Saturday, May 12, 2007

Easy Weekend Project - Pretty Coal Bucket

This weeks project (a day late, sorry) is a pretty little painted coal bucket. This was from my grandma's attic and had been dragged (or is it drug?) out to 3 flea markets and many yard sales but no one wanted to buy the poor thing. I can't blame them...the "before" state wasn't pretty.I come across these all the time at flea markets but, an old pail or waste basket could benefit from the same kind of make-over. It was first cleaned well and given 2 coats of primer. Then it was spray painted, inside and out with an antique white. When that dried, I taped off around the top edge, and started on the inside color.To get the perfect shade of Robin's egg blue, I had to use a Celery Green and a Sky Blue and over sprayed the 2 until I had the color I wanted. Then 2 coats of spray on polyurethane.



Now comes the time when I wish I could hand paint lovely roses and vines...but sadly, I have NO artistic painting abilities :( . So, my bucket has water slide decals. Still pretty, but hand painted flowers would be better. Finish with another 2 coats of polyurethane and its done!
I'll probably use mine as a magazine holder or in the bathroom to hold extra towels or toilet paper. Now, go find something to paint!!!

23 comments:

Jessica said...

AHH! I left one of those behind when I moved three no four months ago! Rats! What a great idea! Im going to have to file that one away!
Thanks for sharing your cute project! It turned out great! =))

The Feathered Nest said...

O.K.! I'm going thrifting today so I'll see what I can find. It looks pretty with the decal but I know what you mean about wishing you could hand paint a roses - me too!

Have a great weekend and thanks for another fun & easy project!

Manuela

Sweet Roses & Vintage Chiq said...

Nice job! I think you would have no problem selling the thing now! Looks great...

Rhoda said...

Now,that is really cute! I love the colors you did it in...looks great. I can't paint a lick either!

Rhoda
SOuthern Hospitality

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

That is gorgeous!!!!
I especially like how you painted the interior that lovely color! It really makes it even prettier!
:)

Rosemary said...

It looks great! I love it.
It looks soooo much better.
I love painting things. Yay!
Have a great weekend,
Rosemary

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Just lovely! What a great job repurposing/recycling that old bucket. Now it is a treasure.
xo, suzy

Alison said...

How beautiful has this turned out. Is this the one you said you were giving away.?? To me of course.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

LOL :)

Oh sure...NOW somebody wants it.

Kimberly :)

PurpleFlowerFairy said...

i love it! oh so pretty =) debbie

Lizzie said...

The coal bucket looks lovely! I think it would sale for sure now!

I took one I had and planted trailing purple petunias in it. It had a very rustic look, and looked nice by our pond.

Sugar Bear said...

Very pretty and a great idea! You are inpsiring me to get out to some more sales!
Karla

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Thank heavens for waterslide decals. I rely on them myself on occasion! That is really cute especially in front of the yard long rose print :)

Betty Jo said...

What a beautiful makeover! Your blog is lovely. xoxo

Jen @ The Cottage Nest said...

I love it. The colors, the flowers. Perfect!

Ele said...

Am I glad I found you! Love your projects. I'll be adding you to my link list, so I don't lose ya!
Ele

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

I love what you've done to the coal bucket...so sweet! My dear Gram had one but I don't know what ever happened to it.

La Tea Dah said...

What a beauty!

Marilyn said...

What a great idea! It looks so pretty. I love the roses behind the pail, too. I just received a yard long rose print from a friend. Can't wait to come up with a frame idea!!!

Trudi said...

great remake

Lallee said...

Beautiful redo! I love how you painted the inside blue. Very cottage charmish.

Cheryl said...

Love it!

Jen r. said...

I love this, it's so pretty an what a great make over!
Jen R