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
(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 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.
Be sure to visit all of the other creative projects my friends came up with for this challenge!
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