Saturday, October 12, 2013

Trash to Treasure?

Today I am going to share a simple solution:
an easy fix to a vintage fix.

I love collecting and using vintage things.

One of those things is trash cans.  I think they have so much variety compared to the plastic selection of today.
I like the heavy duty metal ones of days gone by.

They usually aren't very expensive either,
and I have found some fun ones at antique stores.

Finding ones that are lightly used is definitely preferable.
And then a thorough scrubbing with rubber gloves ensues.

 This black one I found looked like it had never been used.

 This pink one, however, had some issues.

 After a good cleaning, it still wasn't looking very good.
Even though it was clean, the rusty inside base was looking

really bad.
(I will spare you the picture.)

A great solution is to paint the inside.

A can of spray paint primer and then a spray paint color works well to make it look new again.

I, however did not use spray paint.  
I just used some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Gray.

I did not wax it, just left it as it was after a coat of paint.

Now it is a "new" vintage trash can.

(Please tell me I am not the only one who goes to these measures to collect vintage things.)

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