Practical and ornamental, rustic drums can be used for storage and decoration. Try placing candles inside to create your own outdoor lighting with a difference.
Gather your supplies
• Dulux Design Rust Base Paint
• Dulux Design Rust Solution
• Exterior acrylic paint (we used Dulux Weathershield Gloss in Bold Yellow)
• 3 old 44-gallon food-grade steel drums (don’t use old oil or fuel drums, as sparks could ignite residue when cutting)
You’ll also need
Angle grinder; metal cutting, grinding and buffing discs; safety gear; paintbrush; drill; 6mm metal drill bit; hammer drill; 8mm masonry drill bit; wall plugs; galvanised 50mm hex-head roofing screws; 5/16 hex-head driver
Step 1 Cut each drum into 3 sections. Use base sections for this project and reserve top sections for other projects.
Step 2 Wearing safety gear, use grinding disc to level cut surface and remove undulations. Follow this with buffing disc to remove any burrs or sharp edges.
Step 3 Paint inside base of drum using exterior acrylic. Once dry, paint outside and inside walls of drum with rust base – you will need to apply this base coat twice.
Step 4 When base coat is dry, apply rust solution. Apply first coat generously over all surfaces. For final coat, allow to dribble in some places so effect is more natural. Rust will appear within 24 hours.
Step 5 Drill 2 holes in base of each drum using a 6mm metal drill bit. These clearance holes should be positioned at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. Hold drum where you would like it positioned and mark location of holes on the wall.
Step 6 If fixing to brick or masonry, use hammer drill to drill 8mm hole at each mark, deep enough to take wall plug. Hammer each plug into place before screwing drum to wall using galvanised hex-head screws.