Here's an old metal coal bucket I won from a local auction for only $2.00.
It was a flat, silvery, tin color when I got it.
I painted it up in a gloss black first.
Then I took a toothbrush and flicked some white paint drippings on it from the brush effect. Just dip the toothbrush in some watered down white paint, hold your finger over it, running it down the bristles and flick the paint on.
It ends up looking like snow.
Then I painted a stencil saying on that I got from eBay, "Primitives, blessings from our past."
And lastly, I free-handed a primitive looking snowman on with stars as buttons.
I just love painting snowmen on anything. lol.
Oh, as you can see in the pic below, at the top left,
I had finished this up by putting a coat of sealer on it.
It's found in the craft paint section.
And it just gives it a coating of protection against scratches.