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Chalk-Painted Mason Jar Tutorial

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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.

Click through for step-by-step instructions to create your own gorgeous painted mason jars!

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.

Click through for step-by-step instructions to create your own gorgeous painted mason 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).

Click through for step-by-step instructions to create your own gorgeous painted mason jars!

Hint: put your hand in the jar and paint the rim first, then set the jar upside down to paint the rest. 

Click through for step-by-step instructions to create your own gorgeous painted mason jars!

2. Allow time to dry (I waited ~30 minutes) and paint a second coat.

Click through for step-by-step instructions to create your own gorgeous painted mason jars!

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).

mason jars sanded

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

Click through for step-by-step instructions to create your own gorgeous painted mason jars!

in my peaceful nook on the second floor

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and on my new stairwell bookcase

Click through for step-by-step instructions to create your own gorgeous painted mason jars!

They are so versatile and beautiful.  I hope you enjoy them, too!

Disclaimer: As a part of the Country Chic Paint blogger squad, I do receive compensation in the form of goods and products from Country Chic Paint, but, as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

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Comments

  1. Pinned this! I’ve seen these and have been wanting to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  2. These are beautiful! Please come share your lovely jars at the Bacon Time Anything Goes linky, if you have not already.

  3. Do you have any extras for me Rachel? hehe They look FABULOUS! Pinned :)

  4. Very pretty colors on those jars! I just have a question, have you ever tried spray paint? If so, what kind of result do you get? Thanks.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much! I have used spray paint in the past, and I had mixed results with it. When painting a jar white once, I used a primer rather than a paint (because it’s what I had in the shed), and I found that it stuck really well, but that also made it harder to distress. Regular spray paint sometimes chips off… which is not necessarily bad if you’re planning fairly light use and want a distressed look, but I didn’t want to deal with the mess. I like the texture of the distressing on the chalk paint and acrylic paints I’ve used in the past the best, but it’s hard to beat the ease of spray paint! :)

      • Very good to know. Thank you for all the info. I just now thought of something as I was writing this. . . if the spray primer adheres well, maybe I should try hitting the high spots on the jar I want distressed with some vaseline and then spray with the primer. Then I can simply wipe off the paint in those spots. . . . maybe??? I love your jars, so I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

        • Rachel Paxton says:

          It’s certainly worth a try! I firmly believe in experimentation. ;) And you are so very welcome!!

  5. Very Beautiful, Rachel! I love these jars! Pinning:-)Thank you for linking up at Work It Wednesday!

  6. LOVE, love, LOVE! I need to chalk paint some mason jars! I’m featuring them this Friday in my Friday Features for this week’s Inspire Me Monday party Thanks for linking up to the party!

  7. These are beautiful and so perfect for this time of year! Great job!:-)

  8. I finally got over here to read your tutorial – thanks for that, pinned it. Will have to give this a try really soon!! They turned out beautifully!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thanks, Krista! I can’t ever find the time to read all the tutorials I want to read either… :( But I’m so glad you found it helpful! xoxo

  9. Gorgeous! Pinned!

  10. I have tried this several times and I am not sure why but each time I try to put on a second coat, the first coat comes off. Any helpful hints?

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Bummer! Is there a chance that you’re trying the second coat too soon? You could try waiting a day between coats; that would allow the first to really harden and hopefully keep it on there. I’m sorry it’s been difficult… I hope this helps! :)

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