“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Nice idea in theory, right? Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect spot for the things we use daily. And if you’re like me, you may not have a ton of cabinet and closet space, making storage at times a challenge. But that’s okay; it doesn’t all have to be tucked away and out of sight. With the right decorative container – box, bowl, basket, or tray – everything can have a place.  

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here are a few creative storage ideas I’ve used in my home that might work for you as well.  

Summer is in full swing here in the South! I have at least five mosquito bites to prove it, and the humidity gives my hair a life of its own as soon as I walk out of my house. It’s also the season for flowers, spending time outdoors, and, for DIY fans like me, it’s time for a project (or 10). 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s a crafty idea for creating planters to help you enjoy your favorite summer flowers. It only takes a little time and a trip to your favorite home improvement store.  

Here’s what you will need:  

  • Empty metal containers 
  • White spray primer 
  • Any color spray paint 
  • Painter’s tape 
  • Thin string or rope 
  • Goof Off (Heavy Duty Remover) 
  • A small drill

Start by hanging on to a few empty containers you might otherwise throw away, like coffee cans, a Crisco can, vegetable cans, or cans for nuts. In the pictures you’ll notice I’ve used 10.5 oz coffee cans.  

Soak the cans in water for about 10 minutes, and pull off as much of the label as possible. To get the remaining paper and the sticky residue from the cans, I used Goof Off. It’s a great product, and you can easily follow the directions on the label. I picked mine up at Lowes for just a few dollars.  

Dry your cans thoroughly, and spray them with the white primer, both inside and out. Let them dry overnight. 



To give the planters a little character, use the painter’s tape to create a stripe. Position the tape anywhere on your cans—top, bottom, or middle. To minimize bleeding when you put on the next layer of paint, press down hard on the tape, especially on the edges. Spray the cans with your chosen color. I used an outdoor, anti-rust Valspar color called Peacock Blue. Allow the cans to dry indoors overnight.   

On the following day, remove the tape, and then step back and admire your handy work. 



Next, drill three to five drainage holes in the bottom of each can, and add your potting soil and flowers. I chose tall ones, so the cute cans would show. Once you have the flowers potted and arranged, wrap the string around the middle of the stripe a couple of times and tie a bow. The string adds another layer and texture.  

You could also do the reverse of this and have white cans with colored stripes. They’ll make the perfect table decoration for your outdoor summer get-togethers, pretty gifts for teachers, or a thoughtful hostess gift. Who doesn’t love flowers in a cute container? 

Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at woodbanklane.com and on Instagram @woodbanklane.  



Wandering around a thrift store is one of my favorite ways to pass some spare time. I love weaving in and out of the vendors’ booths searching for unexpected treasures. All things vintage appeal to me. I find myself curious about what road the old stuff must have traveled before it landed on the shelves of the second-hand stores. Two things I’m always on the hunt for are blue and white ceramics and milk glass. 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s how I use the vintage milk glass I collect.  

Grabbing a can of spray paint is one of my favorite budget-friendly ways to change up the look of things in my home. 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s one of my recent projects that even the newest of decorators can do.

I decided to paint a round, silver mirror that had served me well for years. It originally hung in our dining room, then made its way to the foyer. It’s the first mirror of this shape and such a large size I’ve painted. It’s 36 inches in diameter.

Last spring, I painted our red dining room white (my elbows still haven’t recovered!), chose blue as the accent color, and decided to put the round mirror back in the dining room over the buffet. 

I had painted many mirrors over the years without too much trouble; however, this round one was a bit trickier to paint and required more prep work. 

I always liked the silver color and details of the mirror, and even though I’d had it for some time, I wasn’t quite ready to let it go. So, I did what I do. I bought some Valspar spray paint at Lowe’s. The color I used is called “Indigo.” 

Now, about that prep work ... 

Very few areas of the mirror would allow me to simply slide paper under the edges. I had to use painter's tape on the spots with no space between the glass and the edge of the wood. And, I couldn't use big, long pieces; only short, small pieces would work because of the angle. Once the tape was on, I used my thumb nail to make a firm crease. 

Next, I used a razor blade to carefully trim off the tape. Then, I sprayed away! The Valspar paint is great, but it does take its time to dry.

Before (left) when the mirror was silver and hung in my foyer, and after (right) in the dining room - blue!

It turned out just like I hoped it would, and I love the navy color with the brass lamps and green apples. My favorite way to style it is with classic blue and white. 

So, when you think it may be time for something in your home to go, buy a can of spray paint instead and extend the life of your piece.  

Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at woodbanklane.com and on Instagram @woodbanklane. 

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