Upcycle a coffee can into a pretty vase to display Spring flowers. Paint just part of the can so you have a two-tone finish. That makes it special.
The JTS and I drink coffee every morning and we have a lot of recycled coffee cans in the workshop. This coffee can held a stash of furniture knobs. It’s moving on to bigger and better things.
I applied the paint using a small chalk paintbrush.
The paint covered really well with one coat but I applied a second coat just for fun. The second coat was really just to cover areas I didn’t cover completely the first time. Those ripples in the can are not as easy to cover as a flat surface.
The paint I chose for the project is FolkArt® Home Decor Chalk Paint (find here on Amazon), color Mustard. The paint adheres to all sorts of things including metal and I don’t have to rough up (sand) or prime my project piece. The paint has a flat matte finish which makes it easy to distress, wax, layer, etc. No messy cleanup either because the paint is water-based.
The first coat of paint dried in less than an hour. The instructions recommend two hours of dry time before applying a second coat of paint. You guys know I have no patience.
To achieve a soft dreamy finish I applied FolkArt® Home Decor Wax, color white.
The wax is simple to use. Just brush it on….
….and wipe it off. Wipe the wax back with a soft lint-free cloth leaving some of the wax in the details. Once it dries take a clean lint-free cloth and shine it up. The wax gives the matte chalk paint just a bit of sheen, not too shiny.
I like how the white wax softens the paint color. Just the look I was going for.
I filled the now glam coffee can with faux flower stems from my stash. I don’t buy new stuff if I have good junk stuff to work with.
The new flower vase is sitting on a silver-plated serving tray (junk treasure) on our dining room table. The pretty vase with flowers brings a smile to my face every time I walk by the table.
Leave a note if you have time telling me what you think of the project. As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com