Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Napkin bucket

When I saw this post at Mustard Seed Creations about painted pails I knew I needed one for the paper napkins in the kitchen. Where do you put things like this that doesn't look ridiculous, isn't in the way, or isn't falling everywhere? In a bucket, that's where.

Of course, calling it a bucket, not a pail, makes me think of this, lolz....

I found my little tin bucket at Goodwill for 99 cents.

Let me tell you I felt like Goldilocks because I kept looking at different ones and setting them down, then picking another up, then setting them down. This one's too tall, this one's too short, this one is too narrow... but this one was just right. :)

The Christmas-ification had to come off of course, but I was able to safely untwine it and I already have another project in mind for these little sprigs.

I gave the pail two rough, dry coats of white paint then applied a wash made with "burnt umber." I was trying to figure out how to distress the paint further but when I dabbed and wiped at the wash it peeled the paint for me. That was the first time I was ever glad for that!

The hook I made from some wire I use in jewelry making.

MMS used an oval chalkboard tag to label her pail and I, in the spirit of thrift and upcycling, used an acorn cookie cutter - it's autumn and I was feeling the acorn love - to cut the shape out of an empty cracker box. I painted it black, wrote the word "napkins" in pencil and painted over it with white paint.

It is the perfect little spot for holding the napkins and I'm so grateful to Marian for the idea!

I asked my brother if he thought I was weird for wanting to make things look old and worn out and he said, "No, that's just what you like." Yep, it sure is. :)

Linking to:

The Shabby Chic Cottage

House of Grace


Natalie said...

I have those same salt and pepper shakers!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

You did a great job with this. And you always seem to find the coolest things from Goodwill. I better start going to mine more often! Theresa

Megan said...

You pointed a problem I never (consciously) realized I had! I can't tell you how many times I've carelessly used a whole wad of paper napkins left over from a party to clean up a spill or something, just because I wanted to use them up quickly so they'd stop making an awkward storage issue. Another project for my to-do list :).

Amy Kinser said...

Great idea! Love the little bucket.

Partying with you tonight.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your bucket looks so cute! Great job!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks so cute! What a good use for a $.99 pail from GW. Nice (and thrifty) transformation.

Robin said...

Great idea of storing napkins! I love the way the bucket looks now.

theUngourmet said...

I love things that look "old" too! This is such a cute idea and how great that you got those little sparkly sprigs along with the pail!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Super cute, Molly!!! You always have the best ideas over here.
Happy Halloween! : )

High Street Cottage said...

What a cute craft, and handy too!