Sunday, August 10, 2014

You Put the Suds in the (Olive) Bucket, Pt. 2

Hi everyone!

When last we met, I was all excited about the new olive bucket from WalMart and was on my way to aging it with a formula found on the internet.  Well, let me tell you - it has been a long process and I am continuing to wait for a little more "aging" to take place.  I first tried a bleach, vinegar,  and salt formula.  That worked a bit, but not as much as I had hoped.  Today I am going with the "toilet bowl cleaner" approach and that seems to be moving things along a bit more quickly.  I think I will need to keep this up for a few days to get to a patina I like.  Still, for $12-ish, I am willing to wait!

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ONGOING: 



In the meantime, Mr. Bluebird and I went to one of my favorite flea markets in Elkhorn this morning, and what to my wondering eyes should appear? A genuine, real deal olive bucket!  Gloriously rusted and weathered and crusty - in other words - perfect!  And get this:  the dealer was asking $35, but sold it to me for $30!!!  He had a lot to choose from, in a variety of shapes, sizes, and conditions, so it was great fun searching out one to take home - at a bargain price.



Isn't she a beaut?  I wire brushed it off and then gave it a couple coats of matte clear sealer to stop the rusting process - enough is enough!  Plus, I did not want rust rubbing off on whatever indoor surface I use it on.


So, never say never, but I think I have enough olive buckets now - not planning to be a bucket hoarder or anything like that.  I did a little research at home to see what prices these things get on the internet, and it looks like anywhere between $48 and $75 - so I am very happy with the $30 I paid out, plus I didn't have to pay shipping!  This was the only dealer that I found at this huge flea market that had olive buckets and prior to today, I had not seen any available before - either at the flea market or area antique shops.  In the end, a lucky find!


I do not know what will become of my WalMart faux bucket, but even if I can't get quite the patina I am looking for, I am confident I will find the perfect use for it here at home (outside or in), and it will fit right in with the rest of the family "treasures!" Hopefully there will be a part 3 of this story, but who's to say?


Hope you all had a terrific weekend!  Did you score any bargains? Real or faux?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jane

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33 comments:

  1. How cool is that, finding one at the flea market and at a good price too!

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  2. I think it's aging nicely. I have an original olive bucket too, but your Walmart find was such a bargain!

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    1. Nothing like an original, but that Walmart deal is working out ok also!

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  3. love how its looking so far....I just might have to run to walmart.....your fern really looks good in the other one....I wish I had a green thumb.....thanks for visiting my blog.....I am enjoying my visit here as well...

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    1. Thanks Linda - it's been out in the rain all day today, so I am hoping that has helped it along. My ferns do look good - but let me tell you, my other hanging baskets this year are awful, not sure why.

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  4. Cool find Jane! Glad the other one is not lonely anymore :-)

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  5. i bought one and i painted it to look old.

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    1. I actually had planned on doing that originally, but decided to try this first. I may paint a color on top and then sand some of it off. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Great find! Love them both, and your Walmart bucket is coming along nicely. Toilet bowl cleaner, who knew!?
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy - and I always love your party!

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  7. I love the find. And I love the sunflowers. Hope you have a fantastic day!

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    1. Thanks Heidi - I love sunflowers as well. We had a mystery sunflower patch this year - I think it was from seed being dropped from our feeder.

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  8. Wow what a great find and you got sch good price!! love it....

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    1. Thanks Christine - I couldn't believe the price.

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  9. I think they are both quite beautiful, and I love, love, love the sunflowers spilling over the edge!

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    1. Thanks so much Carol - each beautiful in their own way! And with the addition of sunflowers, everything looks better this time of year!!

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  10. They look amazing! Pinned. It is always a pleasure to have you be a part of our party! Please join us tonight at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  11. Hi Jane, I am visiting from Amaze Me Monday! I love this olive bucket..the old one especially but your Walmart version is looking good! I love anything galvanized...the older the better, right? And that fern looks FANTASTIC in the olden one. Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Debby - thanks for the visit. I do have a BIG crush on my vintage olive bucket!

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  12. I have three olive buckets in rusty states and love them. They are useful all over the house inside and outside. If you need a little rust on the new one, fake it with a mixture of brown paint with cinnamon sprinkled on top.

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    1. Olive buckets are great - I know what you mean about so many uses. I am considering the faking it for my new WalMart one - at least a bit. Who'd know? :)

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  13. What a bargain on the vintage olive bucket! I bought mine for $50 and thought that was good. I have seen them at local antique and florist shops for $100-$125. The Wal-mart is much nicer after you gave it the work over. I think you'll find uses for both of them! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Happy to be a new follower.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann! It really was a lucky find - especially since they just aren't found around my area.

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  14. I have the Walmart ovive bucket too and MAY try to age it, still not sure:) LOVE, love the real one you got and at a bargain price! SCORE!!!

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    1. I think the WM bucket was very nice unaged, but I thought I would give it a go!

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  15. I too have been trying the "toilet bowl cleaner" approach with my Walmart olive bucket. I think I need a few more coats. In the meantime, I love the authentic bucket you found and at such a great price!
    Karee

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    1. I used one that had bleach in it, if that helps!

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  16. Love your olive buckets! I keep checking our Wm for those but they do not ever get them in. Thanx for partying at THT.

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    1. Thanks Pamela. I've been looking at my WM (there are two near by my house) for over a year and only recently did they get them in. There were two. When I looked the other day, they were out!

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  17. I have that same Walmart olive bucket and it's still waiting for some age to be added. Yvonne at Stone Gable has a great tutorial for aging anything galvanized that I've used before! Here it is: http://www.stonegableblog.com/how-to-age-galvanized-metal/ Thanks for linking up to my newbie party! Hope to see you again this week!

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    1. Thanks - I have read Yvonne's tutorial and I LOVE her blog!

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