Another Spray Paint Transformation

Hello! Sorry to have been away for so long. I recently got back from a trip back home to OK. (It was a lovely visit - wish I was still there.) Although I've been absent from blog world, I have actually been working on several DIY projects (yay!!). I'm not sure they are all worth sharing because some are small and easy, but what the heck, I'm going to anyway.  :)

The point of this post is to share with you another project involving a spray paint transformation. It's not a cute and darling project, but it is quite useful and frugal! Maybe it will inspire someone out there to look beyond the pattern or color of items discovered at a discount store. I firmly believe that almost anything can be transformed with a can of spray paint - who's with me?! 

So, I was checking out my local Big Lots store when I came across this little trash can.

Dislike: The fact that it looks like it belongs in a preteen girls bedroom. 
Like: That it has a flip top cover (which is especially useful when I have two dogsters that can access the bathroom trashcan).

Since it was only $6, I brought it home, taped off the black areas, and gave the rest a coat of Krylon metallic silver, which was leftover from a knob makeover. 

15 minutes later and we have a brand new, dog-proof and trash-hiding garbage can!

At Walmart, a small aluminum or stainless steel trash can costs upwards of fifteen or twenty bucks. I like my $6 version much better.  :)


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  1. Brilliant! I love those metallic trash cans but never want to shell out the $ for them!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  2. Fabulous! My dogs like the bathroom garbage too which is really unfortunate sometimes.

  3. Brilliant! I have been seeing metallic spray paint on my shopping outing and have been so tempted to buy some; now I think I'mjust going to have to take the plunge.
    How many coats did you have to do?

  4. Nice, I have two trash cans and the spray paint ready to make the transformation:)! thanks for stopping by my blog. My younger sister lives in Raleigh! And yes, definitely plan a weekend trip to Asheville. We are taking our daughter and a friend there next weekend to celebrate her 11th birthday. You must see the Biltmore House and gardens.....

  5. Brillian idea thanks for sharing

  6. Love it............great thinking!! Esp. since the stainless steel cans are a little pricey!

  7. hello, genius! did you have to spray primer or was the spray paint and primer in 1? clearly, i know nothing of these things.

  8. Thanks! Nope, I didn't have to prime at all! Kind of surprising, right? I think I did 2 coats of spray paint. But since I definitely didn't wait in between coats, in my mind it feels like only 1 coat.

  9. I like the metal trash can you DIYed. But this is too small for a kitchen here is a list of other metal garbage can.


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