Painted Pail

by | Aug 9, 2010 | Miscellaneus | 29 comments

My hubby gave me a wonderful gift yesterday – the afternoon off.  This meant that he took care of the house and the kids and I could do whatever I wanted.  So, I took an hour nap…glorious!  And then I got down to business.  I did an amazing amount of work in the time that was given to me.  I finished a dresser, stained a door, sanded and stained an oar, hosed down some crates, and painted this galvanized pail. 
I’ve have been working at such a frantic pace, that I have stunk at taking “before” and “during” pictures.  This started out as a plain and ordinary galvanized pail that I purchased from an antique store.  I tested out some new techniques on this one and I love how it turned out, so I’m going to make some more and I’ll write a step-by-step tutorial for those who like this look.  For this pail, I decided to paint the “red cross” on the front of it.  Not sure why…just one of those gut feel things. 
I played with a combination of techniques that resulted in a convincing chippy finish. 
All of the chippy, whitewashed goodness without the worry of lead paint.
I borrowed a few sticks from our yard to fill the bucket for free.  This piece is another one that is coming to Lucketts with me.  Hope to see you there as well!
Miss Mustard Seed


  1. SueAnn

    I love the bucket and the vignette is fabulous!!
    Wish I was going to Lucketts!!!!! Sigh!!!

  2. sissie

    The bucket looks great and the vingette is wonderful. I really like how the branches look in the bucket.


  3. Country Mouse

    Bucket looks great!!! How sweet of your hubby to give you some "you time". 🙂

  4. Tonia

    I have some branches laid out back, I keep saying I'm going to use them, but who am I fooling? I love the bucket with the little branches in it.

  5. Theresa

    Oh I can't wait fot the tutorial!! That bucket is wonderful! Theresa

  6. Jen

    I L-O-V-E the pail!!!!

  7. Simply LKJ

    I love the pail…the red cross was the perfect touch.

  8. Erin

    First thought was, it's the English flag!! Second thought was it's a Red Cross bucket!!! Final thought was, this would be great to keep some first aid products in, lol, I am practical that way!

  9. Samantha2818

    I love this pail. I have a tall grey metal florists bucket which would love a facelift so can't wait for the tutorial.

  10. Christa @ Stories of a House

    I wish I lived closer and could stop by to see you at Lucketts! The pail is perfect, can't wait to see more.

  11. Cassie

    Love the chippiness, looks authentic….can't wait for the tute on this one!
    I had the whole afternoon to myself as well (with a few visits from my bored 10 year old!) Even though it was 86 degrees with 100% humidity, I still feel like I moved mountains!

  12. judi

    LOVE the bucket!

    i have about 5 of them stashed in my shed waiting for a makeover. i believe mine are sap buckets thus the reason for the hole near the rim.

    please do post the tutorial as the outcome to your creativity is fab-u-lous.

    judi 😉

  13. Andrea

    Oh how I wish I were close enough to come to Lucketts!!

  14. Ms. Bake-it

    Love the bucket and vignette. The finish on the bucket turned out great.

    ~ Tracy

  15. Terrell

    Oh I just love this!! What a fabulous piece of decor that has endless possibilies!! Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful Monday!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  16. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    I love the pail and the red cross looks great. You did a great job with the paint treatment. Looking forward to seeing how you did it. Wish I could go to Lucketts!

  17. Lyss

    The pail paint job is great! I'd head over to Lucketts if I was anywhere nearby.

  18. TheVirginiaHouse

    I love this! I actually have a bunch of pails lined up, waiting to be painted. Do you know how you would "age" the tin?

  19. Linda@Coastal Charm

    Awesome looking paint treament…love how you used FREE twigs from the yard!


  20. Karen

    I love it! You are so creative, can't wait for the tutorial.

    Karen @ Garden, Home and Party

  21. Cindy

    It looks great, like an old pail from Switzerland, that what it makes me think of anyway.
    Love it!

  22. she dreams big!

    I have buckets and buckets waiting for this perfect finish! Can't wait for the tutorial!

  23. Tales From My Empty Nest

    You are going to have some wonderful stuff to sell at Luckett's. Love the bucket. You always have the best ideas. Love & blessings from NC!

  24. Our Southern Nest

    Love the buckets! I especially love the tip about using the frog tape to distress the finish.



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