I picked up this old galvanized bucket at a thrift store a few weeks ago. I usually leave them as-is, because they’re so darn cute, but I decided to play around with this one a bit. I’ve done a lot of transfer projects on wood and canvas, but I thought I’d try it on metal this time. I was a little concerned that I might ruin the cute bucket, but crossed my fingers that it would turn out.
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I printed out the Milk & Cream graphic and used my usual image transfer process (found HERE if you need instructions).
**Because I don’t know if the Milk & Cream image is a public domain image, I do not share it, but I have many free antique graphics that would look just as awesome here.
I wasn’t sure how well the image would transfer on such a dented, rusty surface, but there was no going back at this point.
Holding my breath and hoping for the best!
A bit of the image did come off when I was rubbing away the paper, but I think it just looks more like an authentically aged galvanized bucket that way, and I really love how it turned out.
As usual with image transfers, even after I had rubbed away the paper, the image look cloudy, but this one look more more cloudy, and I really thought it was ruined. I removed as much of the paper as I possibly could, without removing the image itself, but it was still really cloudy looking. I thought I was going to have to paint the bucket, because I was convinced I’d ruined it, but I wiped some tung oil over it, and all the cloudiness went away and the image itself looked sharp and wonderful. Whew!! So, if you’ve never done an image transfer before, don’t freak out if your image looks cloudy. Apply wax or another sealer over it, and it’s always come out fine for me.
Congratulations to Lucy Auburn, the winner of the $150 Fusion paint giveaway!
You’ll find more of my Repurposed Vintage projects here.