Displaying Glass beverage dispensers at cookouts, picnics or bbq’s can be a hassle, overhanging the edge of the table to get the cup underneath. For whatever reason – I was probably in too much of a hurry – I didn’t pay close attention or think things through when I went to purchase my much needed beverage dispensers. I went with the design I liked and the price I loved.
The problem showed up when I went to use them the first time. The dispensers need to be elevated or placed on the edge of the table in order to get a cup under the tap.
Well, putting these beautiful glass dispensers was certainly not an option. To get through the first use, I used some random items that I cleverly disguised with a linen tablecloth to raise them to a usable height. That solved the problem temporarily, but what about using them in the future?
With my short attention span, my thoughts of a permanent solution to this problem went astray as soon as the event was over and the dispensers were packed away. Of course, my problem remained, and it would present itself again.
It did just that; however, I was fortunate enough to have time to find a solution. I looked at buying small tables, small metal plant stands, and a multitude of other options and crazy ideas. Nothing was just right for the task.
Finally, it hit me while I was standing in the Christmas section of a local thrift shop – old popcorn tins! They are just the right height, stable, sturdy, great for storage, and I can add any additional weight needed to prevent a tipping hazard. Just one problem with the tins – they were covered with Christmas designs.
Here’s how I solved the whole problem…
Old Christmas Popcorn Tins – good condition
Fine Grit Sand Paper
Matte Black Spray Paint – I used the 3 cans from the dollar store. I chose matte black so I can write on them using chalk.
This project is best completed outside on a hot sunny day. The heat will help the paint dry very quickly preventing runs and imperfections in the paint.
Wash and thoroughly dry the tins and their lids.
Using the sand paper, lightly roughen all sides, including the bottom, of the tin and the top and edges of the lid. Don’t forget the bottom side of the finger lip of the lid. You don’t want to create deep cuts in the metal or existing exterior of the tin, but you want roughen enough so the new paint to adhere well.
Wipe the entire container with a slightly damp paper towel; dry completely with another paper towel making sure all moisture is removed from seam areas.
Take the cans and lids outside. Following the directions on the paint can, begin spraying the popcorn tins using even coating. Multiple coats will be needed for best coverage.
To use the risers, place the lid of the tin down on the table (it will be the bottom). Add a brick (or other weighted item) to the inside center of the lid. Place the tin over the brick and press firmly to attach the tin to the lid (closing the lid). Write on the tins gently using chalk if desired. Place beverage dispensers on the risers and fill.
You can use this same technique on tins of multiple sizes and heights to create risers for holding trays for a dramatic table at your next party.
Mini tins with this treatment are great for creating a centerpiece with tealight candles – just make sure no one can get their sleeve or shirt tale caught in a flame, otherwise, use battery powered candles.