Enamel Bucket

Shelly L Nemeth
by Shelly L Nemeth
5 Materials
1 Hour

I love to use Dollar store Items and make them look expensive, and I also love sharing those ideas with you! I found these metal buckets and decided to spruce them up!

Here it is, before and after

Here's what I did. First, I spray painted the galvanized metal.

Then, using a black sharpie, I traced over the lettering.

Then, using a bit of black chalk paint, I traced the top and bottom lids of the tin.

It looked good just like this, but I decided to add feet so it could be used as a caddy for the kitchen or bathroom.

I had these wood balls that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I decided to use them as little legs. I painted them using the black chalk paint as well.

Once they were dry, I just glued them on with my E 6000 and let dry- Bam! Another quick project!

Tip: You can use any tin bucket for this project! You can use a pretty stencil on the front, or draw something freestyle.

I think it looks like an enamel claw foot tub. What do you think of this $3 project?

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  • Pearl Pearl on Mar 09, 2019

    What kind of plants can be put in a galvanized bucket for a container garden?

    question #2, what are succulent plants?

  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Mar 10, 2019

    I just bought this exact same galvanized plant pot from my Dollar Store along with a similar bucket shaped planter. I was just going to use them for summer flowers as is but now I want to do your great idea to them. I love the finished look! One quick question tho...did you lightly sand them first for better paint adhesion?..


  • Gail Gail on Mar 11, 2019

    Is it a dollar store where everything is a dollar or one with various prices? How much did you pay for it?

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  • Apryl-lyn Lewis Loughlin Apryl-lyn Lewis Loughlin on May 05, 2019

    I'm an activity assistant at an independent/personal care residence and I've been looking for something inexpensive that everyone can make... This idea is PERFECT!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

  • Rob F Rob F on Jul 12, 2019

    What a great idea and this an be done for any occasion and personalized with names!