This is the last of the makeovers from the group of containers I found while shopping in my storage closet. This beverage container was kicking around on the deck, its about five years old and was originally a bright lime green. It was a beverage container for three years, a wood container for our little fire pit and then an outside water dish for Gunter. This container has earned its living around here.
It was starting to rust, so I painted it earlier this spring and now it’s receiving a quick silhouette update so it can be recycled back into beverage service.
I see all these really cute farm animals on decor items, chickens, sheep, pigs even. Our favorite farm animal is the thoroughbred horse, so that’s what I choose. This is the steps I took to refresh the container.
Fresh coat of paint.
Either find a stencil you like or cut a stencil on your Silhouette using freezer paper.
Attach stencil to container using painters tape.
With a dabber or sponge load a tiny bit of chalk paint, and remove any excess by pressing the paint into a paper towel first.
Carefully hold down the edge, dab with the paint until the stencil is filled in.
Once you have all the paint applied, place a rag over the stencil and gently pat with your fingers to remove most of the paint.
Remove the stencil and let dry.
Updating a bucket or any plain metal container is an even simpler update.
Herman found this bucket last fall at the dollar store for $3.00. We used it to hold birch limbs and pine cones on the front porch last Christmas. I saw a smaller similar one painted the same way at the store for $20.
To make this quick update, you will need a container, painters tape and spray paint.
Tape off a perfect line around the bucket. I found it easier to get the tape straight using shorter pieces of tape.
To protect the top of the bucket, cover it with a plastic bag and tape to seal the edges.
Apply the spray paint, I used three coats.
I haven’t decided if I am going to use this bucket in our fall front door display, or as a bathroom wastepaper basket. Either way I think it looks every bit as good as the $20 bucket, it was really quick to do and because I used what was on hand, it was free and took up no extra storage space.
I so love free.