Monday, June 24, 2013

Spray Painted Canisters

Hey everybody!
I'm still plugging along with my low-to-no cost kitchen decorating, 
and I have a really cool project to show you!

Spray painted kitchen canisters to perfectly match my rugs!

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I got two kitchen mats like this at Garden Ridge back in April, 
because I loved the color combo and the design.

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They were each about $50, so $100 total, 
but I bought them with money I earned selling stuff I didn't need on Facebook,
 so they were actually no out-of-pocket cost to me. 
That's the way (uh huh, uh huh) I LIKE it :-)

I knew I could bring warmth to the kitchen if I just pulled the colors from the rugs,
so my first step was to choose 3 colors from the rug and buy spray paint to match.

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I picked 2 colors I didn't have much of in my house (orange and aqua), plus a neutral (sage). 
Red and purple are two of my favorite colors, so there's plenty of
 stuff I already own that I can decorate with (which, ahem, shall be a post to itself).

Next step was to go to Goodwill! Also known as my mother ship ... 
I totally lucked out and found this set of kitchen canisters for only $4.50 total -- eep!!

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They are over 30 years old, and the pattern is "Merry Mushroom." 
Turns out they were sold by Sears Roebuck in the early '80's.
Plenty of sets on eBay if this is your style -- I think the mushrooms are cute, 
but not the look I was going for.
Since these have brown lids, I didn't even have to spray paint 'em.
 Heh - score lazy points for ME. 

After I scrubbed the canisters with hot, soapy water, and dried them thoroughly,
I kinda went overboard on my paint prep and taping these canisters off.
I didn't want paint inside them (to keep them food safe) or on the bottoms 
(goodness forbid they should stick to a surface).
So I taped the entire bottoms of all 3 off,

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 and then taped the inside edge plus taped a sandwich baggie
inside each to prevent spray paint from getting inside.

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It took a while, but it was worth it. 

Now, I have done a Lot of spray painting, but I made a horrible, no-good mistake 
because I was SO excited to get started on these canisters.  

... I spray painted on a really humid day.
Like, it had JUST stopped raining. I know, I know.
My paint did not want to dry well, and the edges stayed tacky forever. 
Cannot tell you how many times I had to respray parts that I messed up 
when I thought they were dry and touched them to try to move them.
I seriously felt like I had ruined the whole set. 
Lesson learned: nevah-evah-evah use spray paint when it's damp outside!

But all's well that ends well, and finally I brought them inside for a little glazing. 

Already looking pretty good, huh? 

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I will now share with you the high tech, top secret method in which I glaze things:
mix water and a little brown acrylic craft paint (not too runny),
and sponge on with a paper towel. Let dry.
Yes, that is it.

The effect is very subtle -- the brown glaze just mutes the colors a bit
so they blend better with the tones in the rug. 

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What do you think? I think I lovvvve 'em!
So cute, so easy, and so inexpensive :-)
A perfect custom match to my inspiration rugs, too!

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  1. I love it, they look amazing. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    The cannisters came out really good. I had to chuckle when I saw them because I had the ENTIRE set of all this Mushroom Kitchen stuff from Sears when I first got married in 1978!!! So that is at least how old these cannisters are!!


    1. Debbie, my mom had fond memories of the Merry Mushroom set, too! Too funny, and I am glad to have gotten to bring them back to life :-)

  3. Wow, I am impressed............what a great job and they came out so cute.....what a clever idea
    to buy a canister set to paint, would have never thought of that myself.
    Anywho, love your inspiration rugs too, and the canisters could not go with it any better.
    Very nice............thanks for sharing these great ideas with us.
    Blessings, Nellie

  4. What a great save! I had no idea you could paint anything ceramic! My world is gonna rock today! Just stopping by to say howdy from Assets and Efforts linky party. I'm a first time poster there so hope you stop by to visit.

    1. Yes, Jeanne, you sure can! I love my spray paint and have also sprayed ceramic lamps with great success too.

  5. They turned out so pretty! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. New follower!


  6. What a clever idea! I have some canisters that might have to meet some spray paint. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party! Looking forward to seeing what you're going to link up next week.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  7. These turned out adorable - if I didn't know, I'd guess Pier One! :)