by Tammy Taylor~
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I’ve been sharing various ways I’m able to repurpose those handy coffee canisters once they’re empty. I’ve painted them and used them for a Back Porch Planter to hold mint transplants. (This also makes a cuter way to share plants with friends.) I’ve also used them to hold large quantities of Dried Rosemary from that beautiful plant outside our back door. And of course I use those canisters in my Garden to simplify my tasks there as well. I even (after much trial and error) discovered how to Remove The Print from those canisters so I could use it decoratively in my kitchen. But this is the first such decorative project I’ve attempted and I’m BEYOND thrilled at how it turned out! I made a cute, country bread box out of it!
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Now it’s irritated me for years that the size of these canisters have been shrinking. It seems we’re getting less and less coffee but paying the same money for it! I actually contacted Folgers and asked them about this. They said the size of the canisters do change, but their corresponding price changes as well. But the retailers can still charge whatever they want and oftentimes that price doesn’t change for the consumer at all. So that means the price we pay remains the same for less product. Grrrrr… But that’s a rant for another time.
In this instance it worked out well for me. You see, I wanted a bread box for my homemade bread. I’ve read that the less air space you have with bread storage, the fresher your bread will stay. Some people say they’ve used popcorn tins, others buy breadboxes. I wanted something kinda pretty though. I guess I could paint a popcorn tin but I worry about paint flaking off with repeated use and perhaps getting into our food. So I went searching for a vintage bread box.
YOWZA! They seemed way out of our budget. And most bread boxes were much larger than I needed anyway. After baking and cooling I typically freeze my homemade bread & bring out only 1/2 loaf at a time for us to enjoy. That assures none of my bread goes stale and is wasted. So I only need a bread box that will hold about 1/2-loaf at a time. (see note above about excess air space causing bread to go stale.)
I searched & searched but couldn’t find what I was looking for. Then one day I noticed this smaller coffee canister at the store. Although the price of this coffee was actually HIGHER than the blend from the same manufacturer that we typically purchase, I wanted it for the container. So I plunked down a little more to bring this baby home.
After I brought it home I dumped the coffee into our almost empty (yet larger) container and set to work on this canister. I didn’t want to paint it. Not only do I love the red and black contrasting color, but I don’t want potentially flaking paint next to our food. So the first thing I did was remove the print (there’s a trick to it, y’all!)
Now I’m left with a lovely red & black blank canvas! I had purchased these *Reusable Chalkboard Labels so thought it would look great on my new breadbox. But I wanted to write with a more decorative flare so I went online & used different fonts for the word ‘BREAD‘. When I found one I liked I used the included chalkboard pen to write on one of the labels. Then I placed the label on my new bread box. I loved it!
But one thing I didn’t think of. Since these waterproof labels are reusable, of course the chalkboard label pen smudged the print after a few days.
Luckily, all it took was a damp rag and I’m once again left with a brand new clean-slate label.
I bought a *White Paint Pen and re-printed the word BREAD for a more permanent label.
OMGosh y’all, I love the way it turned out! I have a large industrial-sized coffee canister that I’ll be doing this same thing to as well. Stay tuned & I’ll be sure to share what I’ll use it for, and how it turns out!
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