Ice Bucket to Farmhouse Vase / Vintage Home Decor

Ice Bucket to Farmhouse Vase / Vintage Home Decor

Several years ago, I went to a Country Living Fair near Nashville, TN and fell in love with a wooden bucket. It was cute and had perfectly chippy turquoise paint – but it also had a $245 price tag. Obviously I walked away (bitterly) and vowed to recreate it one day. And irony of ironies, that day has arrived! I was recently in Nashville, TN and found this ice bucket while thrifting…

First, here is the original inspiration for $245:

Antique or vintage wooden bucket at Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee by Sadie Seasongoods

Incidentally, I didn’t realize these were firkins because I had never heard that term before!

And my thrifted find:

Ice bucket at thrift store to be upcycled into wooden planter or farmhouse vase by Sadie Seasongoods

But, I mean – can you IMAGINE paying $245 for a wooden bucket? Even one as cute as that?

I’m happy to report that I paid $4.99 for mine!

Thrifting for an ice bucket to recreate a ice cream bucket that was seen at Country Living Fair by Sadie Seasongoods

So, let’s do this – let’s see if I can recreate the look of that ice cream bucket / wooden planter that I originally found at the Country Living Fair for a LOT LESS MONEY. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Creating a Farmhouse Vase / Ice Cream Bucket from an Ice Bucket

Using the pricey version as I my guide, I planned to paint my ice bucket turquoise. But I also wanted to preserve the rusty metal bands that wrapped around it. I didn’t have the right width painter’s tape, so I used petroleum jelly instead.

Using Vaseline to keep paint from adhering when painting and distressing vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Why? Because any paint that ends up on top of the jelly will wipe right off and not stick to the ice bucket at all! And yes, all I had on hand was the lip balm version but it still has the same base ingredients.

Using my finger, I smeared some jelly on the metal bands.

Then, I went through my collection of paint samples and found a turquoise that was a pretty decent match to the color of the inspiration ice cream bucket.

Painting an ice bucket from the thrift store to become a farmhouse vase or wooden planter by Sadie Seasongoods

I painted the entire exterior, including the handle, but saved some time by skipping the interior and the bottom. And while I still tried to avoid painting over the metal (habit), I didn’t worry when paint brushed over the bands because of the petroleum jelly.

Thrift store makeover on ice bucket to become farmhouse vase and vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Of course, I could have stopped there. But I had already found an inexpensive dairy farm stencil that I could use on my wooden bucket / farmhouse vase!

The best part is, I can stencil one side of the bucket and leave the other side alone…so I will have the best of both worlds!

Using a dairy farm stencil or fresh milk stencil on ice bucket to transform it into vintage farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Using warm white craft paint and stencil brushes from this online store, I isolated the dairy farm words to add to my ice cream bucket.

Vintage home decor or farmhouse vase that started as an ice bucket from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

Vintage Home Decor / Farmhouse Vase from an Ice Bucket

And there you have it – my $4.99 upcycled version of a vintage ice cream bucket that I can use as a wooden planter or just vintage home decor.

I’m not sure how I’ll use my ice bucket / ice cream bucket moving forward. With the plastic liner, it would be a fun little wooden planter or wooden vase. Or maybe it’ll just remain vintage home decor just like this…only time will tell.

Ice cream bucket or wooden planter and farmhouse vase by upcycling an ice bucket into vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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Guess what day it is? It’s Thrift Store Decor Team day, which means the best upcycling bloggers in all the land are posting new projects today. Just click on the links underneath this collage to see their “after” versions!

Thrift Store Decor Team April 2019 Thrifted finds for upcycling projects

1. Ice Bucket To Farmhouse VaseSadie Seasongoods
2. Galvanized Metal Vase MakeoverOur Southern Home
3. Life Is Sweet Wood PineappleDomestically Speaking
4. DIY Gazing BallMy Repurposed Life
5. Rooster Kitchen ChalkboardRefresh Restyle
6. Hanging Succulent DisplayPetticoat Junktion

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If you enjoyed this ice cream bucket project, then you might also be interested in my vintage bucket and faucet planter project, as well!

How to use a galvanized bucket and antique brass faucet as a metal planter for primitive home decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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How to upcycle an ice bucket into an ice cream bucket, wooden planter, or farmhouse vase and vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Comments

  1. Love this!! Looks great!! I painted the inside of some milk bottles that i have white because I wanted to show off the lettering on them and they came out pretty good! so I thanks you for the inspiration because i loved your post on painting bottles in pastel colors….
    Thanks again!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  2. I love how this turned out! Much better option than the inspiration. The inspiration is lovely, but not for $245! LOL!

  3. You’ve inspired me. On the hunt for a bucket. Love that color!

  4. Very cute and for a lot less than $495.00 Great upcycle.

  5. What a gorgeous creation! I love the color, the stencil and leaving the metal bands, as is! Well done girl!

  6. Super cute and these are easy to find, thanks for sharing! Love it

  7. What a great find! I love that blue paint with those pink flowers!

  8. Robyn Wright says

    So Pretty!

  9. woohoo Sarah! This makeover is awesome! I love the new look of your vintage ice bucket. I love peonies! They smell soooo good. Mine have barely budded. No blooms yet.

    pinned!

  10. Janet johnson says

    Somewhere in my garage I have 2 wooden buckets. My goal for this spring is to find them so that I, too, will have an aqua paint bucket. Yours look so wonderful. It could not have turned out any better. Good job!
    Janet

  11. Oh my goodness! Love it!!

  12. Well this is awesome! There once was a time when I wouldn’t dream of upcycling an ice bucket (I know, really??), but I’m so over that! The ice bucket you started out with had definitely seen better days, and you gave it a whole new life. I love what you did with it! And thanks for the Vaseline tip. That seemed to work great!

  13. Hi Sadie,
    I am way over that color but the bucket is marvelous! How come you didn’t prime the bucket first? You did a great job on the stencil, both on choice and color. Keep up the good work.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Mary! Because the ice bucket was scratched up, I felt like the latex would adhere just fine – and I was right! Just a judgment call on my part, but I should have probably mentioned that in the post. Thank you for asking!

  14. Wow! Amazing what you were able to do this that old bucket! Love the colour.

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