Buffalo Check Your Junk Garden 4th Of July


My only 4th of July blog post for 2017 begins with this vintage blue gas can.  I pulled it out of my shed.   It was originally purchased at a rummage sale for $1.
With my success stenciling a buffalo check pattern on a vintage minnow pail planter, I decided to try stenciling on this gas can.


Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check Stencils organizedclutter.net
The gas can was a perfect size for the medium stencil.  I taped it to the front of the can with 3M Blue Painters Tape, pounced on the light ivory stencil and then flipped the gas can over to do the other side.  There was no overlap of the stencil design.
I washed the gas can down but did NOT sand or prime the rust.  This is a junk garden item.  Imperfection and rust is okay.  I did sand the finished stencil just a bit with a 220 grit sand paper.
The gas can's stencil was protected with at least four coats of Krylon Clear Satin Finish.  This can be reapplied every season or more to protect the stencil.

Now lets' put together a vignette!  I will be using this fun stool that I picked up at a rummage sale this morning.  Lots of paint drips!

I will also be using an old window screen.

I pounded in a nail at the top of the screen to hang a metal white star.

Old Sign Stencils Buffalo Check Vintage Gas Can organizedclutter.net
Next I set the red stool next to the window screen and placed my "buffalo checked" gas can on top.  A patriotic style Minnesota license plate was tied on to the stool brace.

Patriotic Junk Garden Vignette organizedclutter.net
To finish out my patriotic vignette, I added a galvanized bucket  of red,white and blue (purple) petunias.  The plastic hanging basket, that I stuck inside the pail, was $5 this morning at Kmart!  It was in pretty good shape too.

Patriotic Junk Garden Vignette organizedclutter.net
Happy Fourth of July everyone!  Be safe!






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