is this bucket worthy?

Sometimes my stuff just doesn’t sell.  It doesn’t sell here on the blog, and it doesn’t sell at the shop.

When that happens, I might just decide to keep it.  Or I may even take the item back to the Goodwill and donate it.  But usually I try to give it another chance with a new look.

Such is the case with this bucket.

I added that segment of the I.O.D. Label Ephemera transfer to it back in December 2021.

This bucket is on the larger side with a diameter of 13.5″, so I thought it would be the perfect container for a table top Christmas tree.

Apparently no one agreed with me, because it didn’t sell over the holidays.  But I left it at the shop thinking it would also be perfect for potting up some flowering annuals, or maybe a table top herb garden.

But it was still a no go.

So I took a good hard look at the bucket.  Maybe the problem was that it didn’t really look vintage.  The galvanized metal was just a bit too shiny.  Maybe a paint job would help it sell?

I gave it a good cleaning, and then painted it with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth.  Then I went through my transfers looking for just the right one to add to the bucket.  This time I chose one of the Middy transfers from redesign with prima.

I have to laugh at myself a bit here.  You see, I almost didn’t use this transfer because I wasn’t sure the bucket was ‘good enough’ to deserve this portion of the transfer.  I wanted to save it for something that was more special.

How silly is that?  Do you do that too?  And then end up never using the best ones because nothing feels worthy of it?  Or is it just me?

Luckily I came to my senses, realizing that I could always purchase another one if I find something else I really want to use this transfer on.

And in the meantime, I think it looks fabulous on this bucket.  By the way, I gave this bucket a coat of clear wax after applying the transfer.

Now we’ll just have to wait and see whether or not it sells with its new look.  What do you think?  Was it worthy of that transfer?


31 thoughts on “is this bucket worthy?

  1. the painted bucket looks much more….special. and, thus worthy of the transfer.

    I have a stack of wood that is “reserved” for a special project. not what the project is, but I’ve had the little stack for about 15 years!


  2. OMG, I do the same thing with my transfers. I wait and wait until I find something that is worthy of that beautiful transfer I’ve been hanging on to. Same with fabrics I love (which I -cannot- just go out and purchase again). And then I never end up having these in my house (or for sale) with all of their gorgeousness! Crazy.

    I absolutely love the makeover, though! Some things just need a fresh start, yes?


    1. LOL, yep, we’re not alone. It is sill to keep hanging onto these lovely things and not using them. And yes, some things do just need a fresh start 🙂


  3. I think the previous look was just fine. But the new look is beautiful! It should sell very quickly. Good luck!


  4. I love the new look! I think the black wording just didn’t really stand out enough. But the new look will definitely sell.


  5. I love this!! And yes, I ‘save’ the good stuff for….who knows? Like, am I going to use them as tattoos? LOL once again, you’ve inspired ❤️


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