Back To School I Made This: A Can For Art Supplies

I wanted to make some easily accessible containers for my kids to have their various art supplies in.  I went to Home Depot and bought quart size paint cans in order to paint them.  Doesn’t that sound weird?  Buying paint cans to paint them.  Sorry back to my project…I got lime green spray paint and tintable chalkboard paint in deep teal.

It starts with spray paint.  I chose a very vibrant lime green.

After 2 coats of spray paint and 24 hours I used painters tape to make a 1″ band around the paint can in the middle.

Once that was done I opened and stirred my tintable chalkboard paint in deep teal.  (Sorry for my foot in the pics.)

The instructions say that you may need 3 coats of it.  I decided after reading that I would put the 3 coats because the green is quite vibrant and I’ll need to cover it well.  I would say that if I didn’t have such a vibrant color underneath I would have been able to do 2 coats.

In the end when I peeled off of the painters tape it wasn’t perfect, but it has a rustic look to it.

When I showed the boys their new art storage cans they were so excited.  It was so cute watching them scramble to figure out what to put in each of them.  We spent about 15 mins deciding, and in the end not only was I pleased but they were too.  The great thing about the chalkboard stripe is that we can change what is in each can and re-label them easily.

Maybe these will inspire them to keep their supplies where they belong.  A mom can dream right?

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Candice is a mom of 3 in Los Angeles, CA, and the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Fashionably Organized. Her obsession with researching products to get the right price, has made her the go-to shopping guru for her friends. Here she writes about fashion, beauty and shares her love for home decor and DIY. In 2012 she began CB Media Solutions her company that offers brands and clients professional virtual assistance and social media consulting.




  1. You are amazing! Seriously can you come live at my house for a month? Bring the kids. we’ll put them to work too! Beautiful!

  2. I like your Chalkboard paint stripe in the middle what a great idea!
    Becky jane

  3. Those are awesome! How do you find the time to make such cuteness??? LOL I need a few extra hours in the day…

    • Alana,
      Don’t you know I’m vastly sleep deprived. This stuff is my therapy. Doing this and seeing the end result is what makes me so happy. Getting to share it here is so much fun.

  4. What a wonderful post! Following you now, from BlogFrog!

  5. Awesome cans! I make something similar but I cover mine in paper. Hmm…maybe I’ll do a toot for your blog on that… 😉

    • When I read “awesome cans” the first thing I thought was ugh more spam. Luckily I read on. I just wanted you to know how my mind thinks. On the other note thank you for being so kind and praising my project. I really do appreciate it.


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