Upcycling projects are the best way to turn old and unwanted items in your home into amazing decor. Here’s how to upcycle a vegetable rack (that was almost thrown out) into a lovely little vertical garden — ideal for your kitchen courtyard or a small patio where there’s a shortage of space.
What you need for your vegetable rack upcycling project
- Old three-tiered wire vegetable rack
- 80-grit sandpaper
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in duck-egg blue
- Moss (soaked in a bucket of water)
- Landscaping cloth
- Potting soil
- Herbs and lettuce seeds or seedlings
How to turn a vegetable rack into a vertical herb garden
1. Sand the vegetable rack lightly to get rid of any rust or roughness.
2. Wash the rack with soapy water and leave to dry.
3. Paint the tray with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (no need for primer). Alternatively, you could use a water-based enamel. Two to three light coats should be sufficient to cover the mesh completely.
4. Soak the moss in a bucket of water, then line each tray with the wet moss.
5. Cut the landscaping cloth, using the scissors, so that each piece of cloth fits snugly into each tray. Fill the lined trays with the potting soil.
6. Plant the herbs and lettuce, water them and leave to settle.
If you’re looking for more upcycling ideas, 50 Upcycling Projects by Misi Overturf (Human & Rousseau; takealot.com) makes it easy with step-by-step instructions and inspiration.