Sunday, May 1, 2011

Spray Painting Ceramic: My New Kitchen Canisters

Finally! It's been the rainiest month here since 1961 and we finally had a warm, sunny Saturday. I decided to take advantage of this hint of spring to cut down on my list of projects.

Meet my new kitchen canisters:

Nice, aren't they?

You may remember how they started out.... a $3-for-the-whole-set church rummage sale find. With blue bows. And teddy bears. And more bears. And more bows.

After running the canisters through the dishwasher, I decided to give all the canisters a light sanding, hoping it would make the paint stick to the glossy surface better. I don't think it did much good, except to make sure the surfaces were *really* clean.

Then, I taped plastic bags on the inside, since I didn't want to spray paint the parts that would be touching food.  Taking everything outside, I gave it all a good coat of spray primer.

To be honest, I probably would not use primer on glossy ceramic again. It was just too chalky and flaky to stick durably to the finish. Oh well, live and learn.

Up next was the real paint. I chose Rustoleum's Universal All Surface paint in Real Almond gloss finish. This was partly because I liked the color, and partly because it was on sale at Jo-Ann's for $3.

To review the product, I think the nozzle is funny. Every time I hit the trigger, it would start with a sputter, spewing out uneven blobs of paint. The paint might be ok, but the mechanics of the can design are off. I would not buy it again.  Anyways, I gave it a few light coats:

When they were dry, I brought them in, tied some jute twine around the tops, and voila! My new canisters:

I wish I'd skipped the $4 can of Rustoleum American Accents spray primer, but for the price of a can of spray paint, my $3 canisters look pretty darn good. Don't you think?



  1. Wow! Great job Caitlin! They look fabulous! I love the twine around them. Thank you for sharing your project with us this past week at Inspiration Friday. I hope you'll be back to join us again!


  2. Found you on BetterAfter!! Love the new canisters. Check me out at

  3. Thanks for the kind comments!

  4. I love this idea. I have some old lamps that I wanted to do something with and I am going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love them so much that I had to blog about them.

  6. I found you on betterafter also, and a few hours later, found a "geese" canister set for $5. I can't wait to paint!!! If you wouldn't use the $4 spray paint, what would you recommend?

  7. This is such an awesome idea. Thank you for the inspiration! Definitely going to do this!

  8. Oh my gosh! I saw these bear canisters in a google picture search as I have been searching for them to match a dinner set I have found and to find out if you would still have them and saw they were painted over! could go and cry! haha they do look good though now :D - on my search goes!!!

  9. Fantastic!! I'm going to be doing eggplant purple on white canisters I found!! Thanks for the tip on spray primer! I'll definitely keep that in mind!! The twine is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!

    Good Job!! :)

  10. Thanks! They have held up well too... going on over a year! Enjoy your new look!