June 14, 2012

A little TLC for a sad canister set.

I was thrilled to come across this set of canisters for $2 at a local goodwill a few weeks ago seeing as how I already have the orange-y red set! However, the more I looked at them the more it bothered me that the gold had worn off.  I thought, hmmm...I wonder if a gold pen could cover it up?
As you can see  the gold was really worn off. 
The tea canister below was definitely the worst of the bunch!

Here is what the set originally looked like, but I forgot to take a "before" photo in the very beginning (rookie mistake) and tested out my marker on the coffee canister. Oops!

Here you can see I did a little test on the R with my first marker from the dollar store, but found it too yellow-y gold. So, I went out and bought a fine line paint pen at Michaels for $3.00 instead! It worked way better, and although it's not as good as it was new, it's pretty darn close!

Slow and steady wins the race! The finer the pen, the better, and if you make any mistakes, just use a toothpick and dip it in water to erase where you made an error!

Ta-da! As good as new-almost! 
In this last photo, the flour and tea look a lot lighter than the coffee and sugar due to the lighting in my kitchen, but in reality they all look like the flour/tea canisters!

Do you guys have any old items that need a little touch up like these bad boys did? We would love to hear about your latest creative projects or fixer-uppers! If you try out this little DIY, let us know how it turned out!


  1. What a cute set! That marker really makes them look new again :)

  2. It looks great! What an easy facelift for these colorful containers.

  3. Sooo beautiful! It looks like new!

    I just purchased a three piece set of canisters from a thrift store, they are glass with pretty yellow daisies, the lids are filthy and one of them has "disney fund" and a crudely drawn mickey head on it, while I find it amusing, I can't wait to clean them up!


  4. It looks fantastic! I may have to try something similar with a lock of my nick nacks with bumps and bruises ;)


  5. This is brilliant! I will be using this trick in the future!


  6. That looks excellent! I'd never know it wasn't original.
    I use those markers sometimes on the silver-tone or gold-tone hardware on vintage purses and bags. Often it's worn down to the base metal and a little marker freshens it up and evens the color out!

  7. that is such a good idea! i can't believe i've never thought of that!

  8. I love restoring items. They look well loved.


  9. They look amazing! What a stroke of genius!



  10. I love these!!

    Christen :>

  11. amazing!! what a great idea! love that colour of the canisters so much. great find. x

  12. This is a very cute type to organize your kitchen.

  13. That looks terrific! Great tip!

  14. This is super cute! Great job! It looks so great now!

    Ginger and Lace

  15. Ooh, these are beautiful! Such a great find, and I love how you touched up the pretty font! xo Heather

  16. I love the colour, so Jonathon Adler. Please gaurdian angel guide me to a set of these cannisters they have been on my wish list for ever.

  17. These are so cute! The color is just perfect! I come across cool looking canisters pretty often. I'm trying to think of an alternate use for them since I already have a set that I love in my kitchen. Any ideas?


  18. Well done you... would never have thought of this myself. Look out worn out canisters at the thrifts... here I come!

  19. These look amazing! What a great tip!!