Farmhouse Kitchen Canisters DIY Style

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There’s no doubt that we all have those projects that go sour and we’d rather not mention. Am I right? Ya know, the “just-donate-it-to-the-thrift-store-while-in-super-sleuth-mode” kinda project. I will be the first to confess I’ve given away projects I would have rather thrown in a lake. So, for some reason I felt bad for this set found at the thrift store.  Hang with me as I turn them into a fun set of farmhouse kitchen canisters. yahoo!

Thrifted Kitchen Canisters Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

My first thought upon seeing them was, “Pinterest fail…bwahahaha”. However, that morphed into, “Well, they tried.” Me and my pitying self always loves to help the underdog, so I brought them home. I figured there are others who might want to know how to do this kinda project the right way.

Let’s take a closer look. Upon inspection, I found that latex paint was used, and said person didn’t feel the need to paint the inside. That green had me curious as to what was underneath. hmmmm…

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Inside Thrifted Canisters | prodigalpieces.com

The bottoms revealed the typical, “Made in China” stamp I expected to see.

Logo on Kitchen Canister Bottom | prodigalpieces.com

The entire set was in good shape with no cracks or chips, just a flubbed-up paint job. What to do? Take it all back to the original, for starters. My littlest wanted to help, so we dove into my utility tub and peeled off the old paint.

Cleaning Canisters with Toddler Help | prodigalpieces.com

Here is what we found…

Kitchen Canister Set with Ivy | prodigalpieces.com

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…not bad, eh? After seeing this I was ready to just let them be as they’re pretty. However, I reminded myself that I only took these on to show you how you can update something that may not suit your style and make it your own. I wasn’t feeling the ivy love, personally, but they are pretty.

To get these looking like farmhouse kitchen canisters, the first order of business is to give them a light sanding. Nothing major needed, just a scuffing. My Corner Cat made it handy to sand in all the odd spaces. You could also use a Deglosser too.

Sanding Canister Lids | prodigalpieces.com

Once sanded, wipe down the canisters with rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover debris and grime. I’ve used this same technique with a collection of cast-off glass in this post. Simple and easy.

Cleaning Canisters with Rubbing Alcohol | prodigalpieces.com

The next step in turning these into farmhouse kitchen canisters is priming. A favorite product of mine to use is Gripper primer for slick surfaces like this that would receive much use. You can see how I used it on a laminate hutch desk HERE. Just brush on using a quality brush like this Fan Brush to avoid brush strokes in your finish. I’m not kidding when I say your first layer is as important as your last layer.

Priming Kitchen Canister with Gripper Primer | prodigalpieces.com

Once cured, it’s time for paint. Fun! My goal in this farmhouse kitchen canisters makeover is to make them resemble old crocks with a brown top and creamy white bottom. To achieve that look, I began by painting a bleached linen color latex in eggshell on the bottom going roughly half way up. No need to be super particular, just watch the brush strokes. Work around the canister rather than vertically.

Painting Kitchen Canister Bottom with Zibra Paint Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Paint the bottoms and stand the canisters upside-down to cure for about 2 hours for the time being. After your first coat has cured, add a second and let cure too.

Now that the two creamy white layers have cured, I use my low-tack FrogTape to tape off a section of the canisters approximately half-way up.

I use my low-tack FrogTape to tape off a section of the canisters | prodigalpieces.com

For my second color, I applied a brown in latex I custom mixed. Again, two coats letting cure each one for 2 hours. As soon as I apply the second coat, I peel off the tape.

Painting Canister Tops Brown for Farmhouse Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To add a little more function and charm to these farmhouse kitchen canisters, I decided to add some text to each one. This is easily done by printing out your text, and rubbing the back with a No. 2 pencil.

Rubbing Transfer with Pencil for Simple Graphic Transfer by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Tape the text on with the same low-tack tape, and trace. I chose to use Flour, Sugar, Salt as my text.

Tracking Text onto Farmhouse Kitchen Canisters by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For the next step, I used my artist’s brush and painted in the text with a black acrylic paint. Let the text cure and we’re ready for the last step. Yay!

I can’t say enough how much I love my spray shelters. They make my projects so much easier and less hassle with overspray and dust getting in my finish. For the canisters, I used my small spray shelter and my turntable with a piece of cardboard on top. This allows me to spin the canisters while I spray this Satin Spar Urethane as a finish.

Using Spray Spar Urethane to topcoat Kitchen Canisters by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Notice I started with the bottoms up so I could do two layers with curing in between, and then finished with the tops. It’s all a matter of doing the steps in the right order AND letting each step cure.

Let’s take a peek at the finished product, shall we?

Rustic Style Farmhouse Kitchen Counter with DIY Canisters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Set of Farmhouse Kitchen Canisters Made from Thrifted Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

From hot mess to farmhouse fun, this thrifted set never looked so good. Notice how nice the finish is. A great brush is the key to this smooth look.  As a result, all these needed was the right steps to get a finished look worth admiring.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen with DIY decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Upcycled Thrift Store Kitchen Canisters with DIY tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And, looky…I even painted the inside! tee hee.

Painted Interior of Farmhouse Kitchen Canister | prodigalpieces.com

Also, many thanks to my daughter for baking this pumpkin bread so I could drool over it while I staged my canisters. mmm…so good!!

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen with Homemade Pumpkin Bread by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed this makeunder turned makeover. It was fun to see this set be made new. The best part is you can make them to look any way YOU want. All it takes is a willing DIY spirit to make it happen.

