Candy Jar Makeover

One thing I love about secondhand shopping is all the memories that come flooding back when you see items from your childhood. Like that orange tupperware pitcher with the white lid and little orange button at the top --- that takes me back to the summer days of making grape kool-aid with 2+ CUPS of sugar. Or the Nerf swords I saw that took me right back to the many basement competitions with my brother.

Usually I pass these items up because although they bring back a great memory, I really don't have a need for them, nor do I have the room.

Then I saw this candy/nut dispenser.

Ask me about my friend Laura's house growing up and I could have recalled a lot of memories, but I probably wouldn't have remembered this candy dispenser. It never played a significant role in our friendship. There was no story behind it. But the second I actually saw it at the Solon PTA Budget Bin sale, I was taken back in time. I could clearly envision it sitting on the counter in their basement next to the fish tank against the back wall.

I decided to buy it for Laura as a joke. She could see it. Laugh. Then donate it to Goodwill.

But after I bought it, I started to think that maybe I could give it a "makeover" and turn it into something that can be a part of her kid's childhoods.

So, after some thorough cleaning, a few coats of paint, a little bit of sanding, and two bags of jelly beans, this ol' candy dispenser was ready for a night on the town!

And the before/after shot. Holla!

I was really happy with how it turned out and thought Laura would love it. I started to get nervous though before I gave it to her... I was thinking "what if that memory I had wasn't really a memory at all, but a dream. What if she never had this candy dispenser in her basement and is going see this and think 'what the hell is this?'"

Luckily it was a memory. Phew!

Laura has been a good friend of mine for about 26 years! She is a SUPER talented writer and has already published a Young Adult book called The Liar Society with her sister, Lisa. Check out their blog, Lisa And Laura Write.

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  1. This is so clever! Very cute!

    As for the glider makeover you can use HeatnBond Iron-On "Regular" Adhesive Hem Tape. It can be any brand. It can be used for hems OR ironing one fabric onto another. I would love to see your makeover if you do one please send me pictures!!

    Antonia (Polished.)

    1. Thanks Antonia! This is on my project list and I will definitely share pics once complete. Can't wait! Thanks for sharing your process!

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  3. I can't believe what you did for the little candy jar, so cute! I think I would have walked right past it and never seen the potential. I'm a new follower.

  4. That is adorable. My little guy would go nuts over this jar. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

    1. Thank YOU for hosting the newbie party :) It's so great to connect with other new bloggers.

  5. Oh, the magic of white paint! It looks amazing. I especially love the little blue knob. Wonderful job! (Newest follower)

  6. I just picked a similar one up at a garage sale today! I was super excited. I have been looking for something to use as a reward system for teaching my kids. Next step is to update mine to look as nice as yours! Great job!