I’m fond of old oil cans, is that weird?
I picked up a couple of them at garage sales this summer.
Although they were OK as is, I kept thinking about this fantastic bright blue oil can that I purchased a couple of years ago.
And I decided to try and replicate that colorful look.
I scrubbed them with dish soap first to cut any oily residue. Then I painted them with Annie Sloan’s Florence chalk paint. Once the paint was dry, I waxed them with a dark wax and then I added some Tim Holtz rub-ons.
Are you wondering how well the chalk paint is going to stick to an oily metal surface? I wouldn’t count on it for an item that is going to be handled a lot, but for something that’s going to be decorative, and mainly just sit on a shelf, the adherence is sufficient. You can see that my rub-on’s did pull off some of the paint.
Using a couple of small clips, I turned my oil cans into photo holders.
Easy peasy project, the next time you see some old oil cans make sure you grab them and try this!