

  4. Patty Williford says:

    Sadie what a wonderful and very creative idea! Love, Love, Love it!!!!

  5. This is amazing, I have never seen anything like these, they are so funky and retro. The green you picked is perfect.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Leanna! I’ve gotten aspects of three projects (thus far) out of that can of green spray paint and each time it gets peoples’ attention! (In a good way 🙂 )

  6. That is a pretty darn COOL idea! I love when people use stuff that would end up in the dump for practical purposes. Thanks for sharing, Sandi

  7. What a creative project and your distressing skills look great to me. 🙂

  8. What a great idea for those buckets and I love the color too! Happy Easter, Sarah.

  9. Honey I don’t see the clip board for the gloves anywhere….only the scone thingy….I wanted to see the actual thing that held the gloves….? thanks

  10. Such a cool and unique idea!

  11. Fonda Rush says:

    I really hated that “Early American” furniture and decor era, but you did some justice to making over the “buckets”. And, bright green was a nice choice…not much “Early American” about them now! Maybe you could add clips to hold those garden gloves next to these buckets. Fun project!

  12. Why go through all the trouble of conditioning and sanding the wood when you’re eventually going to paint and conceal about 80% of it, once the sconces are in place?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Well, it was covered in knife scars- so I had to sand it so that my paint had a smooth surface. Otherwise, I would have had a terrible paint job. Same for the conditioning- most cutting boards (including this one) are horrendously dry (from all the washing) and I didn’t want the wood to suck up the paint…which would also give me a terrible paint job. Even covered up, it would have look horrible.

  13. Sadie those are so flippin cute, they look great! Thanks for sharing it with us at the DI & DI Link Party.

  14. Great idea for a garden tool organizer. Would be so cute and convenient hanging over a potting bench. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  15. Super cute idea!

  16. Love this project! I have lots of onesie gardening gloves and for some reason most of them are for the same hand. It drives me crazy! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great week.

  17. You have to be the queen of upcycling . You never cease to amaze. Love these buckets.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Awww, thank you, Bev!! That means a great deal to me- not that I’m the queen, but I always want to amaze. 🙂 Hugs to you, too!

  18. Sarah this is such a cute idea. Those bucket sconces are really unique, never seen anything like them. But you’ve always had a eye for the unusual. Love the bright green color here!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Mary!! I’ve never seen anything quite like them, either- hence why I snapped them up!

  19. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW DIY party

  20. I love this idea and could use one this summer. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week!

  21. So adorable, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Stop by on Monday…you have been the most clicked link!

  22. Ava's Alphabet says:

    So clever! You are a re-purposing genius! Love this! Pinned and sharing. Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. I hope you will join our next party starting Sunday at noon EST.

  23. Adorable! Great idea. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go.

  24. What a neat gardening holder! I wish I could think of crafty things like this. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

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