Easy peasy painted jars {Pinned It, Made It}

We LOVE mason jars at our house!  We drink from them, stored things in them, and {hopefully soon} will be canning with them.  We also have a super cool light fixture idea planned for my dining room…thanks to the hubs, my very own super amazing electrician.
 
Also….we just have a lot of mason jars!  Our fave salsa comes in a mason jar.  My mother-in-law picked up several boxes for us at a yard sale a few years ago {when we first started making noises about canning…we’ll get there eventually!}
 
I have seen several pins on Pinterest involving painted mason jars….and always wanted to give it a try.  My sister-in-law posted the CUTEST painted jars on my Facebook page one day. 
 
 And that was all it took….I just sat down and started painting! 
 
I decided to paint on the inside so the outside stayed shiny.  The words on the jars really stand out this way too!
 
I found this website tutorial, and dug out my paints.  My FAVORITE color in the whole wide world is turquoise…any shade.  So pretty.  And I have a lot of it around my house…especially in my office and kitchen. 
 
It was super easy.  I just kind of read through the directions on the website and then did my own thing.  I dumped a small amount of acrylic paint into a jar with just a little bit of water so it would coat faster. {I’m a tad impatient}
 
Swirled it around and around.  Added more paint as needed. {You’ll get the hang of it as you keep working.  By the 3rd one…I had the amount figured out for my jars}
 
Swirled and swirled. Swirled and Swirled.  You get the idea…..
 
Then I turned the jars upside down on a paper plate to dry.  I left the first two for a couple of hours and then picked them up.  They weren’t dry and so the paint ran back down into the jar which kind of streaked the jar in places.
 
Don’t do that!!  You don’t want streaky jars!!
 
Leave them overnight….or some kind of a long, long time.  Let them completely dry.  Have more patience than I managed.  You’ll thank yourself for it later when you look at your amazing streak-free painted jars.
 
So that’s it then!  I did have to clean around the edges with a baby wipe.  Probably wouldn’t have it I had just left them alone for a long, long time. {Learn from my impatient mistakes and you probably won’t have to do that}
 
 
 

I added some burlap ribbon and a flower to one…so cute!  Another holds my dried flowers from our vow renewal ceremony…love!  The twine around the jar was wrapped around the flowers.  For now the small white jar {oh yeah…I did a white one too…obviously} just holds the extra flowers. The little {non-mason} jar used to be a pumpkin jar.  One of my kiddos broke the lid so it became my penny jar.  Now I use it for pens or pencils…or just a pretty on my desk.  The two with yellow flowers sit on a shelf in my kitchen and the other two are on my desk in my office. 

And since we’re talking Pinterest, here are a couple other Pinterest-inspired posts!

Some cutie printables I found for my kindie boy.

And my pretty pink desk chair.

  

My NEW super awesome desk chair!!

So this summer Bo and I worked on creating a new desk space for me. I LOVE it and will have to share pics of it soon.  First, however, I am super excited to share my yard sale find!
 
I needed a new bar height chair for my desk. I had been using a bar stool without a back. Not very comfy!!
 
I found this beauty at a yard sale for…….$1. Yep, a whole buck. I had to ask what was wrong with it, and she just said it was a little unstable.
 
So I tightened the screws in the legs. Ha!
 
Seriously that was it!! 
 
I broke a piece of it when I got it home. :-/  But easily fixed it with some gorilla glue.
 
Picked up some 1/2 price HOT PINK mistinted paint at the store along with a can of glittery sealer. I already had the fabric at home.

 
It took a couple of coats and forever to dry, thanks to the humidity. You can’t really tell in the picture but it was pouring rain that evening. I finally had to put the chair in the garage just so it would dry. I gave it an extra coat once it dried and then two coats of glitter sealer.
 
The glitter is more of a fine powdery look. Not overpowering but not as glittery as I hoped. 

 
 
Please excuse my messy garage. We’re in the middle of moving everything out to convert it into a family room.
 
My finished chair! Isn’t she pretty?! I love her!! 
 
Total cost: $15 after supplies but I still have a TON of hot pink paint left, a little bit of fabric for a couple of frames, and glitter sealer.  The cheapest (and I mean cheeeeeeep) brand new bar height chair with a back I found was $38….and it was an ugly brown/black color.  Makes me love her even more!!

 

In my world of BOYS, I need some girly every now and then. 🙂 

Can’t wait to show off my new girly office space!!