Thrift Store Decor Day
This has to be one of my favorite days of the month. Finding items to repurpose is high on my everyday bucket list (no pun intended).
I stenciled a seashell project just a couple of months ago. I try to change up themes each month but I needed a seashell bucket for the shells hubby picked up on our recent trip to Tybee Island.
I’ve had the little rusty bucket for a while. I looked at it the other day and realized it was the perfect size to hold the seashells.
It was definitely rusty inside. I wanted to keep the rusty patina but also protect anything I put in the bucket from rust and dirt so I waxed the bucket….all over….inside and out….three times.
I used Annie Sloan clear wax because that’s all I had on hand. I never run out and buy anything for a project if I can help it. Any type clear wax would do…Howard’s is my fav.
I have (had) a brand new pack of sisal rope. Everything I own may be adorned or wrapped in sisal soon.
Hot glue was the best bet for attaching the sisal. After burning my finger tips 240 times I grabbed a pair of long tweezers to hold the sisal in place while the glue set. I don’t think I have any fingerprints left.
The bucket looked darn cute with just the sisal rope but you know me…over the top. I was going to stencil something exciting, like “shells”, on the bucket but came up with a much better plan. I remembered the starfish I ordered last week on eBay. I hot glued one of those on and was done.
I ordered the starfish because I wanted to try my take on the coastal style flag I fell in love with at the cottage on Tybee.
Do you love it too?
Sisal Rope Wrapped Rusty Starfish Seashell Bucket
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Bucket- rusty or not
I like to change things up with the seasons and seashells are the perfect touch for Summer. I also fill glass jars and bowls with shells from Kodiak Island, Florida, and other beaches we’ve visited.
Time to see what my thrifty friends have for us today. Just click the pink links below and have a great day!
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Wow! Your bucket looks amazing now! Wonderful job on updating a piece that would probably be overlooked by so many people. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!
Christy Little @ Our Southern Home
So cute! I really need to make a few of these for toiletries at the beach cottage!
Very nice makeover on the bucket-using the sisal was perfect Kathy.
nice tip about using the long tweezers for those ouchies.
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This is super cute and very beachy, love it!
very pretty, very creative
Adorable! I'm now on the lookout for a rusty bucket. 🙂
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
I'm loving this! So cute & beachy!
Looks great! Love the starfish on the outside!
Love that bucket - what size would you say it is (1 qt, 1-2 gallons?" If I put it on a table, I'd need a quart size - my house is small. I love your take on the starfish flag! You're so clever.
Hey Barbara, It's a small bucket, maybe, 1-2 quarts.
Your title is a mouth full, sort of like she sells sea shells down by the sea shore.
It turned out so pretty and the starfish definitely makes it. Beautiful!!