Thursday, May 26, 2011

DIY: Unlikely Umbrella Stand

The other day I tweeted about this little Los Angeles Rams trashcan that I scoped out in my neighbor's trash while David and I were on a walk with the doggies.

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I passed it up the first time around, but when we returned home, I knew I wanted it. Dave and I took a drive around the neighborhood and put it in the backseat.

My plans were to turn this bad boy into a totally unnecessary but fun umbrella stand. I thought I wanted it to be blue...but it turned out like an electric blue this and I was not a fan. No me gusta.

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I then tuned to my color of all colors: the tried and true pink; but it ended up looking more like Barney and Friends purple! Shoot! From there I decided to try blue, yet again, and I still ended up not liking it. Just my luck.

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None of the three colors you see pictured above actually worked for me. I eventually came back to pink again {surprised??? nah, didn't think so!}, but chose a color I knew I liked {Krylon's Raspberry} and I was satisfied!

I wanted to add a little pizazz to the can so I ordered a Greek key stencil from this online store and it arrived super fast!

I was a little puzzled as to how to use it, but finally figured it out after messing up on cardboard three different times. Whoops.

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Once I decided on the location of the stencil, I taped it to the side of the can with plain old scotch tape, and used a small stamper brush with acrylic paint to dab on the white. I did experience some oozing {that just sounds gross--sorry!} but it was nothing a little elbow grease and some water couldn't clean up.

I had to stencil the bottom layer of the stencil first and then moved on to the top layer. It's much like connect the dots once you finally figure out the order in which the two stencil cut-outs work together.

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Notice how I have "bottom" written on the stencil to help me remember which direction it went.

When it was all said and done, I was way proud of myself and placed her in the living room.

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Of course, I had to make a trip to Target to buy a cute umbrella to place in it! I told you earlier this was an unnecessary but oh-so-fun project! : )

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It was quite the fun little DIY project if I do say so myself! Now my only problem is that I'm constantly scouring the house looking for more items to which I can add my fun Greek key stencil. Nothing's safe...oh my.

xoxo

24 comments:

Kim@NewlyWoodwards said...

This is so darn cute! What a visionary you are.

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

I like the punch of color.

Kelly

Lisa - L.M. Interiors said...

Love the color and how the white Greek key pattern pops against it! Thank you for sharing..
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Kerry said...

Ahhh it looks fantastic! Love the colour and the greek keys adds so much to it! Who would've thought it was an ugly old rams trashcan before!? :)

heather s. said...

I had a feeling you'd do either an umbrella stand or an outdoor planter. Love the pop of color!

~Heather from at home with H

Joi said...

@Heather--I'm very predictable! ; )

jandjhome said...

So cute. I love the color and the stencil pattern.

Sharstin said...

What can't you do?? Love!

Penny Nicole said...

that looks awesome!

Sing said...

Great job, I love the color and pattern.

Caitlin at the Desert Domicile said...

Super cute!!!

The Sister Sophisticate said...

A-ma-zing! You go girl!

jonalynn said...

Pattern + pink + trash picking + Joi = Always something amazing!

turn up the rad blog
turn up the rad creative

Paige said...

Very creative...that could have been an episode of Joi's Jazzy Junk.

Melissa Beck said...

Love the fact that you took a trashcan with something that I HATE on it and turned it into something beautiful! You're simply amazing!

emily said...

Pink + greek key = Fabulous! I would have never guessed what that started out as!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Oh, I love this!!

Karen said...

What a great idea Joi, love the color and the Greek key.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

SO CRAFTY, I LOVE IT.

Leslie G said...

Super cute! I swear we are long lost friends because when I saw the first picture when the trash can was blue, I envisioned it looking awesome with some sort of stencil pattern at the top. SWEAR. =)

Melanie said...

Love this - so cute! Love the pop of raspberry color. Great job.

Julie S. said...

That raspberry color is perfect! I love it!

Suzie said...

Fantastic project! :)

Amy @ Lovely Nest said...

this looks great! I've been wanting to make an umbrella stand as well, but am still on the lookout for the right container!

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