Have you been noticing all this Red Cross (and black cross, and beige cross) type of decor around lately? I thought I had, so I went and looked it up in Google Images, and actually, didn’t really find too much. A few pillows, some little jars and stuff, but not as much as I thought I would find.
Maybe it’s not such a big trend after all, but the few times I’ve seen the design used, it’s caught my eye. So I took a few minutes and made my own!
I took an old metal bucket that I’d previously disfigured when I tried to paint it in a brown and white buffalo check a few years ago. That didn’t work out, but this one did!
Step one was to paint a little beige craft paint where I wanted the cross. Once that was dry I made a little cross out of painter’s tape and stuck it over top. I tried out Scott’s Blue tape on this one because they sent me a few rolls to try and it did the trick!
Then I painted the whole thing with some Antique White craft paint and pulled off the tape.
Instant hip-ness. Bonus points if you have a cool brick wall to put it in front of. Lose half a point for the Christmas sign that’s still stuck to the wall a few inches out of this shot.
Are you wondering about that weird beady berry-y stuff in the bucket?
I got a giant bag of it on clearance at Michael’s for $2. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be, but each individual piece was priced at $7, so I figure it must be cool enough for my new bucket.
Is that crazy or what? Seriously, there was like $80 worth of this stuff in that little bag.
OK, back to the bucket.
Nice isn’t it? Try it out if you have 5 minutes, some tape, and some paint. Or if you just want to feel all hip and stylish like I do!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.