Wednesday, April 18, 2012

One Thing Off My "Bucket List"

Changing my house number display has been on my "To Do" list forever and I wanted something that would be easy to spot from the street.  On our recent weekend getaway we stopped by my favorite junkyard outdoor vintage shop where as part of a $10.00 haul I got these three galvanized buckets.
 First I traced a circle onto them and painted it using Annie Sloan Paris Gray chalk paint.
The numbers were printed out on the computer, cut out and traced around then filled in with black acrylic paint.

  There are lots of ways to do these dots but it just so happened that I had the perfect size circle rubber stamp. I used black StazOn ink to stamp them on the bucket.
Afterward, I coated the entire bucket with two coats of polyurethane.  No need to add drainage holes . . . they came with their own, compliments of the rust!
 I potted three Sweet Woodruff plants in them (Sweet Woodruff is a perennial that needs total shade and this is provided by our giant maple tree!) and bought a solar-powered spotlight from Home Depot.  Here they are lit up last night!
Now I'm off to begin working on the other junk treasures I scored on that trip!


40 comments:

  1. Hi Lauren,

    WOW! I was wondering what you were going to do with the buckets. You gave them new life! They are beautiful now.

    Dee

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  2. These look great! I love them! Great haul at that junkyard!

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  3. Those turned out so cool! What a neat idea!
    ♥Linsey

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  4. I love it. I plant in galvanied pails and laundry tubs. I think I have to borrow your idea!

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  5. What a great idea. Thanks for showing us all.

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  6. very cute buckets and $10 for all 3

    they look great

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  7. Very clever. Glad you got that off your list.

    Visiting from Savy Southern Style 62, hope you'll stop by my blog too. :)

    Love the blog,
    Laura

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  8. I love these Lauren, what a clever idea. You'll probably see all the copy cats popping up around the neighborhood now.

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  9. Lauren this is such a cool idea!! I love how the numbers stand out and that you filled them with plantings!

    Do come and enter the $100 Giveaway from Soft Surroundings on my site!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  10. It's nice to have something unique...not like everyone else! This is a very fun project and it looks great!

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  11. I love what you did with those buckets. They are just too cute!

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  12. I LOVE that house number idea. I love that it's changeable, visible, and exactly right for you!
    Shiloh
    everydaygameplan.net

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  13. That settles it I am bringing my bucket home from the shop and putting something on them. This is so creative. I have been wanting to do something with numbers.

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  14. You did score on your junking! Great idea, and especially with a light at night. Our home numbers do not show at night. So cute, I would need 5 buckets :{ Yours are perfect!

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  15. So cute! Crossing my fingers that there are no hoodlums in your neighbourhood who might sneak up and change your house numbers around ;D

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  16. What a great idea, Lauren - they look wonderful!

    By the way, you are the winner of the $20 gift certificate to Leslie Janson's shop. I've let her know you won, so visit her shop and decide how you'd like to spend your gift certificate, then convo her through Etsy to make arrangements to get your prize.

    Congratulations!
    Angie @ Knick of Time

    I've got another gorgeous giveaway starting on the 23rd!

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  17. I collect buckets, love numbered items, and have a passion for plants - this idea is a three-for! And you thought about lighting them, too! How ingenious.

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  18. That's a FABULOUS way to do your house numbers. Beautiful!!
    <3 Christina

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  19. I love this!!! what a fun idea..looks great!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  20. What a fun idea! I need to do something for my house numbers...very very cute!

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  21. So very clever and creative. Great job!

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  22. Such a cute way to display your house numbers. Adorable!

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  23. Love it! They turned out so cute. Just found your blog through Sisters of Wild West link party. Blessed by your blog. Visit when you get a chance.
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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  24. Great score on the buckets - love this!! Following.
    Kelly

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  25. This is the most creative idea...love it! So glad I found you via Southern Lovely. I'm a new follower, and I would love you to stop by for a visit and follow. Have a great week, Lori

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  26. So cute! They look great day and night! What a clever idea for house numbers:)

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  27. So fun! I loved your American flag book and now I have to make these too. I have a ton of the tins from Trader Joe's when I could buy a mini rose plant for $3.99 and they came in great tins.

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  28. How cute! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  29. Oh Wow...what a wonderful way to display one's house number. Great job:)

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  30. I love what you did with the pots, Lauren! Such a cute idea!

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  31. Hi Lauren, hopping over after seeing you featured at Nifty Thrifty Tues. What a cute idea. It just so happens that I have 3 old buckets out back. My house # is 381. Hoping you don't care if I do the same thing. If I post it on my blog I will give you credit. I have quite a bit of Sweet Woodruff. It is one of my favorite ground covers. My house faces S. so I will probably plant something else. Thanks for this creative idea. I am now following you.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  32. Lauren, after I saw your pic I recognized who you were and I am already a follower. I am such a nit-wit! Also, wanted to let you know that I have a new linky party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love it if you would share sometime!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  33. I love your buckets! What a great idea~

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  34. Hello! I’m stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop
    this week!

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-7-country-craft.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

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  35. Hello there, I love this idea! I'm looking forward to browsing around your website for more cool projects!
    Terri @ http://timelesstreasuretrove.com

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