Monday, January 31, 2011

Leftover Makeover

I am lucky to have a fabulous MIL and I am not shy about telling others this fact. I know that most MIL's get a bad rap but mine is simply fabulous and I am totally happy that I received her along with the one & only HandyMan when we got married :)

One of the many reasons I love her is that she is always on the lookout for "leftovers" for me. Whether it be leftovers from a neighbors yard sale or leftovers from someone moving out, she will call me and let me know what she has for me to look over before it goes to the dumpster. --Hellooo Say it with me .... Awesome MIL!!

A while back we went for Sunday night dinner at their place and she was like "Come look and see if there is anything in these boxes you want." I walked out on the back desk and there sat 4 huge boxes of stuff -- just stuff for me to rummage through at will and take whatever pieces I wanted. It seems her neighbor was doing a massive house cleaning and gave all the stuff to my MIL to simply HAVE! -- Wooahhh Nelly! This is not something that most people do these days so of course I was ecstatic!!

I found all sorts of things in those boxes. Some fabulous old wooden bowls(which I collect and could not believe someone didn't want!), a few pieces of costume jewelry, 2 antique wood sugar molds(again hellloooo?!?!?), some old records, 2 crock canisters and a bright orange watering can.

Needless to say it was a great evening for me :) I have a few things in mind for the pieces but today's post is what I did with the bright orange watering can.  I don't know about you but I am not a fan of most things bright orange. Now I know the orange road cones are needed but heck that color is simply not very appealing....but I digress.


Leftover Watering Can Makeover
Step 1. Take 1 metal watering can -- preferably in an unflattering color so Step 2 means more.
Step 2. Spray paint in your color choice - I chose Black Matte for mine.

Step 3. Let dry overnight.
While drying you can go ahead and pick out your rub-ons, vinyl lettering or paints. I chose rub-ons because I have an abundance from my scrapbook phase(which I seriously need to get back into).

Step 4. Apply lettering, phrases, etc to the watering can. 
I applied our name then the rest randomly all around the can.

While I am not 100% over-the-moon for the "Boling Family" part...the rest I simply adore!

  • Metal Watering Can
  • Paint
  • Lettering/Word/Symbol Options
So there you have it. 3 simple supplies to makeover an old tossed out watering can into a unique piece. I still have a little addition to add to this that will be posted later this week but for now I am happy with how it turned out!

BTW --- My 18th Wedding Anniversary is coming up in 20 short days so if any of you happen to run into The HandyMan please inform him that this camera bag would be the perfect gift! K?? Thanks so much!

I hope each of you have had a lovely Monday!

Linking Up to the following Parties :) :)




  1. R - I love it! How personal as well. I need to play around with some rub-ons. What should I put mine on?!!

  2. How cute! Love the shape, but your transformation really highlights it!

    And, yes, you are lucky with your MIL. Actually, I loved MIL #1, but MIL#2? Let's just say I pray a LOT when I'm around her. 'God grant me the serenity . . . '

    Would love to have you drop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint! Links open Friday @ 6 pm PST thru Sunday nite.

  3. aww, man, I want a great MIL. unfair! but seriously, what a fun project. i LOVE that barcode the best!


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