Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ikea Tin Transformed with Chalk Paint

Today has been a dreary 38 degrees and my allergies were going crazy so I staid in and completed a little project. 
A few weeks back I picked up a set of farmhouse styled tins from Ikea for $12.99.
When I purchased them I knew they would make a good project so I busted out my AS paints.
I am an Old White fan so it was my first go to color.
After highlighting areas with Cottage Grey I then proceeded to frenchy it up a tad more by printing out these graphics I found on the net.
To transfer the images to the tin I used a pencil and just scribbled all around making sure that I hit all the areas of the graphic. 
Next up I placed the graphics and then traced an outline of them with a ballpoint pen. 
Before taking the graphics off I made sure that they were traced all the way.
This is how the tracing came out. 
Next up I used a small paint brush and started filling in the traced areas with some black paint.
It took a steady hand but I finally filled it all in.
Next up I aged the tin with wax.
Be sure to clear wax any piece first before placing dark wax on so that you can easily take the dark wax back off if you put on too much. If you do not clear wax first the dark wax will soak into the paint and will not come off.
Now I have a French Farmhouse tin that I am using to style the fireplace! Now I just need to decide what to do with the tall tin.

This was an easy 30 minute project because I used a hair dryer to help the paint dry. Please not that if you use a hair dryer the chalk paint may crackle. For me that is never a problem because I love when things looks chippy and old.


  1. Thanks for the great tips. It looks great!

  2. It looks awesome Pamela! I like that the chalk paint is in nice muted tones unlike the glossy appearence it had before.

  3. Pamela, I love this! It turned out so great! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Love it, Pamela! I'm going to Ikea tomorrow {first time since we moved} and I'm hoping I can restrain myself.

  5. I love this transformation! What a great hack! I would have never guessed those started out as Ikea things!

  6. So beautiful. If you need help deciding what to do with the taller tin I'm voting you do your decorating magic then have a giveaway :)

  7. Awesome, Pamela! I can't wait to try this. Only wish Ikea wasn't over 2 hours way!

  8. Thank you so much for these instructions, I purchased the dark paste wax and used it and hated it because the box I was doing just looked dirty. I had no idea about using the clear first. I will try again.
    Great job

  9. Fantastic tin and great job Pamela...It is such a remarkable transformation!!!

  10. I Love this! Adorable! I'll have to repin it ;)

  11. This is a great project. I like the typography on the numbers. Congrats on being featured in Romantic Homes!


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