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Carry winter fun supplies outdoors in this brightly painted bucket, then flip it over to use as a padded seat.
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Wash the bucket with a grease-dissolving detergent and dry thoroughly. Apply painter’s tape to mask off the center band around the bucket. Press the tape firmly against the metal with your fingernail.
Spray on two coats of paint in the color of your choice (Hacienda Tile shown).
While the paint dries, set a beam compass or use a pencil, nail, and string to draw an 18-5/8-inch-diameter circle on a piece of flooring underlayment. Cut out the circle.
We used a scrap of flooring underlayment for the seat, but you can also use carpet padding, a scrap of low-pile carpet, or a thin carpet runner usually sold by the yard. The surface just needs to be flat and dense enough to hold paint.
Cut a 16-in plywood square (or have a Lowe’s associate cut one in the store) and mark lines diagonally between the corners.
Use a lightly loaded foam paint roller to apply paint in the color of your choice (Gentle Wave shown) to the tops of the felt pads. Place the round seat pad on a flat work surface, center the stamp over the seat pad, and carefully lower the stamp on the pad. Gently lift off the stamp to reveal the design.
Allow the paint to dry overnight before using.
From a scrap board or piece of plywood, cut a piece 7-1/4 inches square. (A Lowe’s associate can also do this in the store.) Draw diagonal lines between the corners to find the center.
Download the Small Snowflake Stamp Pattern Guide and attach the round and oval felt pads as shown. Repeat Step 3 from the previous section to stamp the canvas seat in the paint color of your choice (Gentle Wave shown).
Paint and assemble the stool.