At a recent auction I won some hardware that was stored in tin coffee cans. I didn't want to waste the coffee tins, so I drew inspiration from one I made last year, see that cutie here.
I like the flat finish of chalk paint on the metal. I also liked the rusty, rustic look. I figure if I paint them now, they'll have a couple of weeks to get a good rusty patina on them before planting. I also had a bunch of little buckets that were a little too shiny, and they got the same treatment.
These are definitely going outside, so 1. I don't have to wash them thoroughly:). 2. I definitely need to poke holes in the bottom for drainage. One quick coat of paint is all that is needed. I like mellower colors for the more primitive look. If the cans were not plain tin to begin with, I spraypainted a quick coat of white on them first before painting.
I used vintage alphabet stamps and vintage stencils to tattoo some gardening words on to the tins. I'm almost ready to go blooming crazy.