Remember the galvanized hanging bucket thingies (I don’t really know what to call them) that I found while thrifting a week or so ago?
They have a black rolled rim and handle, so I thought that if I painted the galvanized part white they would look just like vintage enamelware.
One of my readers suggested I leave them as is and just add a transfer to the front, and I did consider it. After all, I do like the look of galvanized stuff. But these had that blotchy look that feels a little faux to me. In addition, my ‘before’ photo doesn’t really show how dark they were. I knew I wanted to dress them up with some transfers, and the black wording of most transfers doesn’t show up very well on the darker galvanized stuff. Here’s an example of that.
It can create kind of a cool aged look, but I wanted to go for that enamelware look with these.
So I washed them first, and then painted them in Dixie Belle Silk paint in Endless Shore.
They really do look like classic enamelware now, don’t they? Although not quite as shiny.
Next I started thinking about which transfer I wanted to use on them. I considered going with more color and adding some I.O.D. florals, but then I decided to stick with the black and white theme.
You might be surprised to learn that I used transfers from two different companies on these.
The one on the right has a portion of the I.O.D. Astoria transfer on it, with some wording from the re.design with prima Paris Letter added above it. The one on the left has a portion of the Lovely Ledger transfer from re.design with prima on it. All three of these transfers combine beautifully.
My next challenge was to try and think of things to put in them. Of course, you could always go with the classic florals.
This silk lavender stems came from Hobby Lobby a few years back.
Since the bucket itself is rather neutral in color and style, you could change them up seasonally and it would still work.
When you see evergreens like these, do you think they are strictly for Christmas, or would you leave them out until Spring?
I’d love to get some feedback from you guys on that. Are you sick of evergreens and ready to see them go by the end of December, or do you leave them out until the end of February? Leave a comment and let me know.
You could also put a small glass vase inside for the water, and fill these with real flowers.
But I wanted to try and think outside the box a bit. How about filling them with old altered paint brushes?
You could also fill one with your non-collection of whisk brooms.
Or am I the only one with things like whisk brooms and gunky old paint brushes lying around?
How about you, what would you put in one of these buckets? Leave a comment and let me know.
Meanwhile, I’ll be taking these into the shop later this week so if any of you locals are interested, you’ll have to head to Stillwater later this week and do a little shopping.