We chose a transparent gray stain for the wooden handles. It provides protection but you're still able to see the wood grain through it. We thought it would look great with some graphics on it. After we decided on the name ~ Parkwood Potato Co. ~ we made a stencil for it out of manila folders. The stencil was taped on to the handles and painted with a black paint. Parkwood, Pa. was painted on the crossbar between the two handles.
The metal was wire brushed & then a Rustoleum satin paint in red was applied to it. Once it was reassembled it was placed back out in one of the gardens. Hopefully this will extend it's life a little longer so we can continue to enjoy displaying it in our country gardens!