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I was strolling through our local Goodwill last week looking for goodies donated by people trying to claim a last minute tax write-off. I came across a bucket with a $1 price on it.

I grabbed it and ran to the register. Especially because the pail was originally $9.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Miss Mustard Seed’s aged painted pails have been stored in my memory banks since I first saw them in August. (And that is saying a lot, considering I can’t remember what I ate for lunch today!)

Marion used crackle medium, but I remember seeing somewhere that you can use regular elmer’s glue mixed with a little water instead. So that is what I did – and guess what – IT WORKED!

I only used enough H20 to water down the glue so it would be easier to paint on.

I brushed it all over the outside of the pail (bottom too!) And let it dry.

Next I pulled out leftover flat white paint that we use on our ceilings and painted one coat on the pail.

I had to work quick, because the paint got gooey quick and you don’t want to keep brushing over the paint when it starts to dry (trust me on this one.)

After the white paint dried, I took out some acrylic paints and painted some stripes, flowers and a monogram for my good friend, Amy.

To protect the paint from chipping off, I added a coating of matte mod podge.

Isn’t it cute? Much better than the original.

But, I wasn’t done…no sir E Bob. I cut up these Goodwill pants that only cost $2.49:
To make this:
The liner was super easy to make, tutorial HERE.
AND then I filled it will some bath goodies for a special friend.


Sharing this Lined Aged Bucket at this week’s $5 CSI Project Challenge.
14 replies
  1. Leen
    Leen says:

    You, my friend, are so gosh darn clever! Did the pants come from Goodwill too?? I am going to try to sneak out of the studio for an hour today to see if my local shop has any good finds 🙂

  2. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More
    Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    I hate to admit this, but I am crackle-challenged. Impaired, actually. I've tried all kinds, all brands, and it's a hit-or-miss for me. I haven't tried glue yet, though. This is just so dang cute that I've got to give it another whirl!

  3. Mixed Kreations
    Mixed Kreations says:

    How cute! I love the how you painted the bucket, and the color of the liner looks great. Very creative, looks very nice. I bet your friend loved it.
    I haven’t heard of using Elmer’s glue before for crackle paint. I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing.


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