galvanized bucket


After almost 5 years sitting in an unfinished state, I finally completed my Enclave Remnants Helmet from Fallout:New Vegas. I unfortunately scaled it wrong and it does not fit my head so this will be a display piece that will go on a custom wall mount. I used quite a bit of random trash to finish this such as sharpie magnum caps, a bullet shaped plastic shot glass, 2 mini galvanized buckets, a vacuum hose and air pump hose, fish tank air hose, scrap craft foam, googly eyes, scrap foamular foam, the grill from a broken space heater and screws from a dead radio. It feels great to finally have this finished!


DIY Washtub Bucket or Clawfoot Tub Pond Tutorial

CLICK HERE for a video of the tub pond in action!

CLICK HERE for a video of the washtub bucket pond in action!

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I absolutely love the sound of trickling water, but a large-scale water feature like a landscaped waterfall is not in the budget. So, I created these DIY water features for my patio using a galvanized steel bucket and an old vintage clawfoot tub. I got a small pond/fountain pump which can be purchased here for about $8 and hooked it to a cute fish pond spitter, which can be purchased here for about $20. This creates a constant loop of water from the pump, out the spitter, and back into the pump. There are tons of other pond spitters in different animals or designs available. I also love this watering can shower, or this tipped vase, as other options. You will also need some tubing to connect the pump to the fish, I recommend clear 3/8″ tubing like this which is less than $8 and can be used for multiple water features due to its 3 foot length. While 1/2″ tubing is standard and will also fit this pump, which comes with both 1/2″ and 3/8″ adapters, the connector on the fish itself is 3/8″ and did not work with my 1/2″ tubing despite the label’s claim that it would. If you don’t care about the decorative spitter, you could simply let the pump shoot water up through the tubing and fall back into the container to get that awesome trickling noise. My children each picked out a goldfish from our local pet store and they are currently working on “taming” them to eat from their hands. We also added this beautiful bundle of pond plants to the tub, which really completes the pond and purifies the water so that we do not need a filter. We threw in a handful of duckweed and the fish love to snack on it. Because of that, we only need to feed them every few days with some goldfish flakes.

Please let me know if you have any questions about how you can create your own water feature for about $40 using materials like this and any container you have that holds water! If you are looking for something a bit smaller-scale to start out, check out my DIY vase bubbler tutorial or my DIY planter pot fountain tutorial.


Upcycled Lamps & Lighting Ideas

Birdcage Floor Lamp: A thrift-store birdcage is paired with an old chandelier to create a unique floor lamp. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Mason Jars: Aqua and green jars are fitted with funnel tops and Edison bulbs then hung in a cluster to make a vintage-style kitchen light. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Wine Jug: A big bottle of vino was emptied then turned into a table lamp. The unique macramé shade adds the perfect touch of fun chic.

Library Lamp: A stack of books is sandwiched together, wired, then topped off with a wire egg basket.

Dress Form: This lamp can wear a gown for formal occasions or put on a casual frock for everyday use. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Wood Baskets Pendants: Wooden bushel baskets are repurposed as kitchen lighting. The conduits were covered in rope to give the fixtures a coastal look and to provide a nice contrast with the wallpaper-covered ceiling. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Globe Light: The world is dissected at the equator then the Southern Hemisphere is turned upside down to create a semicircular lampshade.

Wash Tubs: A pair of inexpensive galvanized buckets have been converted into charming patio lighting. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Old Pulley: A salvage-yard bracket and pulley are joined with an Edison bulb to make a rustic wall sconce. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Big Whisk: Industrial-sized bakery whisks are whipped into a stylish pair of pendants.

Tugboat Toy: A toddler’s toy is transformed into an adorable table lamp. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Lego Lamp: Have a table lamp you’re sick and tired of? Cover it with these classic building blocks.

Tall Tins: Vintage-style snack tins are stacked together to make this clever floor lamp. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Cupola Cap: The peak of a barn cupola was flipped upside down to make a rustic light fixture in a wine-friendly rec room.

Mementos: Save wine bottles from special occasions and use them to make a personalized chandelier. Before you begin the project, mark the label on each bottle with the date and event. This way you can look up at your new light fixture and reminisce about the time each bottle was enjoyed.

Architectural Salvage: Old columns are easy to find at most any salvage yard, and it is just as easy to drill a hole toward the bottom of the column and wire it to make a floor lamp with tons of character. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Bugle Lamp: A piece of a band’s brass section was repurposed into a quirky lamp.

