I’m going to be better about composting this year but in order to do that, I need a cute bin on my counter to inspire me. I had the perfect size metal bucket but it was in pretty sad shape.
Here it is in all it’s glory. Here’s the back story. Last year, my aunt sent me a beautiful amaryllis in this bucket. The design on the bucket was a dark green color with a Christmas graphic. After the amaryllis faded away, the bucket got left outside to face the elements for an entire year and the photo on the left is what it looked like before I rescued it.
I actually have been planning this project for months. I’d look at the sad little bucket and knew that I wanted to mimic the look of enamelware but I never got around to it. A few weeks ago, Fyne’s Designs shared her enamel inspired tree pots on The Inspiration Board and it was the push I needed to work on mine.
1. The hardest part of this project was scrubbing off the Christmas design. It was one giant label and after soaking the bucket in warm soapy water, I was left with a white residue. I tried Goo Gone, cooking oil and even sandpaper but the residue was really stubborn. I gave up and plowed ahead. 2. I taped off the areas that I wanted to remain rusty. I added small bits of tape to mimic vintage enamelware rust spots. 3. The inside of the bucket was protected with a plastic bag taped around the inside edges. 4. Once the taping was done I got started spray painting. 5. 4 light coats of white spray paint, stenciled letters and a final coat of gloss clear coat and it was done.
I forgot to take pictures of the stenciling process, but I used adhesive alphabet stencils. You stick them on, dab on some craft paint and peel away the reusable stencils.
Using a rusty bucket gave me an advantage to easily recreate chipped enamelware.
The bucket is the perfect size for my counter and I can toss in compostable food, like coffee grounds, eggs and greens.
Once the bucket is full, I’ll dump it outside into a composting bin and hopefully by spring, I’ll have rich compost.
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