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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!’
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!
- Grey spray Paint
- Yellow latex paint
- White and Teal contact paper
- Paint Brush
- Painting tape
- Spay on Varnish
- Sand paper
I cleaned and then sanded the bin with this old thing. I find sanding helps the paint to adhere!
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.
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.
Once it was all dry, I cut out different geometric shapes from the contact paper and stuck it to the base of the bin
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!
Its amazing what a lick of paint can do!
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