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Thursday, September 2, 2010

1, 2, 3 {canister redo!}


Disclaimer: I am not crafty.
I am not even particularly thrifty.
I am a "see something cute and buy it" girl.

My story begins while perusing Target the other day, when I saw some kitchen canisters on display that made my heart skip. They were white ceramic, with white ceramic lids, and black numbers painted on the front: 1 2 3.

I thought they were really cute and simple and would look darling in my kitchen, and before I knew it I was plopping them into my red basket. Then my brain caught up with my impulse-shopping heart, and I saw the price tag. The three sizes ranged from $12-$20. I realized my cash-only budget would not allow this splurge.

{Darn you, Dave Ramsey! Just kidding. I love you.}

Then the wheels in my head really started turning (almost audibly: creak, creak, creak...) and I looked at the canister and thought: This can't be that hard to replicate. Even a DIY-dummy like me might be able to do it!

So off I ran to the thrift store and scanned the shelves in the kitchen items section for eligible candidates. After eliminating several hideous doozies , I found these:

No idea what year they are from, but I could see potential. Simple white ceramic, with metal lids and removable hardware. Oh, and how much did I pay?

79 cents each!!! I had died and gone to thrift store heaven. So to recreate my coveted Target canisters, here is what I did:

1. Removed the silly stickers from the fronts. Easy.
2. Unscrewed the hardware from the lids. Despite the rust: Easy!


3. Washed the canisters and lids to start off clean!


4. Painted the lids. I actually loved the copper color of the lids, but my kitchen has not one speck of copper in it, and they were uber-rusty, so I whipped out my magical can of black spray paint and sprayed them a lovely classic black, hiding any rust. Luuurve spray paint.


5. Added new silver knobs to the lids -- to go with my stainless-steel-clad kitchen. Used a Home Depot gift card I stole from my hubby, so they were sort-of free. :o)

6. Chose a font style on my computer {American Typewriter} and printed out the numbers. I actually printed them each on a separate sheet, but you get the idea.

7. Used a craft knife to {very carefully} cut out the numbers. As I said, I am neither patient or good with details, so this was the crappiest part of the process for me...


8. Placed the number stencil where I wanted it on the canister, then taped it in place.

9. Next I spray-painted the numbers outside in the grass with a drop cloth. When I removed the stencils I was a little concerned -- it looked a little scary!


So before I had a panic attack I touched up the white spots with a q-tip full of spray paint, and then used my fingernail wrapped in paper towel to meticulously touch-up the numbers and wipe away the excess paint.


This



was



agonizing....



I couldn't get them to be perfect, but I decided a little imperfection never hurt anything. I still think they are fabulous and worth the time, effort, warm-and-fuzzy sense of accomplishment. I spent about 1 1/2 hours working on these canisters. I spent less than $3. Cash {thank you Dave Ramsey.}

My thrift store canisters went from this:

To my black and white, modern version:


Now where shall I put them?

Decisions, decisions, {fun} decisions!

Wishing you thrift-store dreams, and a very lovely almost-Friday!

PS: I am linking this to another sweet blog called House of Thrifty Decor -- check out her "Show Off Sunday Party" for more lovely ideas!