Aug 5, 2013

Trash-to-Treasure Trash Can {Ditto DIY}

I've felt off my game with the past two Ditto DIY challenges because of lack of time and/or having completed projects that I was able to "recycle". But I knew once the August challenge was announced last month that my recent garage sale purchase would help me get back in the game!

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The challenge for August was to add a classy pattern to a trash receptacle. I found this guy for $.50 with the tag still on while garage sale shopping with my daughter and mother-in-law:


(It's not blue on the bottom. I started taping it to paint and realized I had better get a "before" photo!)

Because the trash can is a wire mesh, it wasn't well-suited for a "pattern". The mesh creates it's own pattern and texture, however, and I decided it was a great candidate for the same ombre treatment that I gave my outdoor entertaining cart. I wanted to do a little more, though, and decided to trim the top and bottom with gold. Using paint I already had from my DIY tray project and the cart, my only cost for this project was the $.50 trash can itself!


To achieve this look I first taped the top and bottom where I wanted gold and not blue. Then with Rustoleum X2 paint, I sprayed the bottom portion with the Aqua, being sure to coat the inside bottom of the trash can as well. I repeated this process twice and checked back to make sure the outside and inside was covered where I wanted aqua. When I came back to do the darker Lagoon blue, I put newspaper in the bottom to prevent overspray from making a mess inside (not that you'll typically see the bottom of the trash can). 

Once all the blue coats were done and the green was covered up, I pulled the tape off the top and bottom, and again with newspaper and painters tape, covered the blue parts as best I could. (In the future I will try to find a more secure method because it wasn't 100% effective.) Once (I thought) the blue was covered up, I carefully sprayed the trim in gold. After a couple coats, I removed the paper and found that some gold had sprayed through my "barrier", so I went back and touched up. (That's when the aqua dusted the gold on the bottom, at which point I decided to commit to that look and dusted it all over with aqua.) 

Maybe someday when I am motivated I'll repaint that part. Then again, it's a trash can, and it's still pretty awesome.



It made the perfect storage solution for my shelf liner collection!



And if I ever decide to repurpose my "entertaining" cart for a "craft" cart, how awesome will these two look in the same room???




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