A New Look for My Thrift Store Find ~ Patinated Watering Can

A few weeks ago I shared with you a watering can I picked up at a second had store for only $2. I thought it was kind of cute and figured I'd probably end up painting it. As it turned out I received the spring issue of  The Cottage Journal and fell completely in love with the beautiful urn on cover, so decided to use this picture as my inspiration.

Here is my little watering can before...

Kind of boring right?
Well with some aqua spray paint, Minwax and a little watered down chalk paint, I was able to give this can a whole new vibe.

All I did to start was to paint the entire can in Rustoleum's Aqua spray paint. After it was dry I gave it a rub down with Minwax stain in dark walnut using a paper towel. I tried to wipe most of the Minwax off leaving it darker in the areas of the rope detailing. Finally when it was dry, I drizzled the watered down chalk paint on to the can. This gave the can the beautiful mottled appearance.

I think my little watering can likes her new look. Isn't she just the perfect container to fill with spring flowers?

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  1. I remember when you got that can. It looks SOOOO much better. She is a beauty now- xo Diana

  2. WOW, it looks great! You really did a great job of painting. Amazing what you can find at Thrift Stores to re-purpose.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week,

  3. That is great, I love the new look!
    I need to pull one of mine out and give it a try.
    thanks for sharing,

  4. What a great find and you did a fantastic paint makeover.It looks great!

  5. What a wonderful post! It's so satisfying to go thrifting and find a treasure...Then to transform it to something you will enjoy for many years.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Carolynn xo

  6. This looks so pretty! I love the blue. You have some great painting techniques, I'm glad you shared them. It's so neat to be inspired by something you see somewhere else.


  7. Your watering can looks so pretty.....I love,love,love that color!!!!
    Have a great week :o)

  8. This is a great update to your watering can. I love the color.
    Have a great week,

  9. Terrific new look for your watering can. Love the color!!
    Mary Alice

  10. Very pretty. You'd never know it had such a boring before life. Looks just lovely.

  11. Oh my gosh, you were so smart to use The Cottage Journal cover as your inspiration. That cover is just beautiful! Love how your watering can turned out.

  12. That looks great.I love the color. I'm going to have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow!!! Amazing! I love the new look. You turned it into a great $2 find! Your newest follower.

  14. Barbara, now you have a 25.00 watering can at least, probably more. It turned out so pretty. I just love it..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  15. Hi Barbara,
    I just love it when people update home decor items and yours is so pretty! Thanks for linking up at Transformed Tuesday this week. I'm a new follower.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  16. Love the watering can. I wasn't familiar with The Cottage Journal, but thanks to you I will sign up to get it on my iPad. Can't wait to see what other ideas they ahve.


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