for the fact that they are very affordable for storage and there really are a lot of ways to pretty them up. I wanted to give my little bathroom closet some extra oomph, but of course I didn’t want to go replace the jars when they were perfectly good! I pulled out my slew of craft paints and chose a couple of colors to coordinate with the faux wallpaper that I put up. An update on the fauxpaper: remember I used washi tape to hang it up? Well after it had been there for a couple of days I noticed it was starting to pull and come down slowly. I was not about to be defeated so I pulled out some of those thumbtacks that look like upholstery tacks and used them in key places to hold the paper.
I only had silver tacks and the paper has gold in it so I used my hand dandy Krylon Paint Pen to make them gold. If you ever need thumbtacks like these get them at the Dollar Tree they’re $1 instead of almost $4 at any other store! If you need any additional temporary wall treatment ideas Megan over at Walker Fireside Chats has some excellent ideas. And for some great permanent wall treatments, Corinna over at For my Love Of has some mad skill for wall beautifying!
- Use thin coats of paint
- Allow coats to completely dry between coats or it will start coming off and look messy
- If your jar is large enough you can put your hand inside and turn it as you paint without touching the paint
- Set your wet jar on parchment paper so the paint doesn’t dry and stick to the resting surface ruining the paint job and the resting surface
When painted with paint not meant for glass you don’t want to use them in situations where they will be exposed to a lot of abuse, they will hold up just don’t put them through the ringer so to speak! Another option is to use the Martha Stewart glass paint and they should hold up even better, I didn’t have any so I just used what I had on hand. Once the paint had set I distressed the jars with a nail file…it was the middle of the night and I wasn’t going out to the shed to get my sanding block! You can take as little or as much of the paint off as you want.
I love that a Mason jar is affordable and so easy to customize even though I am not their biggest fan. Custom Mason jars would be an awesome way to give your mother’s day gift some extra kapow: you could use this for flowers, treats…(just make sure there is no paint in the jar), bath bombs etc. etc. I had some bath bombs that I made for my mom but I waited too long to take them out of the plastic molds and it wasn’t happening…I will be doing a bath bomb post soon and I am super excited about it because I adore bath bombs!