A Mother's Day Gift for the Garden

I'm rescuing this 1980's tote complete with 
cut-out hearts today.

old 1980's magazine rack

I'm thinking garden tote and here are the steps I took to turn that old mess into this beautiful tote perfect for Mother's Day.

Garden tote with all the tools needed for Mom

I started out by filling all the holes in the wood where the box was assembled with wood filler.

fixing up an old magazine rack

I gave the box a good sanding and a coat of grey chalky paint then sanded the edges to give it a distressed look.

Chalky painted old magazine rack

On one side of the tote I added a handle to hang a towel and on the other side of the box I created a canvas pocket from a scrap of canvas fabric

I attached the pocket using screws and washers to hold seed packets or papers.

magazine tote gets a makeover with a canvas pocket

I used an old curtain rod bracket to hold a roll of jute string on the inside of the tote.

DIY string holder for a garden tote

and then added a chalkboard to the side.

DIY garden tote

The finished tote is so useful in the garden or for crafts, office supplies, knitting, or even in the kitchen.

The 80's never looked so good!

Garden tote with accessories to hold tools

A great DIY Mother's Day gift!

Garden tote gift for MOM


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .