For the last several (I am not exaggerating here) years, I have been on the hunt for canisters for my kitchen. The fact that I am super cheap, and our kitchen was the ugliest room in our house helped to talk me out of anything I found. Now that our kitchen has been redone, I was ready to take the plunge. The only thing I had working against me now was the cheap part. So, a few days ago, I was window shopping and found some glass canisters on sale, I knew I could turn into my painted kitchen canisters, and I knewI had to get them!
DIY painted kitchen canisters
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- glass canisters- because these are distressed, I would recommend something with a surface that isn’t completely smooth (or you could use large mason jars)
- glue gun and glue sticks
- chalky finish paint
- foam brushes
- matte finish mod podge
- sisal rope
- Prep your canisters by washing and drying them.
- Paint your canisters with the chalky finish paint, making sure to get in the grooves, and not apply too thick of a coat of paint, because it will end up running. I did not paint the bottom of the canisters, or the rims. I figured there was a chance the paint would child opening and closing them so often.
- Once that coat is dry, add a second coat. Here is where it gets a little tricky. I knew from the start, I wanted these canisters to be distressed, and I figured I was going to sand them after I painted them. Instead, the paint sort of peeled, and crackled a little with the second coat. This actually ended up being a pleasant surprise. I did have to be a little gentler when I was painting, but I wasn’t devastated with the cracking. I let the cracks happen naturally.
- Allow the canisters to dry almost completely. When the canisters are close to dry, take a dry foam brush and wipe the spots that are still a little wet.
- Seal the canisters with a moderately thick coat of mod podge. You will have to be careful here again. The paint crack again, but this time I was prepared. If I noticed it was cracking to much, I just made sure to be a little more gentle.
- Add the sisal rope. Wrap the rope around the neck of the canisters and glue with your hot glue.
- Done! Super cute painted kitchen canisters.
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