Sprucing up a metal trash can with spray paint
It was left over from my college days, and considering I went to college eight years ago this fall, it was time for something different. Adding a Murphy bed to the space was just the motivation I needed.
I brought home a metal trash can from my grandma's house. I knew the green, faux wood design wasn't exactly going to jive with my color scheme, but I happen to have a good supply of glossy black spray paint.
I still wanted something a little special for the inside, though. I scrubbed the whole trash can with soapy water, sanded it inside and out, wiped it down again and sprayed the inside with my favorite Rustoluem Gloss Apple Red.
After I let that dry for a few hours, I flipped the open end to rest on the ground and painted the rest of the can in gloss black.
That left an unsightly rim without any spray paint, though. So I used newspaper and painter's tape to tape and block off the red inside, and touched up the rim with more glossy black spray paint. I was just careful to make sure the painter's tape was uniform around the edge so it wouldn't look weird.
After it dried a bit, I pulled away the tape to find a much more uniform, black rim. There are a few places where the black paint leaked down under the tape and left drips on the red surface. But I hardly see anyone peeking into my garbage can and pointing out a drippy paint job, so I'm going to leave it.
I like how it turned out. I'm hoping to add more red accents to our spare room, so I'm hoping this will carry the theme along. Plus, this was much easier than some of my other ideas, which included somehow adding stripes or other crafty upgrades.