French Country Bucket

It’s hard for me to pass up a great deal when I see potential, this was definitely the case with what I assume was a promotional item donated to the local thrift store.  I found some spray paint with a hammered metal finish that can be used on plastic and other surfaces as well, and had some leftover from another project earlier this year.  The paint looks very close to galvanized steel when dry so I knew I could cover up the logos easily.  They would have been fun to leave as they are too and fill with ice and drinks for summer bbq’s but I really wanted this to look super pretty.

I used a couple coats of the hammered finish spray paint, and after it dried added some lettering and a damask stencil off center using black and white acrylic paints and a sponge pouncer.  I seem to be on a French Country kick which has picked up speed after having a wonderful visit with my sister who just returned from France.  She is amazing, and I adore her, and so enjoyed every minute of our time together. 

After the stenciling dried I used a sea sponge dipped in a bit of moss green acrylic paint and sponged lightly all over, especially around the edges.  Being from the Northwest, I am well versed on how moss grows.  Fact: Moss usually grows on the North side of a tree, lost in the forest? (hopefully you read this first) and need to know which direction is North, you are set.  Additionally, if one stands still for a long time here they also will find moss growing on them.  So if you visit Oregon or Washington, just keep moving about and you should be ok.

My little helper was cutting flowers in our garden with me and found a pretty yellow dandelion for our bucket.  Our hydrangeas are blooming (finally!) and I am a bit impatient so I pretty much cut anything with a bloom.  I have four of them so there are more to follow.

I used a layer of clear matte polyurethane to seal the paint so it won’t fade in the sun.  I placed two large pickle jars (you know those huge ones you hate to throw out because you just know that you can use them someday?) filled them with water and our Jardin bucket is sitting on our patio full of happy flowers that make me smile. 

Hoping you are able to enjoy some fresh flowers and sun today, they are good for the soul 🙂
xoxo, Tanya

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  1. It looks perfectly aged,Tanya. The moss green mottling really helped with that!

  2. This is so pretty, Tanya–I love all the beautiful detailing you included–and a cool way to reuse old jars!

  3. Wow that hammered finish really made the difference! I love it! Thanks for sharing such a great idea! I hope you'll stop by and share it at my party "Totally Transformed Tuesday" I know my readers would love to see it. @ By for now Peggy 🙂

  4. Fabulous job! It's such a romantic looking planter. Love it!

  5. Great save!

  6. This is so pretty! Amazing refashion/upcycle. I would love for you to link to The CSI project this week for Refashions/Upcycles week. Each week we have a new challenge, new judge and new tutorials so come on over and link up!

  7. Anot6her great "French" project for you – I am so loving this series of posts! Cam over from Winthrop.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    P.S. A rolling stone gathers no moss – get busy!

  8. I love this! You did a fabulous job! I am your newest follower from Wow me Wednesday! 🙂

  9. It is so pretty, and it is perfectly aged. You really added great detailing which really give it great charm. I wish it was mine! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

  10. So charming!! I love it! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  11. I love it Tanya! What a cute idea, and that damask stencil shape is way cool 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  12. I love it! Great transformation. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from My Repurposed Life. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. That hammered metal spray paint is the bomb. Love your little metal bucket. Thanks for linking to the bloggy olympics.

  14. Perfect! The added green sponging is just perfect effect. Found you at Fabulous Friday Link Party.

  15. Hi Tanya, I love your French country bucket and I am featuring you on Totally Transformed Tuesday later today. Thanks for joining the party. 🙂 Peggy

  16. beautiful job! I love the colors and the style of this 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! 🙂

  17. Really pretty Tanya!

  18. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love the French garden theme. You've inspired me.


  19. love your french country bucket and the hydrangeas!

  20. This is so pretty. I love the damask stenciled look. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!

  21. This is so pretty. I love the damask stenciled look. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!

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