Creative Ideas For Galvanized Tubs

July 15, 2016



Galvanized Tubs

A few weeks ago, my neighbors moved. They had lived in their house for more than fifty years, so you can imagine what a treasure trove it was. For weeks, all sorts of unique items tempted me from the curb. Since I am still firmly entrenched in my simplifying phase, I refused to peek at the growing pile, but when two galvanized buckets showed up, I grabbed them and ran.


I have been drooling over the look of these buckets for so long, of course, now that I have not one, but two, I have no idea what to do with them.

Lucky for me, I have a ton of creative friends who shared some fabulous DIY ideas.

Where do I start?

I absolutely adore the idea of dressing my buckets up with pretty labels. What a neat take.


New Labels For Old Buckets

Painting is another option. How cute is this? And...it will work on any kind of metal bucket, not just the galvanized variety.


DIY Faux Enamelware

This would look perfect by my pool in the summer or in fall during tailgate season. Refreshing!


DIY Drink Stand

I could just leave them alone and move them inside, as decor accessories. Easy and stylish. 

I love that. 


Inside As Decor Accessories

While using the buckets as planters was my original idea, I hadn't really thought about all the planting possibilities. 

Mums are just about ready to make their appearance at the nurseries in my neck of the woods. If I plant them now, I could keep them on display until Thanksgiving! 

Thanksgiving people. I am all over that. 

Don't they look perfect coupled with the wooden pieces?


Rustic Porch Planters

A pretty container garden is another way I could add color to my yard. The directions are so easy and if I added perennials they may even come back next year.

Maybe. 

You have to remember who's doing the gardening here. 


Container Gardens

A centerpiece? I am in love. Isn't this the sweetest?


Mini Moss Centerpiece

The idea of growing my own herbs has always enticed me. How pretty would this look on my deck, right outside my kitchen?

Real life function and real pretty decor in one rustic (galvanized) package.



Of course, one of my favorite ideas comes from Pam at Biscuits and Burlap. She suggested using my new tubs to shuck corn over. Hmmm.

That actually sounds like the easiest bucket DIY ever.

And you know how I love easy.

Plus, I get a tasty snack to boot.

Perfect.

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58 comments:

  1. Hi Kim. Thanks so much for including my coffee table makeover in your roundup. So honored. XO Susie from The Chelsea Project

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    1. Susie, thanks for the inspiration...and ps, your table is beautiful!! :)

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  2. Plenty of possibilities for those galvanized pails!
    I have some old, (very) crocks that might look good with them!

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    1. Now I am going to have to look out for crocks, Lynne!! ;)

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  3. Ok now I'm wondering where that curbside pile is... Nice buckets!!!

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    1. Haha! I know you are a great pile hunter!

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  4. Lots of fun ideas. When my nephew graduated my sister used galvanized stuff for the grad party. It was so fun and she was purchasing stuff for a year in preparation. Her theme was blaze orange and camo with the galv. It was a lot of fun. Neat that yours are vintage. Love that.

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    1. That sounds like a neat idea, Lorri! Congratulations to your nephew! :)

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  5. You know I love them! I have them full of flowers and herbs, and then the water gardens.
    Brenda

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    1. Water gardens....mmmm....great idea, Brenda. It's on the list! Thanks!

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  6. All I can say is WOW your timing is perfect and those neighbors are the bomb! Too bad they're moving but what a score!

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    1. I know!! I never get this lucky, Gina. I will miss my neighbors, but I love my new buckets!! :)

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  7. I've got several in my garden, filled with flowers of course... but I really like your corn-shucking idea! :)

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    1. No chickens in those buckets? Tee tee!! ;)

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  8. I love all these ideas! I am a huge bucket fan. I found two huge old ones in my garage from the previous owners. I have them both planted with flowers that spill over the edges....so pretty! I am always so tempted when I see them at barn sales.

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    1. That sounds so pretty, AnnMarie. I have never gotten this lucky before. My curbside finds usually require some major renovation. Keeping my eyes open from now on though!! ;)

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  9. Kim, Thanks so much for linking to my site just for the corn-shucking idea. Sara and I were doing a piece on southern-style creamed corn and I had just told her I wished I had a bucket to use and lo and behold there you were ....asking for ideas. What timing!

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    1. What timing, indeed, Pam!! And thanks for the idea. I can live out my farm girl dreams shucking corn in my tub. Perfect! :)

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  10. Thanks, Kim! I have a few buckets!!!

    Jane

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    1. I think I have just become a collector, Jane! ;)

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  11. We can see why you couldn't resist those galvanized buckets. Love them and the mini moss centerpiece.
    My mother used to say "You have to get while the getting is good" When I look at my stash of must haves I have collected over the years, I realize how much they have increased in price.
    Myrna

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    1. Myrna, my sister went to a sale recently and saw them for upwards of $60 apiece for small tubs. I bet you have a small fortune sitting in your collection!! :)

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  12. I love galvanized buckets and if you fill them with flowers (especially mums) that's my favorite!

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    1. I am so doing the mum one, Lisa!! Love that!!

