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Thrift Store Trash Can Makeover

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Thrift store decorating is a fabulous way to create a beautiful home on a budget! This thrift Store Trash Can Makeover was simple with paint!

Today is the first thrift store makeover of the year with the team! I'm pretty excited for 2021. 

You'll find links to the other projects at the end of this post!

I've got lots that I want to do to our home this year to update it. It's amazing what paint can do to change a room. 

Thrift Store Trash Can Makeover

mudroom makeover

I started working on the mudroom this week. It will be a simple makeover with just paint and a few accessories. I've been organizing like crazy and this room is next! I just shared our PANTRY MAKEOVER earlier this week.

trash can

I purchased this really cool thrift store trash can years ago. It needed some repair work but had a great shape and style.

The lion head hardware on the sides is so unique for a trash can. 

As always, you probably can't find this same trash can, but you might just have one in your own home that could receive a similar makeover. 

This trash can will be going in my mudroom office.

As you can see, this trash can has good bones. It's just pretty beat up and lacks a little pizzaz.

It was actually coming apart on several side areas. It was a simple fix with some wood glue and tie-down straps and bungee cords.

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I applied the wood glue liberally. Then worked all the sides together. With a paper towel, I wiped off any excess glue that oozed out.

wood glue

Next, I borrowed my daughter for an extra set of hands to hold it together while I cinched it up with the cords. The tie-downs that have a ratchet system really worked well to tighten it together.

trash can

I was not able to use clamps for this part. I let it set up overnight to completely harden. It worked like a charm.

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This is where I'd typically break out the spray paint, but our weather has been a bit too cold for that. Since I was working in tandem with this project and painting the cabinets in the mudroom, I used the same materials.

trash can

I primed it with Kilz and a brush with 1 coat. I let that sit while I worked in the mudroom.

trash can

I then applied 2 coats of Simply White with Benjamin Moore's Advance paint in satin. This will give the can's exterior a very durable finish.

I applied these 2 finish coats with the same foam roller that I was using on the cabinets. Let the coats dry completely between applications.

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What a difference!

Originally, I thought I'd give the lion head trim a coat of Rub ‘n Buff or a spray of black paint.

lion hardware with never dull cleaner

Upon closer inspection, I decided to just break out my Never-Dull and give it a quick polish to clean and restore its luster.

lion head hardware

I love its new look. Since the mudroom is nowhere near being ready for pretty photos, I styled it with my antique secretary in the family room to give you an idea of the finished look.

desk with french country touches

What do you think?

I love the new, fresh look.

desk with french country touches

You'll notice that I did not paint the interior. I left it as is. I did paint the top edge. It was so fast with the foam roller.

desk with french country touches

I really love how the white pops against the stain of the secretary.

desk with french country touches

Do you have any new projects planned for the new year? I'd love to hear about them.

Check out the projects from my friends! (The links will be under this collage.)

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DIY Nautical Trash Can from DIY Nautical Trash Can

Winter Makeover from Sadie Seasongoods

Tin Heart Valentines Day Project from House of Hawthornes

desk with french country touches


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