Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Upcylced Ugly Ducklings

Aren't these GORGEOUS?!!!  I thought so!  That's why I bought 'em!  Duh!  I mean Ducks, blue ribbons on apples, chippy wood, hey... gotta have it!  Well, even though I loved the little ducks (I'm never sarcastic), I decided a little chalk board in place of the ducky scene would be more practical.  
In case you don't know yet, to make your own chalkboard paint for a fraction of the price, you just add about 2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris to 1 cup of flat black paint.  Pretty simple!
Then I painted the canisters an icy light blue I got free from a sample giveaway Valspar was doing on  What?  You don't check out on a regular basis?  Now would be a good time to start!  Oh, and I also added a little plaster of paris to that paint too.  I love how it covers. Then I did some sanding to distress it, and I spray painted the knobs on the lids hammered silver.

Would anyone ever know that little duckies once quacked away behind those little labels??  
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  1. I can't even wrap my brain around what an amazing makeover this is!! Loving your comments on the ducks...LOL! Well done!!

  2. Awesome! Thanks for the tip on the chalkboard paint too :)

  3. These are adorable now!! Awesome job :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  4. hiya , great transformation love the colour and the whole look x thanks for the chalk paint tip too oh and ps love your splashback tiles too , fab ! tfs
    happy chalk paint crafting ;)

  5. These turned out great! Now I want to find some old ugly canisters to redo! :)

  6. Kammy,

    Hi, just found you over at I Heart Naptime. The tired canisters look very nice and I'm glad you posted the makeover.
    Just FYI those aren't ducks; they're geese. The pattern is called Marmalade and it was all the rage in the late eighties and early nineties. My mother had done her kitchen in this pattern as best she could with no money. She stenciled peach hearts along the top of the kitchen walls and found plates with similar hearts on them. She found glass canister jars with this pattern on it that she could afford. If the money was available she would have wall papered and had nearly every accessory made with the Marmalade design.
    Hope I haven't bored you too much.


  7. I love these for the fact that I still see these for next to nothing at sells. Now I want to buy some!

  8. Wow! These turned out awesome.
    Love the color.
    Thanks for sharing your tips.

  9. These turned out great! Thanks for the chalkboard paint tip! WE MUST USE IT!!! New followers here! ~ Barbara and Alicia

  10. I am in love with these! Great job. I'm laughing about the ducks since my BFF and I were just talking about the 80s ducks and asking "what were we thinking?" Thanks for inspiring.

  11. This is amazing! I love them! Thank you for the tip! I did not know about paint and plaster of Paris. You learned something new everyday! Thank you for sharing!

  12. great transformation! I think we all had ducks in some kind of form if we were old enough to decorate in the 80's!

  13. What a difference! And you did it for next to nothing! I am super impressed!

    I will no longer scoff at the weird wooden thrift store containers covered in geese!

  14. Beautiful! I'd love for you to consider linking this up to my "Drab to Fab" party going on right now at my blog. We celebrate turning the ordinary into extraordinary using a little creativity. You embodied that theme in this post, so come on over and share!

    Have a great weekend!


  15. Great idea! I'll have to search for some of those at my next Estate Sale !!!! Thanks for the chalkboard paint info too!

    Coming over from the linkup party at TT&J! :)


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