Make A Plastic Garbage Can Look High End


I couldn't stand it any longer. That plain, plastic garbage can in my kitchen. I took it on as a challenge!
I primed it with Rustoleum's Plastic Primer and then painted the can with neutral brown paint. I sponged a deeper color on to the piece and blended it to create a soft faux finish, then added a second, even deeper color.
I then used our Raised Plaster Brassio Frieze stencil with metallic gold paint to create a focal design. Sealing it with spray varnish was all that was needed to protect the finish. What compliments I've had on that garbage can and now I don't mind it being out in the open for everyone to see!
A tall plastic garbage can is just an eyesore.
A tall plastic garbage can is just an eyesore.
Primed with spray plastic primer before a coat of neutral brown paint.
Primed with spray plastic primer before a coat of neutral brown paint.
Sponging on a deeper paint color
Sponging on a deeper paint color
A second, even deeper color is sponged on to the surface and blended
A second, even deeper color is sponged on to the surface and blended
Stenciling in metallic gold creates a focal design. Spray varnish protects the piece.
Stenciling in metallic gold creates a focal design. Spray varnish protects the piece.

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9 questions
  • Jan
    on Nov 30, 2015

    where did you get your stencil?

  • Christy Roppel
    on Jan 8, 2017

    Does the paint hold up? Does it chip off? Thanks!

  • Zanne Goldwire
    on May 2, 2017

    After you prime the garbage can could you just spray paint it a solid color?
    • Victoria Larsen
      on May 2, 2017

      Absolutely! But for spray paint, do use their spray primer for plastic first. Krylon puts out a good one.
    • Sandy
      on Apr 21, 2018

      I prefer painting versus spraying I just make too much of a mess and runs with spray paint any out there? For plastic.

  • Maria
    on May 4, 2017

    Can this teqnique be used on an Aluminum trash can?........yours is beautiful!!😍😍👍🏼👌🏼
  • Norma Velazquez
    on Aug 3, 2017

    i just want the brand of the browns colors. Please!!!!
  • Sheila Matheis
    on Apr 22, 2018

    How do you clean it? Was curious if you used chemicals to clean it and if so how its held upm

  • Sheila Matheis
    on Apr 22, 2018

    How do you clean it? Was curious if you used chemicals to clean it and if so how its held upm

  • Wxw
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Remember where you purchased stencil? Would love to use on a wall. BTW, Love the trash can. Would work for our dwnstrs bath.

    Also, if concerned with cleaning or long lasting finish, i spray majority of my paint projects with satin finish, clear polyureathane found @ home improvement stores. Provides protection for outdoor artwork, planters, etc., does not alter color or finish. Polyureathane also available in a "shine" finish for a "glossy" look if your paint your paint product is flat or satin.

  • Janet sullivan
    on Oct 23, 2018

    What paint do you use for stepling?

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