Clean Crisp Look for Old Containers
When I was researching Pottery Barn to look for inspiration for this week’s post, I realized that I had several pieces that would work within those parameters. While I was spray painting my lamp, (Link posted below) I went ahead and painted those other pieces, as well. The first is a set of crockery that I use for my kitchen utensil storage. They’re over 30 years old and I was tired of the brown.
Seeing these in Pottery Barn, I decided to try painting mine white. I didn’t realize all those Pinterest Thrifting Tips that said to paint tired crockery from thrift stores white were based on these Pottery Barn beauties!
Before attempting to paint the crocks, I cleaned each one thoroughly by spraying them with my homemade lemon oil and vinegar cleaner. I let it sit a few minutes, then wiped it off.
Next, I washed and dried the pieces.
I also decided to paint an old pitcher from a garage sale that I picked up a month or so ago, once I saw this pitcher on the Pottery Barn website.
I set the crocks and pitcher up on a roll of tape, paint can lids, and old bowls to keep them off the drop cloth. I was careful to spray evenly and in thin coats. I let the paint dry for a few minutes between coats. Today was pretty and sunny, so they dried quickly. They looked better immediately, with just the first coat of primer.
Once I was through painting the crockery, I let them sit out in the heat to ensure that they dried evenly. It also allows the scent of spray paint to dissipate.
The primer leaves a powdery, flat finish. Since this is the look that I was going for, all I had to do once they dried was place them in the kitchen.
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Published April 3rd, 2018 11:29 PM
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Shan on May 17, 2018
You can always retrofit a food safe plastic container inside and everthing will be good.
Jeanne Johnson Ortego on May 28, 2018
Great tip! Thanks, Shan!
The initial post also said that you could repair chips on these pieces, but nothing has been mentioned. How do you do the repair....
I can't see the material list. Do you mind telling me what kind of paints you used?
If the paint isn't food safe, I certainly wouldn't store cooking utensils in them. It would be a nice look for vases, though. I'm assuming you can wash the containers without removing the paint?