Tin Tales

I've had this little tin for years.  I found it in a kitchen cupboard when I moved into my very first apartment,  left behind by a former tenant.  I'm not sure why I've carried it around with me for so many years, maybe as a reminder of that milestone of coming of age...  I kind of liked it and kind of didn't but, at any rate, it has stayed with me (usually hidden away somewhere in a cupboard).

Lately I've been collecting recipes like mad and my kitchen drawers are overrun with bits of paper with hastily scribbled down instructions and print-offs of recipes found online.  So I decided I needed a recipe box to corral them all.  I dug this old tin out and spent some time staring at it, trying to figure out how to make it fit into my decor.

I decided the only thing I didn't like about it was the number of images.  Some of them were cute but it was just too busy for my liking.  So I taped off one image on each side and then I spray painted the whole thing with Rustoleum Canyon Black in Satin (love that stuff!!).

I carefully pulled off the painters' tape and left it to dry.

Here's the final product:

I like it!!



  1. You did a great job at the total tin make-over! And the images are just a perfect fit for the function.


  2. Perfect Anne. I have to do something similar; like you recipes everywhere!


    Art By Karena

  3. Very nice!
    Darling Anna thank you for your comment! Yes it's Lesvik from Ikea. I saw your wardrobe, great job, i love especially the idea of the black chalk paint!

  4. What a great idea! What a way to upcycle and turning something into what you really like. Stopping by from Mod Mix Monday. Have a great week!

  5. Your little recipe box looks just amazing!!! You came up with the perfect solution, I think.
    Hugs Cindy

  6. What a great idea! It looks so cute, I love reusing things!

  7. now thats a great idea, lots of tins we get do have a lot of writing we don't like,, this is a great idea!

  8. I have the exact same tin...somewhere??? I had it out when my kitchen was decorated more "vintage" and I have since re-decorated and have no clue where it ended up. I like the new look you gave yours :) Laurel

  9. Yay for spray paint! It's my number one choice for transformations. Your tin makes a neat recipe file box now.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday, Anne!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  10. I LOVE it! what a great idea, I don't think I would have ever thought of it, really cute in black. thanks for linking up to VIF!

  11. How cute is this!! I love it! Thanks for linking it up to Latest and Greatest Friday!

  12. Anne, you are a very clever girl! Thanks for linking this terrific idea to Potpourri Friday!

  13. Cute idea! Thank you for linking it to home Sweet Home!


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