Ditto DiY Challenge 4: A Not-So-Classy Trash Can

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the August {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month all summer long, ten very different bloggers have been hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post.

We have been so thrilled to have so many of you join our challenge each month, but between busy school schedules and work commitments this fall and not one but TWO babies on their way (one of them TODAY–congratulations Lauren!) for our little blogger posse, we decided it might be best to take a break until next year.  Thank you SO much to all of you for joining in the fun!

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Once again, our ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is decorative trash cans, and this was our inspiration photograph:


The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Add a classy pattern to a garbage can

Ditto Diy Garbage Can FailI have to admit that I may have been just slightly over confident going into this challenge.  I mean c’mon, a garbage can?  I could practically DIY that in my sleep.  Since I knew we would still be on the road this week I thought I would be super proactive and get my project done before we left.  My fail-proof plan involved a little a dollar store trash can, a base color of spray paint, bold stripes created with painter’s tape, and a contrast color over top.  I’d remove the tape, and voila!  A perfect classy trash can.

Fail-proof it was not.

For the record, spray paint that promises to stick to all surfaces including plastic does not in fact stick to dollar store plastic trash cans.  The painter’s tape immediately peeled off the first layer of paint, which in retrospect should’ve been my signal to just cut my losses and move on.

But oh no, quitting would just not do.  Instead I forged ahead and decided to change my strategy.  I repainted the outside of the can in my contrast color, then hand painted chevron stripes using some silver all-surface paint I had on hand.  For reasons I still can’t quite explain I then decided to add glitter.  Doesn’t glitter make everything better?

At this point I once again probably should’ve just walked away but oh no, not this little engine that could (not).  As a last ditch effort to salvage my oh-so-very-unclassy trash can, I added a layer of Mod Podge.

Friends, Mod Podge did not work.

After three days of messing around I had a trash can that was truly worthy of the trash.  I would’ve started over and tried something else to avoid the shame of sharing this epic DIY fail, but alas, there was simply no time left.

Sigh.  Sometimes you just gotta know when to walk away.  In this case it was long before I actually did.

Ditto DiY Fail

Thankfully now comes the fun part–seeing YOUR projects! It is time to link up your own fabulous trash can projects and join our LAST {ditto} DIY party of the summer! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for some expert design tips & inspiration on incorporating bold pattern into everyday objects. 

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  • Kalyn Brooke | Creative Savings August 5,

    I was so excited to do this challenge! I feel so awful that yours didn’t turn out, although I love the chevron look you were going for. I also spray painted my trash can {inside only}, but used a primer first. I wonder if that might have helped? Then again, I wasn’t sticking something to it and pulling it off. :( Oh well, at least it was only a $1 trash can!

  • Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) August 5,

    Yes, we have to just laugh at ourselves. Yours still trumps mine, but those stripes are a quick fix. Just paint over them in white. :)

  • Anna August 5,

    Thanks for sharing the bad along with the good! :) It’s nice to know we all have projects that go wrong sometimes.

  • Claire @ A Little Claireification August 5,

    Oh Ruth… it was hard not to laugh out loud at this {so I did} and haven’t we all had a project like this at one point?? You gave it a valiant effort. I still have a gold and aqua painted bottle whose stripes did not quite work sitting in a box {just over there} and it’s mocking me. lol
    Hope to have time to get back to the Ditto DIY fun soon!

  • Stephanie @ grinninglikeanidiot.com August 5,

    If at first you don’t succeed, try,try again :) it’s part of the fun!!! Thanks for sharing the triumphs and the failures!

    Stephanie from grinninglikeanidiot.com

  • Faith August 6,

    It happens to the best of us. However, its good to know that we are in good company. Like Stephanie said – if at first… Thanks for sharing.

  • Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried August 7,

    I did not have much luck with this month’s challenge too. But you inspired me to post it anyway!
    Coming over from the Ditto DIY Party.

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  • Rachel Gilbert May 11,

    Well…this is what I call a cool trash bin! I want to make somehow my trash bin fancier but I just don’t know how. Love this idea because it looks easy and the result is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!


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