Thrifted Shakers


DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers

I often browse around my local thrift store for hidden and neglected treasures, that I can transform when I spied these diamonds in the rough.


DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers


Beauties are they not? They may have not looked all that bad, but boy did they smell bad! 20 – 30 years of grease and kitchen smells, I’m pretty sure whoever owned them also smoked. So I gave them a bath, in some hot water with a few drops of bleach. I let them sit for a few minutes , then gave them a good scrub. I wanted to make sure to kill anything that could be lurking in there. Other peoples germs gross me out, I know I’m weird like that! Just be careful not to let them sit too long in the water, with anything wood it could ruin it. Also if you are someone who doesn’t like to use bleach, vinegar is good germ killing alternative. I let them dry several hours before sanding.


DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers


I gave them a good sanding with a sanding block I had from another project. Making sure to get in all the crevices. I took some cotton and stuffed it inside side the shakers, to be sure not to get any paint where the salt and pepper is stored. I used some painters tape, to mask off the threaded rod of pepper grinder after removing the nut.


DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers


I grabbed my handy dandy primer, and gave it two coats. Leaving drying time in between.


DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers


Then two coats of spray paint in desired colors, I just used what I had on hand!


DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers


Voila shiny and New!


DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers



DIY spray painted salt and pepper shakers




What’s the best thing you have spray painted?


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  • Reply Shawna @DakotaCreekChic

    I love these…I had a lacquered red pepper mill that got too close to the fire and then broke…I loved it! I think I spent almost $100 on it. Looking back that is so crazy! I need to keep an eye out at thrift stores for these…would also make great gifts!
    I would love it if you come share at my first blog party ever: Weekend Beautiful 🙂

    July 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm
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      Reply howlovelyitis

      Thank you Shawna, spraying some shakers red would look amazing! I will definitely check out the linky party 🙂

      July 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply ingrid@nowathomemom

    these are so pretty, they don’t look as if you have sprayed paint them! 🙂
    stopping by from Dakota Creek Chic link party! 🙂

    July 22, 2013 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Weekend Beautiful ~ Blog Party {2} |

    […] up, are these thrifted salt and pepper shakers from How Lovely It Is. Two of my favorite things in the world, thrift store treasures and spray paint . I think these […]

    July 26, 2013 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Shawna @DakotaCreekChic

    I featured these salt and pepper shakers at my Weekend Beautiful Blog Party today…come check it out and grab a button! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    July 26, 2013 at 9:32 am
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