I always pick up galvanized and rusty old buckets whenever I am out at a flea market or second-hand store.  There is something about their worn patina that attracts me to them. And you can use them in so many different ways depending on the shape and size.  My favorite way to use them is in on our porch or patio filled with flowers or topiaries.

I had a bunch of old galvanized buckets and thought I would do something special with a few of them, give them a personalized touch.

Here is what you will need for the project:


Acrylic or Latex Paint, White

Stencil- Like this one or even this one

Stencil Brush

Painters Tape

Paper plate

Polycrylic Sealer


I purchased this stencil from Hobby Lobby.  Lets get started.

I started by giving them a good cleaning with soap and water.

Next you want to find a good spot where you will want to put the image.  Use painters tape to secure the stencil to the bucket.

Now the magic begins!  Less paint is more here.  Put a little paint on a paper plate.  Dip your foam brush in and then dab the brush on the plate removing some of the paint.  You want your brush to be on the dry side.

Next, dab your brush up and down all over the stencil, reapplying paint as necessary.

Once the entire stencil is covered, remove it from the bucket and inspect your work.  Remember this is a project meant to look rustic. It is okay if it has imperfections.


Seal the paint with a clear spray polycrylic.  If I am keeping the bucket outside, I usually do a couple of coats.

Add flowers to the bucket and now you have a bucket with a little personalized touch.

I can hardly wait to bring these to the Main Street Market in Rockford, IL.   This market is a favorite of mine. So many vendors from all over the country.  The Main Street Market is held in May and September- You can find information here- https://urbanfarmgirl.com/main-street-market/