If you’re not into DIY or just would love to own this set, you can find it available in my shop. You can also find 7 styles of my favorite brushes there too.

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Farmhouse Canister Set of Kitchen Storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve had fun staging these in my kitchen. The finishing touches are all I need and also a willing spirit to reveal the entire remodel to you. However, it has taken such a long time I’m not sure where to start. But…do know I have it planned to happen soon.

Old World Farmhouse Style Kitchen with Reclaimed Wood Countertops by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I invite you to pin and share these farmhouse kitchen canisters made new. You just never know who may need to be inspired. Thank you!

From Pinterest fail to farmhouse style, these thrifted finds were turned into farmhouse kitchen canisters. DIY tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

Up next, this vintage Dixie dresser is going to get a much needed facelift. See the after HERE.

Vintage Dixie Dresser with Bow Front Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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28 Comments

  • Debrashoppeno5

    The difference is like night and day. The canisters look terrific.

    October 18, 2018 at 6:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad you think so, Debra. Thank you!

      October 18, 2018 at 6:40 am Reply
  • d brossy

    wow, what a tranformation! didn’t realize that ceramic could be painted over with just a few steps!

    October 18, 2018 at 7:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You betcha! So easy and fun because the options are limitless. 🙂

      October 18, 2018 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Shirley

    You stopped me at brown. When I got to that word I was like “yuck” but the results floored me. Gorgeous farmhouse look! Looks terrific in the setting you made for it. So very farmhouse homey! Well done!

    October 18, 2018 at 7:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha!! That’s what I first said when I mixed the color. Wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it worked. Thank you!!

      October 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • Judy Murphy

    The canisters are amazing. Just love the transformation, Larissa!

    October 18, 2018 at 8:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot, woot! That’s so awesome to hear. Thank you!!

      October 18, 2018 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Marie InteriorFrugalista

    The canisters look great, Larissa. The stripped down originals reminded me of my Mom, she had the same ones once upon a time. While reading this post and seeing the lovely open shelving and those amazing wood counters, I wondered “hey wait a minute, she hasn’t shown us the reveal yet!” Yay, so excited that it’s in the works 🙂

    October 18, 2018 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They were so pretty and I really debated on painting. But…the challenge won. haha. Hugs to you sweet friends! Kitchen reveal as soon as we finish the nitty gritties. Our family room needing done before winter set us off track.

      October 18, 2018 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    Too cute! I’m saving these instructions for future projects. Also, could you share your pumpkin bread recipe? If its as good as your muffins and bread recipes, I’m in heaven.
    Also, I spy a peek at your kitchen!!! Those counters are to die for sweetheart!!! LOVE them!!

    October 18, 2018 at 9:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! My daughter got it off of the back of a bag of pecans at Aldi. We love it! As for the kitchen…yes!! We are so close to reveal. Hoping by the end of the month.

      October 18, 2018 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Janep

    Really cute!! Is it food safe? Or are they to be used just for decorating?
    Thanks!

    October 18, 2018 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, as I didn’t paint the interior of the canister, just under the lid. 😉

      October 18, 2018 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, These canisters look perfectly farm house styled now, what a difference! And your kitchen. . . . . . . WOW, it is looking amazing and your daughters bread looks delish! Now, I’m hungry, lol

    October 18, 2018 at 11:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear on both accounts. Thank you!! We are so excited to be done, but also trying to wrap up our family room. Soon!

      October 18, 2018 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Danelle

    Wow! I really love those ! Since you painted the insides, can you put food in them?

    October 18, 2018 at 12:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I didn’t paint the inside of the canister, just the lid, so they are still food safe. 🙂

      October 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Susan

    I just love what you did with these! I thought at first you were leaving them with the vines… which would have been better than you found them but you made them amazing!

    October 18, 2018 at 4:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Almost…but had to complete my self-appointed challenge to do a makeover the right way. hee hee!

      October 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Naomi S

    That’s an amazing make-over, Larissa! At first glance I wasn’t sure I liked the white on the bottom and the brown on the top. Somehow, they looked top-heavy. But the more I looked at them the more I began to like the way you did them. I gotta go find some canisters to re-do now!

    I have a question too. I noticed the backsplashes in your kitchen and I wondered what type of material the “tiles” are made of and where you found them. I have been wanting something similar for my bathroom behind my sink and counter. Also, I saw the brick on your kitchen wall and I wondered if it was faux or real or wall paper or ??? It looks really nice. I can’t wait to see your kitchen reveal!

    October 18, 2018 at 11:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re too fun! The brown on top is reminiscent of my antique crocks that are done in the same way. Kinda fun to try to see if I can replicate it. Thank you for the kitchen love. I’m hoping to reveal in the next couple of weeks, but is totally dependent on my husband not having to work 6 days a week. Sigh… 🙂 You can see my brick tutorial HERE.

      October 19, 2018 at 5:37 am Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    The before looks like one of my fails…haha. You did an amazing makeover! They’re now unique farmhouse beauties. The pumpkin bread looks delish and the peek of your kitchen makes me excited to see the final reveal.

    October 19, 2018 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      ahahaha!!! So funny! I wish I could give you a hug. Thank you!

      October 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Vanessa

    What a great find and I love the makeover.

    October 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Vanessa. 🙂

      October 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Julie Briones

    Larissa… these are SO pretty! You did a wonderful job! Came over to see via Andrea’s feature on Thrifty Makeovers! Pinned (love your new profile pic!)

    October 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Julie. Fun to do! 😀

      October 30, 2018 at 3:58 am Reply

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