Friday, August 30, 2013

Dated Canisters are Given a New Life

I picked up a set of dated glass canisters with wood lids that had porcelain knobs quite a while back from Goodwill. I had the best of intentions to paint the lids and add great knobs to them, but there they sat. Knobs removed from the wooden lids, lids sanded and ready to be painted and no inspiration.

I took a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick out new knobs in hopes that I would find some that moved me. There were too many choices. I just couldn't decide, so the canisters sat for another year, unfinished.

Recently, I have tried my hand at transferring images onto wood by using wax paper. You can read more about that process here, if you would like. While I was looking for an image for a different project I found these fantastic number images and it hit me! The canisters. Put the numbers on the canister lids! I purchased the images for number 1, 2 and 3 from this shop on Etsy.

Now I had to climb into the storage loft in my shop and dig out the canisters. I painted the wood lids with a butternut yellow paint first and then white paint. Once they were dry I gave the edges a light distressing so that the yellow would peek out in places. Then using my wax paper I printed the images and tranferred them onto the lids. I darkened the numbers in a little with a black colored pencil.

Lastly, I sprayed a coat of clear matte protective sealer on them before adding new knobs to them.
 I happened to have knobs that matched the number images in color and design, so I used them.

These old canisters now have new look!

They are heading to my Etsy shop, as they just don't work in my little rustic log cabin home.
 I think the next project I work on should be something for me to keep, for my home :)

'til next time,

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  1. These are so cute.. I just did a set similar in a similar fashion to store my loose ribbons... Found you at Debbiedoos and am pinning this...

    1. Thanks Cathy for the compliment and for pinning :)

  2. OMGosh! Those are so awesome! Sharing them on my FB page! Thanks for linking them up at Monday Funday!

    1. Katie,
      Thank you so much!
      Thanks for hosting a great party. I pinned a few ideas that I loved that I found there!

  3. Great job! Sometimes a project just needs to sit and wait a while. Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

  4. These are fantastic! I have glass canisters with wood lids that have been in the "garage sale" pile for over a year. They might just be making a comeback! Found you at the Sunday Showcase - thanks for sharing!