Upcycle your Tea Tins

IMG_1461 (1)Now that Super Bowl XLIX is behind us, I can get back to using my Sunday the way I usually do, undertaking a creative project and/or preparing for the next week of teaching. As promised, here is an easy way to upcycle those cute Harney & Sons' tea tins that I mentioned in a previous post. Although I think these tins are really cute as is, I wanted them to match. I got this idea from Cyndy Aldred's amazing blog, www.thecreativityexchange.com. You can also find this and other ideas in her clever book, Organizing Your Life To paint the tins I used Rust-Oleum Primer Spray Paint and Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint. My husband had the primer on hand, but as these tins are in good shape, I think a basic primer would do just fine. First, I turned the tins over and sprayed a thin coat of the spray primer. Make sure you allow them to dry completely. Once dry, I sprayed the tins with a thin coat of the chalkboard paint. It's important to move fairly quickly and spray from a distance of at least 2 feet away. I let them dry overnight. The next day, I resprayed areas that needed touching up. As for writing on the tins, if you use actual chalk, you should sharpen the tips with a pencil sharpener for the cleanest lines. I'm quite sure that I picked this tip up at www.lilyandval.com, a gorgeous company after my own heart. They offer beautifully chalk- lettered and illustrated cards, gifts and home decor.  chalk inkSometimes they also have free digital downloads like this 2015 New Year's Resolution. Another option for writing on the tins is to use Chalk Ink Markers or Bistro Chalk Markers. You can buy these at most craft stores such as Michaels, A.C. Moore, etc. I like the chalk markers because they won't smudge. If you make a mistake, you can easily wipe off the ink using a glass cleaner or ChalkBoard spray cleaner. Chalkboard tins   Tins on shelf I plan to paint more tins to organize  my card-making supplies.

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