Like so many of us, I am inspired when I'm able to take an old, discarded object and recreate it to give it a new life with a totally different purpose.
Last week I showed you these oil cans I purchased at a junk/antique store.
They were sitting outside with a lot of other rusty, crusty pieces and when I saw them I knew they would make perfect picture holders. If you have been reading my blog for any length of time this probably comes as no surprise to you.
When I pictured these oil cans on last Sunday's post, I mentioned they had been cleaned but not painted. I personally like the natural patina of these old, used cans but last night I decided to paint one to see how it would look.
I love it.
I spray painted the oil can Heirloom White and, after it was dry, lightly sanded to expose some of the original finish.
The can looked a little plain so I dove into my scrapbook supplies and found the border rub-on that I put on the bottom edge of the can and the "Family" rub-on positioned in the center. I added a black and white ribbon around the top and the picture holder was almost complete.
All it needed was some pictures!
Here I took a small framed photo I had of my in-laws in the 1940's and attached it to the neck of the can.
Another option is to take a small, wire picture hanger and insert it into the neck of the oil can. Last fall I posted on how to make these. You can find that post here.
Add a picture to the wire hanger and you're good to go.
In this last photo I combined both options to display the two pictures together.
I really like how this turned out and plan on making more for Christmas stocking stuffers.
Lots of great parties to link to today:
Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Linda @ A La Carte for Junkin Finds
and Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor for Fabulous Friday Finds
Now I'm off to go do some party hopping.