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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Buckets-O-storage


Our family goes through buckets and buckets of ice-cream. Having birthdays and get togethers every month ensures an endless supply of buckets for me to use daily; it also forces me to find new ways to utilize them. This post is the first post in the "I have so many ice-cream buckets that I don't know what the heck to do with them" series.

Do your cupboards look like this?

. . .Then you need to find a way of utilizing all those ice-cream buckets instead of throwing them away. Here's a couple ways that I like to use these wonderful plastic pails.

First of all, I needed a way to get rid of the labeling on the outside of the bucket. One day when I was shopping at Walmart, I stopped by the paint section and saw that Krylon was changing out the labeling on their packaging so they had a buttload of their "plastics" paint on clearance (for more on paint for plastics, check out my "shopping spree:The paint aisle" post). I found this cute blue color that I thought I could use more than once. I'm not sure exactly how much I paid but I think it was like $2.00 or something. Awesome!

I put 2 coats of paint on the bucket. . .it covered like a dream! It was so pretty and it could've been used just like that (think those little buckets they sell at Walmart at Easter time).
You could now decorate it however you wanted: stickers, vinyl, markers, even more paint!

I actually wanted them for storage. . .cute storage. I came up with a lining for the bucket (similar to Mileka's makeup storage cans) utilizing old T-shirts (so I could spend as little as possible. Who doesn't have old t-shirts laying around!) Of course you could always use pretty fabric if you had some of that!

Here's how I did it!


Then. . . .here's the hard part to understand for those of you that has never done it.


Get it? Got it. Good!


If you did it right, your bucket (and lining) should now look like this!

It will look great on a shelf and help you with some of your storage needs.

Because I used what I had, this project cost me very little!

Ice-Cream Bucket: F-to the-R-E-E!!
Krylon Plastic Spraypaint: $2.00
Old T-shirt: FREE
 cloth-lined storage bucket=$2.00

Brandi-Lee

3 comments:

  1. Hi Brandi-Lee-
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to see new ways to repurpose items destined for the trash. This bucket is so cute and I love the liner you made - very unique. I love your blog background - very clever - wish it were real :)

    My best- Diane

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  2. love it.

    I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

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  3. I don't have as many ice cream buckets as you, but I've repurposed a few of them myself. One is under my sink for composting kitchen scraps (the lid keeps it odor-free). I keep a few others to use purely as buckets...one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen, and one in the basement. With cleaning cupplies stored right inside, they're very handy right where I need them. Then, I use a couple in the garden--carrying dirt, as planter pots, and even as little mini-greenhouses (milk carton bottoms work well for this too). Thanks for the painting tip and for the tutorial on how to make a liner! Now, they can become even more useful and even decorative!

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