June 30, 2013

4th of July DIY: Star Spangled Beverage/Party Tub

   
Here's a nice little 4th of July project I came up with for The Home Depot for a summer campaign a few years back.  




Inspiration struck when I found a 16 3/4 gal. Galvanized Utility Tub at Home Depot for around $20.



I knew it would be the perfect vessel from which to ice and serve a selection of Sonoma County microbrews, Napa Valley wines, and retro soda pops on the 4th of July! Moreover, it can pull double-duty as a patriotic pedestal for a dessert table, or to hold bags of popcorn, party favors, water balloons, etc.

  Star Spangled Beverage/Party Tub DIY






Materials List


(All of my supplies were purchased at The Home Depot)


  • Galvanized Tub
  • White spray primer
  • Red spray paint
  • Blue spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Contact paper (shelf paper) or a star stencil
  • Masking paper

Step 1:  Remove any stickers or labels from the tub.  I used Goo Gone to remove the left-over adhesive.  Wipe any dust or dirt from the tub. 



 
Step 2:  Place tub upside down and prop up handles to make them easier to spray.  Spray entire tub with a coat of white primer.  When dry, add a remaining coat to the center band only.



 Step 3:  Use painters tape to mask off the entire center band.




 

Step 4: Spray the entire outside of the tub red.  When dry, add a second coat.


   
Step 5: When dry, remove painters tape to reveal the white center band.


 
Step 6:  Draw a star shape on the backside of the contact paper.  I stacked up several squares of contact paper at a time and cut out my stars.  I ended up using around 20 stars.
 

  
Step 7:  Peel the paper backing from the stars, then stick in place, centered along the white band of the tub.
 


 

Step 8:  Use painters tape and masking paper to tape off the red top and bottom of the tub.  To get the two white stripes, make sure that your painters tape covers a thin line of white along the top and bottom of the center band.  


  
Step 9:  Spray the unmasked area with blue paint.  When dry, paint a second coat of blue paint.  When dry, remove the tape and paper.
 

 
Step 10:  (This step is optional, but I wanted to have the top rim of my tub be a solid red, rather than partly silver.)  Mask off the rim (both inside and outside the tub) and carefully spray with red.  When dry, remove the masking.




Step 11:  All the tub to dry for at least an hour in a warm place before removing the star stickers.  




  When all star stickers have been removed, you're done and your tub is ready to fill with cool refreshing drinks!

 

 


I was delighted with how this project turned out.  We're having a big family BBQ on  Thursday, and it's going to be both functional and a patriotic showpiece.


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32 comments:

  1. Such a great idea. I am not "careful" when spraying with spary paint - I am not patient enough!!

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    1. Tee hee! I can relate. You should have seen my left foot yesterday. It was blue ombre, to put it nicely. You could see where my sandal was when I took it off.

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  2. OK Not sure where I am supposed to make the comment on Jo-Ann's blog page or here. But I would use the 40% off coupon( AE831) on some tulle for a 4th garland that will later be used as a row cover for cabbage.

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  3. Awesome I love your project! Happy 4th my friend!

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  4. I need and want so many things at Home Depot- But I think I 'd have to go after a 30% off deal. I'm sure there would be something to use and make for the 4th.

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  5. I would use the 40% Off One Regular Priced Item at Joanns

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  6. I am hoping that I couls use the Up to 50% Off Select Items with the Red White & Blue Sale to make some decorations

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  7. I'd use the Save Up to 40% Off Scrapbooking Products code

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  8. I'd use Save Up to 50% Off Select Items with the Red White & Blue Sale at HD

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  9. I clicked on SEVERAL of the links for the Home Depot codes and coupons... they all take you to their website, therefore there are no codes (that I could find) for me to provide to you.

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  10. AE831--the 40% off coupon at Joanns to buy some material.

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  11. I would use the Save up to 30% at Home Depot.

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  12. I would use the 30% off overstock at Home Depot.

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  13. I'd use the code for 40% off one regularly priced item at Joann's.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. I'd use the code for up to 30% off overstock items at Home Depot for my 4th of July project.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. I could use the 50% sale off! Always need coupons for DIY projects!

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  16. I would use AE831 to purchase Tshirts and tie dye kits...and make t-shirts for our picnic..i would also purchase scrap booking stuff and make a scrapbook page of our t-shirts and picnic....

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  17. I would use SAVE15 on a snow cone machine ..for our picnic and use blue raspberry and cherry for the patriotic colors..

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  18. I used the 40% off regular priced and the 10% of entire order to buy a bunch of stuff to make my 4th of July cookies.

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  19. For Home Depot, I'd use the Free Shipping over $45 cause I'm always spending over that!

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  20. I used the 4 cents shipping code from JoAnn to order a banner punch so I can add 4th of July papers and vintage map pieces to a patriotic card.

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  21. For Home Depot, I would use the 5.00 off one gallon paints. I have so much painting to do!

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  22. At Joann's I'd use the code AP138 for
    Free shipping with $50 purchase

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  23. At Home Depot I would choose: Free Shipping on most orders $45+ to get the things I need for my DIY project. :)

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  24. At coupons.com I would use JoAnns code AE831 for 40% off supplies to make a USA / 4th of July wreath for my front door.

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  25. At coupons.com I would shop the Red White and Blue Savings Event for Unbeatable Deals at Home Depot. Need some American flags to go with my door wreath I will make.

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  26. I would use AE831 to buy some patriotic fabric to make an apron to wear on the 4th!

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  27. I would probably use code AE138 (40% off ) Thanks!

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  28. I would make a wooden flag wall hanging

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