Monday, May 14, 2012

Can Do Decor and Playing with PVC

I am new to drinking coffee.   I really didn't think I was much of a coffee drinker but the evidence says otherwise, although you will see by the brand, I am not a connoisseur of coffee!   I am acquiring quite the can collection.  Every time I empty a new can into my canister for coffee I hold the can and have a full on argument with myself over tossing it into the trash.  You know what happened next, that's right I had a dusty collection of them on top of the fridge.

After several months of looking at them every time I walked into the kitchen I knew I had to do something with them.  Since I am prone to paint anything that stays still for very long, I added them to the pile of things I am/was going to paint relocated them to my paint desk and waited for inspiration.   It didn't take long (okay to be truthful I spend WAY too much time cruising Pinterest) for inspiration.   In the end it was a picture in an old magazine using a coffee can to store tools that inspired me.

I had just completed the dot glasses I posted about here and knew I wanted to use these to go along with those.   With the dotted glasses and the place mats I mentioned in the last post in mind, I did the happy dance all the way to my paint desk and got started.  First I had to peel off the labels and just so you know a lot of those cans that look printed/painted are covered in a very thin printed plastic and a real pain in the patootie to remove!

After you ruin your nails and have had your patience tried you will end up with this.

Next up painting with multiple coats of paint in these oh so pretty colors.  Sorry, I got too into painting and completely blew off taking a shot of them at that stage, oops!

Lastly, I used the end of a paintbrush to add dots....lots of dots.

They turned out to be very, very cute...very happy looking, and I love some happy.  I am so thankful that I am a hoarder saved these cans!  What am I going to do with them now?  Well, since I happened to have gotten these flowers at 40% off plus 20% at Micheal's last week...

I thought they would be perfect to use  with the cans as a centerpiece.  I am not sure if I like them spread between all the cans or in the center one...hmmmm....maybe the other two cans could hold candles, or utensils? 

Don't you love how you see the obvious in a photo?  Since the yellow can is the only can with ridges I am going to use it as the "vase" or the center can anyway....I do believe that might look a tad better than it is in these pictures.

Since I was on a painting roll and had also scored these flowers on sale while shopping at Michael's I decided to make some napkin rings to match.

First I stopped into my local hardware store for PVC pipe.  I made my first napkin rings using PVC for Easter and I blogged about it here.  For those I used the PVC I had here and it was 1 inch.  It will work but it is a tight fit for your napkins.  This time I decided to make my life easier and pick up a larger pipe.  For just over a dollar I got a piece that I will be able to cut 18 rings from!   I cut my rings 1 1/4 inches wide.  I gave them a quick "sand" on the edges using a bench grinder.

Next, I drug out my trusty all surface paints in the same colors I have been using for everything lately and gave them all a base coat inside and out.

If you have been paying attention lately, you know what happened next......I added dots!  I certainly have a thing for dots going on.

You could stop at this point and they would be cute but I had those super cheap flowers so I had to keep going.  First I removed them from their stems.

Then I needed to shorten the stem that was left.  It wasn't much but it was enough to make gluing the flowers on awkward.  So being the genius I am I popped the plastic backing off and cut the stem off completely.

Bet you can guess what happened next.  The whole thing fell apart and into about 15 pieces.  What fun!  Now I had to start with the back section of petals and glue each layer individually and then add the center.  It works and is secure but completely unnecessary.

The best way to do this is to cut almost all the stem off.  Leave just enough on so that you can hold it all together.  Then using your handy dandy glue gun add a bit of glue under the center piece of the flower.

Flip the flower over and apply a generous amount of glue around and on what is left of the stem. Then slap that baby on the PVC ring.

Pretty cutie patootie results from play with some PVC!

  I can't wait to see this whole tablescape put together!  Thanks for stopping by.   I will be joining

 Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday

and Kim at Savy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays


  1. If you don't show this tablescape, I'm coming to personally get you. It is all really, really cute and exactly up my alley. I can't wait to see the whole thing. I remember your napkin rings from the previous post, and I love these that you did today. I am pinning your inspiration!

    I also love the cans. I felt like I was reading a whole new version of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie".

    If you give a blogger a coffee can...

    Wonderful job, and can I just share that my mother is the Queen Hoarder of coffee cans. If she doesn't see this on her own, I'm sending her here. She'll love it.

    (And you have WAY more luck making good polka dots than I do. What's up with that?

  2. OK, I'm not pinning. It won't let me. I am just going to have to remember it. ha!

  3. PVC napkin rings - way cute!! Who would've thought it, but they're great! I like the flowers added to them too, but even without, the dots are adorable and fun. I, too, am a can hoarder, but I've put some coffee cans on the kitchen counter to hold all the tools I use often. Repurposing at it's finest - yes?!? Thanks for sharing your bright and fun polka dot ideas!

  4. Very creative. I know what you mean about the collection of cans....I did the same thing with yogurt containers thinking my daughter could use them for a craft or something. I caved though and tossed a bunch! :)

  5. You put together some nice colorful items for this post. I am always to lazy to make my own napkin rings but these are really fun. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Robin Flies South

  6. Those are so cute! I love the polka dots on the cans and pvc. Well done!


  7. What a ray of sunshine these are. Who can believe it was just a coffee can.

  8. You're so creative! I knew they would turn out adorable!

  9. So cute!!! love those happy polka dots!!

  10. definitely! I've followed you on google
    your blog is lovely by the way,waiting you on my blog xxx

  11. Loved the napkin rings :)


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