The Vintage Dames » American Paint Company » Vintage Canister Set …. Gets an Updated Look!

Old & Boring to New & Interesting!

Last year I came across this vintage canister set made by Masterware! They are metal with a faux wood grain finish. This is the best before photo I could find. Of course I forgot to take one before I started.  
IMG_1153Trust me… they were BORING and since they did not sell it was time to give them an update with a little paint!

starting lids

The first thing you want to do before painting anything is to wipe it down. I like to use American Paints “Surface Prep & Brush Cleaner“. A little goes a long way and you need to rinse the surface after cleaning with clear water and a rag. After cleaning, I applied 2 coats of American Paint Co.’s Cannon Ball Black to the canisters and painted the lids with Debis Design Diary’s DIY Paint in Gravel Road. After the lids were dry, I used APC’s Metallix in Gunmetal to coat them. Then to soften the metal look, I dry brushed DIY’s Gravel Road on top.
Using Iron Orchard Home Décor molds and paper clay, which I love,  I created the rose embellishments to attach over the old labels. First I sealed the paper clay with APC’s Hard Coat, a clear brush on sealer. After they were dry, I painted the Roses with DIY’s Crinoline, a perfect creamy vintagy white. I used wood glue to attache them to the canisters.  But they looked flat and needed something….

To give them a little depth, I painted the roses with Gravel Road and then rubbed it back with a wet rag, leaving the paint in the details.

That is just what they needed.  I applied APC’s clear wax to seal the roses. I love how these turned out! Let me know what you think? I hope that I have been inspired you to paint something! Maybe something that is not wood, something different, something Metal….  What a difference a little paint makes!

Vintage Canisters all Dressed up!



I have been playing with IOD’s products for a couple months and love them, especially the molds and paper clay.  If you have any questions about them or any of the products I used on this project, give me a call or shoot me an email.  I love to share what I know! I do have of some of IOD’s molds in stock and would be happy to stock a special request for you. Check out all they have to offer here and let me know if you need something.

Happy Painting,


Comments are closed.