I’ve got a quick and simple DIY for you today using a repurposed metal bucket.
Last summer, I spotted an old slightly crusty (aka the perfect patina) metal bucket at the Goodwill. I’m betting you have one of these in your home or garage right now. Lately, I have been drawn to anything galvanized, so I picked up the bucket for an easy DIY project. The bucket was certainly fine on its own, but I decided to give it a little European farmhouse style.
Last spring at the Farm and Frills vintage market, I found some farm ledgers from the 1920’s. They are from an Italian olive farm, and have aged to a really pretty color. You can see all of my other finds here.
I love the aged paper and the Italian handwriting, and thought it would make a pretty vintage label for the bucket. I didn’t want to tear up the original ledger, so I color copied one side of the ledger. I tore a small section to the size of a label, and then used some Mod Podge to adhere the label to the bucket. I ripped a couple of the corners, so it didn’t look too perfect.
The color of the copy didn’t come out as even or quite as pretty as the original, but I think it still works. It just looks a bit more faded and aged.
Here’s a little tip: don’t use scissors to cut your paper. I used a straight piece of cardboard, placed it on my paper and used it as a guide to rip the paper. That way I didn’t end up with too perfect of edges that cutting with scissors would have created.
Oh I wish you could smell this lavender. It’s heaven.
Here is the bucket with my fall mums. You can see the rest of my fall home tour here.
Have a great weekend!