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Spring Pastels Painted Wooden Bucket

Spring Pastels Painted Wooden Bucket

Posted by DecoArt on Apr 2nd 2015

We’ve had a few gorgeous spring days, and I’ve been inspired to work on some colorful projects to celebrate the season.

I love the bright, pastel colors I used for this painted wooden bucket that I made over using DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint. The pink-and-blue bucket would make a darling Easter basket, and it will also be perfect for displaying spring blooms.

Items Needed:

  • 2 Inch Paintbrush
  • Small Artist's Paintbrush
  • Wax Brush
  • Water
  • Paper Towel


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I began by painting the outside of the bucket with two coats of Chalky Finish in Escape. I just painted the body of the bucket and the handle, but not the banding, since I knew I wanted to paint it a contrasting color.

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I also painted the inside of the bucket pink with two coats of Innocence.

Once the outside of the bucket had dried, I used a smaller paintbrush to apply Innocent to the banding. I also added some pink to accent the handle.

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Next, I applied a thin whitewash of Everlasting to the entire outside of the bucket.  

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I made sure my brush was pretty wet while applying this thin, watery coat of paint. I just wanted to tone down the bright colors a bit, to give the bucket a “shabby chic” look.  

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I did not whitewash the inside of the bucket. I like the contrast of the bright pink interior.

Once the paint dried, I wanted to add some light antiquing.

I brushed on DecoArt Americana Crème Wax in small sections. But instead of letting the wax dry and buffing, I wiped most of it off with a wet paper towel.

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This technique is similar to using a glaze. But since I used wax, I did not need to add another topcoat to the finished bucket.

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Such a colorful and easy project for spring.

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