Hi everyone, and welcome back (hopefully!😉) This week I’m showing you how I chalk painted and distressed my mason jars.
Now that I’ve done this, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner! My mind automatically went to so many different places of where and how I could have used my cute new (actually old) mason jars.
They make the cutest flower or plant holders, or I put mine by my sink and used them to store all of my cotton products that I use on the daily! By the way, I never realized how many cotton products I used until now! Super random, but I never realized I needed a cue tip, cotton pad, and cotton ball holder until this project.🤷♀️ I think that may be the aesthetician in me coming out, but maybe you’re like me too with all your cotton products!…No, okay, I’m used to being the weird one anyways.😉 Now I can’t believe I had them all shoved into one drawer this whole time. I can’t believe how much easier it’s been to have them out in their cute holders waiting for me to use. I know some of my friends are thinking, I can! (Organization is not my strong suit and I’ll admit that, but I’m sloowwwlllyyyyy getting better!)
Enough about me, and all my cotton products; let’s get this project started!!
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- Mason Jars (I think you guys already knew that one though, BUT there are two brands to choose from, and after doing this project using both brands I realized I like the Ball brand better when it comes to painting and distressing them. I happened to have more of the Kerr brand on hand so that’s what I used for my bathroom and they still turned out great, I just liked the extra details that the Ball brand mason jar has.) After saying all that, I would recommend these mason jars if you don’t already have any. If you are painting these to use as a vase, I recommend the 32 oz. size mason jar, which can be found here. Both below are 32 oz.
- Chalk paint color of your choice. I used this color and brand here.
- Sand Paper. This kind works great!
- Clear coat gloss finish to help the paint become more durable. This is what I use.
- Paint brush. This is the exact one I use.
- Something to work on so you don’t get paint or gloss on anything important to you! I use a tablecloth I got from the dollar store for every craft project I do as you’ll see in the below pictures!
- Gather all materials listed above. Like above picture.
- Make sure your mason jars are completely clean if they’re not new. You can take alcohol and wipe them down if you really want to start with a nice, clean jar.
- Grab your paintbrush and start going to town on your jar like so.
- Let it dry completely. I’d say wait about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Now paint your second coat! You’re almost done!
- Let it dry completely again, and then paint the bottom of the jar. Let it dry on the mouth of the jar. If you want to do a second coat of the bottom that’s up to you. I only did one.
- Now that it’s all dry, it time to sand that baby down! I like to do all the ridges on the top, all the words, and then some random spots around the jar. See the picture below to see everywhere I distressed. I will say that the beauty of distressing is that you can pretty much sand it anywhere that you like, and it will probably look good. If you don’t like an area you distressed, paint that spot back up and start again. I did that for one jar. I would also be very careful when you’re distressing the main word, you want to try and not sand around it off.
- Now spray the finished jar, and let it dry!
- You’re done!!!
Now put in all your cotton products like I did, because I know I’m totally normal!😜😉
***I wouldn’t put these in the dishwasher, as the clear coat spray makes them more durable, but they’re still not considered completely durable.
Thanks so much for coming, and I hope you love your “new” mason jars! I love how it’s such a cheap and easy way to add character to your house. See you guys again soon!
The Decor Mama