Refurbishing a Small Trash Can
A small trash can that is older or an unattractive colored is easy to spruce up with a bit of paint and torn fabric. Make it more compatible with your decor. The materials needed and steps followed for this makeover follow.
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I will just say that my bathroom plumbing is 45 years old and the original commode is a bit sensitive. Let's just leave it at that. So, I have started putting my TP in a waste basket. But those colors had to go!
Total Time: 2 hours (not including dry time).
- trash can with swing top lid ($.99)
- 4 yd fabric of your choice (for tiny can)
- 1 oz paint color ($.10)
- 1 paper embellishment (bag with designs you like)
- hot glue gun
- paint brush
- Cut or rip 1" strips of the fabric you chose.
- Hot glue the first one to the back bottom of the container base. Wrap as you are gluing. Set aside.
- For the lid, I wanted to make the top white but do something fun with the swing top. My bathroom is black and red, with white and gray accents. I painted the top of the lid white. It took 5 coats to cover the original color.
- The swing top was a challenge. I found that because it curved, I had to make little slits in the sides of the paper to overlap each other. Then came the wrinkles, but I found I kind of liked that. So after it dried for 3 hours, it was all done but the final coating.
- I took it outside to spray shellac it. I did two coats and everything now is a nice protected surface impervious to any moisture from the showers and such. N-JOY!!
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