I've been sitting around here waiting for the snow to melt, so with the time that I would normally be out in the garden I've been working on various other projects. I've been storing my seeds in an old ammo can that I got from an army surplus store, and overall I really like how practical it is (so durable and fairly watertight). I never cleaned it up much, and it is starting to look a little rusty and I thought I'd give it a bit of a makeover.
I wanted to try painting it. I like my chosen seed storage container, but I'm not emotionally invested in it or anything, so I felt fine with experimenting and painting it. I knew chalk paint would be a good candidate, but Annie Sloan wasn't in my budget at the moment, so I thought I'd give Rustoleum's "Chalked" paint a try because it is actually half the price. Above you can see the "before" photo, as well as what it looked like after just one coat of paint.
Materials I Used for This Project:
The paintbrush is not the exact one I used but is similar.
This is basically what it looked like after all the coats (but before I applied the sealing topcoat). I have a lot to learn about painting items like this, but I think it came out ok! It's not all 100% perfect, but overall I like it better than it looked before, so I'll count that as a win. I really like the quality of the Rustoleum paint, but I am not totally thrilled with the topcoat. I have another item to try the paint on that I'll likely post about later on and I'll give it another chance there before I give the final verdict.
How do you organize your seeds? I like this little box since it is small enough to be portable and the durability just can't be beat. I'm not sure if my old case is 100% watertight, but it is still pretty good, so that's definitely important for storing seeds. To keep things organized inside I use a combination of accordion files, the little tins that some David's Tea came in, empty spice containers, and the tiny plastic bags you find spare buttons in when you buy new clothes.
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