Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Trash Treasure

This pitiful old wicker hamper that I spray painted
has served as our kitchen trash can for,
dare I admit,
the last 10 years.

I spray-painted it deep purple in our first kitchen,
and then it morphed to this green when we moved to our farm.

it has seen better days.

But finding a replacement for this tight spot
has taken me the past year or more.
The edging began to crumble
it was becoming a despicable sight.
I could no longer ignore the situation.

It has now made it's journey out to the burn pile because I finally found this:

Yes, an improvement,
but one that needed a little transformation itself.

So I donned my mask...

gathered the necessary equipment...

attached some rough sandpaper...

and pressed the "on" button.

Sanding makes quite a racket,
as I am sure you are well aware.

My son was at a stage 
late last summer when I began this project,
that he had developed an intense admiration for tools.

I began this project at the end of last summer.

Children have done this to me.

My projects seem to take months to get done instead of days,
the way they used to.

But that's okay,

As long as they get done eventually...

or so I tell myself.
Well, I guess the surprise of seeing me with a very loud "tool"
and in my mask,
was too much for him when he appeared on the back porch.

He wouldn't stop laughing at me.

It's good for the ego.

Anyhow, I sanded the whole thing down,

even the inside,
to rough it up so that the paint would stick.

I then wiped it all down with a damp rag
so that the dust would not stick in the paint.

I painted it black first,
then a coat of this mossy green
that I seem to be addicted to.

Then sanded it roughly...

and glazed it all to give it a rough antique look.

I painted the panels black and added some figures
in the Peter Ompir style that I love.
 (A coat of polyerthane was brushed on and given ample time to dry
so that it will be able to tolerate 10 or more years of use as well.)

It makes me want to rig up our cart and get Misty trained to pull
a tolerable bit better than she did.


Until then,
I'll have to admire my little man and his horse

on my trash treasure.

Also linked up to these parties:


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  1. How cute! Great transformation. If you get tired of it, send to me!
    Dropping by from Met Monday, with a post on repurposed shelving.


  2. Absolutely fabulous...I use an old enamel milk pail for our bin, but I would much rather have looks great............well done...x

  3. Fantastic piece! A work of art.

  4. Wow, a fabulous transformation. I love it!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! You are very talented.

  6. What a great job! Love all the detail that went into the make over. Oh and your son is so cute! Have a great week, Vicky

  7. WOW girl you must be proud of this one. It is fantastic. You are very talented. Hope you find more pieces to transform, I want to see them. Thanks for joining my newbie party.

  8. You did a fabulous job! you are a very talented artist.

  9. That is really beautiful.
    Looks like an antique...Beautiful painting. Thanks for sharing with us..

  10. What an amazing transformation! It looks awesome.. hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  11. How cute.... have you considered replacing the top of your "old trash bin" with a new wooden top?

  12. Hello again! Your project is AMAZING!!! Totally awesome!!

  13. Gorgeous! Loved how you show us the steps well done!

  14. Gorgeous transformation.
    You are very talented!

  15. So cool! You are something else.


  16. You are so talented! Love it! I am your newest follower. Would love for you to visit and follow me.

  17. Wow! It looks great! You are so talented!

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  19. Wow, you've got some amazing skills! Love the motif your daughter picked, and I love how the branch hangs over and kinda holds it all together. If u want you can link up at (my blog) :)

  20. very nice! great job on the decorative painting, and the mossy green IS rather addictive, i must say!

  21. Tonya, I really like it? Where did you find that treasure? You put me to shame. I'm dragging in the craft arena!

  22. Thanks for linking up for "Simply Homemaking" please don't forget to link back to me! :0) Awesome project by the way! Great work and beautiful painting! Our Simple Country Life

  23. Awesome job!! I just found your blog and am now your newest follower. Come check me out if you get a chance.

  24. wow! you are very talented! it looks adorable!

  25. WOW!! Thanks for all your super sweet comments! I'm blushing! :) Thank you for stopping in!

  26. that's awesome! i'm glad I'm not the only one who procrastinates (I like to call it planning).
    new follower from a hop, would love a follow back,

  27. Oh my goodness - it's awesome. You're quite funny too. I couldn't help smiling as you told of your procrastination and children.

    I really enjoyed this post. Thanks so much for linking up to Domestically Divine. I love reading on the creativity and talents of women.

    You go!!!


  28. Oh my goodness this is INCREDIBLE! I'm over the moon! I would be delighted if you would share this at my VIP party today as well.

    Fabulous work!


  29. Oh my gosh, what talent you have! I need you so badly around my house to transform things! I thank you so much for sharing this incredible post on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday! Roz over at la bella vita

  30. Calling by from Italy via Fresh Friday/Seasonal Saturday to visit another participant. I am delighted to have discovered your blog, as always inspired by such renovations. I recall my parents having a hamper just like your original one! I will have to follow you now so I do not miss any more of your projects!

  31. You are such a talented artist. I love that primitive painting, especially because it is a horse and cart, so cute. I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. Each party I pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link:

  32. I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:

    Again, you did a fantastic job with your painting!! :-)

  33. that must be the nicest trash can I've ever seen!


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