I had these two ugly trash cans in my kitchen. There is no where to hide them at present, and they were really bugging me. Our cat had scratched them up trying to tip them over. (When the mice are away...)
I priced new black trash cans. They were around $14 each at Walmart. Not bad...but I really want to save my pennies for quality stainless steel ones. So, at $4 plus dollars for a can of Krylon Fusion plastic paint (it took one per trash can), I decided to try painting them.
Because some of the scratches were pretty deep, I first sanded them a bit. Then I sprayed about 4 light coats of black on them. Next I wanted to stencil numbers on the front, using contact paper as a stencil. Afraid that the contact paper would peel off the black paint, I waited at least a week for them to dry. Turns out, the contact paper stuck just well enough to work, but peeled off very easily, probably because these cans have a slight texture to them.
I found a font I liked and drew it by hand onto contact paper. I centered them on the trash cans, tucking paper around the edges to protect the rest of the cans. First I sprayed a coat of white primer, just in case, then followed with 3 light coats of the plastic paint in Heirloom White.
Number 1 is for paper (we burn our paper), and Number 2 is for anything else that can't be recycled or composted. They aren't perfect. If you get close you can still see some scratches, but anyone who puts their nose close enough to see that...well I'd have to wonder about them!
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