Ya’ll, I am so excited about this project! And like so many projects, it all started with a little spin through the Target Dollar Spot where I picked up three of these lovelies!
I loved these little buckets so much, but the pink just wasn’t going to cut it in my testosterone laden house. I had to do something to bring it down a notch, so I picked up a roll (spool?) of twine at the Dollar Tree. (You should seriously go get yourself some of this twine. It really cutes up everything from gifts to mason jars!)
After putting a dot of hot glue at the base of the bucket, I started wrapping with the twine. I put several more dots of hot glue as I wrapped to keep things in place.
And I ended up with the beauties! Less girlie, but still adorable! Love them!
Next up, I dug this board out of my stash of thrift store junk.
Don’t hate me for ruining this work of art, but I took the palm sander to it. I had visions of staining it with a really nice walnut stain. Then I realized this thrift store bargain was not made of lovely grainy wood, but particle board. Not so lovely. Plan B. I raided my stash of tester paints (I have, oh I don’t know, 35 or so. I have an issue) and found a good off white linen color. See, I keep ALL the samples for a reason!
After painting the board, I distressed the edges a with the palm sander and applied a thin coat of stain, followed by coat of wax. Voila! The Ugly Duckling sign was transformed! I have no idea why Hubby gives me the stink eye when I come home with this stuff. Well, other than the fact that this very sign has been sitting on the shelf in the garage for, oh I don’t know, four years. Yeek. I may have an issue there too!
Anyway, I eyeballed the placement of the hooks, which I picked up at an antique shop for $1 each (yes, that purchase was also a while ago. Issues, I tell you.) And screwed them into the board. I wasn’t happy with the silver color of the screws so I colored them with a Sharpie marker. From far away, you can’t even tell that they don’t match exactly.
And now for the big reveal!
I love the little plants spilling out of each bucket. This project would also be good for an office or playroom. I can see them filled with colorful markers, crayons, or scissors.
I especially like how this project fills up an awkward space on a very awkward wall that serves as the divider between the living room and the foyer. Builders love to make weird walls, don’t they?
I haven’t had a lot of spare time lately (the plague and a little jaunt to Costa Rica) so I haven’t had a chance to be crafty and I need to be crafty. It feeds my soul. I was so thrilled with this little project and it really took me no time at all. I definitely need to be better about setting aside time to feed my creative side.
I would love to hear about any projects you’ve been doing to nurture your crafty self. Leave a link in the comments section below and I will come by to check them out!
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