Olive Bucket Makeover


Did you see my Instagram post with the olive bucket I found at Wal-Mart for $12.44? I fully admit that I’m a total snob and hate shopping at Wal-Mart. I avoid that place with all my power. But sometimes you just need to buy 18 cent spiral notebooks and have no choice. And sometimes I actually find something cool in that place. Like this olive bucket.


I loved the bucket. But it just needed to be a bit more authentic. You know like covered in rust.

To get the aged looked, I filled the sink with a whole container of vinegar. Added about 1/2 cup of regular old table salt in the vinegar and then let the bucket sit in the mixture.

I turned it about every 20 minutes until the whole olive bucket was distressed to my liking. You can see the difference above. The left side had been submerged in the vinegar/salt mixture and the right side was the original straight from Wal-Mart finish.Inexpensive-olive-bucket

Much better than spending $100 on a bucket!

I was thinking of turning it into a light fixture like I did here. But for now it looks great filled with flowers from my garden.

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Thanks for stopping by! My family and I recently moved into a builder box home. And in between playdates and swim lessons you can find me adding some thrifty, diy charm to our new home.

4 thoughts on “Olive Bucket Makeover

  1. Hi Danielle! this is cute! I really love your creativity. I just followed your blog for months now and I was amazed by your DIY project. You are skillful and very awesome person. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I hope you’re able to find the olive bucket at your Wal-Mart. I pretty much hate shopping at Wal-Mart but every once in awhile I find something cool.

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