Gold Watering Can

Gold Watering Can

Posted by DecoArt on Mar 11th 2018

Spring is calling with warmer temperatures and sunshine. To me, flowers bring joy and I am always looking for new ways to display the pretty petals. Today, I am sharing how I turned an old rusted watering can into a beautiful matte metallic centerpiece. This flower arrangement would be perfect to display in home for spring and Easter.

Items Needed:

  • HomeRight Paint Sprayer
  • Paint Brush
  • Metal Watering Can
  • Flowers


I started by looking for a vintage metal watering can and I really lucked out on the one that I found on ebay. I really love the round shape and embossed flower on both sides of the water can. You can generally find items like this online or in antique stores.

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I started by cleaning the can using hot soapy water and a wire scrub brush. Once the can was cleaned and dried, I applied one coat of Americana Decor metal primer using a paint brush. Leave the primer on to dry for at least 12 hours. One coat was all I needed but if your piece is very rusted, you might need to apply multiple coats. The metal primer is used on already rusted surfaces to block further rusting.

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Next, comes the fun part. I made my own spray shelter using a cardboard box and set it up outside on a small side table. This will contain the paint so it doesn't get everywhere. I put some gravel rocks into the watering can to weigh it down so it didn't move while spraying it. I poured about half of the container of Americana Decor Matte Metallic in gold into a HomeRight finish max sprayer. You want to apply a light, even coat of paint moving the sprayer back and forth. I applied two coats for full coverage and allowed each coat to dry completely. 

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One tip I have when creating flower arrangements is to use both real and faux flowers. This creates dimension and texture. I really love the color contrast between the gold watering can and purple flowers.

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Painting this rusted vintage watering really breathed new life into it. It is now beautiful and can be displayed inside or outside for your spring and Easter decor.

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