Super simple transformation this week. We left behind several trash cans when we moved to Colorado. I know it sounds like an odd thing to be left behind, but the trash was one of the last things emptied during the pack up and by then the truck, the car and the trailer were all full to the brim (literally). No room for even a few little trash cans, so they were added to the Salvation Army donation pile. That pile grew significantly during the last few hours of loading the moving truck with an odd assortment of items we knew we could live without, but hadn’t necessarily planned on leaving behind.
Anyways, being a
lot little on the cheap side, I found several trash cans at our local Goodwill ranging in price from 50 cents to a few dollars. All of them in your basic colors which will work perfectly for the most part and still under what you would pay for new. Then I came across this super cute little Rubbermaid trash can that would be perfect for my daughter’s room, except for the color.
If you’ve seen her desk, then you know her room is moving in the direction of pink & purple. A little bit of blue is okay, but she still insists this is a boy color. Not for girls. Her words. Which is funny to me, because I have never tried to influence color preference one way or the other. She has had to share a room with her brother, since the day she was born. Never had a pink nursery or anything like that. But, from the day she was old enough to choose for herself everything has had to be pink, purple, sparkly or glittery.
Anyways, I figured the easiest fix would be to spray paint it. Duh. Is there anything spray paint can’t fix? I picked up a can of Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch in Gloss Berry Pink. You might wonder why I would go to the trouble to spray paint a trash can instead of just purchasing a pink one, considering the cost of the spray paint. Well, I have plans to spray paint her desk chair the same color, so the paint was something on hand not an extra expense. Add in the extra bonus of everything matching perfectly and it makes perfect sense. At least in my little crazy world it does.
Image courtesy of RustOleum.com
This was my first time using the 2x coverage paint and it definitely holds true to it’s name. Even the first thin coat covered the little can with a nice layer of pink paint. Also, very little over spray to go with the great coverage. Definitely be purchasing more in the future.
Her new trash can appeared after 3-4 thin coats.
I do want to note that when I flipped the can to spray the bottom and then back over (after it had dried over night) there was some chipping along the top edge. Which seemed a little odd because I had allowed the top to dry overnight before flipping, so I resprayed and then re-read the drying times. According to the directions it can take up to 5 days for paint to truly cure on plastic. This little
guy girl is going to have to sit in time out for the rest of week to give it a fair shot to dry completely.
I’ll let you know how it goes…