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Kitchen Cannisters

As some of you know I live in a 1940 fixer upper house and I’m (slooooowly) fixering it up.

 Recently I remodeled the kitchen.

 Here is what it looked like before:

 And here it is post renovation.  I was going for a clean, classic style – in keeping with the house but just a little updated.

 I was happy with the results.  Except – see those glass fronted cabinets on the left?  So stylish, right?  Only afterwards did I realize that glass fronted cabinets mean that what is in them is seen.  And thus was born the canister project.

 My canisters for flour and such are from Ikea and they looked like this:


Which was nice but a little dull and, well, Ikea looking.

 Because I’m color challenged (not color blind mind you, color challenged) I wanted to keep things simple.  I had a red KitchenAid mixer and decided the canisters needed to be red to.



I whipped out my spray paint and painted the tops and designed a kind of retro-feeling set of labels and ended up with this:

 If you like the labels please let me know.  I hope to spend part of my weekend figuring out the bells and whistles of WordPress (thank you for your patience with my thus-far, primitive blog) and I’d be happy to provide free downloads of them that you could use if you liked.   

I’ve also been asked for a tutorial on the Architectural Coasters that I’d posted about and I’ll get to work on that as well so I could share some of the background textures with you.

 Have a very Happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

10 responses »

  1. Dana Nichols

    well, how clever are you?!?!? They look great! I for one would love downloads!

  2. Jenniffer Dorsett

    I love the labels! The whole renovation looks great!

  3. WOW!!!!!!!!!! x Your kitchen is lovely x I liked it before too x and as for the cannisters, very clever x I would adore these labels as a download x Leigh x

  4. Ahhhh MAZING. I love your kitchen re-do and the canisters are FAB. Red is such a fun accent color and gives your kitchen a 50’s retro vibe! I think some stainless barstools with red leather tops would be so cute too. (you know the ones I mean?) Great job.

  5. I love the round labels do you have the download?

  6. Found your labels for your canister ikea project on pinterest. Since my kitchen is red and white I really wanted to download the labels. I have been through your site and cannot find a download for them. If you could help me that would be great.

  7. your kitchen looks amazing!! Holy smokes I am in love with your canisters!! lol..Seems easy too! thanks for the downloads for the labels..I just went to that post:)


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