Buckets of Christmas Cheer

Happy Holidays! We are officially here.  Yep, the calendar tells me so.  This year I am digging in my heels and determined to not run around like a crazy woman and enjoy the season of PEACE.  In keeping with my resolution to keep things simple, I simply painted these galvanized buckets I recently found at an estate sale in CeCe Caldwell’s Traverse City Cherry and Michigan Pine.  (if you want to read more about that sale and the plate of bacon I unknowingly stuck my hand in while unearthing the buckets, you can HERE)

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Here is one of the buckets in  au naturel state:

Bucket before

I love how versatile CeCe Caldwell’s paint can be.  Depending on what surface you are using, the colors take different hues.  It is so easy to distress and take off as much as paint as you want, or create a water colored effect.  Just with a damp shop towel, I was able to distress these buckets to my liking, and with the Michigan Pine, I found watering the paint down and using a rag to spread it created this gorgeous faded look.

Look how different Michigan Pine looks on this desk I did last year compared to the buckets!

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Because this paint is chalk and clay based, with no latex or acrylic, it bonds very well, like a cement almost when it is fully cured with what you have painted.  I have painted buckets before and not used a sealer, even put them through my dishwasher and the paint is solid.  I wanted a low gloss for my buckets, a little rustic bling for the holidays so I added CeCe Caldwell’s waxing cream and buffed them until they were a gorgeous soft glow.

Hope your Holidays Buckets of cheer are filling up quickly, mine are!

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  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh pretty! I think I need a red bucket on my front porch!

  2. oh so lovely! love the red buckets!

  3. Oh maaan! Those buckets are sO cOOl!!!!!

  4. Oh, I love these. I am using toolboxes and buckets for Christmas and now I am thinking they need a color wash!

  5. I am so loving the buckets! Now I really want some! :)

  6. Those look so pretty! I love them!

  7. Very cool, I’ve never tried that kind of paint but your results sell it well!

  8. Love the buckets! So simple but big impact! perfect :)


  9. Love the buckets painted so pretty for the season. They really enhnace the Spirit of Christmas in a sweet way.

    I have a galvanized wash bucket that I was thinking of painting, but wasn’t sure how that would look. Now I know!
    Great job!

  10. Those are awesome Karen! Thanx for coming to my place.

  11. Love this idea!

  12. shut up! these are gorgeous…I love me a bucket and then add red and chippy paint and rustic beauty….over.the.edge! yum!

    ♥ NORTHERN COTTAGE {http://www.NorthernCottage.net}

  13. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two. Loving your Christmas Buckets. Tell me, what can you NOT do ?? Make it a pink day, cutie!!

  14. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!

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