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A Cute, Blue Utility Trailer Makeover

DIY Blue Utility Trailer Makeover

This is the kind of DIY spray paint project where you see how much of a country mouse I’ve become…

Spring has sprung – the first shipping vessel came to my city recently and the captain reported that there’s barely any ice on Lake Superior, which is totally unbelievable.  The shipping season has opened earlier as a result and with surprisingly balmy temperatures, that familiar smell of spring (damp leaves and dog poop) is in the air already!

I’m excited.

It means we can get the boat out on the lake earlier, which means I can actually share more photos and (finally!) some aerial videos with our drone (last year we launched too late in the season because of repairs).  An early spring also means we can start tackling yard work pretty soon too – we just need those last few heaps of snow to melt, but I’m already seeing tons of grass!  To help move our yard work along, we bought a little utility trailer from Kijiji to use with our riding lawn mower to haul stuff around the property.  Wheelbarrows are for chumps.  These mini trailers are normally hundreds of bucks (this one is the most similar to our dump cart) but we got this for $80.

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It was a little rusty and beat up, though, but functioned perfectly.  Hubby asked me to paint it, but I was super busy with other projects and work, so he dangled this
carrot: “you can paint in turquoise”.

Sold.  Behold, our new spray painted trailer.

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I had a case of Rust-Oleum Harbor Blue in my spray paint stash and, after prepping the trailer (thorough wash, light sand), I blasted it with multiple thin, light coats – even the wheels!  Now I’m eyeing up our ugly old riding lawnmower too…

My Blue Utility Trailer Makeover

Between this spray painted trailer, our turquoise front door, and the turquoise guesthouse trim and door, I’m easing the neighbors into the day I decided to paint our entire garage bright turquoise with a huge, Instagram-worthy mural on the garage door.  #notkidding

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  1. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    So cute! Is that good ol' Charlie in one of the pictures?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      April 14, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Oh my goodness, what a good eye! YES, that is Charlie! I was so ready to get rid of him and finally said goodbye but then it was Hubby who put on the brakes, lol. This darn car! I keep trying to convince him to let me saw Charlie in half and make a swing or turn him into a greenhouse, lol.

    • Anonymous
      April 21, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Sorry didn't mean to creep you out! I'm just too lazy to sign in most times. It's just that there are so few non-turquoise things on this blog 😉 I'm glad he gets to hang around though. If Szuka got to live there, seeing as he's already green, he would then be Szuka's greenhouse? lol.. sorry not as good as you at punning!- Trupti

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      April 22, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      I wasn't creeped out in the least – happy to see someone recognize my little fella. Haha, that would be such a funny dog house – if I created a little A/C system that would actually be pretty darn cute. Do some kind of treat dispenser and watering dish in the dash. Hmmmm…..

  2. Jenny
    April 11, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I love this! As my husband & I were clearing brush & fallen limbs in our yard last week we talked about how much use we've gotten out of our 30 yr old trailer. I think it needs a makeover like yours.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      April 14, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      They're so handy! I can't believe how much we hauled by hand before we got this little work horse. Definitely paint it – it makes yard work so much more fun 🙂

  3. Larissa Swayze
    April 11, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    I love that you painted a little work trailer such a beautiful and vibrant colour. It seems very you 🙂 I am to bright green as you are to turquoise. Everything is green, green, green for me. Yay spring is here!!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      April 14, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      I love that you have the same passion for bright color! It just makes me so happy, I'm sure you totally get it 🙂

  4. Cred X
    April 12, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Very cute

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      April 14, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks! This will help it stay rust-free too, so it's a win-win 🙂

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