Day: January 1, 2015

mason jars

Le me entertain you/mason jar extravaganza

I fell in love with all the glass and mason jar projects out on Pinterest this year. You could say I went slightly overboard-to the point of painting and decorating about  forty jars. I mean once I got going, there was no stopping me.

By the way, did you know mason jars even come in a gallon size? I couldn’t believe it when I found them at one of our local big box hardware stores here in Michigan. (Menard’s)

The grey jars you will see first were made for my daughter to go with an antique stool I re-purposed for her.

Her bathroom is painted a “warm” yellow. Floor is grey so these jars were meant to coordinate with the stool and the wall color. I had a last minute happy surprise when painting these particular jars. Wouldn’t you know they were the last ones I had to do?

Here’s what happened. You might want to try this yourself.  I didn’t take pictures because I never expected this would happen.

After I spray painted the jars in metallic paint and then painted over that with chalk paint. Imagine my surprise when the two paints reacted to each other way they did.

Oh, I can just see all the projects in my future. 🙂

(I should tell you that I make my own chalk paint using either calcium carbonate or in this case plaster of paris. I mixed this particular color with a heavy concentration of the plaster of paris. No, I have no “recipe’. I experimented a great deal over the holidays with various combinations. But it seems the heavier I make the paint the better I like it. It sands off beautifully.)

The bows are off more to the side of the jar than the picture shows.

So without further ado———-Here’s the first slide show of the grey jars. (By the way, this is my first slide show. So proud of myself. Make sure you go to the end of the post. There are a number of slide shows. I went kind of wild with my new skill.)

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This is the stool. I forgot to take picture of the stool painted yellow. You’ll just have to imagine it.

The picture below is not good. Anyway, I sanded off the grey to reveal the yellow underneath. It really is yellow peeking through the grey. I also added pallet boards to make another shelf. Forgot to take a picture of that part.

IMG_9034 Here’s a top view. The yellow isn’t showing up  but it is yellow. I also added a pallet board shelf. I forgot to take a picture.

Below is slide show of the many mason and other jars I fashioned for presents. The first set of vases were clear vases that I painted inside and out with black chalk paint. Then I painted two coats of white chalk paint. Finally, I did a lot of sanding. The black velvet ribbon and the jewelry really sets them off.

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Here’s more!!!!! Most of these are painted black first then white. The littlest one is just white. All our distressed.

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This first picture are three wine bottles spray painted red and then distressed. The second jar is painted with red chalk paint, sanded back and then a layer of modge podge for durability.

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The final jars.

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