How can I decorate kitchen canisters?

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I found a set of canisters at the Salv Boutique aka Salvation Army.I want to mod podge some fabric on them. So I need to paint the canisters first so the image doesn't come through the fabic? If so, do I need to sand or rough it up to take the paint?Any other ideas besides mod podge welcome. My kitchen is in a fiesta theme.Thanks

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  • Ariel Ariel on Aug 29, 2019

    You shouldn't have to sand if you use a good coverage paint. The Rustoleum has a paint in primer in one that should work great!

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Aug 29, 2019

    I would sand it up a bit, remove any rust then spray paint it the background color of your fabric with a Rustoleum paint for metal.


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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 30, 2019

      Hi Lou,

      Rustoleum works on more than metal so yes it works on ceramic. Kelli's idea is a good one because it the canister is painted the same color as the background, the actual canister colors won't inter with the look you're trying to achieve. BTW, great score!

  • Carolinagirl Carolinagirl on Aug 29, 2019

    Several years ago I decoupaged my canisters and when I moved the colors just were not right. Then, the idea hit me. I used a wallpaper border (you can cut it to size) and actually hot glued the just ends together. This way you can change it out just like your underwear. LOL! Oh, and am actually getting ready to do it all over again.

  • I would do a coat of spray paint first and then mod podge over top of it.

  • William William on Aug 29, 2019

    Yes. Use a spray primer. No need to sand. You can Mod Podge or use spray adhesive.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 29, 2019

    I love them just the way they are.

    • Lou Lou on Aug 29, 2019

      They are very pretty, just don't go with my fiesta theme.

  • Vickymcreations Vickymcreations on Aug 31, 2019

    Definitely paint first - and before you paint thoroughly clean it. Any grease or dirt will show through. It’s going to look great when finished 😀

  • Sherri Onorato Sherri Onorato on Aug 31, 2019

    First, I love what you call Salvation Army. I call it Sals, my aunt calls it Sally's. So cute!


    I would paint them with chalk paint and put a sealer over it and shabby it up to make it look rustic.


    Question... What do you put in your canisters?


    I just got 3, but don't use flour much at all or sugar. I was trying to think of ideas of what to put in them. Maybe coffee and tea?

    • Lou Lou on Sep 02, 2019

      ☺ I picked up the name from a friend ☺

      I will put in flour, sugar, and tea. I wanted them to go with my fiesta theme in my kitchen. I found the chili pepper fabric and thought I might try decoupaging it on there. It may be easier just to go with a solid color. Maybe a fun red...

  • Sherri Onorato Sherri Onorato on Sep 02, 2019

    Good luck please update with pictures!

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