Book Light: The pages of a book that are adorned with an elaborate typeface and detailed artwork were used to create a tiered light fixture. The book pages were fastened to the old chandelier frame using simple binder clips.

A Tisket, A Tasket: A bunch of thrift-store baskets are roped together to make a coastal-style light fixture. Only the large basket holds the bulb; the rest are just accents. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Twiggy: An old thrift-store light fixture is given a budget makeover. Tree branches and the fixture are spray-painted white then wrapped around the base of the fixture. Design by Joanne Palmisano


Wedding Flowers Details

This is another wedding detail I thought I would hate and I loved so much. It was also the easiest because I just went to the flower shop and showed them pictures from my pinterest and then they showed with exactly what I’d imagined! I wanted the bridesmaid bouquets to be all greenery - I would have probably been happy with all eucalyptus because, swoon, eucalyptus is so dreamy. I wanted my bouquet to be more of the same except with cream and blush flowers and that’s exactly what I got. The pink astilbe was my favorite and, of course, the peonies. 

The chuppah up there we built ourselves and it stood in the basement for months before the wedding. I read a lot of tutorials on build your own chuppah and finally decided on galvanized buckets with concrete and pvc pipe for the birch poles to stand. So Jord and I went to Home Depot and gathered these things and then we got home and were like uhhhhh this is not gonna be easy and then Jord googled it instead and the first result was oh of course use patio umbrella stands! duh! so he returned all the supplies to home depot and we ordered four umbrella stands off amazon. The birch poles came from etsy. There are two wooden closet rods across the front and the back as well. We painted those a creamy white and then screwed a screw in the side of them and an eye into the birch pole and they stuck there. We needed those across the front for the florist to attach the flowers. The covering is a lace tablecloth from Etsy which was attached with a staple gun and then two tallits from Jordan’s family draped across that. The two large arrangements were supposed to go in front of the two front chuppah poles but I didn’t see the ceremony space after it was initially set up so this is what we got. People asked me if we wanted to cover the umbrella stands in fabric or paint them or do anything to disguise them and I had to repeatedly say no it’s fine, no they’re fine. And look! They’re fine.

The bouquets were also supposed to go in mason jars around on various tables post ceremony - I’m pretty sure they all just got dumped directly on the gift table and were never thought about again. I even forgot to take my bouquet on the walk back down aisle and when I finally came back inside I went hey! there’s my bouquet! and then never touched it again. At the end of the night when we were about to leave one of my bridesmaids came up to me and said oh my god! they forgot your bouquet toss! and I had to gently tell her that oh… yeah I’m wasn’t ever planning on doing that… her response was utter confusion. I really enjoyed catching other peoples bouquets or at least attempting to catch them - but not tossing mine was fine with me.

Just typing that out again makes me feel like a crazy person because I can’t believe I did all that. I called the florist the week of the wedding to tell them no corsages for the mom and no bouts for the dads and oh yeah can you make sure there are no spider mums in anything? thanks. As soon as I hung up the phone I thought  who am I? I am not a person who cares about spider mums. But here we are and apparently I am.

Elevate Your Backyard Barbecue With These Summery Drink Ideas

A hot afternoon just begs you to have friends over for a barbecue. Along with a big meat spread, frosty drinks are essential for keeping the party going. But just dumping a few bags of ice in a cooler isn’t pretty, so elevate the idea with these spins that make reaching for a beverage refreshing and pretty. And all of these DIYs come together in minutes, which means you can focus on spending time with friends instead of worrying about drink refills.

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The last #10minutedecorating of the year - and this time it is quick #christmasdecorating ideas. I put together these simple galvanized maple buckets. I also added fairy lights for night. Stop by to see the other six projects from @missmustardseed @inspiredbycharm @fourgenerationsoneroof @julieblanner @dreamgreendiy and @thistlewood by findinghomefarms

There’s probably a lovely Portuguese word to describe the feeling, a word ripe with those rounded zh and ñ sounds, an aural lullaby which betrays the unsettled, unmoored, unfocused, scattered nature of the feeling itself. The feeling sounds like buckshot rolling around in the bottom of a galvanized bucket, filters vision through insomnia’s vasoline film, and smells of the vegetables just starting to rot in the compost carrier on the counter; it’s the waiting for the man to deliver food you hate but are too tired to improve upon, the vague carsickness sloshing through your gut as you mindlessly browsed the same old shit on your phone in the Uber home from the train station because the fucking car’s in the shop again.

I hope there’s a beautiful Portuguese word for all that, one that sounds good to an unknowing listener, at least. 

Say that word to me, over and over.