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DIY Vintage Chevron Washtub

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My friend Summer is one of the craftiest girls I know. Whether it involves baking, painting, or wielding a power tool, she can do it all.

Her latest DIY? A super cute vintage washtub, transformed into a modern day beauty. She was kind enough to share it here with all of us so we too can get in on the DIY fun.

Summer’s instructions are as follows:

I found an old rusty washtub in my grandfather’s workshop on the farm – loaded it in the car against my husbands wishes and brought it home. First, I sanded the legs which were rusty and bumpy until they were smooth. Make sure that you wear goggles and a face mask so you don’t breathe in the dust from the rest or get it in your eyes. washtub diy I chose paint  from the paint store that already had a primer in it to cover the rust. If you have really stubborn rust, however, you may have to get some kind of rust blocker and put it on before you paint otherwise the rust can eat through the paint. I painted the legs a pretty yellow color, being careful to not paint the rivets or screws that hold the legs together. This keeps a little bit of the silver and sometimes rust color for interest. washtub diy 2 Next I used a pencil to sketch my top row of chevrons. Using a ruler, I measured them to make sure that the points were an equal distance apart. When I was satisfied with the size and dimension of the top row, I penciled on the bottom row to match. Then I painted on the blue paint with an angled brush. diy washtub 3 Last, I used a sand block to sand the edges and let a bit of the original white paint show through before spraying with clear polyurethane to give a little shine and resist scratching. diy chevron washtub That’s it! It can hold ice and drinks on the screen porch, towels next to the sauna downstairs, throw blankets next to the couch, or fill with dirt and grow flowers or a pizza and/or salsa garden!!

Summer – thank you so much for sharing your DIY with Wild Ruffle readers! Be sure to check out more DIY fun here.


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