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Metal Trash Can Cooler

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Metal Trash Can Cooler
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Metal Trash Can Cooler

designed by Regina Davis

Create a summery beverage cooler out of a lidded metal container.

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Lace (ADC02)
  • Legacy (ADC21)
  • Rouge (ADC07)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • painter's tape
  • 2" flat brush
  • galvanized metal container


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Wipe down the container surface with a damp paper towel to remove any dust. Optional: Tape off the handle with painter's tape to avoid getting paint on it.
  2. Paint the lid in Rouge and set aside.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Paint the bottom of the can in Lace.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Once the can is dry, apply the painter's tape to the sides of the can, keeping the thickness of the stripes in mind. Be sure to follow the contour and grooves of the can.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Paint the stripes in Legacy.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Once the paint has dried, distress by lightly sanding all painted areas. If any paint has accidentally gotten on the handle, sand off.
    Step 5 Example