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Unused Tin Cans Can Be Used To Do Some Finished Products Manually

- Nov 06, 2018 -

I’m a hoarder of tin cans. I guess building a new desk was just the motivation I needed.
The first thing you will want to do is gather up some tin cans and a piece of scrap wood. We have TONS of scrap wood lying around our garage, but you can also buy scrap wood at Home Depot.

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imageClean the tin cans. We clean the cans before I put them in a bin to be hoarded saved for later, but I gave them another good scrub before I went on to paint them.

Tape off a design you want on the cans. I wanted triangles/abstract mountains so I made some triangle shapes with some Frog Tape I had on hand.
Spray paint or hand paint the cans. I used gold spray paint. I wasn’t sure if I would want to paint the taped off parts white or keep them silver, so I waited to see how the gold looked against the silver before making a decision.

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Once the paint is dry remove your tape. You can now decide if you want to keep the previously taped off sections as is, or paint them a different color. My gold paint turned out a bit more bronze on the silver and although I liked it, I felt like the can lacked contrast so I painted the bottom of the cans with some white paint using a foam brush.
Paint or stain your piece of scrap wood. I used a navy paint I previously mixed up.
Once the paint is dry you can spray a clear sealer on the cans and piece of scrap wood to prevent the paint from chipping.
Use your glun gun to attach the cans to the wood. I used the glue gun because it’s quick and easy, and there was no waiting for the glue to dry. 

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Organize your items into the cans and admire your new upcycled storage!
I have to admit that I actually painted the scrap wood a couple different colors before settling on blue. I didn’t get any photos in between but will say that I LOVE the color combination now. 

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