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On to today’s project… My all-time most popular post has been (drumroll please……) these American Flag painted mason jars. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re adorable, but they’re obviously not practical for every-day use! Today I want to share with you some gorgeous painted mason jars that can serve you year round.
You may have seen similar projects before; it’s not rocket science. I’ve used acrylic craft paints and spray paint in the past, but this was my first time to try a chalk-based paint on mason jars.
I find two major benefits to the chalk-based paint. First, it seems to stick to the glass much better than other paints (since chalk-based paint is made especially for adherence). And second, Country Chic Paint (the brand I used) distresses easily and smoothly, giving a natural, worn look to the jars.
So, without further ado, here’s the simple step-by-step process:
1. Paint the outside of clean, empty mason jars with your choice of color (I used Vintage Cupcake, Vanilla Frosting, and Pebble Beach by Country Chic Paint).
Hint: put your hand in the jar and paint the rim first, then set the jar upside down to paint the rest.
2. Allow time to dry (I waited ~30 minutes) and paint a second coat.
3. Distress lightly with sandpaper (note: I did NOT use a circular sander; I just had some leftover paper… distress by hand using 220 grit or higher).
4. Spray all jars with clear acrylic sealer to protect your work. I’m sure you could wax them, too, but as I plan to put flowers in mine and wax is not recommended for surfaces that will get wet often, I chose to use an acrylic sealer.
That’s it! So simple. The pink jars were for a special occasion (more on that to come later!), but I’ve already enjoyed using the blue, white, and gray all over my house: for my spring vignette…
and on my new stairwell bookcase…
They are so versatile and beautiful. I hope you enjoy them, too!