Before and After: Rain Barrel

There has been a lot of rain in our neck of the woods this summer. It’s wonderful for keeping everything nice and green, and the air fresh. We’ve taken the opportunity of harnessing some of that fresh water with a couple of rain barrels. A free resource, rain barrel water is wonderful for the environment, and your summer water bill too!

This project was aaaaaalll Steven (the hubby). But don’t think this job is all utilitarian… Steven let his creative side shine with this project, and you can too! He was kind enough to snap photos of all his steps along the way… maybe you’ll find a little inspiration to get your own rain barrel going at home!

First step, find a Barrel! We got our hands on an empty barrel, previously used for bulk, non-toxic, RV anti-freeze.

Next, map out your cuts to contain your eavestrough, drain and spout. Steven wrapped the drain and spout with a plumber’s tape which acts like a silicon seal, when screwed into position.

Here is the drain in place. Steven positioned the drain on the bottom, back-side of the barrel, out of sight.

Next, prepare the spot for your rain barrel. We had to remove a little grass to level the ground, and then Steven built a platform with spare lumber for the barrel to sit on.

Now for the fun part. Steven wanted a two-tone design, so he began by sanding, and then painting the first colour on the barrel with a paint designed for plastic.

Let the paint dry throughly, and then map out your design. Be creative! Anything is possible at this stage. Steven used green painter’s tape to customize his design.

And then refined his design with a exacto-knife…

Now, to add the second paint colour over top of the stencil.

Peel off the stencil…

Position the barrel on the stand, insert the eavestrough, and take a moment to step back and enjoy your hard work!

Pretty cute right?

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