pinterest challenge: painted mason jars

11th July 2012

It’s that time again folks… Pinterest Challenge time! A “kick your butt into gear and stop pinning, start doing”.

Last time around I stenciled some curtains, and the time before that I whipped up a yarn wreath. For this summer version, I didn’t have too much time on my hands so I thought I would check off one of those projects I have been meaning to do for ages: spray-painted mason jars. You can see the pink ones I pinned here.

I had some of the big mason jars leftover from our wedding last year and some blue spray paint kicking around, so this was a zero-dolla no-trip-to-the-store kind of project. The perfect kind of project, if you ask me.

I started out with a light coat of primer (Tremclad’s gray primer).

Then some fun preppy blue in a satin finish. I didn’t want anything too glossy, since I wanted these little guys to look sort of aged and chalky. You know what I mean, right? I think I did about 4 really light coats – just misting basically. Any little drip would be super noticeable, so I tried to be really careful.

And here they are all done! I love them. So cheerful and sweet.

I didn’t have any flowers on hand for these photos, so I just used some grasses (arghm… weeds?!) from the lawn. Just try to imagine how cute they would be with a few white flowers.

There you have it! A super-simple project you can do in an afternoon. I still have to spray a coat of clear sealer on the jars (so that they don’t chip), but I can’t wait to dot them around the house with some fresh flowers.

Now go check out the rest of the pinterest challenge entries over at Young House Love, Bower Power, Centsational Girl, and Ten June. Have fun!

  • Courtney

    Lovely!

  • http://www.derrickandali.blogspot.com ali thompson

    i’ve seen the finished product a few times, but haven’t seen a blue…love the color choice. well done!

    • gemma

      Thanks Ali! Yep, not a new project idea by any means… but fun to see them around in lots of different hues!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://notahousebutahome.blogspot.com Emily-Jane @ Not A House, But A Home

    I *love* how these came out! The finish is great – not too glossy, not to flat.. just a nice sheen. Great job!

    • gemma

      Exactly – that was just what I was going for! Thanks!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.com Tanya from Dans le Townhouse

    Cute! Love the colour ;)

    I did a “dipped” leg stool for the challenge, and I used stuff I had on hand, too (leftover paints and a plain stool I used for painting at my easel):

    http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2012/07/pinterest-challenge-dipped-leg-stool.html

  • http://myrelentlesspursuitofperfection.blogspot.ca/ Emily

    Great idea. Colour is dynamite.

  • http://www.madeinblog.ca Sophie

    What a great and simple project! And I love this blue!

    • gemma

      Thanks Sophie! I love the blue too!! :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.themoney-pit.com Kim (TheMoney-Pit)

    I love this look. I was addicted for a while and was spray painting anything glass that wasn’t nailed down.

    It is so easy and inexpensive, I can’t wait to do it whenever I need to match a party theme or want a quick outdoor centerpiece etc. I love your combo of teal with mason jars. Adorbs!

    • gemma

      Thanks Kim!! Totally a great party theme/centerpiece idea!!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.imatransplantfromcalifornia.wordpress.com Caitlin

    I LOVE these! They came out so cute (and I love them with the weeds too)!

    • gemma

      hahah thanks Caitlin!! :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

    Love the color you used for the mason jars Gemma! And the plants “weeds” you put in there looks so adorable against the vibrant color! We did something similar but we tried 2 versions, spray paint and acrylic…i definitely prefer using spray paint. Dried really quickly, acrylic paint took TOO long to dry. (how2home.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/diy-mason-jars-part-2/)

    • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

      P.S. where did you find such a nice color? Ive been going to home depot/micahels and i didnt see a pretty and vibrant color like yours! JEALOUS!!

      • gemma

        The paint is from Canadian Tire I think. I really like that Rustoleum brand (have used their regular high gloss paint before too and loved it).

        Good luck!

        xo,
        gemma

    • gemma

      haha – thanks!! maybe I should bring weeds in more often? :)

      love your oil rubbed bronze jar!! awesome!

      xo,
      gemma

      • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

        Thanks hun! Glad you liked it. Mason jars is probably one of the most versatile item out there to work with. Love them :)

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  • Architectonista

    Love the colour! I just wanted to drop by to tell you I’ve nominated your blog for the Inspiring Blog Award! You can visit http://architectonista.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/inspiring-blog-award/ to see a post about it. Thanks!

    • gemma

      Thanks so much!! I really appreciate it! :)

      xo,
      gem