OK, so I promised a post every day this week, but I never said each post would be extensive, did I?
Today I’m sharing the quick and easy makeover of this pair of buckets.
You may remember that I picked these up at those back to back barn sales I found back at the end of May. They have obviously been around the block a time or two. I don’t think either one could actually hold water at this point. But that makes them perfect to use as planters, or just as decor somewhere in your home.
I started with the smaller of the two buckets. I rather liked the original patina on it, so I simply cleaned it well using Dawn dishwashing soap, and once dry I added a section from the Paris Valley transfer from re.design with prima.
It’s definitely a more subtle look, which I like personally, but fully realize would not be everyone’s cup of tea.
For bucket no. 2, I decided to paint it white first, thus allowing the transfer to take center stage.
Once again, I washed it well and this time I also sanded the outside lightly to give the surface more gripping power before painting. Then I mixed up some of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Ironstone, which is her brightest white. I ended up painting three coats on the bucket to get good, solid coverage. Milk paint tends to be a little more sheer than other kinds of paint, so if you’re using the white or very pale shades it can take up to three coats.
Once fully dry, which happens pretty quickly with milk paint, I sanded the paint to distress the finish. Then I added another section from the Paris Valley transfer to this bucket.
The milk paint worked perfectly. It mostly adhered, but got chippy in just a couple of spots giving this an authentically aged look. I find that milk paint will adhere to a dull metal finish (like galvanized metal), but it won’t adhere well to a shiny, smooth metal finish.
I filled the bucket with some Annabelle hydrangeas which have just started to bloom here in my Minnesota garden.
By the way, I added a coat of clear wax to each of the buckets after applying the transfers.
It’s so easy to add just a little something extra with some paint and a transfer!
Which one is your favorite?