DIY: Revitalize Your Kitchen Canisters

If you’re like me, you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen.  So I’ve partnered up with The Home Depot to help you revitalize and redesign your favorite room.  Today’s post is all about creating a dreamy new kitchen perfect for baking!

If you’ve been following along, you may remember that we recently moved into a new house.  We move fairly often for my husband’s job (which is one of the main reasons I blog about cake instead of owning a physical store).  Our most recent move came with a very long house hunt, so I’m more than excited to finally be settled.  I love our new home and we’re slowing making our way through a very long list of DIY projects to personalize it.

We’ve been painting, painting and painting for what seems like forever!  The living room, kitchen, bedrooms and hallways.  Since May, I’ve spent more time in The Home Depot than I can possibly account for.  If you’ve noticed a slower pace of posts over the summer… now you know why!

One of the biggest projects on our ‘someday list’ is the kitchen.  For us, the kitchen has always been the main area of activity in our home.  We tend to gravitate towards floor plans which are open concept with the kitchen being a focal point.  Because we’re just always in the kitchen.  Either baking, cooking dinner or entertaining.  Our new house has a great layout, but the kitchen itself is definitely stuck in a 1990’s rut.  You know what I’m talking about!  Dated countertops, older appliances and then there’s the cabinets.  Oh, the cabinets.  It’s definitely not the dreamy white kitchen that I have pinned and pinned again on Pinterest.  But that’s okay, hopefully someday it will be more like this…

Dreamy White Kitchen Inspiration  |

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Ah, kitchen heaven!  Wouldn’t you just love to call that your kitchen?  A bright, white kitchen with shiny stainless steel appliances.  A super quiet dishwasher and a fridge with a freezer drawer.  A white subway tile backsplash with white counters and dark floors.

I’ve stopped by and talked to the great folks at The Home Depot more times than I’d like to admit.  I’m all about their kitchen cabinetry upgrades when the time comes.  I’ve had their Reface, Replace, and Re-new cabinet brochure on my desk for months now!  Our cabinets have a pretty decent layout, they’re just dated when it comes to style.  So I could totally see us going with the Reface option, changing out the door style, finish color and hardware accessories.   I’d love to include some space saving options like rolling pullout drawers for pots and pans.  And a Lazy Susan shelf in the corner cabinet.  Our last house had a Lazy Susan shelf and man, do I miss it!  Ah, and soft close doors.  Whether it’s a total replace or just a renewal of what we have, I love having options.  And it’s nice knowing that The Home Depot is ready whenever I am!

Right now I’m still dreaming of my bright, white kitchen.  But I’ve taken the first step to upgrading my space.  Revitalizing my kitchen canisters with a little makeover.  Hey, you have to start somewhere!  So I thought I’d share that with you today.  As a first step to add a little pizzazz to your kitchen.  It’s super easy and was completed during nap time.  Making it even better!

DIY Etched Glass Kitchen Cansiters  |  an easy kitchen upgrade  |

DIY Etched Glass Kitchen Cansiters  |  an easy kitchen upgrade  |

a DIY by Carrie Sellman


  • Glass Canisters
  • Letter Stickers
  • Painters Tape
  • Etching Cream (I used Armour Etch)
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Rubbing Alcohol


STEP 1:  Clean outside of glass canisters with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt, residue or fingerprints.

STEP 2: Using a set of scrapbooking letter stickers (available at any craft store), peel and stick letters onto canister in any arrangement you like.  Take a few moments here to line them up nicely.  Make sure they are securely stuck to glass, pressing down firmly.  You don’t want any loose edges for the etching cream to seep under.  Secure stickers result in clean letters on the final product.  I used my roll of painters tape to really press down on each sticker!

STEP 3:  Use painters tape to define your frosted area.  I created a think, wide stripe by placing a strip of painters tape above and below my letters.  It wraps over to the edge on each side, but does not continue around to the back.  You could also do a square or a small oval.  Whatever suits your canisters and style.

STEP 4:  Set up a little work station in a well ventilated area (outside is best).  I used paper towels underneath my canisters to protect my porch.  A drop cloth would work nicely as well.  Grab your plastic gloves to protect your hands.  Apply a thick layer of etching cream to canisters, using a popsicle stick to evenly spread the cream.  Being extra careful not to spill or get the cream on you.  This stuff is serious!  And just to be extra clear, this is not a project for the kids.  Read the label on your etching cream for all of the necessary precautions.

STEP 5:  Let cream sit for five to ten minutes.  Use popsicle stick to occasional swirl the cream and pop any air bubbles.  If you notice any large chunks of crystal, gently drag them onto your painters tape.  This helps reduce blotchyness and dark spots.  Rinse cream off completely with lukewarm water.  Remove stickers and tape.

NOTE!! Rinse only in a stainless steel sink or plastic utility sink.  Etching cream will harm the surface of a glazed/ceramic sink.

STEP 6:  Wash canisters as normal.  Etching is now permanent and dishwasher safe.

STEP 7:  Fill, use and enjoy!

DIY Etched Glass Kitchen Cansiters  |  an easy kitchen upgrade  |

The Home Depot

Replace, Reface, ReNew are three options available ONLY at The Home Depot. Replace allows for full transformation of your kitchen cabinets with an array of choices from top brands. Reface is a perfect option to update your cabinets without a major renovation. And lastly, ReNew is ideal for consumers who want to give their existing cabinets a facelift without major disruptions and cost. And to complete your kitchen project, The Home Depot is your one stop shop for countertops, sinks, appliances, backsplashes and lighting.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by The Home Depot via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Home Depot. DIY and photography by Carrie Sellman for The Cake Blog.

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    Victoria says

    May I ask where you got your glass canisters? I have been looking for this kind for a very long time, but none that I think have a wide enough top.

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      Carrie Sellman says

      Sure! I found them at Target and I absolutely love them! {here’s a link}

      I had much smaller, ceramic canisters before and had been wanting large glass containers for awhile. It’s so handy having both types of flour and the sugar out and ready to go. My measuring cups fit right in for easy scooping.

      I’ve also seen this same brand at HomeGoods, if you’re lucky enough to snatch one up on discount.

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      Carrie Sellman says

      They do take up some space on my counter – space I didn’t really have to give. But it’s been worth the sacrifice. 😉

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    Thanks so much for including one of our kitchens in your kitchen inspiration roundup! We love a dreamy white kitchen! And your etched canisters are super cute!! Such a cute and clever way to personalize them!

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