Monday, February 4, 2013

Playing with Buckets

Anything galvanized is at the top of my focus list when I'm out treasure hunting, but there's something about the old buckets I can't resist.  Sometimes I come across a load of them all at one sale, and sometimes I find them one by one over the course of a few months.

Last week I posted about this poultry fount (aka chicken waterer) that I found at a barn sale.  It was looking mighty dirty and in need of some TLC when I brought it home.

Each piece was dressed up with a stencil I made using the Modern No. 20 font on my
 Silhouette Cameo.   

I used black acrylic paint for the stencil, then sprayed both pieces with a coat of clear matte sealer.

No. 2 slips right over No. 1 and locks in place to control the flow of water into the pan.  Now that it's retired from watering chickens, it has a simpler life just being decorative as two separate pieces.

I found this little wooden bucket/firkin in an antique mall last summer, but I didn't know what I wanted to do with it until I saw what Sandi at A Cottage Muse did with hers.  A couple layers of chalk paint and a chocolate inspired label from The Graphics Fairy gave it a new life.  Thanks for the inspiration Sandi.

Another label from The Graphics Fairy dressed up this little bucket in about five minutes.  Click here for a quick and easy way to dress up galvanized buckets.


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48 comments:

  1. These are just fantastic! I love galvanized anything. I have chickens with a new galvanized feeder, but I'll be on the lookout for old ones!

    I'd love it if you linked this to my new linky party, "What We've Accomplished Wednesdays."

    Have a great weekend!
    Deborah

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  2. Oh you are a kindred spirit, Betsy...I LOVE everything about these projects! Now I'm kicking myself for walking by a firkin last week!

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  3. Your stenciling is flawless and looks like it's been there all along.

    Poultry fount! I too have been calling these 'chicken waterers' so now I can use the proper term and act like I know what I'm talking about.
    Ditto for 'firkin'. ;-)

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  4. The graphics make them unique. And they are perfect for Spring!

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  5. These are so pretty!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi Betsy,
    The stenciling is REALLY nice. I love how big you made the numbers. You are really gutsy when it comes to altering old things. I hesitate, thinking, oh I should just leave it in its original state. But when you add your 'new' (that look like they've always been there) touches, it just makes them so special and unique. The cool font on the chicken thingees is the bomb!

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  7. Quick and easy adds so much here. The stencils, and the labels are a great addition. I have a passion for all things galvanized too.

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  8. so cute!! Yes, the chicken waterer is pretty rusty now....I had succulents in it last year, and it gave the base lots of "patina"! ha ha! love what you did with these. Thanks for your visit and sweet comments!!!

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  9. Love the way you've personalized those galvanized chicken feeders. I think that's something I could maybe do on my French enamal-ware. Thanks for sharing great ideas.

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  10. Not only do they look great, they can be used for so many things.

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  11. Love that chicken feeder. I think I would plant hen and chicks in it.

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  12. LOVE the stenciled poultry founts! wow..what finds and what a sweet transformation! the font is divine. well done! ;0

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  13. Oh Betsy I LOVE them all!!
    xx
    Anne

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  14. Love the painted numbers and graphics from the Graphic Fairy. They all look great! I have an old galvanized coal bucket. I think the numbers would look good on it. I should do something with it!! It's been in the garage!! Story of my life! I wish I had your energy and motivation!
    Karen

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  15. Nice! I'm so out of the loop, had to look up what a silhouette cameo was. Looks like a cool tool and you've obviously put it to good use here!
    Susanne.

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  16. Seriously, Betsy, I want every one of these buckets!! I love what you did to them!!
    Susan

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  17. I love what you did with those buckets. They turned out great!

    Feel free to link up with me for {MoonSHINE Monday} over at The Honeysuckle Bus Stop!

    Thanks!
    Amber

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  18. The graphics contributed in intensifying that vintage look. Your pieces could even make it as center pieces to a French inspired or Old English party :)

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  19. I agree I love anything galvanized, I have a weakness for watering cans. I like how you stenciled the th buckets. I'm a new follower, would love for you to stop by and visit. Have a great week, Laura

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  20. I am drawn to anything galvanized! I love the stenciled buckets.

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  21. I don't think I have ever found a bucket in all my years of junkin...And you find them all the time..I must not be looking! They are so cute, I have my eyes open now!

    Carol

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  22. Betsy these are gorgeous ... got me itching to try some myself. You're quite an inspiration!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  23. Love what you did with every one of these!

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  24. Hi Betsy, J'Adore!!! What else would a girl want to do with these fab. containers! You made them a work of art adding the stencils and ephemera! xo Pam

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  25. Another wonderful idea.

    How do you get your stencils so perfect?

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  26. Hi Betsy...loving your little firkin, looks so pretty! Glad I could help!
    Have a great day!

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  27. That wood painted bucket with the label has such a soft and sweet look to it, but I love the galvanized metal too. You can make anything dramatically decorative. Nicely done as always!
    Liz

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  28. I have a collection of firkins throughout my house. I got brave and painted three of them for my guest bedroom in varying shades of gray for an ombre effect. I may just have to slap a label on one or two of them for that beautiful "Frenchy" look. I don't have much galvanized in my house, but I love the look. What a great idea to add a number!

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  29. I love what you did with the poultry
    piece! Very Cool! as is all your other work!!!!

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  30. I have got to find some old buckets!! I get so envious every time you show one. I just love them grouped together with the plants. And I love the difference that stencil makes on that chicken waterer.

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  31. I have not been junkin' in ages ugh!!! You are making me miss it so much!!! Beautiful buckets~you won't have any trouble selling those, they will fly out the door{is there a door to your booth:):)

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  32. Love the galvanized pails and I'm a huge hydrangea fan...just made a post for tonight with some!...come over and visit...Mariaelena

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  33. So impressed with your buckets! Really love what you've done with them. Great pictures~thanks for sharing. I found you through Green Willow Pond. Very glad I did!
    melinda

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  34. I am a galvanized gal myself - I cannot seem to resist it. It looks so great in the garden or in the house. Love, love the buckets and the waterer.

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  35. These look great! Good job! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

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  36. Wow, those are too cool! Now you've got me adding another item to my mental check list the next time I am out thrifting...

    You are such an enabler ;)

    Beautiful!

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  37. Hello Miss B~ Wow...you found some amazing tins! I'm sooo jealous. Truly. What I wouldn't give to stubble on something so fab!

    I'm off to backtrack and catch up! :)

    Hope you are well.

    Love, Rebecca

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  38. looks great for sure, makes me want to get my old galvanized buckets out and do them

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  39. I love your cans and buckets. Beautiful!

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  40. I'm with you on the galvanized cans...wish I could find more! Love the way you repurposed the chicken waterer!!!

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  41. Betsy,
    These are all sooooo very charming! Thank you for sharing at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  42. I wish I could get confident at working with paint and stencils!

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  43. love your buckets!! great letter style too.

    blessings
    barb

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  44. Oh I'm drooling!!!! I collect galvanized items <3 them. Beautiful entry~new follower

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  45. Betsy, those are adorable and they look very cute mixed with that hydrangea.

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  46. I am in love with all your buckets and the numbers. I see a project coming on.

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