I love spray paint. The array of colors that are available at affordable prices makes it easy for people like me to change the color of anything really. And you can try out a color, and if you don’t like it you can simply buy another can (or two) and repaint your project.

Updating A Wheelbarrow

So when I was walking through Walmart, and looking at all of the pretty colored lids of the spray paint, I decided I wanted to update my wheelbarrow with a new paint job.

wheelbarrow in a field

This is a really easy project. And it’s a lot more affordable to repaint a wheelbarrow versus buying a new one. Have you seen how much a new wheelbarrow costs? For a decent one that would be an updated version of the one I have right now would cost over $200.00. So spending $11.00 on two cans of spray paint was a much more affordable option for me.

the inside of a wheelbarrow

And there is nothing wrong with my wheelbarrow, other than it is getting old, and the paint was fading. This is why I decided to give it an update, and make it look nice while protecting it from the daily abuse it goes through.

How To Paint A Wheelbarrow

You don’t need a lot of equipment or supplies to do this project. Here is what you will need for painting a standard 6 cubic feet wheelbarrow:

Cleaning Your Wheelbarrow

The first thing you need to do is have a semi-clean wheelbarrow. Well, mine was semi’clean, you could chose to make yours really clean. But I was happy with semi-clean.

cleaning a wheelbarrow

I took a damp rag and washed off the dust and dirt, and then allowed it to dry in the sun before moving on to the next step.

Using Spray Paint

After my wheelbarrow was clean and dry, I began to pain it. And to make this as easy as possible, I laid the wheelbarrow upside down and painted the bottom first.

spray painting a wheelbarrow

Now, when you are doing this make sure you are somewhere that you don’t care the over spray goes. Because if you are using spray paint, there will be over spray. I painted out back in an area that doesn’t matter if there is some red stripes on the ground. The grass will grow and be cut in about a month. So it doesn’t really matter that I painted some of it red.

I started on the bottom of the wheelbarrow, and worked my way around it. I kept the can about 4 to 6 inches away from the area I was painting, and moved in even strokes to apply the paint.

spray painting a wheelbarrow

And once I had the bottom completed, and allowed time for it to dry, I stood up the wheelbarrow to paint the areas I couldn’t get to while it was lying down. And again, I just worked my way around the wheelbarrow. I made sure to look at the small areas, and inspect while I made my way around it.

Then when I was happy with my paint job at this point, I allowed it to dry again before setting the wheelbarrow upright.

And after it was upright, I made sure to really get the top edges of the wheelbarrow, and then turned my attention to the inside area. This is the part that I didn’t clean really well. And I was almost out of paint, so I just did the best that I could with the remaining spray paint.

Painting The Wheel Rim

painting a wheel rim

Now this was the part of my project that really made the entire thing look better. I used a 1″ paint brush and Rustoleum paint to paint the rim of the wheel. I did get a little over spray onto the rim, and the age was beginning to show on this part of my wheelbarrow.

It was easy to just paint on the paint, and I got instant gratification of how much better it looked once I was done. I had the paint, so why not?

painting a wheelbarrow tire rim

By painting the rim after I had painted the wheelbarrow, I didn’t have to tape off the rim. And the Rustoleum paint will protect this area, giving me extra years of service for my wheelbarrow.

The Finished Product

It isn’t perfect, but it’s better. I think I will probably invest in one more can of spray paint to make the paint job more uniform, but over all I am really happy with how this turned out. Not bad for a spur of the moment idea. And I saved about $200.00, so that makes me really happy!

And if you are more of a visual learner, I did make a video of the entire process.

Its not a long video, I promise. But you can watch the entire process happen! And if you like videos, check out my YouTube channel, The Budget Equestrian for almost 500 videos of me doing equestrian things!


I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

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