Do you ever hang onto something, saving it for just the right time? Sadly, if you will, I’ve hung onto many things waiting for the chance to move out into the country. However, reality is just that…reality and I am purging my stash of goodies. Enter in this vintage ice cream bucket.
I pulled it off the curb during our city spring clean-up nearly 10 years ago. eep! I’ve used it in my home before we remodeled our family room. However, since then it’s been waiting for a new home. Today’s the day it gets a new life and makeover to make it more my style.
Yes, I’m a lover of all things natural wood which is why I’ve kept it in it’s original state for so many years. Even my home is full of mixed woods, and very few painted pieces. Not only is the bucket wood in great shape, but it also holds together beautifully. For me, though, it needs a refresh to give it more of a story. First, I break out this antique bronze metallic paint to go over the wire rails.
Notice I’m brushing onto the bucket as well to create a sort of patina where in normal age, the metal would have bled onto the wood. Next, I use my old candle to wax areas that I want to look aged. In addition, you can use petroleum jelly, as I did in this chest of drawers makeover.
After that, I apply a teal blue paint to give a one-coat wash over the wood sections. You can see how I’ve used this same color on an antique wash stand, a table, and a butter churn.
Isn’t it fun?!? I’m not finished yet, though…hang on! Then, as soon as the paint cures, I apply two different waxes, both brown and black to give an aged appeal.
I didn’t stop there, but let me show you the end result first before I explain.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!! haha. I actually can’t tolerate much dairy, so I’m not a fan of ice cream from a dietary stance. However, we make ice cream a few times a week from the raw milk we get from our local farmer. Talk about yummy! Here’s my vintage ice cream bucket ready with it’s new story and perfect to suit my style.
How about that label? I created the design myself and then reverse print it on iron-on transfer paper. To secure it, I attach using my stash of upholstery tacks I’ve salvaged from past upholstery projects. Likewise, I age it with wax as well.
Even my bobble sheep pillow is loving the new look. Are you? hee hee. If you’d like to make this bucket part of your home story, you can find it and more available in my online shop.
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Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Larissa! It turned out great! I’m surprised your not keeping it.
Thanks! I need to simplify as I’ve realized some things will not come to fruition.
Rebecca - NC says
How do you manage to come up with such surprising new ideas for each project!! You are a never ending well of originality!!!
You always make my day, Rebecca. Thank you so much! 😀
I gotta admit when you first started the blue I wasn’t a fan. Now that the wax is added and the label it’s very cool. I hang onto stuff too “ for once we get to the farm” however I’m beginning to feel like Jesus will return before that happens so I’m willing to get rid of some of it. Hope you’re having a great week so far, see ya Thursday!!
It’s bold fo’ sho’! 😀 I’m glad you like it, Niki. Yeah, my reality smack has me needing to simplify and lower expectations, so I’m going with the flow as best I can.
I like ice cream a lot. Your bucket is be-a-u-ti-ful. I think I would like the bucket over the ice cream, but I would take either…or both. That would be themost awesome-est!
haha…that’s too funny! 😀 I wish I could eat and enjoy our homemade treat.
I love what you did with the ice cream bucket. I had not thought to add a sign using upholstery tacks. I am 78 years old and more than once I have had to accept that some plans/dreams would not happen. But, later I could look back and see God’s plan and understand why His plan was better than mine. I hope this thought brings you some comfort.
Thank you, Janet. For the compliment as well as the endearing thoughts. My story may be told someday, but I have much on my plate and am having to let go of ever moving. It’s not easy.