I have a ton of these little test pots of paint, from all the various paint projects Ive done in the house over the years, so I narrowed down to two different blueish greens that I liked. With the jars all dried and set up on newspaper, I got to work!
Like the directions say on the website I pinned, I painted the tops first, making sure to get right inside the rims of the jars. I had no idea how these would turn out with this kind of paint, but the color was so pretty I decided to risk it. I think she used craft paints, but whatever...use what ya got! These are low odor, no VOC paints from Home D, so no harm to the baby...however I did crack a window and hide my nose in my shirt a lot, just in case!
Then I flipped em over and painted the bottoms. Don't mind the mess in the background, our house is a disaster most of the time. I'm too tired growing a baby and too busy thinking of more crazy projects to clean;)
So here they are with one coat of paint. I let these dry to the touch, about an hour or so, and then I did the whole process over again.
I let them dry for a full 24 hours after the second coat. The directions said to let them cure, so that the paint can dry and really attach. That was a good idea, in theory, but with this paint, it made the next part much harder!
To achieve the "vintage" look, I had to beat them up a little bit. I had to really use some muscle for this! So, after waiting a day, I took some sand paper and a nail file to the jars to shave off some of the paint for the desired look!
I had to sand and sand and file and file. This paint was TOUGH. But, after about 5-10 minutes on each jar, they looked really great! I washed them down and let them dry.
See how the "Ball" logo sort of peeks through now? I also rubbed some random spaces off around the edges, and on the rim. I love them!
Ive been wanting to change up the junk and decor on my shelf in the dining area. I loathe how dark all the furniture is and I'm still thinking up ways to change that. I desperately want to build a farmhouse table, but that will have to wait until after Baby Boy is born. I also want to dial down the red, and add softer colors, a more vintage mixed with industrial type look. It'll take a while, but I think the mason jars are a good start. Here what it looked like before...
Oh, how I love these! I want to make more, in all colors!!!
I went out to Michael's and bought some pretty flowers to display in the jars. This completed the look, just how I envisioned them!
They really soften the look of the shelf, so it's a step in the right direction for me. I love how they look with my stenciled wall too! Perfecto!
I added some of the stuff back to the shelf, but I may end up changing all that around. I need to do a good cleaning and purging of the junk in our house. It's starting to bug me. Oh how I love decorating our home!