How To Paint Mason Jars

Hey Friends!!

How the heck are ya?! It feels like it’s been forever since we talked!  I’m gonna attempt to get back to a normal posting schedule this week…..BUT, I’m not making any promises! 🙂

If you’ve been following along on Facebook and/or linking up at our weekly linky party, you know that things have been a little CRAZY around here!  I am, however, back to working my normal shifts at work & we are slowly putting our house back together after a small remodeling project that took place last week in our kitchen/living room area. I am SO THRILLED with how it all turned out!  I hope to be sharing the before & after pictures with you soon! Stay tuned for that!!

Since I’ve been rather absent, I’d like to rewind a few weeks if we can?!  Do you remember the bridal shower that we had for my little sister at the beginning of March?  We decided to go with some cute & simple, painted mason jars for the table centerpieces. I had SO MANY questions regarding how we painted the jars, that I thought I would share a little tutorial with you today.  Sound okay?!

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We started out with just some plain jane, quart size mason jars.

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And gave them a coat of chalkboard paint using a foam paint brush.

how to paint mason jars 3.jpgThe chalkboard paint kinda serves as your primer, but it also helps to give the jars a chalky finish.  The recommended drying time on this particular chalkboard paint, was one hour.  This is probably a good general rule to follow, but you could always refer to your bottle/jar to see if recommendations differ.  Once the chalkboard paint is dry, then you are ready to paint!

We were going with a pink & mint color scheme for my sister’s bridal shower, so we chose our paint colors accordingly…

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As you can see, we chose a two different shades of pink for the jars.  The one in the middle was supposed to be a few shades darker than the one on the right, but when all was said & done, there really wasn’t much difference between the two.

Using your foam brush, you’ll want to brush on a thin coat of paint to the jars.

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Again, you’ll want to read your paint bottles & follow recommended drying times between coats. Continue painting until the jars are thorougly covered & the chalkboard paint is no longer visible.

The different brands & colors of paint will differ a little bit in terms of coverage.  For this particular project, the mint jars took two coats of paint whereas the pink jars took three.

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Once the jars are completely dry, you’ll want to grab some sandpaper & just lightly sand across the surface of the words on the jar.  This helps to bring a little more attention to the words on the jar, by giving them some dimension & creating some contrast.  It also just makes them super cute! 🙂

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It’s also a good idea to spray the jars with a clear coat matte sealer when you are finished with the sanding. This will give the jars a protective coat & prevent the paint from chipping!

For my sister’s shower, we were trying to stick to a budget, so we just filled the jars with some inexpensive, artificial flowers from the dollar store. They would, however, be really pretty with fresh flowers as well!

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These jars are SO EASY to paint & they make for some really cute & inexpensive table decor.

If you have a baby or bridal shower to throw in the near future, I would totally recommend these!  They would even make a perfect centerpiece for your upcoming Easter brunch and/or dinner!

Have you ever paint mason jars before?! 

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!!

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