Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chippy Enamel Flower Bucket

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After making the faux enameled stencils, I wanted to try enamel-i-fying something else, just for fun!

I came across this cute little metal bucket at Target for $2.50, and it had to come home with me.

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I primed it, and then painted it with Rustoleum spray paint in gloss white.

It took me the longest time to decide how to embellish my little bucket.  I turned to my French typography inspiration board, and this image from The Graphics Fairy caught my eye:


(click on the image to be taken to the source)

I saved the image to my computer, and then uploaded it into my Silhouette software.  After some manipulations, I was able to cut out the words in vinyl.

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I applied the vinyl directly to my bucket…

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…and then I used acrylic paint to randomly paint on “chipped” areas on my “enamel” bucket.  I sprayed the whole thing with a protective coat in a glossy finish.

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And now I have an old, chipped, enamel flower bucket!

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I kept thinking of that old commercial that said something like: 

“Is it real?? Or is it…Clairol?”

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What do you think?

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Would it fool YOU?

Note:  The “green tree” sign project may be found here.

Linking up here:
Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Elizabeth & Co.
Center of Attention Deficit Disorder The Graphics Fairy
Someday Crafts No Minimalist Here’s Open House Thursday
Friday Remodelaholic 2805
My Simple Home Life’s Simple Creations Friday Mod Vintage Life
Funky Junk’s Saturday Night Special Domestically Speaking
Beyond the Picket Fence’s Under $100 Party My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Perfectly Imperfect {Primp}
Simply Klassic Sundays My Repurposed Life
Thrifty D├ęcor Chick It’s So Very Cheri
Common Ground {aka} design


Shawna said...

Okay, that is an amazing transformation. I also could not pass up that deal and bought four of the tins at Target.... looks like you've just inspired a set of buckets for my sisters and I!

Bearylish said...

I love your blog. I am a new follower and I have to say not only do I love your projects but I just love reading what you write. I've spent the last couple of days just reading through your blog. The bucket turned out fabulous.

A Thrifted Market said...

I think its great!!! You did a super job.

Anonymous said...

Now THAT is creative! I love it :)

Nothing But Blue Skies... said...

Totally adorable! I especially love it since it says Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland. You did an amazing job transforming that little tin bucket!
P.S. I have been at Target a lot on earth did I miss those?
Thanks for sharing!

Twice Nice said...

Extremely cute! I love all the antique enamel, but it can get costly. Brilliant solution!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yes, that would fool me, Korrie! That turned out great! I'd never have known it started out as a shiny metal bucket if you hadn't shown the before picture. Great job with the image, too.

Ali Richardson said...

YES! It would totally fool me! It looks super cool, great job :)

ANNE said...

Awesome! and the best part is, I have the same galvanized vase (or whatever!)


Cassie Bustamante said...

that is so cute! i love it- so springy!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Korrie,

You better believe it did. I would have never known. :) I Love It!!!


Cre8ive Motives said...

So cute..turned out fantastic.


Amy Kinser said...

I think it's great and yes, it would fool me. You did a wonderful job!

Elisa at home sweet nest said...

I love it! It looks fantastic and really adds something to your photo. Thanks for sharing!
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Full Circle Creations said...

It looks wonderful! I would have been fooled!


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great vintage feel Korrie!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Wow! You could've fooled me! Your bucket looks awesome and you did a wonderful job!
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love your bucket. I did a FAUX enamel sign--just love it.
Did you get my e-mail about winning the Fish Foam cleaner?

If I don't get your e-mail by this evening I will need to re-draw a new winner.


Unknown said...

I am lovin my Silhoutte too! It is something else to figure out though...

Love the saying on the sign too!

Gypsy Heart said...

Love it! And yes, fooled me. :-)


SImple and Serene Living said...

You could have fooled me. Love it :)

Practical Parsimony said...

That's great! What kind of primer do you use for metal?

reFresh reStyle said...

Yes, it fooled me! Love it, it looks great!

Bliss said...

Turned out great! I *almost* ordered a silhouette last week, but got cold feet. Not ready yet I guess.


Little Miss Maggie said...

I love the chippyness of your bucket. Very cool the way you did that. Looks genuiunely aged to me.

Debra@CommonGround said...

What a great process, it really DOES look enameled. Oh, I'd love a shilhouette machine. This is so great, thanks for linking up to the party!

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...


You fooled me :)

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Anonymous said...

i like it looks good. what happened to the table that you bought?

Andi said...

You have this enamel-i-fying thing down to a science! great job Korrie!

Liz Vickerman said...

i have enamel envy right now, this is super cute! i've been dying to try something like this, your little tute was perfect, thanks!

i'd love for you to share this on my center of attention sunday link up at

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

I love your Clairol reference!! The bucket looks so real - you did a great job!!

Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

Susan said...

Uh...heck yes it fooled me!!! Really cute. I got here from Coastal Charm.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Holy Moly, Korrie! It looks fantastic!! There is no end to the things you could make!

Rachel said...

I like it a lot. I like it better than the little chipped enamel alphabet pieces.

All Things Chic 2 said...

WOW!!! So happy to have found you!!!You have quite the creative side!!! I love it!!!
I invite you to visit my world as well!!! Your newest follower...
Blessings Lori

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Korrie!!! Oh my, I love your bucket! You did a fabulous job.
thanks so much for linking up to catch as catch can!

Roeshel said...

So pretty, Korrie! Great technique!

Shannon said...

Love your chippy bucket, Korrie

art.of.66 said...

Hello, the vase is wonderful. How did you aufgebacht the diagram? Normal Sticker adhesive? Greeting from Germany?