Waterslide Decal Project

by Sherry
Hi everyone.
I have somewhat of a crush on white pottery with black lettering,  especially
the advertising pieces.  I guess it all started when Hubby bought me the butter
platter below.


Over the last few years I have purchased pieces whenever I found something I
liked at a good price.  I have a few vintage pieces but it really doesn’t matter to
me if they are new or old.
One evening while browsing Pinterest I came across this image of a milk pail with
grazing cows.  I knew I had to have one and my search began to find one of
these cute pails.
You can imagine my disappointment when my research revealed the pails are 19th
Century and are extremely expensive.  The one above sold at auction for $4200!
This pail is available for $2200 but does have some damage.
There was no way I was paying these prices so I started thinking of a way to make one
myself.  Recently I read a great tutorial on using waterslide decals from Carol at
 The Polka Dot Closet.  I thought I could replicate the image and use the decal on
a new ceramic pail.  The only hurdle was finding a similar pail….there is obviously a
shortage of these.
Eight months later, and after much searching, I found a reproduction pail at an
antique mall.  I enlarged the picture of one of the antique pieces and then cropped
the image.  Following Carol’s instructions I copied the image to the waterslide decal
and applied it.
My version cost $16.00 for the pail and waterslide decals.  I have enough decals
left for several more projects.


Below is the graphic for your use.  Wouldn’t it be cute on a white ironstone pitcher?


In other news… we closed on the sale of our Virginia home last week!  Everything
is in storage and Steve and I are currently living with dad.  We are easing him into
the idea of living with us once we find a new home.
Congrats to Shirley @ Housepitality Designs  for winning Hometalks Pinning
With The Stars.
Thanks for visiting!

Related Posts


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME June 4, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Love it…I want want of those English Butter slabs so bad….but, even the reproduction is over my allotment….so I enjoy everyone that has one on blogland!!

Anne June 4, 2013 - 10:31 pm

So happy to hear you closed on your home.Now off to start a new chapter! Wow I love that graphic on your pail! You did a great job!

NanaDiana June 4, 2013 - 10:56 pm

What a great piece. You did a wonderful job even if you had to wait a while to find the right piece. You have amassed a wonderful collection. I hope it goes well with your Dad. It is always hard to have them come to the realization that their life on their own is changing. Bless you as you make these changes. xo Diana

[email protected] Charm June 4, 2013 - 10:57 pm

The pail looks great Sherry and thanks for sharing the graphic with us. Congrats on the house sale!!!


Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking June 4, 2013 - 11:39 pm

That looks just great!

[email protected] Pine Cones and Acorns June 4, 2013 - 11:43 pm

I love this little pail! Thank you for the tutorial.

Ron June 4, 2013 - 11:45 pm

Happy that the house sold, Sherry! Great pail. xo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) June 5, 2013 - 12:13 am

I have a fabulous white pitcher and can't wait to get home from oregon and use your image on my pitcher. I don't recall the water slide method or how to do it, but I will email you for instructions when I get home. Maybe that would be a fabulous post for you to do. Thanks tons for the image. I love yours and can't wait to give it a try. Hugs, Marty

Debra Oliver June 5, 2013 - 12:26 am

wow Sherry, you're so smart and resourceful, those old pails are fabulous!! great job! Can't wait to see your new place!

Junkchiccottage June 5, 2013 - 1:00 am

Congrats on your home closing now on to the next chapter. I love the pail it looks so great.

Lobster Meets Peach June 5, 2013 - 1:09 am

I think you did an outstanding job with your pail. And I am overjoyed that you closed on your house!!!

The Tablescaper June 5, 2013 - 2:38 am

great job!

– The Tablescaper

French Basketeer.com June 5, 2013 - 3:24 am

YAY so glad you have closed on the house; I love to see your collections and yes, there is room for the repros given those prices.

sweet violets June 5, 2013 - 4:38 am

Look at you!!! Great idea and wow, did it turn out super nice!!! Thanks for sharing the graphic….

Best wishes for finding just the right home for the 3 of you…..many blessings on your new adventure!!!

The Polka Dot Closet June 5, 2013 - 4:40 am

First, what a relief to have the closing on the house done!! Deep breath…..Are you looking for a house in Orlando or south? Now, it is just the fun part for you, the work is over. thank you for the shout out, when I figured out the decals I couldn't quit making them, so easy and uses are limitless. the graphic you used is adorable


The Vintage Chateau June 5, 2013 - 4:41 am

LOVE the milk pail! Thanks for sharing the graphic with us.

