Friday, February 21, 2014

Attention to Detail: Trashcans

There are people who have attention to detail and people who do not. I have it. The husband does not.
Simply put... I just notice things.

I notice little things. For instance my youngest blue-eyed boy has a little speck of yellow in his right eye. It's stunning, and I see it every time I look in his eyes.

With that being said, I'm here today to talk to you about trashcans.

It all started back in the day, like way way back in the day, when I had a friend over to my house. My husband and I had just got married and were still settling in. My friend and I stood in my kitchen chatting and catching up when she walked over to my white, plastic trashcan and proceeded to remove the sticky label from the front. She said something along the lines of "It always bothers me when people leave these on, so I just help them out!" Ever since then I notice labels on trash cans too.

Lately the plastic trash cans have been bothering me. They are cheap, so we have several of them. Functionality? Yes. Aesthetically pleasing? No. Even without the labels.

I decided that from now on all plastic trashcans were only allowed to live closed away in a cabinet or closet. The new rule is if the trash can needs to sit out in the open, then it must look "pretty".


It wasn't realistic to keep my office trashcan out of sight, because I use it so often to keep clutter to a minimum. So, I said bye-bye to my plastic office trash can and replaced it with this wooden, textured (with burlap type material) beauty. Much, much better. BUT it had more potential...


I LOVE typography-- I currently have an "&" and an "@" in my office, so a number was next on the list.

I used my silhouette to cut out a serif style font stencil. I taped it to the side of the trash can and went around the edge with a sharpie. (*You could also do this with a printer, cut out the #, and then trace around the outside.)



Once the outline was complete, I removed the stencil. I filled the rest in using one-line strokes in a cross hatch pattern. This created a vintage rustic look, which was what I was aiming for.



I'm loving the end result.



Anyone else picky about their trashcans?

1 comment:

  1. Looks so much better, Lindze!! Love the texture if that trash can, too!

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