DIY Kitchen Canister Glass Etching
I don’t know about you but I really like the look for glass containers in the kitchen. You know, like those tall skinny ones for pasta or a big glass cookie jar. I recently found some medium-sized rectangular glass canisters at The Christmas Tree shop for $4 each and decided it was finally time to add this look to our kitchen. Since Jon and I do a lot of baking, I decided to start with 3 – flour, sugar, and confectioner’s sugar.
As much as I liked the look of the clear glass, I wanted to add some kind of decoration or embellishment to the containers so we could easily identify what each of them held. There are SO many options I considered (chalkboard contact paper, vinyl and contact paper, glass etching, etc.) but I finally decided to go with the glass etching. In my humble opinion, it looks elegant, timeless, and would work well with any color kitchen.
Keep in mind I’ve never done any type of glass etching before. I was a little nervous because I read on multiple websites that etching cream is dangerous and a pain to work with. However, besides making sure I used rubber gloves and keeping the dog away while I was working on this project, I didn’t think it was difficult at all. In fact, I finished all 3 canisters in about 30 minutes and the majority of the time was spent placing my stencils as perfectly as I could.
Speaking of stencils… In my DIY Dry-Erase board post, I mentioned that I recently bought stencils by Martha Stewart (similar ones) at Michael’s. Well, they worked perfectly for this project too. I would highly recommend them because they’re reusable, washable, and self-adhesive. The self-adhesive property was probably the most important factor for this project. It would have been a pain to tape down each letter and then re-tape it if I had to reposition it. (Trust me, there was a lot of repositioning!)
So besides my glass canisters and the stencils, all I needed was a pair of rubber gloves, glass etching cream, a cheap disposable paint brush, and a hard flat surface to work on.
Tip: I used a cheap piece of poster board that I had lying around. Another option would be to lay down some old newspaper/magazines on your table.
As a slight perfectionist, it took me a couple trys to align my stencils straight and even. Once I was satisfied with how they looked, I brushed on a thick coat of the etching cream and let it sit for about 2 minutes.
After the time was up, I rinsed the cream off with warm water (with my gloves still on) and then dried the canister with paper towels.
Once all three of my canisters had been etched, I took them to the kitchen to fill ‘em up! Seriously, such a quick and easy project! I know etching cream is fairly expensive (my small bottle was $12) but Michael’s always has 40% off coupons and I have LOTS leftover for future projects.
I know the etching is kind of hard to see in my pictures but they’re much clearer in person. Sorry about my lack of photography skills! I love how this little project turned out so I’m thinking about picking up a couple more in different sizes for coffee, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Obsessed? Maybe a little. ;)
DIY Kitchen Canister Glass EtchingInspired by Create and Delegate Linked up with Leslie’s Twirl & Take a Bow Party
You Will Need
- glass canisters
- self-adhesive stencils
- rubber gloves
- disposable paint brush
- Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream
What to Do
- Cover your work surface with a drop cloth or newspapers/magazines and keep all children and pets away from your work space.
- Stick your stencils to the glass surface to spell whatever words you choose.
- Put on the rubber gloves and brush on a thick coat of the etching cream.
- Let it sit for 2 minutes (or however long your package says).
- Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with paper towels.
- That’s it! Fill your canister and admire the elegance!
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