Old Berry Tin Makeover

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Today I have another crafty up-cycling type project to share :o)

how to make a faux vintage tin

This is my Pinspiration that I pinned eons ago:

This is a vintage flour tin... obviously right?! It's from Paddywhacks shop on Etsy and is already sold.

I got this old berry tin from the same place that I found the mailbox for the Giant Mailbox Makeover.

What do you think... would you have picked it up? I did because I remembered that old flour tin and thought I could make my own knock-off!

First thing I did was wipe the layer of dust and dirt off. I used Vaseline over the rusty spots so that I could easily remove the paint from those areas to allow the rust to show through, then I mixed up my very own concoction of paint into a very light grey color and slopped it on the can.

You can see how the Vaseline areas look before they were sanded back off.

And I liked the old label so I painted around it!

Then I sanded it. I even left the piece of masking tape that had "Peas" written on it and painted right over it... I don't know why really... it just looks older that way to me I guess :o)

You can see the areas where the Vaseline was...

Then I decided that since it still had the berry label on it it would be weird to knock-off a flour tin so I went with Berries!

I forgot to take a picture of the next steps but I just used plain ol' cardboard stencils like this:

 And then I painted the areas of each letter that weren't painted, kind of like connecting the dots.

It's not quite as aged as the flour tin but I'm happy with it, what do you think?

I also thought one of those giant tins of popcorn that you see at Walmart at Christmas time would be a good candidate for a project like this, that was my original plan until I found this tin.

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  1. You did a fabulous job - your tin looks fantastic. I find it funny that some folk only like smart brand new things, then other folk like us like old beat up looking things! Your tin would look great in any home.

    1. Thank you Lorna! I'm with you... I would rather have worn, well loved items rather than new!


  2. Looks good! Funny how it takes longer to make something look old than it does to make it look new...lol! Hope you're having a great week.

    Blessings, Vicky

  3. What a cute result, and I love the Vaseline trick! Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!


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