{Happiness in a Can} Making a Metal Bucket Cute

I don’t know about you, but I have some random crap in my garage…in my pool shed…shoved in the back of closets. It’s usually something I kept because I deemed it useful, but either a) have no use for it (therefore the banishment to the garage), or b) it’s just too u-g-l-y to actually put out!

I stumbled across this little metal bucket in the back of the pool shed.


Do you have any idea how funky something gets after being abandoned in a pool shed?! It needed hosing down, to say the least. Then, spray paint to the rescue!! I had some Rustoleum Key Lime left over from this project.

I sprayed the top portion of the bucket with the Key Lime. After it dried, I put two stripes of Frog Tape (love this stuff, nothing bleeds through it!) over the part I wanted to stay lime.


Then I sprayed the whole thing glossy white and peeled the tape off after it dried.


Now this cute and preppy little bucket has graduated from abandonment to totally useful….we keep our sunscreen and bug spray in it by the back door.


A friend of mine told me she’s afraid to come over because I might paint her?! Are you like that…paint anything that stays still long enough? I can’t help myself when it comes to spray paint…Happiness in a Can!

***Sharing this with Jen’s Trash to Treasure Party!***

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  1. christine wrote:

    What an awesome idea for a random bucket!! It looks so cute.

    Spray paint is one of the best inventions ever, it just makes it so easy!!

    Posted 7.27.10 Reply
  2. A great makeover – fun and colourful!

    Posted 7.27.10 Reply
  3. Robin wrote:

    Love it! Thanks for linking up!

    Posted 8.11.10 Reply
  4. Cute little bucket! Don't you just love it when you can repurpose something you already have?

    Posted 8.12.10 Reply
  5. Good idea!! I have some buckets too!! Just might have to add this to my to-do list! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 8.12.10 Reply
  6. Terrell wrote:

    Oh I just love it!! So creative! I am happy to be your newest follower and would love to have you as a friend at FrouFrouDecor!! I'm having a link party/giveaway every Friday and would love for you to link up your creations!! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

    Posted 8.12.10 Reply
  7. Gail wrote:

    "Preppy" – a word I had forgotten but perfectly describes your cheery, amended bucket.

    Posted 5.20.11 Reply
  8. Oh my goodness, that last comment made me chuckle. I paint everything too. In fact, I almost titled yesterday's post, "Ooops I did it again" since that's what goes through my brain every time I pick up a paint brush or spray paint can. It's not a bad habit to have I say! 🙂 Love how your bucket turned out and how you put it to work for you! So cute!


    Posted 1.24.12 Reply