Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pretty in Pink Bucket

Here's what I started out with...

a wood bucket that had a coat of white paint on it.  It originally had a wire handle, but it went missing so I "manufactured" a pine handle and secured it to the bucket with nails.

I gave it a quick sanding and then gave it a basecoat of "Raspberry" by DecoArt.  This doesn't have to be perfect because it's just the base color.

Once dry, I applied my favorite creamy white paint, Sand Bar, to the surface using an old stiff-bristled brush.  I dry-brushed the paint onto the bucket going in one direction and then the other direction.  Just continue doing this until you get the coverage you desire.

I gave it another light sanding to rough it up a bit and then I antiqued it using Medium Walnut Danish Oil. 

Next, I cut three pieces of scrapbook paper, 2" wide.  I antiqued the paper with the same danish oil and let the paper dry.  Using modge podge, I secured the paper to the bucket.

For the trim, I used macrame jute.  The natural color wasn't going to work, so I mixed equal parts of water and Sand Bar paint in a paint tray.  Then I soaked the jute in this mixture.  I placed the jute outside on a piece of kraft paper to dry in the sun.  Some of the natural jute color will show through, however, I think it adds to the antiqued look of the bucket.

Once everything was dry, I hot glued the jute to the bucket, adding two rows of jute to the top and bottom.  I made two flowers (supposed to be flowers) with the remaining jute and hot glued them to the front of the bucket.  I added buttons to the flower centers to add a bit of detail.  That's it! 

Here's what it looks like without the flowers.

I have NOTHING pink in my house, so I'll be selling my little bucket at "Girly Junk Restyled's" first sale in July. 

I hope you have a great week and, thank you, for stopping by!!



  1. This is GORGEOUS! I love it! I love that bristle brush technique. I'm definitely going to be trying this out soon.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  2. Seriously, you are just too creative!!! I love it!

  3. Wow! I love what you did with that! It turned out gorgeous!

  4. Good job! Haven't seen a cuter bucket than this one. Fiiled with fresh cut flowers......priceless.

  5. Amazing! Thanks for sharing your awesome talent with us. It all seems so much easier when someone shows one how to do it.

  6. This turned out so cute!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up with {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

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