PAINT ALL THE THINGS!
We had this normal, little, black, boring 5 gallon trashcan for the longest time. We kept it under the sink. That’s one 5 gallon trashcan for a family of 10.
I asked Rabbit what he thought about buying a giant, galvanized steel, 30 gallon trashcan for the kitchen because I was done torturing Matthew, the 8 year old who was in charge of taking out the trash 42 times a day.
So a few weeks ago Rabbit did just that. He got me a giant, silver trashcan and it is was big and and obnoxious and it had a very Oscar the Grouch feel to it, which I liked, but I didn’t like that it was a shiny silver and had a reflective glare so I had this great idea to paint it because that’s what I do.
Kait and I agreed on a color only after much argument about what was the best beachy shade of pink. We ended up with a quart of coral-colored paint and now our trashcan is painted coral because Rabbit was gone to sea for 2 weeks and wasn’t here to hide the pink paint from me.
That’ll show him.
It’s a little more peachy than it looks in the picture but the color is pretty close.
And it’s so fun.
Except the boys aren’t really appreciating it but oh well because I have Nerf gun bullets and army men and Hot Wheels everywhere, people. As a matter of fact, when we cleaned the living room the other day I found no less than 20 army men. Many were decapitated. It was like there was a little plastic battle going on under my couch.
I also found the salt and pepper shakers in the fridge and 18 eggs in the pantry. Not really relevant but you see what I have to deal with.
I just feel like I’ve earned the right to have a pink trashcan. They should just be happy I’m not painting a unicorn or anything on it.
So, just incase you want to paint your trashcan, too, here is how you do it in 13 easy steps.
- Purchase giant 30 gallon trashcan.
- Pick out paint color. Spray paint is easiest. I went with a quart of paint and a paint brush because I couldn’t get the color I wanted in a spray can. I later became very sad and regretful about this.
- Take the can outside and have your children sand the can down with 150 grit sandpaper. Tell them to scuff it up good.
- Wipe it down with a damp rag.
- Paint it.
- Paint it again.
- Paint it again.
- Good grief! Will this thing ever be done?
- Reluctantly give it one more coat of paint.
- Realize that you should have primed it first.
- Realize that it’s never going to be perfect and throw your hands up in the air. Think about saying a curse word under your breath but don’t because you don’t say bad words.
- Let your freshly painted trashcan dry overnight.
- Give it a couple good coats of a clear protective glossy glaze.
- After it’s dry you’re done and it looks so much better than you expected! Yay for paint! And trashcans!
Seriously though, if you decide to paint a metal trashcan, go with the primer first. You won’t regret it.
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