My creative friend Jen Rizzo had a crazy idea for a blog hop and she was able to convince 20 other bloggers to go along with it :) The idea was, that we each went out and found something at our local thrift shop, sent it to another blogger, and then they had to make it into something new.
Heather from At The Picket Fence was the blogger who sent me my item and BLESS HER! She sent me something wonderful instead of hideous :) Whew!
This is what she sent me:
I would have been happy to keep it as it was because I loved it. But that was not the challenge. Plus I already have a very similar metal bucket/caddy that I have office supplies and coloring supplies stored in so I was ok with changing it up too.
When I went to grab it to work on it, I could not find it anywhere. I had temporarily set it on the mantel until I could get to it. I searched the house. I called my husband to see if he had put it somewhere. I was in full on panic mode. It wasn’t like I could run to the store and replace it. While I was in the basement looking, I decided to say a prayer. I was in the laundry room at the time. When I opened my eyes I was looking out the window. I saw the bucket sitting on the picnic table bench. I never would have thought to look outside! Apparently my boys thought it would make a great worm pail. HA! Living with 4 little boys can be interesting at times :)
And this is what I turned it into!
I actually came up with three different ideas of what to do with it. But instead of choosing an idea that was “out there” just so I could have altered it even more, I chose to do the option that I knew I would actually use and love….. a planter :)
I roughed up the outside of the bucket with some sandpaper going in all one direction. Then I spray painted it with gold paint. I did two thin coats. Once it was all the way dry I taped off the larger middle stripe. I used a coral colored craft paint. Then I taped off the smaller stripes once the larger one had dried. I didn’t measure. I just eyeballed it.
I love putting potted plants into a bucket or other container because it is A) decorative and B) allows that plant to to drain after being watered without getting water everywhere. So instead of planting directly into a container, consider setting another pot inside!
And here is a side by side because we all love to see comparisons.
Now my mantel is happy and ready for spring :)
P.S. I totally free handed the chalkboard saying! I have never had much luck making a quote on a chalkboard look good so I was thrilled.
Here are the other bloggers that are participating in the thrift shop makeovers today:
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Makely School for Girls
East Coast Creative
At Home on the Bay
At the Picket Fence