Sunday, April 21, 2013

Old Canister Turned Toilet Paper Cover

Sometimes it is fun to let go of realism and paint something colorful and imaginative.


Old canisters such as these can be found in many second-hand stores and yard sales.

It seems a shame to just let them gather dust on the shelves when they can be given new life
and used to house an assortment of things we own: legos, checkers, cards, pencils, markers, crayons, stamps, tape, glue sticks,
or even toilet paper.
(Just be sure to try which of the canisters fits best over the toilet paper as well as on the back of the toilet).

To paint wooden surfaces like these, a light sanding is required to remove the shiny coat of varnish.
This will allow the paint to stick better.

My husband cut a few small wooden pieces and screwed through them on the underside of the bottom of the canister
so that the knob would have a better fit and be a more secure.  Having little children in the house, I was afraid that gluing the knob would not be strong enough.

 Using acrylic paints, I chose some fun colorful trees, a barn,
some flowers, and a creek for our bathroom.

 After the paint was dry, I used some stained wax to seal the paint
and give it some protection as well as an older look.

It fits in well with the frog theme in this half bath
and makes replacing the toilet paper more manageable for the kids...

or, at least, it is supposed to.

(The frog seems to catch the loose change that is found around house,
making him everybody's friend.)

Re-using old canisters and painting them up in new ways is a fun way to recycle
and apply some of your own artwork to your home.

Thanks for stopping by and have a day full of sunshine and colorful flower!


  1. beautiful hand-painted picture on a upcycled box=beautiful box!!!!!

  2. So sweet. I love the painting.

  3. I love all of your fun paintings! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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