Monday, July 5, 2010

Junk bucket...

While on a date with my husband at the D.I. I found four buckets tucked away on a shelf. I loved the detailing on them and for only a buck I figured they were worth the dollar and would figure something out with them later. Today I was getting my hairbrush out of the drawer I keep them in and as usual I had to yank the drawer open from them getting stuck. Something needed to change. Either I get something else to put the brushes in or build a bigger drawer. Since I rent, obviously the getting something to put them in won. Some paint and some decorative pieces would turn one of these buckets into my new bathroom accessory! Here is a before picture.
I am really into aqua right now (pretty much like everyone else it seems) and just so happened to have some leftover spray paint from my lamp makeover. No point in buying more paint if what you have is good right?
Then trial in error came into play. I tried ribbon, didn't like how bumpy it would look on the bucket. I tried making some of those fabric flowers by burning the edges of some satin, per the candle in the background. After burning my fingers a few times I bagged that idea too. I pulled out a rosette I had made and compared it to the bucket. YAHTZEE!!!! The contrast between the blue and the off white color of the fabric was pretty.

I made a bunch of rosettes, and hot glued them to the bucket and pressed down firmly to make sure they would stick.

I keep doing this in a row at the top of the bucket and a little over the top to make the rosettes look even.
After burning my fingers a bunch tonight making all the rosettes I finally got done in about an hour. Quick and easy just the way I like it... OH and cheap, the project probably cost me all of two dollars if you count glue sticks, fabric, and leftover paint. The cost of not having to yank open a drawer everyday??? PRICELESS!!!!
OH want to see what I got for FREE from my landlord/neighbor/junk collector???

When he told me I could have it for free I just about did a jump in his garage! It is one thing to find cheap finds at the thrift store. It is even better to find something next door for FREE and not having to drive somewhere to get it! I put it in my bathroom since I think of it as one of those old time washing stations.


  1. Cute! What a great idea -- I've never thought of puting fabric roses on a piece like that. Love it!

  2. Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog and you have some cute ideas. I am now a new follower of yours and look forward to seeing what all you come up with. Welcome to blogland :) ~ Laura

  3. This is just beautiful!!!! LOVE IT!


  4. It turned out fabulous! Congrats on the Freebie. Those are always nice to find! Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday! :o)

  5. Love the rosettes. :) You did a really nice job with the bucket. I'm visiting you from Tatertots and Jello. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  6. Cute bucket! I'm in the middle of painting my small bucket with chalkboard paint and I going to stencil a number or letter on it. I don't know that I'll be as clever as you when it comes to its use, but I will try. Nice job.

  7. Very cute! Love the color! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link. I'd love it if you joined my link party sometime!

  8. This is precious!!! Found you at tatertots and jello!!!

    Have a great day:)