This thrifted ice bucket makeover is a quirky one! And the perfect conversation starter!
Hello, my sweet friends!
Yes, I am sharing the project I mentioned on Tuesday! Haha!! It’s quirky, right?? ;)
I told you!
I love to pick up the smalls like this at the thrift store. It’s just fun to reimagine them. Sometimes they turn out great and sometimes well, they turn out quirky! lol
I spent a lot more time on this little makeover than I should’ve. I mean, it’s not a dresser or something big like that but I changed my mind on a color and then ran into an issue that needed fixing. And I’m no quitter! Well, most of the time. I try!
This one is part of my latest haul here…
If you missed any of the other makeovers from this haul, you can see them here:
So let’s see how this one went below.
Ice, Ice Baby Ice Bucket Makeover
Here is how it started…
A little beat up and a little dated.
I was thinking coastal-themed-ish…blue and copper. So I pulled out my French Eggshell paint and got to work.
I didn’t want to paint the entire interior because I didn’t think it was necessary.
So I taped off around the middle and just painted the top section instead. If you scroll up, you’ll see that some of that area shows when the lid is off and when it’s on also.
Then I pulled out my Copper paint and painted the metal.
I knew I wanted to put some kind of wording on it but didn’t know what. And somewhere along the way, as I was painting and thinking, my mind said, “Ice, Ice, Baby”. Hahaha!! I guess it stuck!!
Well, not really, I immediately thought, oh, no I can’t put that on there, it’s dumb. haha And it is. But it’s also funny.
So I did it anyway!!
And here we are.
So, I created the wording and printed it out in reverse so I could transfer it to the ice bucket to paint in.
But I didn’t love the “baby” all chunky lettering like that so switched that up.
And then transferred it to the ice bucket.
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See?? Isn’t that cool?? And it really couldn’t get any easier than that.
I usually hand paint it in with a script liner brush but this time I decided to use these calligraphy pens instead.
Perfect for filling in the lettering with all the different-sized tips!
Yes, they really are.
…they don’t really dry well. I supposed if I had just wanted to leave it harsh black, I could’ve used a spray sealer (a brush would’ve smeared it most likely as well, so spray only) and it would’ve been fine.
But I didn’t and I didn’t want that look. I wanted a distressed, softer look…which smeared the ink. (see above)
But like I said way back above, I’m no quitter!! Ha! So I fixed it.
I pulled out several different-sized (tiny) paintbrushes and painted blue back over everywhere the black had smeared.
Good as new!
…now I wasn’t loving that copper color and the black lettering so I repainted the metal with black!
Oh my, this little ice bucket makeover was a doozy!! lol
I gave it a quick spray all over with my triple glaze spray sealer. (see the sheen?)
That seals everything in very nicely now.
Here are all the products I used on this one, even though I repainted, etc.
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Let’s see it in action.
Also, just to note, that pretty aqua liqueur bottle was one I saw at a local restaurant. We were sitting at the bar having dinner and I saw it and thought it was so pretty! lol So of course I had to know what it was, etc. I went straight away to the ABC store to pick one up…just because I liked the bottle! (it’s an Italian Bergamot liqueur that is very nice too, though)
Would be a conversation starter, am I right?? ;)
What do you think? Super quirky, right? But I wanted to share the pen idea anyway as well as what I did to fix the smeared lettering.
Paint can also smear like that at times too.
I DO still love the pens, they made it SO much easier to “paint” in the lettering. Especially the thin lines. Just be careful and spray to seal if you decide to use them.
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Have a wonderful weekend, friends!! (it’s 80 here today, yippee, wish it would stay!!)