French Tin Makeover by Erin Suder

So we have this tiny cabin in the mountains, think tiny house living, and we recently removed all of the upper cabinets in the kitchen area. Storage is at an absolute premium.  There is no pantry and now, no upper cabinets either. We have installed open shelving because that visually opens up the space and I needed something pretty to store food and other essentials that will go on the shelves. This is where ingenuity and crafty comes into play. Thrift store tins and Prima to the  rescue! With Prima’s new stamps sets, I have created some beautiful French inspired tins to store all of the essentials and I’m going to show you how you can make some too. These are also great for craft supplies or anything else you need to organize. Lets get started!

So we have this tiny cabin in the mountains, think tiny house living, and we recently removed all of the upper cabinets in the kitchen area. Storage is at an absolute premium.  There is no pantry and now, no upper cabinets either. We have installed open shelving because that visually opens up the space and I needed something pretty to store food and other essentials that will go on the shelves.

This is where ingenuity and crafty comes into play. Thrift store tins and Prima to the  rescue! With Prima’s new stamps sets, I have created some beautiful French inspired tins to store all of the essentials and I’m going to show you how you can make some too. These are also great for craft supplies or anything else you need to organize.

Lets get started!

First, go to your local thrift store and locate a variety of tins. Or, you may already have some of these lying around your home from Christmas. Gather up your supplies. I used chalky finish paint in white and a variety of stamps from the new release of Prima Decor Stamps from Iron Orchid Designs. The beauty of these stamps is that they all coordinate and can be mixed and matched to create something wonderful. I even used some of the stamps from previous collections. Here is a complete list of what I used: IOD Decor Stamps “Fantastico” Item #815998 IOD Decor Stamps “Ode to Pere Boulard” Item #816025 IOD Decor Stamps “Tromp L’oeil II Item #816063 IOD Decor Stamps “Signage II Item #815387 IOD Decor Stamps “Alpha III” Item #815738 IOD Decor Stamps “Alpha I” Item #815400 IOD Decor Ink “Soft Black” Item #815011 IOD Dry Foam Stamp Pad Item #815134  Acrylic Block Item #815004 Chalky Finish Paint in White Paint Brush Thrifted Cookie or Popcorn Tins

First, go to your local thrift store and locate a variety of tins. Or, you may already have some of these lying around your home from Christmas.

Gather up your supplies. I used chalky finish paint in white and a variety of stamps from the new release of Prima Decor Stamps from Iron Orchid Designs. The beauty of these stamps is that they all coordinate and can be mixed and matched to create something wonderful. I even used some of the stamps from previous collections.

Here is a complete list of what I used:

IOD Decor Stamps “Fantastico” Item #815998

IOD Decor Stamps “Ode to Pere Boulard” Item #816025

IOD Decor Stamps “Tromp L’oeil II Item #816063

IOD Decor Stamps “Signage II Item #815387

IOD Decor Stamps “Alpha III” Item #815738

IOD Decor Stamps “Alpha I” Item #815400

IOD Decor Ink “Soft Black” Item #815011

IOD Dry Foam Stamp Pad Item #815134

 Acrylic Block Item #815004

Chalky Finish Paint in White

Paint Brush

Thrifted Cookie or Popcorn Tins

Wash your tins with warm, soapy water and dry them thoroughly. Once completely dry, paint them with the chalky finish paint. Allow the paint to dry. While it’s drying, ink your stamp pad. I squirt the ink onto the dry foam pad in a zig-zag pattern. Then take and old credit card, gift card, or any hard, rigid plastic that can be used as a squeegee and spread the ink into your dry foam pad. Now its ready for inking stamps.

Wash your tins with warm, soapy water and dry them thoroughly. Once completely dry, paint them with the chalky finish paint. Allow the paint to dry. While it’s drying, ink your stamp pad. I squirt the ink onto the dry foam pad in a zig-zag pattern. Then take and old credit card, gift card, or any hard, rigid plastic that can be used as a squeegee and spread the ink into your dry foam pad. Now its ready for inking stamps.

Simply peel the stamp from it’s acetate backing and mount to the acrylic stamp block, or, for this project, I needed something that would bend around the tins. It allowed me more control. I simply use the protective acetate sheet that comes with the stamps. The stamps mount right to it.

Simply peel the stamp from it’s acetate backing and mount to the acrylic stamp block, or, for this project, I needed something that would bend around the tins. It allowed me more control. I simply use the protective acetate sheet that comes with the stamps. The stamps mount right to it.

Now ink the stamps and postition the sheet over the tin right where you want your image to go. See above, how it bends around my tin?

Now ink the stamps and postition the sheet over the tin right where you want your image to go. See above, how it bends around my tin?

Press gently and then remove.

Press gently and then remove.

Aren’t they wonderful?

Aren’t they wonderful?

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I hope I’ve inspired you to create some pretty and functional storage tins for your home too. Happy crafting!

I hope I’ve inspired you to create some pretty and functional storage tins for your home too. Happy crafting!