10.15.2013

Trash Can Makeover

So awhile ago I found this cute trash can at an estate sale. I loved the cute border and oval shape. But overtime I felt that it needed something. I ended up painting a "B" for Barnes on the front but it didn't satisfy me. Then one day I was cleaning up my pinterest boards and I spotted a lamp that I have loved forever. I decided I wanted to do something similar to my trash can. 
Originally I had planned to do a diy/tutorial post, but after the trash can was all done, there ended up being WAY too many steps to keep track of. This was mainly because we wanted the numbers to have nice crisp lines and so we taped them off a few times and re-painted to make sure that there wasn't any bleeding from white or black paint.




This was my first project using gold leaf. I've used it plenty of times with paint pens but never the real kind with the oh so fragile paper. I love the way gold leaf looks, there is just nothing that turns out this bright and shiny. The camera caught some weird angles but in real life it just flashes a beautiful gold.


To add a bit of a surprise, I mod-podged some snake print wrapping paper to the inside of the can. I've had the paper for awhile and I was so excited to finally use it for something. By the way, the wrapping paper sold near the counters at TJ Maxx and Home Goods is by far the best deal out there. Especially with the quality of the paper... so nice and thick!



I colored the top and bottom rims as well as the little stubby legs with my Krylon 18 kt. gold leaf pean. I'm so happy with the turn out. I love the vintage vibe that it adds to my bathroom. In any diy project my goal is always to have the finished product look store bought as opposed to home made. After being a real perfectionist with all the lines and curves of the numbers... I think we got just what we hoped for! :)

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15 comments:

Sasha Tenorio said...

You are incredible! It looks amazing.

missy said...

I just saw you post this on pinterest and had to look at this post. CUTE! I love it so much...I wouldn't dare throw garbage in there. I have used gold leaf once and I'm seriously amazed you got it to look so perfect.

reimstar said...

You are so creative! I love it! Too pretty for trash! :)

trudy...{and jamo} said...

I love the wrapping paper inside! Great tip, i'm going to look for some Christmas wrapping paper at tjmaxx.
Amazing job, Britt!

Katie said...

This turned out so great! I love the pops of gold with the black and white! Nice touch with the wrapping paper!

Claire Hartburn said...

Great project !!

I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

Look forward to seeing you there :)

http://lemonpaperdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/craft-create-inspire-linky-party-2.html

Claire x

last minute lynn said...

Beyond gorgeous. May only pristine trash be put in your basket!

Kelly Rowe said...

This turned out amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at LLR. Pinning and Stumbling. xo

Alexis Middleton said...

This turned out so great! I LOVE the leopard print lining. I have been gilding lately too. I agree that paint just can't give you the same shine.

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

Simply gorgeous! I am featuring you tomorrow!

Sam M. said...

Fabulous! I'd love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects link party! http://www.atkinsondrive.com/pinworthy-projects-link-party-12/

Maria said...

What a FABULOUS idea! Love how you took the inspiration and used it here!!!! Somehow you managed to make a trash can look absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Sami Bookout said...

I love it! I'm sure using gold leaf isn't easy but it turned out great. The modge Podge snake print inside is too cute. I must say...I love the leopard print stool in the background too!

Brittany Cramer said...

It's seriously so fab! I wouldn't want to actually use it as a trash can, it's that pretty :)

Lacey said...

Incredible!... just delicious!... You've inspired me to gold leaf!... I don't know what yet... but its coming!...

I've just pinned your blog to share it out with the world!... beautiful work! :)

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