Friday, August 13, 2010

C is for Canister

Sometimes I just CANNOT believe the stuff people throw away....all you other thrifters -- I'm SURE know what I mean.  Even if whatever it is looks like complete garbage, I know it can be fixed up -- so of course I can't understand why someone would get rid of such a "treasure"!  I'm hoping there are other people like me out there who get that item all fixed up and beautified,  and want to bring it back to whoever got rid of it and show them.  As if that is showing people I'm not in fact crazy and there was a "treasure" in there!  

But what I can't believe at all is the perfectly good things people get rid of -- take this Williams Sonoma canister pair I found last week:


Seriously -- Williams Sonoma.  The big one was $3.80 and the smaller one was $5.80 -- yes you read that right the smaller one was MORE than the bigger canister -- whatever, TOTALLY worth those prices. The small one still had the original price tag on it and it was $18.00.  And in my opinion, these were pratically brand new...there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with them except they were covered in dust.  (Probably no dustier than the rest of my house). 



All by themselves they are just fine.....although I wanted something a little more colorful.  Not that I don't love simple, white decor -- I just felt like these needed a little something.  I originally wanted to do vinyl on the front for whatever I used them for; but I can never make up my mind on things, so I knew I'd change what I put in these canisters several times.  Vinyl just doesn't always work for a mind-changer like me. :)    So I decided to go for some chalkboard paint instead.













I loved it ... but it still wasn't very colorful.  It needed some fun hue added to it.  It was calling out for some beautiful accessory to be added.....and so I did:


I took two strands of beads I put together and braided them together with green ribbon.  Then all I had to do was tie them around my canisters.

Each canister bead braid is different but has the same type of beads and color scheme.


And I should be honest with you...there aren't actually cookies in my bigger canister....yet.  I wish there were though!   I better erase that before my hubby opens it up to find an empty canister.  

I do use my other canister for coffee -- so I get to use it every day.   And I LOVE it! :)   It makes me smile just seeing it -- what a way to start the morning.


So my grand total for the whole project is $22.10

$9.60 for the canisters
$12.50 for the beads








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65 Hand-Me-Downers Shared:

Country Mouse said...

What an awesome find!!! I love what you did with them!!!!

Traveling Thrifter said...

Cute little idea....LOVE the new header too !

Melissa said...

My favorite touch is the beads you added, bright, light and cheerful!!

GB said...

Love that chalkboard detail! and I so know what you mean about the stuff people discard.

Brandy said...

It is crazy, I see things all the time at thrift stores and think "wow". People are sometimes too lazy to see the potential in something, they'd rather buy the next trend that comes along. But it's people like you, who make things over, who set the trends :-)

Cheri said...

Oh how cute to add the beads, never would have thought of that. I love to read blogs and get such great ideas.

Vanessa said...

What great finds! Love the beads - they add just the right touch of color and whimsy.

Nancy said...

The chalkboard paint was a great idea and I love the beads.

Jensamom23 said...

The beads are perfect!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

They turned out so cute! I love what you did with them. Great find girl :)

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

These are awesome!! Isn't it nice when something makes you smile every day and you made it!! I love the chalkboard detail. Those canisters are classic and I'm sure you'll find plenty of uses for them through the years. I love thrifting!

k + b said...

cute idea! i'm pretty happy that people throw away their 'treasures'.... then us handmedowners can scoop em up! :)

Sue at Beach Bungalow said...

Those are beautiful, and you made them your own!

Great Job!

Sue
xk

One Life Many Journeys said...

Beads and ribbon......GENIUS!! Takes it from drab to fab!

FrouFrouBritches said...

Wow! What a great deal! I love the addition of ribbons and beads. Soo cute!

Allison said...

What a fabulous find! I haven't had any luck lately when I've gone thrifting. Love what you did with them!

PS. I gave you an award or two. ;) http://adventuresofthemichelenafamily.blogspot.com/2010/08/lucky-me-again.html

Simplegirl said...

I love that idea! I'm hooked on the chalkboard paint. Thank you for commenting on my blog, hope to see you again. Did you sign up for the current scrapbook giveaway?

bookaddict4real said...

That was a great idea I didnt know William Sonoma
could be that cheep

Steph said...

CUTE!!! I am always seeing canisters at the thrift store and will keep this in mind the next time I go.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great weekend!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love what you did! I found a wonderful set of frenchy ones at Goodwill...gorgeous! Hard to understand what people give away! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Whimsical Creations said...

What an awesome find! They turned out fantastic with the chalkboard paint and beads.

