I don’t know about you, but finding a good trash can is like finding a first edition Superman comic book. I’m not talking your basic kitchen trashcan or a simple Rubbermaid bin… I’m talking something with color. Something with an iota of design. Something as pretty as the rest of the room. Well I’m still looking… Don’t get me wrong, I made something… but it didn’t quite live up to my high hopes. So join me on my DIY semi-fail.
The last time I was at Ikea, I grabbed this Fniss bank-breaker for $1.99. (Taking guesses on how exactly this is pronounced.)
I was thinking that spray paint and some precision painters taping could transform this trashcan, but when I got it home I realized 1) that the array of chalk paint colors I had on hand actually worked well together and 2) this would be way easier than wielding spray paint and waiting for each coat to dry so I could re-tape…
So I taped off alternate rows of the already ridged trashcan and worked my way around with a little stripe pattern. I was tempted to use some FrogTape Shape Tape I had on hand, but am glad I didn’t… the cone shape of the trash can meant that taping was tricky .
I finally found a chink in the chalk paint armor! I gave each stripe three coats so that the color was more solid. When I tested a small patch to see if I could tape over it… nada. The tape pulled the paint right off. Which is honestly what I would expect after painting and taping OVER PLASTIC!
The alternating stripes were easy enough to paint by hand so three coats later, and I had a more colorful and somewhat more interesting trashcan than the one I came home with. I gave it a coat of wax over breakfast… the only way these craft projects get done, folks.
All in all, it’s fine. Definitely more interesting than the original, but not exactly the vision of vibrant chic I had working in my head.
I don’t love the way you can see the brush strokes when the light shines through it, and the stripes could certainly be crisper.
I have NO idea how this will hold up to normal wear and tear, but heck…the total cost was $1.99. This guy’s going right up into the playroom and I’ll move the one that’s up there into the new guest room. Let the furniture rotation begin!
Any quasi craft project improvements you all have been working on?!
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