Canisters are an essential component to a functional kitchen, in my opinion. They help keep the kitchen in running order with essential cooking ingredients within easy reach. I’m sad to say, that with all the cooking and baking I do, I did not have any canisters. I had to keep climbing up on a chair to reach the top shelf holding my baking needs.
I did some research on where to get the best canisters for my money. What could I get on a $20 budget? Nada, zip, zero – that’s right nothing! What I did find was either not my style, to expensive and if it was in my price range, it looked cheap.
Now, you might ask what I was looking for; I wanted square, clear glass, and had chalkboard area for custom writing. You can probably guess that I wanted clear glass for the modern look and square for simplicity but why did I want chalkboard? Ever since I first saw Trading Spaces on TLC and they featured chalkboard paint, I dreamed up countless ways I could use the paint in my own house some day.
Since I have the house and the can of chalkboard paint I couldn’t wait to start creating. And what better project to start my journey with chalkboard paint than to create the canisters I’ve been dreaming of.
To start I went to our local dollar store to pick up some glass containers, luckily I was able to find the right sized square containers I wanted.
Surprisingly the labels came off with little effort and only a little soap and water was needed after to remove store dust. I taped off one side of each canister with painters tape. Following the directions on the paint can, between each coat I waited four hours. I found that because the canisters were glass they needed four coats of paint each.
After the last coat dried, I took the tape off and noticed that the paint ran a little underneath. I taped the canisters again except this time I taped over the chalkboard paint so that I could get a clean line when I removed the runoff. To clean up the edges I used a cotton swab and nail polish remover.
Abracadabra! A square chalkboard area on my new canisters! Don’t they look great? Currently, these canisters are my new favourite DIY project I have completed so far, and can’t stop looking at them! I’m so proud of how they turned out.
At $2.00 per canister and buying the chalkboard paint on sale, I was able to get exactly what I pictured for under my $20 budget.
What is your favourite DIY project you have recently completed under your budget?