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  13. Lol! I must be one of the few people who uses things like vintage galvanized buckets for their original intended purpose! Having said that, I'm at the point in my life where I have more galvanized and enamelware buckets and pans than I'll ever need so I use some of them for plant containers. I don't plant into them directly though as the dirt and constant moisture will ruin them. Instead I put an already potted plant in them or line them with heavy duty plastic tablecloth material to protect the pail or bucket before adding the soil.

    I grew up with Depression era grandparents whom I loved dearly. It stirs up a lot of warm memories when I use items that my grandparents used in the same way that they used them. Sitting out on the back porch on the porch swing shelling peas into the enamelware pan on my lap, galvanized pail of unshelled peas at my feet, watching sunlight dancing with the leaves and listening to the summer serenade of the birds and cicadas, a cool breeze ruffling my hair, the sounds of children playing, the distant whirr of a lawnmower and the smell of fresh cut grass scenting the air...... it's like going back in time!

    Enjoy your buckets however it is that you decide to use them!

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    1. Kim, what wonderful memories, you just made me think of my own grandparents and my own depression era parents. I appreciate the planting tips. These are my first galvanized buckets and I do not want to wreck them!! :) Thanks!!

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  14. Hi Kim, gotta love a galvanized container. All these ideas are awesome. Thanks for sharing the inspiration. LOVE the sweet centerpiece too!

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    1. Aren't all those ladies just so talented? Great ideas one and all!

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  15. Wow, Kim, what a great curb-score! Galvanized buckets are definitely a decorating trend right now....both inside and outside. Can't wait to see what you do with yours!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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    1. Best window shopping - meaning I looked out my window - that I have ever done, Carol!!

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  16. Hi,
    Love galvanized buckets. And what a score for you.
    I planted our canas in a bucket last summer. They looked great.
    I used our other bucket for a Christmas tree stand. I did a rustic look.

    I like the ideas you shared.
    Carla

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    1. Ah...the Christmas tree stand!!! I knew I was missing a great idea! I am doing THAT!! :)

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  17. Great ideas Kim! I have a few galvanized containers too:)
    Jemma

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    1. I bet yours are decked out with fabulous flowers, Jemma!! :)

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  18. Super great find, Kim! I know you will put those beauties to good use. Take care, Maria

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    1. Thanks Maria! I am looking forward to a good DIY...or two! :)

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  19. Lots of good ideas here including corn shucking! :)

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  20. Ooooo, love all these. I'll have to search the curbs for a bucket for myself. Can't wait to see what you do with yours.

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    1. I got so lucky, Kristi. I hope that you do, too!! :)

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  21. Thanks for all the fun ideas. I love galvanized buckets and might copy a few of the ideas.

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    1. I am so excited to dig in, Carol!

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  22. I'm sure that Mary Condo would have approved of your taking home the galvanized buckets. I didn't know so many wonderful things could be done with them. Now I want one. Or two.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Aren’t those ideas wonderful, Amalia? I can’t wait to get started! :)

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  23. Hi Kim, wow how lucky to have scored those awesome tubs!! I LOVE all of your ideas! My sister in law uses hers for drinks outdoors at her parties!! The possibilities are endless. I like using them for planters in the fall! I know they will look nice whatever you decide to do. :)

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    1. Thanks Julie. I was so lucky that day...I know that if they were there for much longer someone else would've grabbed them for sure!! :)

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  24. Great ideas, I love the herb garden! I am pinning this one and would love if you would stop by and share it at Celebrate Your Story link party! I would love to feature this post next week! I will be filling a couple with mums come fall!

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    1. Thank you, Chloe. I love that idea, too. :) I'll pop by, thanks!!

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  25. Oh my goodness, I would NOT have been able to resist the neighbor's trash pile no matter how much I was simplifying. Trash, especially interesting looking trash, draws me like a magnet. But those buckets were nice finds. I'm glad you weakened, Kim. You can do so much with them as you are showing us here.

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    1. I used to look and pick up anything that interested me Florence, but as my house filled up, I began to look away! These were too good to pass up, though, that's for sure! :)

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  26. I've got peppermint growing in one but I've got another nicer one that I need to do something with. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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    1. I really do like the herb idea, Ronda. It's useful and pretty...and I bet your peppermint smells great! :)

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  27. Herb gardens are GREAT...I also have ivy in two big buckets in a goat wagon, jimson weed flowering in a horse trough, morning glories on the patio in an old funnel, more morning glories at the back fence in a #3 washtub...etc.! Yes, I LOVE buckets, troughs and tubs!!
    I am even jealous of yours :^)
    Hugs,
    J

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    1. Well, I am jealous of yours!!! It sounds fabulous...all of it. I have some work to do and fill mine up!!

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  28. We had so many of these when I was growing up and thought nothing of them. After seeing this post I wish I had a few now. Thanks for sharing this with us at Celebrate Your Story.

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    1. I know!! When I think about what was given away or thrown out over the years, I could cringe!

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  29. Stop the presses! You got those FOR FREE!! Hells bells I'm jealous! I paid more than $20 for mine (singular) at a garage sale. New they're about $59!

    I'm using it as a planter with some petunias. I like the idea of herbs too...of course, you could always do a fairy garden ;).

    xxx

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    1. Free!! And I hesitated at first...can you believe it?? Silly girl!! ;)

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