Monday, February 25, 2013

"Oh Look ! A Little Bucket"

This is what I said when I saw these little metal buckets at Home Depot in the paint department.
Two had to come back to the studio for a little redesign.
Starting with a coat of Glass and Tile Medium,
I always use this on metal and glass
 to give a prime and better adhesion of paint.

Let dry over night and then paint with color of your choice.
I used Honeysuckle Bloom in matte finish from Lowe's.
It is a soft light ivory white.

Next step,
I shaded the top and bottom edges with brown sienna acrylic paint and
sanded along the top and bottom and handle for a bit of distress.
Then added a wrap around the bucket with a ribbon of burlap,
  glued in place only on the center of the front side.
 This is done to  not see the hot glue through the burlap and look messy.
Now to the center area where the ribbon meets,
I added a number graphic from,
I printed the graphic on card stock,
cut out with decorative edge scissors and then glued in place
over the ribbon where they meet on the front side.
To the card stock graphic,
after glued in place,
 I added a coat of
Triple Thick.
Triple Thick adds a gloss finish so the card stock does not tear or rip.
It adds a protective layer finish.
You can find this product at most art and craft shops in the paint section.
Here is the completed bucket with a few embellishments
 adding vintage tea stained ribbon and flowers.

You notice the graphic looks a little wrinkled.
This is normal and when completely dry,
it will flatten out and be smooth.
Okay, what did I do with the second bucket?
Well, painted like the first, but without the brown shading, 
added a graphic from
and a few of my hand painted cottages roses.

For this bucket,
I painted stripes in a soft light grey to the top and bottom.
Then added the graphic using the chartpak marker transfer method.
Hand painted a few roses to each side of the graphic with one on the backside.
These are the steps for the transfer method and marker types. I used the Chartpak.
Mine was getting empty, so I did go over the graphic with a sharpie pen to darken and accent.
When all is complete and dry,
I varnished over all to seal and protect the surface using an acrylic water based sealer.
This is the Chartpak blender I used.
Other marker types.
Process to transfer.
Print graphic on a laser printer only and in reverse.
Layout in position on your surface and tape in place.
Run the marker over the design till complete and
lightly lift one corner to see how it transferred.
When you are happy with the look, take off the graphic and proceed.
Be careful to not leave the graphic on too long as it might lift the paint when you remove it.

These little buckets will soon sit on the shelf in my etsy shoppe.
Hope they might inspire you to try these quick projects.
Put them on your bucket list to create !! LOL
Have fun and see you next time.
Celestina Marie



Unknown said...

These are gorgeous ! very creative!
Thanks for following my blog its much appreciated!
hugs Alyson x

Anonymous said...

The options on this bucket are limitless. Any decor, any design color & style and you've got an awesome carry all storage bin. Or even fill it with some custom cotton washcloths, soaps, organic shampoo etc... a nice spa gift. Love this idea Ms C. Well done.

Old Time Cindy said...

They are both cute, but the burlap one is my fave...that farmhouse feel! I learned a few tricks of the trade. Thanks for sharing!
Farmhouse hugs,

Kimberly said...

I absolutely LOVE these!!!

1CardCreator said...

These are gorgeous Celeste, amazing how you can turn something so plain into something so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your process with us too! ~Diane

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Both buckets turned out beautiful, Celeste! Love the ivory base color you start out with. I love how you did the stripes on the second bucket.

Unknown said...

Your posts always help to spark my creativity and give me great ideas for the items I have on hand to paint. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Celestina, how cute are your buckets. I like them both the second one is my favorite. Love your hand painted roses. I use a spray primer called "Clean metal primer" for my cake servers and any other metal objects. You can find it in the spray paint section where they have the automotive primers. It sprays on white so it is great to use to help the paint bond. Just another option for you. Hope ou have a great day!

Donna said...

Your buckets are amazimg, Celestina! Who but you would have thought to look in the paint department for inspiration? The second one is my absolute favorite, I love, love, love those stripes, and your beautiful roses! Thanks for sharing a tutorial on the transfer method, I need to get brave and try it some time! The graphics you used on both of the pails are perfect, too! Love them both!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great job you did on your buckets, they look terrific. It looked like a really fun project.
Thanks so much for sharing.


Jan Hermann said...

Oh my goodness Celeste - these are so beautiful! You always have the best and prettiest ideas!!

We're getting ready for a snowstorm tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday! Could bring 6 or more inches of snow!

Jan ♥

Shirley said...

Good Morning Celestina, I hope your weather is better then mine. We are getting ready for our 2nd round of snow. I love your little buckets and would hate to make a choice. I always enjoy dropping by to see what you have been doing lately. I may not get to leave you a comment, just depends on where I am reading from.
Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri friend.

Unknown said...

That is indeed absolutely wonderful!!!! Thank you for sharing these ideas, your buckets are just lovely!


Pendra said...

Your buckets are wonderful. The burlap with the numbers graphic would fit right into my living room decor...but my heart is with your painted roses and stripes! Years ago my Mother took (dragged) me to a painting class and I've never looked back, it was a BIG passion of mine for years and helped to support my kids when they were young. I haven't done much of it in recent years and need to get back into it! Thanks for sharing your creative buckets...they are on my list!

