For the love of Jars. Masons and everything else.

For the love of Jars. Masons and everything else.

Love jars. I am not sure where it started. I remember finding rocks on the beach with plants tenaciously growing out of

them. I took them home and nestled them in a precious jar full of water and table salt. Remarkably they lived and grew until my mother thew them out.

It probably started with my mother she always expertly  cleaned out every available container for future use. The kitchen cabinets were filled with butter, yogurt and magical jars. Did you mother’s cabinets look the same.

I followed suit. My favorites were the Classico spaghetti jars. I would collect them with no idea what to do with them.  Sometimes I would fill them with shells from the beach, or marbles. When I moved the  I had 9 empty jars that I got rid of.  I said to myself you can’t keep collecting jars like this, and I threw them out. And now most of my business comes from masons jars, That’s irony. I was just months away from  launching my mason jar obsession in my online shop.

I started tinting masons the soft blue of past jars. A blue that is lost to the past and only I seem to be making for sale. Check my tutorial here.

I was really shocked to find a whole online community semi obsessed with jars and  masons.

My neighbors had seen me painting jars in my back yard. When they moved  they offered me their cache of bottles, all from Europe. These jars and bottles were shapes and sizes I had never seen before, Woo! Be still my heart. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.

Another fantastic source of jars is my local Recycle center From Trash to Treasure in Fort Lauderdale.. I get so excited see what is there. I always head straight for The “jar” section. On one of my weekly visits to the center I saw the jar of all jars. The most beautiful jar I had ever seen: a Lovely very large jar with handles.  I knew it would make the most beautiful vase ever. It did and it was on it’s way to Australia days after I put it in my shop.

I just made some beach candle set out of the cutest mason jar candles. I can’t wait to make my own candles. I just ordered

those cute little quilted jars.

Next jars in my shop chalk painted masons in a color called freshwater,. American Flag and British Flag masons. Doesn’t this sounds fun. If you want to check out more of my jars take a peek in my shop. Until next time…Melissa

Paint glass Shiny Tutorial and Giveaway

I like shiny things. In really like shiny things.  I am so excited I want give something away! You might have seen my previous post on taking things from trash to shiny.  So when it came  time to paint some  mason jars and vases with pretty metallic paint  I couldn’t wait. Now before I started

Gold and Silver Metallic Maons

Gold and Silver Metallic Masons

painting I ignored my own advice. When painting glass, I say prime, prime prime!!!! Primer is your friend your best friend! I like Kyrlon’s Colormaster primer but I was on Pinterest and followed a link on “how to paint glass” no primer needed she said “Spray paint is meant to stick to anything.” So I listened and tried it again without primer. A big mistake!!!! A I usually do I didn’t handle the jar for 24 hours to let the paint cure / dry thoroughly , metallic paint is different and dries faster than regular spray paint, but I wasn’t taking chances. The finish was beautiful but the second I  moved it around the paint scratched. Listen to  me  and listen good prime prime prime before painting. I was very excited to paint this carafe I came across. I had already painted with blue glass paint

Silver Metallic Carafe

Silver Metallic Carafe

but it was so blah. but it came out amazing!!!! I just used the paint I had on hand for this project Rusto-oleum  Metallic finish in Gold and Valspar Metallic in Silver.

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

I prime and let it dry for 1/2 hour to an hour,  paint with the metallic spray paint (I love how the a paint goes on) light even layers to minimize drips. Check the paint instructions on when to apply your second coat. I hold the jar or vase in the mouth of and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can handle the vase. I rest the the jar or vase on it’s neck then I paint the bottom. I leave the painted piece to dry for about 24 hours. With the metallic paint I will probably be totally dry in about half the time but better safe than sorry.

Voila, gorgeous shiny awesomeness. If you don’t feel like waiting for the paint to dry pop over to my Shop Caribbean style Decor and use the code Hometalk15 to get 15% off. And don’t forget to enter to win a set of these shiny beauties.

How to make a beat up coffee table into a Beauty

How to turn a beat up table into an Elegant Beauty

How to turn a beat up table into an Elegant Beauty

How to make a beat up coffee table into an Elegant Beauty. My neighbors were moving and this coffee table was one of the last things left in their house. They were generous enough to offer me several things they weren’t  taking. I walked right by this table thinking it looked too rough. They threw it into the trash and when I saw it there I thought well I should try to do something with it.

So I gave it a fresh coat of paint and pulled out my Cutting Edge  Stencils Damask Stencil.  A Damask Stencil is not just for walls. I won this stencil so sign up fot their blog and when you see they are having a contest enter, enter.I used a metallic gold-ish/ copper paint. I also used the paint to line the edges and details on the table. I think that is an elegant touch. It didn’t take that long and I think it came out great. What do you think? -Melissa

Check out my other stencil projects:

The Finished Table

The Finished Table

Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty

Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty