Here in the south we are experiencing an unseasonably warm fall season! In fact, flip flops and short sleeves have become a completely normal staple this November! As a nod to these last warm days I thought it would be fun to revisit one of my favorite summer projects. A cookout isn’t complete without an ice bucket full of cold beverages. And as long as this warm sun is shining, you can be sure the Howard family is still firing up our grill.
The best news of all has to be that come Christmas season, I think I will use this adorable bucket to transport all those homemade holiday goodies back and forth from party to party! The best projects always come with endless possible uses, don’t you think?
For this project you will need:
- Paper towels
- Clean lint-free rag
- Painter’s tape
- Disposable gloves
- Small round tapered artist’s brush
- Amy Howard at Home© nylon bristle brush
- Amy Howard at Home© natural bristle brush
- Amy Howard at Home© Clean Slate™
- Amy Howard at Home© One Step Paint™
- Amy Howard at Home© Gilding Size™
- Amy Howard at Home© Gold Leaf™
- Amy Howard at Home© Zinc Antiquing Solution™
- Galvanized metal bucket or tub from your local hardware store
Ensure your project has a fresh start by spraying the entire surface with the Amy Howard at Home© Clean Slate™. Wipe down with a clean lint-free rag. Follow up with a shower of water to remove any lingering residue from the solution.
First, be sure to put on your protective gloves! Pour Amy Howard at Home© Zinc Antiquing Solution™ into a rubber, plastic, glass or disposable container.
Gather a clean lint-free rag in a ball and gently dip it into your solution. Soak until it is saturated.
Before applying solution to metal, gently squeeze out the dripping excess from the rag. Saturate your metal surface with the solution. Be mindful to never allow an area to be left with unattended drips. This could result in an undesirable patina.
Once the entire surface has been evenly saturated, make a second pass over your project, but this time rub the antique solution into the metal with a firm circular motion. As the solution begins to dry, you will see your metal change to a lighter color. If you desire a darker patina, simply apply more solution.
Pro tip: If there are areas you find you have missed, quickly go back and apply the solution there. You want to make sure your surface has 100% solution coverage as it cures.
Once your bucket has completely dried, apply painters tape in any design you would like! We chose a wide strip pattern to wrap around our bucket.
Thoroughly shake Amy Howard at Home© One Step Paint™ before opening. Follow by stirring paint with a clean paint stick. With long even strokes, apply a medium coat of your Amy Howard at Home© One Step Paint™color around your painter’s tape.
Allow your paint to fully dry and then slowly remove your painter’s tape to reveal your beautiful design!
With a clean artist’s brush, apply an even layer of the Amy Howard at Home© Gilding Size™ to the handles and hardware. Allow this step to dry for a few minutes so the size can become tacky.
Wrap your Amy Howard at Home© Gold Leaf™ to the gilding size layer. Firmly press the gold leaf onto the handles and hardware being mindful to cover the area completely. Make sure there is a sheet a tissue paper between your hand and the leaf. If the gold leaf is touched before application there is a chance it may not stick due to the oils on your fingers. Apply three firm swipes of pressure across the gold leaf and then peel off the tissue paper.
Finish the last step of this project by dusting off the leftover gold pieces with a clean Amy Howard at Home© natural bristle brush!
How is that for an adorable addition to any festive gathering!
Now it is your turn to enjoy the bragging rights!
Until next time,