I am also mad about metal buckets. Any kind of metal bucket makes me happy. These cute rooster buckets came from the sale aisle of Hobby Lobby. I have purchased a number of these. They feel like they have an oily finish on them, so I first wash with ammonia water and dry well before painting.
On both the wire baskets and the buckets I have used whatever paint is handy: latex, enamel, craft, and spray paint - they seem to do the job.
Here are some small buckets. After cleaning them, I used craft paint in layers: dark green, turquoise, and white. Then I rubbed off some with a cheap paper towel. (HINT: cheap paper towels are excellent for the final sanding or polishing of any piece - some times I will stick it in a knee high hose for extra roughness.) I used a reverse Mod Podge treatment to transfer different French designs from Karen at The Graphics Fairy. The last touch - a bow of torn calico ribbons. (You had to know I would slip those in somewhere!)
Hobby Lobby had these candle boxes in the same metal finish in sets of three sizes. The top set I just sanded down the finish. The middle set I spray painted colonial red. The third set (you can see how they fit inside each other, though I sell them separately) I sprayed white and then sanded down the finish. The tags were created using graphics from Karen and tied with tulle or French seam binding.
All the baskets in this collection were painted with a buttery yellow and distressed with a dry brush of off-white. I tore tulle into strips for the ribbons, added a yellow spray-painted key, and tagged it with a French label (TGF).
Parks and Tate label on a turquoise ribbon.
Marie Antoinette stamped with a crown with an adhesive textured backing. I include hemp ties, but one customer made a French vocabulary game for her children from these!
I love these Victorian-looking Merit tags. I attach a small version to a larger version with mini-jute tied around.
I took this dress form, added a skirt of pink tulle, stamped a crown on it, and tied with pink French seam binding. I tend to use this one for many things - here it is attached to one of the candle boxes.
Turquoise wire basket, pink torn calico ribbon, pink rose label - perfect companions!
I loved this Wake Up America label and placed it on a backing of geometric red paper, It is tied with navy ribbon on a red candle box. I have more ideas for this particular label in the coming months!
This has absolutely nothing to do with wire baskets or metal buckets or images from The Graphics Fairy, but I was cleaning out my booth and this just caught my eye. Just a happy, turquoise-y way to end this post! Well, the stars are metal and I distressed all of them so they sort of fit in.