Get this classic chinoiserie look without the price tag with this DIY Ice Bucket from the thrift store. Easily get the look with Mod Podge.
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DIY Chinoiserie Ice Bucket
Welcome to another thrift store makeover with the team! Each month I get together virtually with my blogging girlfriends to hopefully inspire you to create similar looks with what you already own or with your thrifty treasures.
I picked this ice bucket up for $4 many years ago. I sent Ashlyn up to the attic to hunt for it. I'm a bit scared to venture into the attic these days since I found a snakeskin or 2 in there while putting Christmas decorations away. I'm terrified of snakes so I may never step foot in the attic again!
- ice bucket
- spray paint
- drop cloth
- foam brush
- Mod Podge
- decorative paper napkins
- xacto knife
- painter's tape
I was kind of dreading this project, to be honest. I knew it would be a bit more time consuming than others since I was dealing with Mod Podge.
I was so wrong! This project was so simple and competed in a couple of hours.
I cleaned it really well and used Goo Gone to remove sticker residue.
Make sure it dries completely after cleaning before you spray paint.
I taped off the brass on the bucket. This was simple with a xacto knife.
The painter's tape is wider, but that's ok. Firmly tape the brass lining up one edge as perfectly as possible. Then use the other side of the brass to run the knife along to cut the other edge of the tape.
I also taped the inside of the bucket so the paint would not get on the insulated part.
I sprayed 3 light coats.
Before it dries completely, remove the tape off of the brass. Now is the time to remove any excess paint that may have gotten on the brass. Also, remove the tape around the inner insulated container.
You'll want a pencil, straight ruler, and scissors for the next part plus some pretty paper napkins.
Here are a few pretty napkins I found!
Open your napkin up and position it in between the 2 brass lines going around use the pencil to mark cut lines.
Use the straightedge to draw a line and cut with scissors.
Make sure you have removed any inner napkin layers. You'll just want the single ply.
Position it over the glue and very gently position it with your fingers. It's ok if not perfectly smooth. It just adds to the look in my opinion. After you position the section, got back of the top of the napkin with the Mod Podge glue.
I completed about half of the bucket and took a break to let that dry. It dries fairly quickly especially if you do thin layers.
I did this so that I could easily work on the other side to handle it.
After the bucket is complete let this dry thoroughly. I then added one additional coat of Mod Podge on the entire ice bucket. Be sure to use a wet paper towel to remove any glue residue from the brass.
To buff up the brass and remove any glue residue, I used Never-Dull after the bucket was dry.
I so love how it turned out. I painted the lid as well, but will just keep it in a cabinet somewhere. I don't think I'll use the lid much if ever.
I'll use this as more of a wine cooler as in these photos.
So much from the thrift store in this corner!!! The mirror is one of my favorite makeovers. Other items from the thrift store: ironstone plates, silver urn, books, silver tray, and pair of birds.
Uses for Ice Buckets
- wine cooler
- kitchen utensil holder
- plant pot
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