Friday, March 30, 2012

Popcorn Tin Dog Food Canister

How many have seen these simple dog canisters and thought.... "Brilliant!  Keep the food next to the dish, and no more lugging big containers and/or bowls!"

Yep... I thought that too!  Till I saw the prices!  Whoa, Nelly!  $45 - $54 for a tin!

So, I found a substitute.  Another Popcorn Tin!  A friend of mine (thanks, Courtney!) brought me a couple of popcorn tins.  A coat of spray paint and a few letters... and now I have this!

Some things I learned:  
*Primer would've been a good thing to start with.  I didn't use it and some of the paint is scratching off over time.  

*Tape the top rim (where the lid meets the can) to prevent painting.  The extra layer of paint makes the closing of the lid just a tad tight.  It still works, but needs a little extra struggle.

*The bigger the popcorn tin, the better.  (Good excuse to buy some soon!)

*I hope to find a cute pull handle to attach to the top one day to make the lid easier to lift.  

Other than that, it's super simple.  :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Popcorn Tin Laundry Bin

I saw a neat idea in a magazine once where someone used a ceramic jar to hold dirty towels in a kitchen till they can get them to the laundry room.

Our kitchen is a floor away from the laundry room, and somehow towels just pile up while awaiting *someone* to take them upstairs.  

So... I found a solution.  I didn't have a large ceramic jar to sit on the ground out of the way.  Instead, I used a small popcorn tin and painted it.  Added a few vinyl letters... and Wah-lah.  It almost blends into the counters, and it hides the towels!