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March 6, 2014

recycling bin

I've been looking for something to put our recyclable garbage in, but nothing was jumping out at me. Doing Google searches for "recycling bin" just turned up tiny versions of trash cans, which is not what I've had in mind. So I've had my eye open for one, because this was our situation before:

Lovely, yes? Who doesn't love the look of bagged garbage in the kitchen? That's sarcasm there, folks.

But then I found this metal bucket at a resale store. Perfect! Well, almost. It needed a paint job to match the kitchen & some legs for a bit of height. 

What you'll need:

  • Bucket
  • Spray paint
  • Masking tape or stencil 
  • Hot glue or E6000 glue (Edit! The hot glue did not hold well, but the E6000 worked amazing)
  • Scissors
  • Legs (in my case, wooden spools)

I could've used a stencil for the lettering, but the tape worked out really well.  I covered the metal part of the handle in tape too. 

Then I glued my wooden spools to the bottom of my bucket. 

Painting time! A few goes around with white spray paint, let it dry, flip it over & paint again. After it's good & dry, peel the tape off and…

Wa-la! Definitely an improvement to the "bagged trash" look. I'm going to live with my new recycling can for a while & see how I feel about it. 

What do you think?



Related // See my fridge after a makeover.


  1. I love the spools for legs! That's a wonderful idea! Now I want to make a table with really long legs made up entirely of spools... whoops getting off topic. I also like how original the lettering is, did you just free-hand the taping down? Impressive :)

    1. I'm glad you like! Yes, the lettering was freehand. Truthfully it was laziness, so I lucked out with how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by my blog! =)


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