For years I've collected jars. Glass is the best thing to store food in. At one stage I bought plastics, what a waste of money. Glass keeps things so well and looks so nice. Some of my biggest jrs have been around $2 or less.... some plastic containers are $20 or more.
Biscuits and things you want to keep crisp stay crisp in jars.
Old fashioned transfers are my way to make things prettied up. There are so many available. You need to search "vintage water decals" to find them. Transfers is an Australian term, water slide decals will find you what you want.
I love Arwen Moore Designs. They have a web site and an etsy store and a great selection and service.
If anything is still long enough I'm likely to slap a transfer on it.
These are a few of my kitchen storage jars on the bench....
A little transfer looks beautiful on a painted lid too.
Iv'e made over so many things. This is a little old spice rack that was all dark brown and $2 in the thrift shop. These little racks, without the jars, are a perfect size for nail varnishes. A good gift for a girlfriend who always does her nails or a teenage girl. Old spice racks are really easy to come by.
A very favourite blog of mine, Sweet Melanie, is by a gorgeous lady who is always painting something. She also sews like you wouldn't believe. If you want inspiration and cheering up she's your girl. Anyway if she is stressed or worried she tends to paint something. I so agree! Getting absorbed in a project and transforming something really does make you feel better! Turning something you found for a dollar into something you could easily say would be expensive in a shop, well its very satisfying! And it's fun. What about fun? A lot of "grown up" ladies never seem to have any fun. If paint or fabric is your fun then have a beautiful time creating something!