RYOBI Challenge Series - The Outdoor Oasis Part 1

In our small shop, we love to repurpose and upcycle.  When we saw the RYOBI Pegboard Challenge, we immediately knew we wanted to create a multifunctional “Outdoor Oasis”.  Plastic pegboard was key in creating an attractive outdoor rustic utility cart, which is pleasing to the eye and can be used for a variety of purposes.

This project was really all about the prep work.  We began by covering 6 flower pots with Saltwash and Old Ochre Chalk Paint, and once dry, sprayed the flower pots with a coat of copper spray paint.  While we had the spray-paint out, we also painted our canning jar lids and zip ties so they would be ready to go when we needed them.

Next, we prepped our 8 16x16 peg board tiles. The plan for the tiles was to have the appearance of worn copper, so we first applied a coat of copper spray-paint. After that we applied a coat of Saltwash, a powder you mix with paint to achieve a chippy, aged look. We have a separate post all about our obsession with Saltwash and the different kinds of projects it can be used on. After the Saltwash dried, we used Florence and Duck Egg Chalk Paint to create the patina effect we were looking for. We took an orbital sander to the side to quickly distress the pegboard. Finally, we cut away the plastic connectors from the sides of the Pegboard tiles, and drilled 3 holes in each side of the pegboard.

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As for the cut list, it is easy to have a home store cut up the wood, but if it that is not possible, or you already have the wood, a simple RYOBI Jigsaw can do the trick. The cut list is as follows:

6 2x3x8 Pine cut into:

            2 5ft pieces

            2 36.5in pieces

            13 16in pieces

One of my favorite things about creating projects from scratch is finding ways to make the final build appear clean and professional.  I even had Morgan and Hilary use the Kreg Jig for the first time, and both managed it with no problem!  The RYOBI Drill and Kreg Jig made quick pocket holes in both ends of all 13 cross bars. All of the wood in the cut list was sanded and then finished by applying a coat of Honfleur Chalk Paint and dry brushing Old Ochre Chalk Paint for a worn look. We finished the wood by distressing with 220 grit.  We used the sander to make the distress happen quickly.  The wood grain really came through, especially on our reclaimed wood top. With that, we are all prepped and ready to assemble our Outdoor Oasis!