DIY Farmhouse Canister Set

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I love looking through catalogs for cool decor ideas especially Birch Lane, Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs. They have great stuff but, unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey. I happened to spot this farmhouse canister set a while back from Birch Lane. I love the color, the patina and the worn farmhouse look.
So cute but a whopping $122.99 ON SALE.  Can’t do it. What I can do is DIY them! It’s so much easier than you think! I picked up these old tins for $2 each at a garage sale.



I really like the base color of the Birch Lane version so I used a gray Hammered finish spray paint by Rust-oleum to get the look. It gave the tin a bit more depth than just a flat paint.



I really like the base color of the Birch Lane version so I used a gray Hammered finish spray paint by Rust-oleum to get the look. It gave the tin a bit more depth than just a flat paint.


Once the base coat was dry, I needed to add the block of color that would be the background for each number. I used painters tape to section it off. I didn’t overthink it and measure anything because I wanted it to be on the not so perfect side and a bit rough around the edges.
 
You can see on the bottom of each tin where the tape took some of the paint off because I didn’t let them dry long enough. I didn’t mind, though because it gave them a more shabby look. 
So then I started stenciling the numbers.
I used basic craft paint in espresso and black and a stencil brush to apply the paint to the tin. I tried to skimp on the paint so that the number seemed more worn.  Once the numbers were done, I added the words.


So I like the way the numbers came out but the background seemed to white. I used a cotton rag to apply some distress ink on the square and heavier around the edges. If you would like a cleaner piece, you can skip this step.
So I like the way the numbers came out but the background seemed to white. I used a cotton rag to apply some distress ink on the square and heavier around the edges. If you would like a cleaner piece, you can skip this step.
They still didn’t have enough of the character I was looking for so took the stencil brush again and some black paint and dry brushed it in criss-cross motions along the edges of the top and bottom and here and there on the top and sides. I may go back in and add a bit of brownish orange to give a more rusty look.
I like that I can use them together or by themselves. I love the charm this adds to this vignette. The  wall decor was also a DIY project on the blog.
For more information and supplies needed for this project and to check out more projects like it, visit my blog at http://mylifeonkayderosscreek.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lifeonkayderosscreek/.
Suggested materials:
  • Tin cans   (Thrift store or garage sale)
  • Spray paint   (Home Depot)
Colleen@lifeonkayderosscreek
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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on May 30, 2017
    Wow. The canisters look both new and old. Why did you not number the canisters like the originals. The numbers represent 1#, 2#, and 3#, I believe. That's how my grandmother's were numbered. Best wishes 😇

  • Elle Tergina Elle Tergina on Jun 17, 2017
    No question, just wanted to say how amazing these canisters came out.
    Oh, yes, I do have a question. Would it be advantageous to spray the cans and lid with a matte polyurethane in order to maintain the aesthetic value? If that was done one would probably need to mask off the very top of the can to prevent too much paint build up when putting the kids on.

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  • Karen Boal Karen Boal on Jul 28, 2020

    I think you did a great job. I have two green canisters that I will be changing to a different colour. I was inspired by this post.

  • MissEm MissEm on Jul 30, 2020

    Love this!! I just picked up some cute tin cannisters at Walmart (Pioneer Woman) from the summer clearance section for $1 for the small and $2.50 for the larger one and the lg one has a cute wood top where the small ones have a tin lid, but has a cute drawer pull looking handle on top! They'll look perfect as the medium and small and at a great price! Now I just have to hunt down a large tin, lol! Thanks for this awesome tutorial!

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