Introduction: The Second Life of a Bucket
~~~ What to do with some leftover mastic ~~~
~~~ From Yuck to Yay ~~~
Step 1: Nota Bene
This is an experiment. It remains to be seen how well this material will hold up to the weather outside. I'm hoping that a good coat of exterior grade paint should be all the protection it needs. I won't know till next year whether this is a really great idea or not.
Step 2: The Necessaries
some leftover mastic
an ugly bucket
4 oz of exterior grade paint (Home depot sells this in a myriad of customizable colors $3 for 8oz)
plastic sheet or other surface for mess making
optional: small 3/4" square tiles
Step 3: Remove the Handle
First, remove the handle of the bucket. You might have to wrestle with it a bit, but it will come out as shown with a little persuasion.
Step 4: Apply the Mastic Like Frosting on a Cake
Using a putty knife or other implement, apply the mastic onto the surface of the bucket. You can get as creative as you want here, impressing stones or other objects into it - or just leaving it in an abstract impasto pattern.
My bucket had strong ridges along the top which voids I elected to fill with mastic. Note however that if you apply too thick a layer of the stuff, it will shrink and crackle as illustrated in the photos. If this happens, just apply a new thin layer over the top of the crackles and allow it to dry.
Step 5: Embellish to Your Liking
I opted to add a row of small square tiles along the top of this one.
Step 6: Other Ideas
Step 7: Allow to Cure
Depending on the weather and how thickly you applied the mastic, it may take a few hours to a day or more to fully harden.
On a fine summer day like today, the thinly applied mastic was ready for paint by late afternoon.
Step 8: Paint!
Once the mastic has fully cured, apply some exterior grade paint in a color of your choosing.
This particular bucket required half of an 8 oz sample from Home Depot to fully cover it with one coat
Step 9: Make Holes in the Bottom
Wearing the vapour mask, use the hot knife to cut away a few holes in the bottom for drainage.
Step 10: Repot a Deserving Plant!
I have several sturdy survivors which have earned their right to a bigger pot. I think they will be much happier with the extra leg room.