TRASH CAN MAKEOVER

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When I gave my kitchen a bright funky retro makeover, I decided my rubbish bin was not exempt from getting a bright face lift of its own too (for all my American readers, a Rubbish Bin, is what you would call a ‘Trash Can’).

So when I told my husband my intention of giving the bin new life, he did raise an eye brow or two…. after all he reasoned, why not just buy a new one? ‘That bin is ancient!’

 

TRASH CAN MAKEOVER

 

Yes I agreed, the bin was indeed ancient but it also had sentimental value!

Ok that may have been a slight over exaggeration on my part, seeing as I couldn’t quite remember how and when the bin came into our care never mind sentimentality. I’m almost positive it might have been given to us as a wedding/house warming gift…. I think? Yup, thats right! I cant remember who from or why they felt it appropriate to bless me with a bin on my wedding day, but certainly not complaining here!

 

Materials Used

  • Grey spray Paint
  • Yellow latex paint
  • White and Teal contact paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Painting tape
  • Spay on Varnish
  • Sand paper

 

Trash can makeover 1

 

 

How to:

 

I cleaned and then sanded the bin with this old thing. I find sanding helps the paint to adhere!

 

trash can makeover 2

I covered the areas that I didn’t want to paint in masking tape (i.e foot pedal), and spray panted with the grey spray paint. I made the silly mistake of painting the lid yellow first and then spray painting the bin.

 

Trash can makeover 3

 

I realised it would haver been wiser to have painted the lid AFTER spray painting as I ended up having to paint over grey splatters on the lid from the grey paint.

 

trash can makeover 4

 

Once it was all dry, I cut out different geometric shapes from the contact paper and stuck it to the base of the bin

 

trash can makeover 5

 

Finally I sealed the whole bin with indoor varnish and can you believe the transformation?! It looked like a different bin! It really also set off the look of my wallpapered floor too!

 

trash can makeover 6

 

Its amazing what a lick of paint can do!

 

TRASH CAN MAKEOVER FEATURE

 

 

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trash can makeover

 

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Comments

  1. Rachel

    I would love to see what these things look like a few months later. Does the contact peel off? Does the paint chip? If I ever did something like that I’d want it to last a long time, since I’m not a fan of re-doing things.

  2. That is quite the transformation! Love the grey and yellow combination.

  3. I love ideas like this. I have that can! The BEFORE :). It is bright, modern and happy and still maintains its purpose. Great post.

  4. Oh, you have no idea of the idea you have given me. I love, love, love the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Team. Their colors are black and gold- can you see where I’m going with this? People would go CRAZY over this in my area.