I have been wanting to do this project for a couple of years now. The trash can to the left is the trash can we use in our house. It's big and that's what I like about it. What I don't like about it is how ugly it is. I have been wanting to paint it but was worried about ruining it, knowing that if I did ruin it I would be stuck with it because my husband had told me NOT TO PAINT IT! :) He jokes with the kids that someday he's going to wake up painted because I paint everything.
To do this project, here's what you'll need:
1 galvanized metal trash can
1 can self etching primer
1 can Rust-Oleum spray paint (you choose the color)
1. In order to paint any galvanized or stainless steel metal you first need to prime it with self etching primer so that the paint will adhere to it. I wasn't able to find this at any of our local hardware stores so I ordered from amazon and was able to get free shipping!
2. Next you'll need to choose your color. I chose Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel in Regal Red.
3. Wash your can well and make sure it's completely dry before you spray the can.
|This is what it will look like|
after 2 coats of primer
5. Now you can start spraying your can with the paint. Again, you want to be in a well ventilated room and spray on several thin coats. It took me about 4 coats to get it completely covered. Let it dry a few minutes between coats of paint. When it is fully painted and you are satisfied let it dry a day or two before using it.
If you are really artistic, which I am not, you can really have some fun painting a design on it if you want to really customize it.
I'm so happy with the results. Not only does it look ten times better in the kitchen but it also cleans better. I bought an extra can of the same color to have on hand in case I need to do any touch-ups. I'm not sure how it is going to hold up to the every day abuse it will take but I'm hoping for the best!
***If you noticed none of my canning jars have covers in the picture above, that's because I'm working on a project that I can't wait to share!