Saturday, October 3, 2009

Overdue Project!

Remember how I wanted to make a detergent tin like this, which btw was about $65.00 and is now not even sold at Ballard Designs any longer.

Or like these? Drool....

Well, I finally finished this obsession! My dear friend sent me home from my vegas trip with a "coffee" decorated tin that she picked up from Michaels'. Unfortunately, mrloyd crushed it folding down one of the seats on the trip back. He banged out the dents and I proceeded to paint it with the generic spray paint from Walmart.

To further damage this poor tin's appearance, the paint would not cover and left little paint flicks or whatever you want to call them. But I did not give up on this tin because I was determined that it would survive.

I snubbed my nose at Walmart and headed to The Home Depot for supplies.

I was armed and ready with my new gun and it worked like a charm.

I could not fit "Detergent" in the size of letters that I had my mind set on and I already have a "Laundry" sign for this room so I settled on "Soap".

It's not perfect but I like it! Someday when I finish...or start decorating my laundry room, it will live on a beautiful shelf.


  1. Yay! Awesome job Friend! Way better looking now.
    And, I like "Soap," it's simple and obvious. LOL
    Love- Your Dear Friend

  2. Thank you friend! I always can count on you to find just what I need!

  3. It looks great. Where did you get the letters from?

  4. It turned out great! Very cute. I like SOAP, too.
    pk @ room remix

  5. beautiful! I saw those detergent tins at Restoration Hardware YEARS ago and I kick myself for not buying one when I could... I haven't found a tin to do it myself yet, but now I'll keep an eye out! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Aw man, wish I found your blog before. I actually have a big white tin with black lettering on it that says "wash cloths" and I want to get rid of it. We don't use powder detergent anymore and that is why I had it. It's pretty big. Wonder if it would ship well. Drop me an email if you are interested.

    BTW love how yours came out.

  7. I want one of those! Love, love, LOVE this project!

    You should post this on Transformation Thursday on my website this week -- it's a great idea!

  8. Just found your blog...that is way cute!!! Looking forward to future posts!


  9. Looks as good as the expensive version. Great job and thanks for sharing.

  10. Um, is that your laundry room? Because I think I might be in love...

  11. Thank you for all the wonderful comments! They are really motivating and make me want to get started on another project!

    Amanda, I used vinyl and cut the letters on my cricut machine.

    Cheryl, please send me a picture of the tin. I would love to see if it would work in my laundry room!!!

    Erin, I wish that the second picture was my laundry room!

    Welcome Shellagh!

    Thank you again!

  12. Great idea!! Love what you did!

  13. I love this idea. I think yours turned out wonderful!