Crafts etc26 Nov 2008 12:01 pm

In the days following my grandmother’s death, family members converged upon Thunder Bay. There was the funeral, the get-togethers…and the choosing of the items.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had to do this, God forbid you have. This is one of the rituals that you can never really know what it will feel like until it happens. It’s when you decide what you want to keep from the deceased person’s belongings. Books, coffee mugs, blankets, photos. To me, sentimental items meant the most.

One of my cousins asked for some vintage guns my grandparents hunted with. Another wanted an old moose ashtray that held coins for many years after my gran stopped smoking. I got an old Kodak Brownie camera. My brother asked for the old dry goods tins my Gran had for many years sitting on her counter. She was an avid baker and kept them topped up with sugar, flour and the ever-essential coffee.

I realized that I, too, would have liked to have them, so it’s probably for the best that they had been gotten rid of years earlier, as there may have been a tussle over them.

Much to my pleasure, I was at a estate sale when I spied the exact same tins my Gran had. They weren’t in as good of shape as hers, and the paint colour was not my favourite, but I figured I could take care of that.

The tins, as purchased.

The tins, as purchased.

After applying some primer and then some red spray paint that got all over and almost froze my finger to the spray tip (“Krylon touch,” my ass) on the porch-atio, they were looking okay.

After a coat of paint and a re-Sharpieing of the names

Candy apple red paint and a re-Sharpieing of the names

Coffee? Not in this house. Probably brown sugar instead.

I also used the opportunity to clean off our dumping zone, a.k.a. the top of the fridge so the tins would have a new home. Everything in the house seems to visit this zone from time to time. You can see that I camouflaged all the crap at the back with stuff at the front:

However, the after product pleases me much more, and has the bonus of reminding me of my Gran.

Cleaner and neater!

Cleaner and neater!

Overall, the project went well. Doing it in warmer weather probably would have helped with spray-paint finger-freeze. There are some patches and drips, so I might redo one of the tins, but overall, they look alright.

Tory; I’ll keep an eye open for a set for you!

Project cost:

  • $5 for tins at sale
  • $11.18 for spray primer and paint

4 Responses to “Before & After: Dry Goods Tins”

  1. on 26 Nov 2008 at 4:25 pm Design Monkey

    SO SO AWESOME. I am jealous of your amazing tins.

    I highly suggest that you send the images and story of said tins to Design Sponge, as they have a fantastic before and after feature. Submission details here:

    Do it!

  2. on 26 Nov 2008 at 4:30 pm Kelly

    Ha! That post was partially inspired by D*S actually!

    Far too amateur to grace their pages. 🙂

  3. on 27 Nov 2008 at 11:20 am Amy

    Amazing! Great work Kelly. They look good as new!

  4. on 17 Apr 2009 at 2:28 pm Kristy

    Now that I have your address and a bunch of cool craft ideas! I may take crafting up again! You have cool ideas, I really like the tins!x