Thursday, July 22, 2010

20 You "Can" Do It!

Sometimes I dig for projects.  Literally!  We had a garage sale not so long ago and we still have a pile of leftover things ready to be donated to our local thrift store.  Well, I went digging.  And I found some stainless canisters that didn't sell... they are kinda plain and lacking luster, but I thought for sure someone would see the potential.  I guess not.  So I did!  And then I wondered, why didn't I think of this sooner?!

Enter, a stainless steel canister:

Who doesn't have one of these floating around?  Anyone could do this.  And hey, if you don't, never underestimate that soup can.

When I set this canister on the counter... it looked as so.

But that wasn't very appealing.  At all.  Something about the stainless showing every mark and finger print.  And it's just too blah for my taste.

And that is why I totally heart spray paint.

First I taped.

Then I primed.

And then I painted the canister green and the lid cream.

So once the tape was pulled, it looked as such:

Which was WAY WAY WAY better already!  And I could have stopped there.  "Could have" being the key words.

A recent scrapbook paper pack I had purchased came with some stickers.  I took my favorite one and placed it on the can.

And then I used some Mod Podge:

To glue down the leaves of the sticker...

And then coated the whole canister for an even matted effect.

Leaving a pretty fantastic finished product right?  All filled with my morning granola snack!

Ready for the fun before and after side by side action?

I totally know that if I "can" create a pretty canister, than you "can" do it too!

Pretty fantastic what a little spray paint can do!  Have you been spraying anything interesting as of late?  Anyone else go shopping through their own garage sale leftovers and reinvent the wheel?  Share the goods!


  1. What a great project! I have a set of these that don't match my kitchen but now I'm inspired to change them up instead of buying new! Can I ask what kinds of spray paint you used? I've used spray paint a couple times but never get that nice look that you did. But I've also never used the primer.

  2. You honestly amaze me with your creativity! :)

  3. this is so adorable!!! what a great idea! you are soooo creative and i love your blog! :)

  4. Hi Amanda!

    I am totally digging the Rustoleum 2x spray paints. They don't seem to drip nearly as badly as some others. And I have been finding that using the primer first {again, I use the Rustoleum 2x spray primer} is a huge help!



  5. Looks so much different! Love your creativity!!!

  6. I Love the canister!!! and it was basically free! I recently spray painted a lamp that i got a the thrift store for $2 check out my post!

  7. So totally cool and chic!! Your ideas are endless!! LOve spray paint too!

  8. Wow!! I cannot believe the difference! Looks awesome!

  9. This is so cute! I must do this myself! Thanks for the great step-by-step photos and instructions. Very inspiring!!! :)

  10. Totally cute! I love it. And that sticker is just perfect! I'll admit, I was skeptical when I saw you were going to paint the stainless steel... but was pleasantly surprised at the result! Wow. And of course, I LOVE that color. <3 I'm such a sucker for green. :)


  11. I sprayed for the first time yesterday. Addicting! I spray painted an antique egg basket white... it had seen better days. Now, I am going to roll up guest towels in this basket! Yay! Your canister looks great!

  12. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Spray paint is a miracle substance, I swear! And I love your finished product.

  13. Gorgeous! I'm in love with that shade of green.

  14. And filled with cookies, a bow on top, it becomes an inexpensive gift.

  15. I have containers like this and would looove to do something similar! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Wow, too cute! I love catnap's idea of giving something like that as a gift! Could even put a soup mix or baking mix inside. Thanks Jen for all the inspiration you give!

  17. love the color spray paint. What brand and color did you use?


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