Ahhhhh yes, my first DIY post! So excited because this has to be one of my favorite topics when it comes to anything DIY, and that’s MASON JARS! I have at least 97 mason jars roaming around my house.. Okay, slight exaggeration, but I really do love mason jars. I drink out of ’em, I put flowers in ’em, I paint ’em, I paint ’em with chalkboard paint, I put catnip in ’em for the kitties, and now, I’m about to put my makeup brushes/other bathroom supplies in ’em! Right now, I have this awkward pen organizer thing I got at TJ Maxx/HomeGoods. Please excuse the cluster that is my bathroom counter.. I’m messy, I know! And yes, that’s my skincare routine. If you have any questions on that, please ask! I love it and am pretty addicted to it so I will gladly talk about it to basically anyone who is willing to ask!
While it works JUST fine, it was a little too deep, so I had to get super crafty and add some… Cotton balls to the bottom… So now whenever I lift up my makeup brushes or mascara or whatever it may be, strands of cotton always seem to be attached!
So I decided it was time to bring my farmhouse decor into the one spot it really ought to be… My bedroom, master bath included. Right now it’s this really awkward beachy but not sort of theme, and it really just doesn’t fit with the rest of my house. Nothin’ a few painted mason jars can’t fix! So let’s get this tutorial goin’, y’all!
1. First thing’s first, make sure all of your mason jars are washed and dried COMPLETELY. I have made the mistake of just rinsing or even using not so clean jars, and it never turns out right, so just take the time to completely wash em down with soapy hot water, and let them dry completely. Also make sure you have your creepy cat WHO ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE KITCHEN *okay it’s my craft table…* TABLE in the shot just glarin’ away… And your really organized bin of stuff that you eventually are planning on decorating something with. *Sigh* Another post for another day….
2. Next, you’ll want to pick out what color scheme you want to do. Since I’m going to be doing a farmhouse theme throughout my home, I’m sticking with a robin’s egg blue and a champagne/tan color. Most tutorials you’ll see call for chalk paint for that nice matte finish, which is TOTALLY fine, but… Alas I am a poor college student and I can only justify buying acrylic craft paint from Michaels for like, 59 cents or whatever ridiculous price it is. You can use chalk paint if you’d like, but this tutorial will be for acrylic craft paint. As you can see, I’m also going to be using an off white to make my colors a lot more muted. I don’t want a super pigmented color, so mixing it with this vanilla color will give it that nice vintage feel, as will the distressing (we’ll get to that part later.) If you decide you want a more muted color, mix your paint to your desired hue. I use a paper plate. Super easy clean up. As far as brushes go, I also use those cheap sponge brushes. Gives you really good lines with very little brush strokes in the end!
3. Now onto the actual jar painting! I like to give a nice solid first coat, not too thin, not too thick. I break it into halves, painting the bottom half first, then onto the top half. Nothing too fancy. Then let it dry COMPLETELY (and when I say completely, I mean absolutely positively completely) or you will have a balled up gloopy mess. Not cute. I like to set them outside in the sun (weather permitting, naturally) for a solid 15-30 min. to make sure they’re completely dry before the next coat. Once you’re totally sure the first coat is totally dry (I’m serious!), then you can add your second coat. I highly recommend the second coat to make sure you get rid of any paintbrush lines and to insure a nice smooth finish. Now the really fun part….
4. Let it dry overnight. Yep. Overnight. It sucks. I’m really impatient. Like, to the point of where I literally watch water boil. Seriously. I’ve done it. But this is a VERY important step. Now, you could be blessed with some random Monterey 85 degree weather while painting, where in that case you can just leave your jars out in the direct sun for a few hours. Usually doesn’t happen like that, so sorry, overnight it is!
5. Unlike the previous step, this step is up to you guys. Once you have let your jars DRY OVERNIGHT, take some sandpaper and distress as you see fit. I don’t get too picky when it comes to my sandpaper, I’ve used coarse, fine, actual sandpaper, whatever comes with my handsander, emery boards… I’ve used it all! It’s up to you! Distress as much or as little as you’d like!
6. *optional* This step is totally optional! While these jars look amazing as is, I always like to add a little extra, so I’ll be wrapping some twine around these babies. I’m all for a little extra rustic decor. As y’all will soon learn, I’m all about the rustic. My house is literally covered in burlap. You can do as much or as little, or none at all, if that’s what you fancy! Since these guys will be hanging out in my bathroom, I don’t want to add too much that can soak up that moisture, but I might add these really cute chalkboard tags Mama Bear got me for Valentine’s Day. We shall see! I obviously decided against said tags… They just added too much bulk. I wanted to keep them as simple as possible, so I’ll be saving those for another project!
So there you have it, my first of many DIY tutorials. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate, leave me a comment! I love gettin’ em, and I love responding to them even more. If you have any other tutorials you’d like to see me attempt, send it on over, too!
Until next time, y’all.