For today’s post we are keeping it simple, but ohh so adorable with these fun little mason jars. For those of you who know me, you can totally appreciate how ironic this post is for me…partly because it involves mason jars & mostly because it has the word DISTRESSING in it! LOL It’s crazy how much my taste & style has changed through the years. I’ve let go of the need for everything to be “perfect” & now I’m more drawn to things that have a coziness & warmth about them….pieces that make a house, a home.
This post will probably the easiest of DIY’s for everyone reading this but I’m not going to lie it takes the cake for the hardest one I’ve done yet! I was definitely out of my element on this one, but I couldn’t be more in LOVE with the results!
SO, here’s what you’ll need…
- Mason Jars-I’m sure everyone has a few of these laying around the house just begging for some attention!
- Chalk Paint-I used the Rustoleum Chalked paint
- Sandpaper-I used 120 grit for the distressing
- Rubbing Alcohol-for prepping or cleaning old jars
- Clear Coat Sealant (optional)
Let’s get started…
P R E P
Ok for those of you who dug your jars up from lord knows where…this step applies to you! All you need to do is wipe them down with some rubbing alcohol and then wash them with some soap & water.
*DRY, dry & dry them some more before painting*
If you bought your jars new, then all you need to do is just wipe them down to make sure there is no dust or debris on them so the paint will stick!
P A I N T
I used the Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray paint. Ok…brace yourself this is going to sound crazy but this was my FIRST time using any type of “chalk” paint & I have to admit I’m a fan. I love the thick, creamy & super matte finish of this paint. I used the spray paint for a more even & less “streaky” outcome. They also sell the Rust-Oleum chalk paint in cans so if you want a more weathered, paint brushed look, then that it also an option.
D I S T R E S S
Ok I’m not going to lie it even feels weird typing that word. LOL old me used to cringe anytime I saw or heard about someone distressing something! Crazy right?! I’m not kidding it gave me serious anxiety seeing a beautifully painted piece of furniture chipped up and scuffed all over the place! But thankfully now I am slowly letting go of that “perfectionist” side of myself and embracing all things distressed…well “lightly” distressed, very, very lightly…baby steps ya”ll.
So I used 120 grit sandpaper that I cut in little squares. This hands down was the hardest part for me. I have never distressed anything in my entire life so I had no idea if it was too little or too much. But I think that’s the point, isn’t it. That’s that beauty of distressing, it’s not intended to be perfect.
I started with the rim first & threads then moved to sides. Then once I started getting the hang of it I moved to back…
I did the front last because I was nervous I would mess it up…mess up distressing, how ironic is that?! I took my time and went over the all the letters really well. Then I threw in a little extra distressing on the top and bottom of the jars!
I did the same method for all 4 jars & VOILA…
I have to say I love these little things more than I ever imagined! Maybe it’s because I’m seeing my decor journey truly come full circle. I’m embracing things I once thought I never would. I’m slowly realizing that things aren’t supposed to be perfect, to be beautiful.
Happy distressing, keep a look out for the next post coming soon for fun little ideas of what to do with these beauties!
Lots of love,