Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Old Bucket, New Look,

Hi Friends,
I received a pocket hose at Christmas
and could not wait this season to use it.
Do you have one? 
I never thought I would like it.
We've all seen the commercials.
You know the one, looks great till you try it and then it's not what they say it is!
Well I'm here to say, it is great.
No kinks, light weight and easy to walk all over the yard when watering.
Since these hoses take up so little space when stored, 
I wanted a unique way to keep it neat and out of the way when not in use.
A nice flower pot would work, but I had an old vintage galvanized bucket in my stash
just waiting for a redesign and new purpose!
Years ago in my very country painting days,
this bucket looked like this.

and painted on one side like this!!!

Cute then, but not so much now, right?
It's been put away holding art storage.
So out with the chalk paint.
Two coats to cover well
and let dry.
Now the fun begins~
Adding a few stencils I had in my collection
to each side.

Love this bird on the branch stencil.
I added a Paris stencil to the opposite side of the bucket.

Now to give it a little wear and distress,
I sand and give the surface a wash of burnt umber water based acrylic paint,
keeping it darker in some areas and lighter in others.

The Paris stencil on the opposite side and the wash technique continued.

Next I did another sanding to tone down the stencil paint
and add to the wear.

Now it looks a bit like this up close.

Add a coat of outdoor water based varnish.

Looking old now.

Perfect to hold the pocket hose.

Easier to fill in the bucket then the heavy traditional hoses
that wind around a hose real.
We still have those, but for plant watering, this is so much better.

Here's another bit of yard update I've been working on.
Our outdoor kitchen area.
Nothing fancy or expensive.
Just using what we already had.
The island was from our kitchen redo
and inside holds a little fridge.
I gave it a fresh coat of paint this year
and outdoor varnish.
The tile on the top is old world Rialto.
The pot rack, also from the old kitchen and it has little center lights
which is so nice at night.
An old bar stool for the cook, found at a yard sale.
 I added a French postage stencil,
just to give it some character.
Planing to hang a few herbs from the rack.
That's it for today.
It's in the 90's here,
so I'm off to water with my pocket hose!!
See you next time.
Celestina Marie

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