In the category of Creative Uses for Vintage Finds, I bring you a solution. It's a problem I have solved that was an ugly annoying one for me. You might have the same problem ... where to keep your peelings, coffee grinds, and other items useful in the compost bin or pile, until it's time to go dump them. (I usually dump the pail each evening.)
I have and use this cute little porcelain pail. It is perfect for the counter top--but ONLY until you walk up to it and can see inside...then it's just plain gross.
I didn't want to look at that all day.
I used a (very flat) saucer that just fit the opening, but alas, I needed a handle for the "lid". There are rounded off saucers that will not work, so make sure the one you choose is as flat as can be.
I bought a little plain white porcelain knob to use as a handle. They're priced most places between one and two dollars.
Have you ever used Gorilla Glue? I have, it's AWESOME!
("Have you ever cleaned up after alpacas? I have, it's AWESOME!"
-- LOVE that Stanley Steemer commercial.)
Gorilla Glue is super strong and works on almost any material, and works well.
I dabbed some on the center of the plate, and also onto the knob and bonded them together, then let it sit for several hours, before actually using the lid on the pail.
Two minutes, start to finish.
Now my little compost pail looks pretty put together and it hides all the eggshells, coffee grounds, and potato peelings that are so unsightly and no one wants to see.
It looks right at home in the farmhouse kitchen. If you can find and put a pail and a small plate or a saucer together, this is as easy as pie!
What, you ask, are we using our compost for? For our potato patch, we need lots of dirt to cover the root areas of our potatoes for a good crop.
We recently bought one of those compost bins that sit up on legs. It's round like a barrel that lays on its side, and when you add anything to it, you turn the barrel. I will let you know if this works out well or not. We haven't had it long enough to know yet what happens.
But that's the reason for my little bucket!
**Jamie and her family are fine, but there is destruction all around them in Alabama. Prayers--and help, are needed for the people in the south, over a hundred tornadoes just yesterday.
Samaritan's Purse is accepting donations for the storm victims in the south today...go here if you'd like to help. The damage is huge.