Flower Bucket for Vintage Farmhouse Decor

Flower Bucket for Vintage Farmhouse 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:

Firkin or Firkin bucket at Country Living Fair and Antiques Show

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

Anyway, I carried that image of an aqua painted firkin bucket with me for many years. Then, there I was…back in Nashville, TN at a thrift store. And I spotted this ice bucket that was an awfully close match to the original.

Vintage ice bucket at thrift store for upcycling into a flower bucket

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!

Thrift shopping for vintage farmhouse decor with a wooden ice bucket

So, let’s do this – let’s see if I can recreate the look of that firkin that I originally found at the Country Living Fair in Nashville, TN.

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Upcycling an Ice Bucket into a Flower 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.

Vaseline or petroleum jelly to keep paint from sticking for distressed look

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 petroleum jelly on the metal bands. As I smeared it on, some ended up on the actual ice bucket, too, but that was fine.

Petroleum jelly for distressing paint on vintage home decor

Then, I went through my collection of paint samples and found a turquoise that was a pretty decent match to the color of the Firkin at the Country Living Fair.

Painting a vintage ice bucket to upcycle into a flower bucket with aqua paint

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.

Either way, my flower bucket was coming together nicely!

Aqua paint on a vintage ice bucket for upcycling into vintage farmhouse decor

Of course, I could have stopped there. But I had already found a farmhouse stencil to add the finishing touch!

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

Farmhouse stencil on vintage ice bucket to become a flower bucket

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

And that was it! The transformation was complete.

Vintage Home Decor and Flower Bucket

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

Vintage home decor by upcycling a wooden ice bucket into a flower bucket

The plastic liner that came with the ice bucket makes it really easy to use this as a vase or flower bucket. And how fabulous do pink peonies (or any flowers) look against the aqua paint?

Flower bucket for vintage home decor by upcycling an ice bucket with a farmhouse stencil

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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 windmill wall decor idea with fan blades, too!

Farmhouse wall decor or windmill wall decor from ceiling fan blades

 

Craft on!

S

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Vintage farmhouse decor by upcycling an ice bucket into a flower bucket or firkin

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.

  15. I need to find me an old wooden ice bucket! 😉 I *do* have a Princess House one that would look lovely with some peonies or roses! See, you are inspiring! We’d love to have you link up at Homestyle Gathering!

  16. Wow what a difference! You did a terrific job on it. I can’t believe that price they wanted, and yours is much prettier and for only 4.99. 💖

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