Well...if you haven't heard me before...you will definitely hear me now....I AM SO IN LOVE WITH PINTEREST!!! I have been able to gain so many useful ideas...and, so many projects have been added to my "want to do" list now ("thank you so much", somewhat sarcastly)! Regardless...it IS the gold mine to finding any and everything you want for ideas to "spruce up" any area in your home...along with a myriad of other things.
Onto the trash can update...I recently "pinned" a trash can update where the writer painted her white plastic trash can that she has to leave out in the open in her kitchen...and it turned out great! (I've been having trouble pulling up her site in the past few days, so I can't reference it...but the pin is on my Pinterest board...which you can get to by clicking the link at the bottom of this post at "Follow Me on Pinterest"). Anyway...I figured...this seems like a fairly easy, and cheap project...something I could tackle in a day or so...so...off to the races I go....
Eventhough a stainless steel trash can to match my appliances would be AWESOME...I just don't have the resources nor the desire to get rid of a perfectly good trash can. But, after I saw my inspiration, I knew I wanted something "different". First, here is a before picture of my not TOO UGLY trash can that I was working with:
And now, here are the materials that I used:
- Sander-light sanding of trash can so the paint will adhere to surface
- Clorox-mixed with water to give a good cleaning before painting
- Paint-I did a faux finish with various paints that I had on hand (this would just depend on the type of paint finish technique you would want)
- Sponge painters-to apply paint
- Sponge-for faux paint finish (this is optional-this was what I used to obtain the type of faux paint finish I wanted)
- Latex gloves-to protect from Clorox
Basically, I just sanded the trash can so that the paint would adhere. Then, I cleaned the trash can with a Clorox and water solution. Next, I primed with some Kilz paint. After that, I painted a black base coat. Next, I started my faux finish sponge painting coats. I did a series of 4 separate colors of paints with the sponge (using different areas on the sponge so that I would obtain different textures). It was easy peasy; however, a great impact to my plain jane white trash can. Here are some pictures of the in between process:
And, now a picture of the finished product. I am still considering placing a graphic on it...but I haven't settled on a specific one just yet. I also still need to spray a protective coating (just to be on the safe side). However, I am SUPER EXCITED....it looks SO MUCH BETTER in my kitchen/breakfast NOOK!!! And, it fits in with the decor MUCH, MUCH better!!! Here's the final product (as of now):
What do you think...should I add graphic or not? Isn't this awesome...cost of this transformation....ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! However, to me...it is PRICELESS!!! Why haven't I thought of something like this earlier? I love it!!! Once again...THANK YOU PINTEREST!!! Would love to hear your feedback...