Flower Shop Rusty Metal Farmhouse Bucket Makeover

Visiting a flower shop in the dead of winter is a bit like crashing a slumber party full of preteen girls when they first discover makeup.

If a little color is a good thing, surely every shade on the color wheel must be better.

We’ve all been there, right?

Turning a rusty old barn bucket into an industrial farmhouse FLOWER SHOP bucket with Knick of Time Vintage Sign Stencils |knickoftime.net

I received some special requests for a FRESH FLOWERS stencil.  I thought it was the perfect excuse to buy myself

flowers to brighten up a dreary winter day, but it was also the perfect time to give an old rusty metal bucket the makeover it needed.

rusty farmhouse bucket before makeover | knickoftime.net

FLOWER SHOP Fresh Flowers | Knick of Time Vintage Sign Stencils | knickoftime.net

Believe me, giving the bucket a makeover was so much easier than actually finding any beautiful flowers in the flower shop.

Other than a few bouquets of roses, I couldn’t find any naturally colored flowers.

There were bunches and bunches of flowers with fake color.

There were bright blue carnations, and bright pink daisies, and fake berries coated in glitter were tucked into each bunch of flowers.

It looked like the whole slumber party of teenage girls showed up and went crazy with all their makeup on the poor flowers.
Stencil placement on a rusty metal bucket to make an industrial farmhouse trash can | knickoftime.net

I walked out empty-handed and feeling nauseous from the fake color explosion, but I still wanted to give my rusty old bucket a makeover.

I know eventually summer will come and I’ll be able to get plenty of flowers then.

How to paint a stenciled sign on a rusty metal farmhouse bucket | knickoftime.net

Perhaps before any young girl is allowed to wear makeup, she should first learn to stencil.

Because the first thing you learn about stenciling is the less paint you have on your brush, the better the finished look will be.

If you try to put on too much makeup …. paint, you’ll end up making your project (or face) look awful.

And sometimes just a little color is all you need to highlight natural beauty.

How to paint a fresh flowers sign on a rusty metal farmhouse bucket with FLOWER SHOP stencil | Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | knickoftime.net

Even though this old bucket has grease marks and lots of rust, stenciling the fresh flowers sign on it distracts the eye from those imperfections, and makes it look like it it could be used to hold flowers for a flower shop.

I just wish I could have found some beautiful fresh flowers to put in it, but it just makes me look forward to the first blooms of spring that much more. 🙂

Turn a vintage metal bucket into a FLOWER SHOP inspired farmhouse style waste basket | knickoftime.net

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Galvanized Bucket Makeover

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  1. sandi magle says

    Oh Angie! I would have loved to have had this bucket for when I did my art shows with my pottery. I often would stop at the wholesale florist before a show and pick up whatever was basically in season that was cheap—and use it in the displays and always sold every last bunch, basically for a dollar or two over cost. Often they sold the pot they were displayed in, who can resist a blue country pot filled with daffodils. Grins, and great post, Sandi.

  2. Grace in VA says

    Angie, This is why I’m a fan of “faux” flowers! Love the stencil. 🙂

  3. Great bucket, Angie…wonderful patina! The stencil design is perfect with it! Hopefully it won’t be long before you find fresh flowers!

  4. Great new stencil, Angie–I love it! It’s perfect for an old galvanized bucket and would look good on an old crate, too–

  5. Angie, that is a great old bucket! I recently bought an old rusty bucket full of old rusty nails! Of course, I didn’t want the nails, just the bucket! But now that I look more closely at the nails I think there might be some vintage ones that I could do something with. Haven’t looked really closely yet.

    The stencil is just right for that bucket, too! I might have to buy that one for my bucket! I’m inspired to clean the bucket up now and see what I can do with it. Flowers, maybe, but maybe just pine cones. I know what you mean about those artificially colored flowers. Yuk! I might just wait til Spring when all my daffodils bloom. Wouldn’t they look great in our buckets! Yeah!

    • Naomi, unless the nails are bent, I’d keep them. There may come a project where a shiny new one just won’t do, so you’ll be glad for those rusty nails! 🙂

  6. Love the look! and the rusty bucket, it just perfect. Great paint tip, I agree less is better.

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