My husband has been a coffee drinker since before we got together. Me? Not so much.
It wasn’t until after Bee was born last year that I took up drinking coffee occasionally. I drink maybe a cup of coffee a week. Just on those mornings when it’s 6 am and I’m exhausted, but Bee decides it’s time to get up.
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For years I’ve been buying Folgers coffee on a regular basis for Hubby. And for years I have been throwing those empty coffee containers away, usually thinking to myself Gee, I wish they still made these things out of metal so I could use them as storage containers like I remember people doing when I was a kid.
I’m sure we all remember the coffee cans in Dad’s shop filled with screws or our uncle filling a coffee can with kitty litter and using it as his patio ashtray. But these days they are all made of plastic! What can we do with them besides throwing them in the garbage? I’m sure they won’t make good ashtrays and who really wants to throw random screws into a plastic container? The sound made when metal hits plastic isn’t as enjoyable as that made when the screw hits a metal coffee can!
So, one day to Pinterest I went! I typed in “Folgers Can Craft”. I found a pin that really tickled my fancy at Kelli’s Kitchen. Painting Folgers cans and using them as kitchen storage containers?! I thought for sure that’s what I was going to do! I began saving every Folgers can we emptied.
I wanted to have at least 4 containers, and this took a bit of time to collect. Most days we make a half a pot of coffee. That’s it.
Some days a full pot, but that’s a rarity.
Multiple pots? Never unless family stays at our house.
During the time it took to collect enough containers for this project, I visited my parent’s house. I told my mom about my idea and she showed me the storage containers she uses for things like flour and sugar. She purchases inexpensive plastic containers from Wal-Mart and labels them using labels she finds in the scrapbooking section. She said she loved them… she even bought me a couple while I was there! That’s when my idea of Folgers storage containers died. These Wal-Mart containers did seem more convenient.
Once I got home from visiting my parents, it was back to the normal routine: keep Bee alive, fed and happy, keep the house semi-clean, make sure the dogs are content, make meals for Hubby, do the daily garden work.
Garden work… garden… plants… pots…
One day while watering my veggie garden, it just hit me! Folgers pots! For plants!
And that’s what I ended up choosing to do with my containers. Here’s how I did it:
These are my containers. When I originally began planning this project, I thought the labels would need to be removed. Turns out they don’t. They are printed on the can!
I drilled 1/4 inch holes in the bottom of each container using a spade bit.
Then I just sprayed painted them with Rust-Oleum American Accents spray paint. I chose the colors Hunter Green and Nutmeg. I was kind of scared of choosing bright colors!
All painted… it only took a couple thin coats to cover them. I also chose to paint some of the insides so that if anything was visible after putting my plants in, you wouldn’t see red.
Next, I applied a couple coats of Krylon Cover Max to protect the paint.
Oh, and I decided to use these labels to label my new pots! You can find these in the scrapbooking area of Wal-Mart.
And a little bonus… I painted a smaller container, too, for my little basil plant:
I love them! Finally, I don’t have to throw the coffee containers away anymore! What do you think about this recycling technique? What colors would you paint them? Let me know!