Beach Decor – how to spray paint tin cans for coastal style

Thu 30th, May, 2013

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Hi Beach Cottage friends, ahem, I have been let loose with spray paint recently and present you this morning with the most amazing discovery in all of the land, how to spray paint a can for beach decor.  Hello.



I have to warn you that if after reading this you feel the need to hot foot it to the DIY store and get yourself a can of spray paint,  be very very careful – you do know why they come with an age warning don’t you?  It’s not for graffiti hounds roaming the streets at night but for the case of forty-is-the-new-thirty women all over the internet spray painting anything that doesn’t move for decorating and craft purposes.


So anyway, these are little cans (who once held kidney beans) and are now gracing my table on the deck, together with a few shells and some lovely white flowers for some beach decor in my old cottage.



I have to tell you there is no super-duper crafty mama secret tutorial or how to for this, really it’s just an idea but here’s what you need and what you do…


- get oneself

*a can of spray paint

*a couple of cans of your favourite vegetables

*remove the labels

*spray the cans (don’t get too close or you will get bubbles and an uneven result)


*repeat a couple of times until you get the look you want


Then for a Beach Cottage super duper coastal style gone a bit shabby, plonk in a few flowers and you are there with a super easy and quite nice, if I may say so myself, idea to dress up one’s table, whether you like yourself a touch of beach decor or not.



I really enjoyed this, I think it would be great for wedding decor if you are on a budget, or even if you are not, of course you may well have to rope in a million and one friends to spend a few nights spray painting cans…I can think of worse things for weddings…case in point my wedding where I made copious amounts of ribbon flowers until I, quite truly, began to dream about how to murder a ribbon flower…talking of those, I must do some foofing with them, all those years ago a friend showed me how to do it and it’s so super easy and very effective, I feel a burlap flower coming on…


Anyway ladies I hope you like my table dressing?  I haven’t tablescaped in a while, I do love this little hobby…foofing for England should be an occupation for me I believe.

I’ll be seeing you, I am finalising things for the Beach Cottage Workshops this week!  Woohoo, I can tell you one place where there will be mucho foofing, some lovely beachy things and very very nice goodie bags…haha more deets soon lovelies.


Oh and do you see who is back on the scene?  The camelias are in in this old cottage, even though the weather is still hitting 20C, hello to Winter days like these…I love my pinkie camelias, it feels like an old friend came back…do you get that in your garden too?

Sarah Squara




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24 Responses to “Beach Decor – how to spray paint tin cans for coastal style”

  1. Hi sarah….very cute…

    I have done the same thing…always around when jonquils are in full swing…
    I love to pop them all over the place…

    my camelias are starting to look very nice too~~

    x andrea

  2. Patricia says:

    what a splendid idea!!! the cans look splendid as vases.

  3. merilyn says:

    hello sarah! more than dangerous! much easier than a brush, even though i love brush marks being a canvas painter. but give me a spray can any day for those fiddly bits and bob is certainly my uncle!
    you seem to be just a younger version of myself i think … and those pink camellias are exquisite in the white tins love it all! by the way, the cheap shops have the spray paint and just as good i think! lol m:)

  4. Conny says:

    Love those pink flowers. Are they from your garden? If so, do you know the variety? Would love to have these in my garden! Great idea, the sprayed tins!!

  5. Marz says:

    Dear Sarah Squara

    I cannot wait for the workshops.

    Lovn the tin cans.

    Fairlight Marz :)

  6. Are those camellias from your garden?? You lucky lady!! I’ve been pulling cans out of the bin and painting them too tho I used a brush…spray cans and I can get a tad awkward!?! Lovely foofing per usual…xx

  7. ali thompson says:

    what kind of fabric is that for your table cloth—and did you make it??

  8. jody says:

    so pretty, so simple, so clean, so inviting! so thank you Sarah! xo jody

  9. IrishMum says:

    You are so imaginative! Love them :)

  10. KMP Modern says:

    What a simple project with such beautiful results! I’m sure the store will sell me the spray paints. I’m pretty innocent looking. Love the new look of your blog too. Keep these great photos and ideas coming. Thanks for posting!

  11. Your painted cans are amazing and simple too. I’m really into spray painting as it gives such an immidiate result, only how do you do it without making a mess? I spray all my stuff outside, and have made myself a spray box – otherwise I’ve had times when there was more paint on me and the garden than on the object I was painting.

  12. Sarah these are just too cute..
    Also, I just have to let you know that you have SUCH a gift! The beauty you create with your words and every little pretty thing you display is truly inspirational and brightens up everyone’s day. :) Thank you for being such a blessing to all of us!! Have a wonderful day :)

    Love Nat xxx

    • sarah says:

      awwww, thanks so much Natalie – this is my happy place so I am glad it brightens your day too x

  13. Lusine says:

    So simple and pretty!! I actually picked up a can of white spray paint over the weekend, tempted to dump out a random can of vegetables just to try this out! I’ll try to restrain myself until I have an actual empty can.

    • sarah says:

      yes that is a temptation! it’s better to wait otherwise you will have random veggies around lol x

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  15. Bakery says:

    Beautiful! Did you use primer? Glossy or flat spray paint?