Glossy Red, Repurposed Ash Bucket

Hello again!

I have been working very hard over the last couple weeks, designing and setting up this blog!! I finally feel like I love the look of it, and I am super excited to start posting my projects on a regular basis.

I have been inspired, during my many trips to the antique and thrift stores, to start collecting things to repurpose for my  garden.

My first outdoor project was this old Ash Bucket.

Ash Bucket Before

Immediately when I saw this old bucket, I pictured a shiny lacquer flower pot…can you see it?

You can actually buy these buckets at your local hardware store…but just like everything, they don’t make them like they used to. I love the fact that this bucket is heavy duty, looks like it has been loved, and will soon be pretty again :-)

I decided to use Rustoleum Oil Based Paint in GLOSS REGAL RED

Rustoleum Oil Based Paint in Gloss Regal Red

I applied two coats to the entire thing, but left the inside as is, since I am planning to fill it with dirt.

First Coat Glossy Red

I love this paint!! A little goes a long way (if you noticed, it was an 8 oz can of paint). If you are working with oil based paints, depending on the project you can use sponge brushes or a quality bristle brush. I would avoid cheap bristle brushes, you will end up with brush strokes, random bristles that fall out of the brush etc…just a total hassle.

The benefit of a sponge brush is they are cheap and you can throw them away…it really depends on the finish you want. I wanted glossy and lacquered, so I went with the quality brush and the tedious cleaning of the brush after the fact. There is nothing wrong with a girl that smells like Mineral Spirits!

Coat 2 Ash Bucket

I let the bucket dry overnight and then found some flowers that I think compliment the paint color fabulously!

After Ash Bucket

So glad I went with the RED!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pop of color from the center of the flowers!

After Ash Bucket 2

The possibilities of transforming various types of containers into planters are endless!! I have a few more things I picked up that are just waiting for a quick transformation…check back soon for more great garden ideas!

 Feel free to link up and share your own garden makeovers, I would love to see what you have been up to!

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