Dorthe said...

Dear Celestina,
that is an amazing transformation, how beautiful they are both now- the one in white and burlap is so great with the towel and remedies inside,-and your rose painted one with trnasfer on absolutely lovely. And both to be used for so many things.
I also have to tell you that I LOVE your french eggs, they are beautiful in black and so adorable with flowers and laces in white.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Who knew home depot buckets could look so pretty!,

Kathy said...

Well these are just SWEET and I am seeing Easter baskets!

Teresa Kline said...

wow, these are gorgeous...thanks for sharing!

enjoy *~*

Betty said...

They are both so beautiful, but I love the last one the best. You are so talented.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Celestina, your little buckets are quite sweet.What a pretty project you came up with for these simple little buckets. I especially love the one with the gray stripes, mostly because of the pretty roses you hand painted. Perfect little holders for spring time..Happy Monday..Judy

NanaDiana said...

Those are so very, very cute, Celestina. They are both darling but I REALLY LOVE the second one. Wonderful job!!!! xo Diana

Laurie said...

Very, very pretty!


Love your french eggs! The bucket makeovers are awesome!
You've been a busy gal!

cynthia lee designs said...

Celestina...what cute little buckets!! The farmhouse gal in me loves the burlap one, but I decorated in the cottage style for the cottage gal that is still in me loves the one with the painted roses. I used to paint those roses on a lot of my items that I sold at my shows.

deb said...

The buckets are gorgeous! Love both, but I'm one of those people who can't paint those darn roses! I have tried and tried, even took an online class from what's her name. It's just not meant to be. But YOU are one of those people....who can! grrr LOL
I'll just stick to decals ;)
Great ideas btw ♥

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,
Love your ending: put them on your bucket list... That was fun to work with and nice results!
Enjoy your art work and spring will be around soon for you.

Laura Turner said...

Love the striped bucket with the image transfer and roses! I want to make one now. Thank you for sharing your instructions. I was feature on a Brag Monday back in January. Good luck! If I were picking, yours would be a winner!

Laura from

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the striped bucket with the pink roses! It makes me want to get out my paints and start painting again.....and not walls and trim. lol! Nice job transforming utilitarian pails into pretty accessories!

bj said...

EXCUSE me while I FALL IN LOVE.....
just awesome!!

farmhouse-story said...

your painting is gorgeous, celestina marie! congrats on your romantic homes feature---you must be so exited:) i LOVE your pretty studio, too! and i'll see you at the dress form ball in march:)

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

The little buckets are beautiful. I love the stripes and roses you painted.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Oh I love the one with the stripes! Glad you mentioned the blender pen transfer....I haven't used it in awhile and I have some things it would be perfect for! You've inspired me!

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are gorgeous, Celestina. I especially love the bucket with your roses. So pretty!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I actually said "Oh" out loud! Wow, what you did with a couple little buckets and of course your flowers...Priceless!


Rhissanna said...

Oh! these are lovely; I adore your hand painted roses, how pretty! Thank you for visiting my little blog and thank you so much for being a new follower! I've joined yours in return!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

These are adorable and I'm sure they won't last long in your Etsy shop. Thanks for sharing the very detailed tutorial. These are on my bucket list too:-)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

You are so darn creative! These turned out so pretty. Can't you send me just a smidgen of your creative gene? I don't think it's fair for you to keep so much creativity to yourself, and I really need some. laurie

Patty Sumner said...

Those are just beautiful! You did such a wondderful job...Love them! Thanks for stopping by my blog...Love yours! Such creative and wonderful ideas..and such a sweet spirit...Blessings!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love what you have done with these plain buckets Celestina! Both are so beautiful. Great tutorial too. :)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

Lovely to visit you today and had so much catching up, with all your gorgeous creations.
You are so talented and love the sweet buckets and the French Inspired Easter eggs.
Thank you for sharing all the inspiration with us.
Hope you are having a lovely week

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celeste!

I just saw this on Pinterest and have been in search for the clear marker like this. Our Michaels doesn't carry it so will have to go online. I'm so excited to see the whole process you did. Thank you so much - I really want to try this! It's awesome and your ideas are superb. Great looks!
Thank you so much for your inspiration and teaching Celeste -
you are awesome girl!

Love you, sherry

Ruth Welter said...

When I see these Celeste, I see just have such a creative mind to imagine more. Beautiful work.


Vintage Street Designs said...

Just too cute for words!!! LOVE both of these sweet little farmhouse buckets! I use the Blender Transfer Method all the time...wonderful way to get the beautiful look you want!!!

Cynthia said...

So very beautiful! I think I will create some of these pretty buckets for friends. Love your creations. They inspire me to create!

balzac44 said...

Very inspiring!!! stripes on, was the greatest idea this time....Now, i just have to find some buckets....but big flowerpots will surely do, too.

Tina said...

bucket are so pretty

Unknown said...

I'd love to try one of those markers for transfers. It could save me a lot of work with painted lettering. But I don't think they are available in UK. I will take a loser look in New Year.
I love your project with transfers.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..