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I never find anything when I head out. I need to hang with you!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Adorable!! LOVE IT!! I want a set in my kitchen.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Shut. up. Williams Sonoma! I drool over those in the stores. What a fabulous find! I love the chalkboard labels.

Becca at One Girl said...

Cute! I'm glad you could make it into something wonderful & useful. They will have a great home with you :)

Chelsea said...

I gave you an award. Check it out!http://craftersanonymousclub.blogspot.com/

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

What a STEAL! I love how you used chalkboard paint on these! Brilliant idea!

Thanks for linking up at www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Mary said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job!

What an inspiration!

Roo @ NiceGirlNotes said...

Great job! They look really great. I'm always hesitant to use chalkboard paint because I haaaate that chalky/chalkboard sound. Does chalk on chalkboard paint cause that screeching sound? Really, it's the only thing preventing me from putting anything chalkboardy in my house.

- Brittany said...

SCORE!!! You go girl.

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Rachel said...

I LOVE chalk board paint! GREAT PROJECT!!!! I did a very similar project last week but I painted lables so I am not too committed to the look after a new fad comes along in the kitchen! I keep looking for new things to paint with this stuff- so addicting!

Anjie said...

Those are WAY cute! Glad you linked to Skip to my Lou. I think I'm headed to my local thrift shop to see what I can find.

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Love the canisters. I really like the chalkborad paint idea. Now you can easily change out the ingredients too. What a great find. Thanks for stopping by last week.

One Cheap B*tch said...

So much fun! And you can't beat those prices!

Jeanine

Mrs Happy Homemaker said...

Ok, Ive gotta get some of that chalkboard paint - so neat!!

I know what you mean about what people throw away...its craziness! I am a thrift store diva..love the deals I find there ... tons of treasures!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Great re-do...cute idea to add the beads for that touch of color...and you can change them out for the holidays...orange and black for Halloween, red and green for Chistmas, pastels for Easter, red white and blue for patriotic holidays...the ideas are endless.

Life in Rehab said...

Beautifully done, Amanda, I totally love them!

Alison said...

I have been looking for a way to dress up my canisters. I LOVE the chalkboard labels!

Sassy Sites! said...

I love this idea! I just featured chalkboards over at my blog last week! :)

...visiting from Sassy Sites! I'm a new follower! Come by and say HI! I love your blog! It's such a SASSY site! :)

Pam said...

That's cute. I think the beads make it!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Amanda! Happy Met Monday to you! Don't you just love that Chalk board paint?! Those canisters are just adorable now! And the jewelry added just the right amount of sparkle. Very pretty!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

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Debbie said...

What a great idea with the chalk paint! and the beading is such a unique idea. Good job of taking something old, and making it new again.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Humble Housekeeping said...

What a steal! I love the chalkboard paint...especially because you can change the labeling later! I'm you're newest follower!

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

What a great find! I love the chalkboard labeling on canisters. So cute!

-Desiree

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Love these canisters! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Ginger said...

Cool! I love the beaded detail...very nice. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Leanne said...

What a great find and anything chalkboard is great. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday this week and would love for you to join the party. There's a great giveaway too. Hope to see you there.

Debbie said...

Amanda that is so darned cute! I love the bling you added too....nice touch! Thanks for joining in this week:) Debbie

Nikki said...

LOVE love LOVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEE! Thanks so much for linking these to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Patti said...

Your opening line is so true - one's man's trash is another's treasure!! The beads are so prettyaround the neck of the jars - well done

Stop over to enter my giveaway!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You have inspired me! I am going to get on this chalk board paint bandwagon!! I am visiting from Debbiedoos.

Carol

Staci J said...

Those are great!! love the chalkboard effect:)
Visiting from justsewsassy.com

Leanne said...

Those canisters are awesome. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday

Cara said...

Sooooo cute!

Mamma said...

Seriously who would get rid of those!!??!!! Crazy people. Anyways, you made them adorable. Good job!

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

What a great find. I love the chalkboard paint!

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!

Kat

www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

Kuzak's Closet said...

Great bargain! Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister!

Centsible Savings said...

love the chalkboard paint on the white canisters!

Great find!

AUDRA said...

Awesome!
Great job!!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great job! I am going to feature you!
Bonnie :)

Maria said...

I like that you can erase these and re-write it when you change what is inside. Very smart.

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I love canisters AND chalkboard paint! Lovely! I think I need more than a few of these! Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Leslie said...

One person's junk is another person's treasure! You definitely hit the JACKPOT on this great find. I love how you fixed them up! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Kara @ Craftastical! said...

LOVE the beads around the top! Awesome idea!

Thanks for linking up at Craftastical!

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