Baking powder tins into salt and pepper shakers

Having recently relocated all my spices into my new spice rack, I needed salt and pepper shakers for the countertop. My kitchen has red accents and the dining room teal, so I recycled baking powder tins into large salt and pepper shakers in teal and heirloom white to tie the colours in the two open spaces together. 


I decided the baking powder tins would be perfect. They have a twist off lid, which means they can be re-filled easily, and they are large enough to fill with salt and pepper for cooking. You could also use the shakers for icing sugar or flour, fill with sprinkles for decorating cakes, or fill them with spices for when you have a braai.

Give the containers a good scrub with Handy Andy and steel wool, and dry before you paint them.





1. To put holes in the top you will need a 2mm HSS drill bit. Place the top face down on a piece of board when you drill to prevent the holes from popping out too much.

2. After drilling the holes you need to sand the top smooth to remove the rough edges. You can do this by hand with 60 / 80-grit sandpaper, or with a Dremel MultiTool and sanding disk.

3. Apply two light coats of Rust-Oleum 2X seaside. Let the first coat dry before spraying on the second coat. There are plenty of colours in the Rust-Oleum 2X range of spray paints, so choose your own colour combination. You will find the full range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse.

4. The tins were painting with 2 light coats of Rust-Oleum 2X heirloom white. It's important to use a satin pain for the first coat, so that you can use masking tape for the stripes. If you use a gloss paint there is a possibility that the tape may peel off the paint.

5. Let the paint dry completely before wrapping masking tape around the tins for the stripes.

6. Spray on a light coat of the contrasting colour and let the paint dry before gently peeling away the masking tape.

If there is any bleeding underneath the tape, spray some paint into the can lid and wait about 10 minutes until the solvent in the paint evaporates and then use a thin paintbrush to touch up.

7. For added effect I scuffed the edges with 120-grit sandpaper. The 'S' and 'P' were added using a stencil and a Rust-Oleum metallic silver leafing pen.