So about 11 months ago I saw the cutest pet food storage tins at HomeGoods. They were black metal tins with the words "Dog Food" and "Cat Food" on the front. They wanted $35 for each! As I sat there drooling and imagine how I could actually keep the food out without it looking like a sore spot in the house, I kept walking. No way was I going to spend that much on something that holds pet food.
About 7 months ago I came across an old tin at the base thrift store. I believe it may have been an old popcorn tin or something similar. They were asking $2! Heck yes I bought it!
Since then it has sat empty. I would look over at it at least once a month and think, "Man, I really should turn that into a dog food storage tin!" Well.... it finally happened! And after 11 months of pining over the silly thing---- it took me maybe 40 min. to complete the entire project!
Why didn't I do this sooner?!?! lol
For this project I used:
- Black Semi-Gloss spray paint
- Thrift store popcorn tin
- Acrylic chalkboard paint
- Foam brush
- Dog food
Here is my $2 in all it's former glory. I have it sitting on my welcome mat (upside down) since the bottom of it is black anyway. Yes, I'm lazy and didn't want to drag the kids back inside for me to get newspaper to put the tin on. The mat worked perfectly though. :)
To protect the handles I folded paper of them and taped the paper tight. Painters tape would also do the trick but we are out-- so I improvised.
I think slowly and steadily coated the entire outside of the tin with the spray paint. Make sure to go slowly but keep moving. You don't want to stay in one spot for too long or you will get runs.
After the paint dried, I used a foam brush to apply a square of chalk board paint onto the front of the tin. After waiting an hour- I applied a second coat.
Once the chalk board paint had finally cured, I took about 30 min. trying to write something on the side that didn't look like chicken scratch! I love the idea of chalk board paint on everything-- but hate my own handwriting. Vinyl is also a good idea if you want a more finished look to your tin. It's really a personal choice and would be equally as easy.
It turned out pretty cute and I'm so excited to not have to walk from the dining room (where we are currently keeping the dog bowls) to the garage to get the food. Convenience is my middle name! Or I wish it was! :)
Sorry I still don't have the post for the storage footstool! I promise-- I'll get it up. Everyone have a wonderful Sunday!