Maureen June 5, 2013 - 5:14 am

Brilliant! I've coveted black and white pottery, too, and I'm pinning this to copy. Congrats on closing your house deal and heading into the new adventure!

bahar006 June 5, 2013 - 8:17 am

Congrats, love this tutorial:)

Lynn @The Vintage Nest June 5, 2013 - 11:01 am

Love this graphic Sherry and it looks wonderful on the pail you found. I am always on the hunt for antique cow paintings and think I have only found one true oil that I could afford. So, I am trying to convince Gar to paint some for me and now I am looking for some great pieces of old wood for this project. Found one at Chartreuse. I know you and Steve are thrilled to be together now.

Virginia Megin Gallagher June 5, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Wow that looks great! It really looks vintage ~ how fun to make it yourself. I'm visiting today from Savvy Southern Style. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
~ Megin of VMG206
Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

thepaintedapron.com June 5, 2013 - 12:43 pm

I like yours better than the $4200 one! It looks fabulous! I also love the pure butter platter, that's so cute! Your hubby is one smart man!

Barbara Anne June 5, 2013 - 12:48 pm

What a wizard white pail and applause for your finding the transfer to make it perfect! Quest over and at what a bargain price!

I'm happy to hear that your home here sold and that the sale has closed. After you and Steve have caught your breath, let the house hunting begin! Hope the search is a lot of fun and you find the home of your dreams, in the right location, at the right price (no bidding wars!),and in good time.


Cynthia June 5, 2013 - 3:47 pm

I love this collection, it is beautiful, love the graphics. Glad to hear you closed our sale seems to be never ending!


[email protected] A Pile of Scrap! June 5, 2013 - 4:49 pm

I'm very envious of your butter slab! Never seen or heard of one. Love your "applique" work and the design you chose.

I just found a large ironstone-ish pitcher like your large one. Wondering who the maker is on yours & if I got a good deal. I can't seem to find it anywhere online for a reference.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Becca June 5, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Love it, Sherry … and, what a steal you got that one for compared to the others! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing the graphic, too!

Curtains in My Tree June 5, 2013 - 6:08 pm

you have always heard ,where there is a will there is a way

I like it very much and have always wanted the Butter & Cheese trays like yours from Emma ? forget the last name LOL senior moment LOL

Karen Albert June 5, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Sherry you are so smart. I never would have imagined those prices on the vintage/antique milk pails!

Yours look just as good, or better.

2013 Designers Series
Art by Karena

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles June 5, 2013 - 9:57 pm

I love this graphic- I'll be pinning it for future use. Congrats on the home sale- that's great news!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas June 5, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Your pail is adorable. I love that you were able to reproduce what you had set your mind to doing. How satisfying is that! Thanks for the graphic too. I will stow it away because I seem to have a thing for cute milk graphics.

Kim Hood June 6, 2013 - 12:24 am

Patience pays off, doesn't it? And your find is awesome!!! Thanks for the printable. I found some vintage-style white milk bottles at BB&B today with the cutest white rubber caps. So adorable! I can just see a mini version of your printable on those. 🙂
His blessings!
Kim @ Curtain Queen

Kelly June 6, 2013 - 12:25 am

I love your milk pail project! It is beautiful. I have a love of dishes with black writing on them too. You have a nice collection. What luck for you to be able to find a white pail just right for that image to be added. I guess it was meant to be. Congrats on selling your house. You're now ready for the next chapter!

Anu Varma June 6, 2013 - 6:01 am

I love this!! How cool. Thanks for sharing. I am so glad I saw this. I am hosting a giveaway via Arcadian Home on my blog. It would be great if you could stop by. Have a lovely day!

Jamie Hoover June 6, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Great idea…Yours is just as nice as the much more expensive version. Thanks for the free download picture, too!
Jamie ([email protected])

[email protected] June 6, 2013 - 7:00 pm

It looks really nice and it's the perfect addition to your great collection.

Susan June 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

Congratulations on the sale of your home and I hope your dad takes to the idea of living with you very easily. I love your pitcher and I'm pinning this for future use!
Where, oh where did you get the metal mug drying rack in one of the photos? I LOVE it, too!

Dee @ A Lapin Life June 11, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Congratulations on selling your home Sherry.
The waterslide looks beautiful on your pail. Thanks for the graphics 🙂

White Ironstone Cottage June 13, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Love the pail looks adorable
congrats on selling your house too

Amber Koogler June 14, 2013 - 8:37 pm

I love it! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

Dimples & Pig Tales

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin June 17, 2013 - 5:28 pm

I love this! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Today's party will be open as soon as I finish writing the post…lol. Have a pretty day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


Leave a Reply