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Painted Beach Sand Pails & Buckets

Painted beach sand pails and buckets can add whimsy and storage to a room, perhaps even bring back some memories!

painted vintage beach buckets
You can use them as containers for anything imaginable. I remember seeing pails and buckets used in bathrooms holding rolled-up hand towels, for utensils, or as table centerpieces with potted plants, even as hanging storage. Image via Scott Sanders.


beach bucket lamp
Or you can create a Beach Bucket Lamp like Cheryl. Just stick a plain lamp into a beach bucket or pail, then fill it up with beach finds.

Where to buy beach sand pails & buckets:

Sand Pail Replica
Browse Beach Buckets on Ebay.

vintage sand pails on ebay
Two new fun Metal Buckets for less than ten dollars also via Ebay.

vintage sand pails and buckets
Playful original Vintage Pails at Huxtins.

painted beach buckets
New Painted Beach Buckets from Melodie Lane.

1950's tin sand pail
1950's Tin Sand Pail

Old Children Sand Pails
Do beach sand pails bring back memories from your childhood?
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27 comments:

Karena said...

Very fun, and I adore your umbrella header!

Karena
Art by Karena

Pink Martini said...

I'm planning to use some pails for a beach party so this post was great for me. Thanks! :)

bermudabluez said...

I have always loved beach pails and often purchase the small size ones at Target's Dollar Spot and paint them for whatever I happen to be using them for! These are soooo cute!!

vicki said...

Ohhh! I love these - this could be a serious obsession (be still my heart!)

Vicki

Shellbelle said...

I've always thought these would be so much fun to collect and display, they are so delightful and remind me of my childhood.

michelle said...

These are great! I love the lobster lamp! What a great idea! It is funny to think that the buckets and pails that we used to play with are now vintage!!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Cute! Each one of these sand pails so darn cute. I can see why people might get hooked on collecting these!

Nicole-Lynn said...

So cute! I plan to paint some plastic buckets and do something fun for the kids at our beach wedding :)

Drawn to The Sea said...

I like the simple lamp plopped in & surrounded by shells. Brilliant :-)

Tina said...

These look so fun and takes me back a bit.
T

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

The vintage pails are SO cute!

Sherri said...

We used to get these pails at Easter time with Candy and little presents in them! Wish I had saved them!

Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love those old pails in the first picture. They look great on that ladder shelf. I haven't seen any pails like that in years. I will keep my eye out for some though for sure. So colorful and fun!

Everything Coastal said...

Love these! Will definitely have to put these on my next "beach finds" shopping list for the Alameda Flea Market in August

Tricia Rose said...

I saw the first picture and thought wow! but I've never seen even one: then you give sources! Thanks Maya!

jenna @ alittlebleu said...

oh i love it!

thanks maya :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love the old pails...I don't have any though. I did buy my daughter a darling reproduction pail. They make me smile!

Rhonda said...

These little painted sand buckets are the cutest things ever.
Lovin' them lots!

Rhonda

Nikki said...

Love the lamp idea! And your new header. Craving some sunny beach time...with warm water.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have such wonderful memories of the little sand pails. I'm on the lookout for one...but haven't found one that I can afford! I think I'll look at EBAY again! Thanks!♥

thelennoxx said...

The bucket lamp is the cuteness!

Fearless Nester said...

Had I known how I would love them as a big girl, I would have saved my little girl sand buckets!! Loving those vintage ones! ~Lili

Beach House Living said...

I love the old metal buckets and found out a few years back some can be expensive.

Heaven's Walk - said...

So cute! They just make you smile, don't they? And bring back such warm memories. I'll have to check out some of those great sites you mentioned....!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I absolutely adore these buckets! I must get some.
Brenda

Kathysue said...

I love,love these, it evokes wonderful child-hood memories. How fun to have them all displayed together for a great impact,Kathysue

Sallyford said...

thank you so much for the inspiration! I have decorated my sons' room in a beach theme and it is 99% finished yet I was searching for 'something' else that it needed. I have now gone on e bay and purchased some of the painted buckets which I think will be perfect! I'll be excited to post about it later , thanks so much, Sally xxx