Earlier this week, I purchased these old kitchen canisters at a local consignment store. They were selling the entire set for $1.00, so I couldn’t pass them up! There are 3 tall ones and one shorter one, which I thought was kind of unique. They are just acrylic, air tight containers, with a rather ugly pattern on them. But of course, I saw them as much more than that. Luckily, they were in great condition, especially on the inside where it really counts.
So the first thing I did was clean them up really good, inside and out. Once they were dry, I gave them a couple coats of antique white spray paint. The metal latches were a little difficult to cover completely, but I actually really like the way it looks with some of the metal coming through. It gives it a nice vintage, industrial feel almost. So, I decided not to go all out on the latches, and just leave them a little patchy with the paint.
Once they finished drying, I free handed the “labels” on them myself with a black paint marker. Most of the time you see labels on the front of these, but I decided to do something different and put them on the top. Plus, the hardware is kind of big which didn’t leave much room to put them on the front anyway. If you don’t feel comfortable free handing them, there are tons of tutorials and printables out there on Pinterest for kitchen canister labels!
Lastly, (this is the fun part), I wrapped some painters tape around them, and spray painted the bottom with metallic gold paint. I had literally been DYING to use this paint for something, and this just seemed like the perfect project to do so.
I really love how this project turned out. The gold on the bottom of my canisters matches perfectly with the copper hanging basket in my kitchen. The finish on them ended up being a little textured in some spots, but that is mostly because my spray painting skills need some work! But, it doesn’t bother me. I think it actually adds even more character, which is always a plus in my book. So, the moral of the story is that when you see something useful in a thrift store or a consignment shop, don’t pass it up just because it’s ugly and outdated–especially if they are selling it at a great price. There is usually always a way to make it into something beautiful that you will enjoy for years to come.