Thursday, July 26, 2012

Upcycling: cookie tin to coffee bin

I’ve been saving this cookie tin for the longest time. 

Originally it was filled with Swedish Gingersnaps and the design on the tin is so pretty. 

The only problem was the nutrition information that was printed on the back of the tin. The only way to cover it without it looking out of place was to use the area as a label.

I went with the oh-so-popular chalkboard paint label. I’ve learned from experience that using chalkboard paint on metal can be problematic. Press too hard with the chalk and you scratch the paint off. As an option you can buy chalkboard vinyl but I decided to make my own.

All you need is a label or contact paper. Cut out your label shape and paint it with several coats of chalkboard paint. Every other coat you’ll want to paint in the opposite direction – up and down then across – until you have a nice coat of paint with no streaks.

The tin needed a little handle and I found this old drawer handle that I glued on. A knob would have looked cute too. In fact, I had a hard time deciding – knob or handle, knob or handle…

I’ll store coffee beans in a plastic bag inside the tine since it will be difficult to completely wash the tin with the chalkboard label.

Time to grind some beans and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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  1. I love this idea. It is too cute.

  2. This is such a cute idea. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  3. So vintage-y and cute! Great idea :)

  4. i love this! have a tin i think i can use. i can put tins onto the yardsale/thrift store list.

  5. What a super cute and original upcycling idea! The handle on top is perfect! I really need to get my office cleaned up, because I know I have some old tins in there somewhere and I'd love to do this to one of them. Hope you don't mind that I pinned your idea to my DIY/Craft board.

  6. LOVE this and love the handle!!


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