So first off, little confession. I did this project back in… uh, October? Yeah that sounds about right. It’s just been sitting on my memory card waiting to be posted.
No excuse. I know.
I’ve had this little cheap-o Target bathroom trash can for about 4-5 years and it just keeps getting shabbier and shabbier. So what does a handy Momma do? I sanded this bad boy down and painted it.
It totally brings a nice little pop of color to my tiny bathroom closet. I wanted a more cornflower blue, but couldn’t find it at the one store that I went to, and the weather was nice, and I didn’t feel like driving around, so I went with the only blue they had that I liked. Cause we take what little nice weather we get here in Washington.
First start by gathering your supplies:
-Degreaser or other heavy duty cleaner (if your can is as old as mine)
-Metal Paint Primer
-Fine Grit Sandpaper
-Spray Paint suitable for metal
Now sit your butt down and rough that little guy up. That’s right, grab your sandpaper and working in circular motions sand away all the years of grit and grime, or just enough to take a way a bit of the shiny.
Now this part was the hardest. I slipped a few curse words, just a few. And the littles were hidden inside with their Daddy, so it was okay.
You’re going to want to tape up all of the plastic so that only the metal part gets painted and it adds a nice touch of contrast. The good thing about painters tape is that it sticks to itself nicely, so get it in those nooks and crannies and smooth it out as best you can, it’s time consuming, but worth it.
Next spray on a coat or two of your primer. I only did one coat.
Then you simply spray on your paint until you reach the color payoff that you are going for and Voila!