Today I was thinking about what to do with a few pieces I got at different sales in the last few weeks, two galvanized buckets and a nice big galvanized tub. They were in good shape, but not too pretty or interesting on their own.
I painted the outside of them in a soft blue from Sherwin Williams called Blue Heron. I did not paint the handles or the top rim. Next up, some easy stenciling. I wanted to play with No. 438, the address of the house for our upcoming Tag Sale.
I first traced the stencil on paper just to get an idea of spacing. When I was ready to paint, I positioned the stencil with painter's tape. I poured a bit of paint on a Chinet paper plate. They just seem to work really well for blotting. I dipped a foam stencil sponge in the paint very lightly, then dabbed the excess on the plate to blot. Less is definitely better when stenciling. Then I used a dabbing motion to apply the paint to the buckets and carefully removed the stencil. Here I used a nice dark blue. I did this project in assembly line fashion - the N on all three pieces first, then each following letter or number. By the time I got back to the first piece, the paint was dry enough that it didn't smear and I could stencil the next letter. I painted the base color the day before and the stenciling project took under an hour.
I'm going to use one of the buckets for a trash can in our bathroom.
I painted a little shelf the very same light blue color. Here's the before - yuk.
And the after - pretty. ... I think they will look great together in the bathroom.
I think these pieces are cool, super functional and now have some real personality!
An update since this post was originally written - My daughter Megan noticed that my blog suddenly got really popular in Utah. She did a little checking and discovered that Salt Lake City news station Studio 5 did a story on curb appeal and included a link to this post! You can read the story here. Not sure how they ever found me, but I am really flattered and very excited! If you are a reader from Utah, thanks so much for stopping by!
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