Rachel from Maison de Pax is sharing her first guest post on our blog today and you’ll love the project she has for you: painted mason jars. So easy, but such a great result! It’s the perfect project for some of our sample jars!


Hello Country Chic Paint lovers (and, for those of you who have yet to try it, soon-to-be-lovers)! I’m Rachel from Maison de Pax, and I am so honored to be a part of the Country Chic Paint blogger squad. At Maison de Pax, we are working to renovate, redecorate, and rejuvenate our 1940 colonial to be a place where peace can be found; feel free to tour our home if you’d like. Our most recent focus has been our attic renovation, but for years I have loved to make over old file cabinets, paint mason jars, and create my own decor on a budget. With Country Chic Paint, I’ve already created a chippy side table, painted a “sunbleached” look, and gilded a frame… I love the endless possibilities! Today, I’m excited to share a simple but stunning project: painted mason jars.

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

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.

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

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 distresses easily and smoothly, giving a natural, worn look to the jars.

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

So, without further ado, here’s the simple step-by-step process:

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

1. Paint the outside of clean, empty mason jars with your choice of color (I used Vintage Cupcake, Vanilla Frosting, and Pebble Beach).

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

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

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

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

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

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).

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com

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. I’m saving the pink jars for something special, but I’m enjoying the gray and white in the meantime. I hope you enjoy them, too!

Painted mason jars - #DIY #tutorial #countrychicpaint - www.countrychicpaint.com



Rachel

Rachel {Maison de Pax}

I’m Rachel from Maison de Pax, and I am so honored to be a part of the Country Chic Paint blogger squad. At Maison de Pax, we are working to renovate, redecorate, and rejuvenate our 1940 colonial to be a place where peace can be found; feel free to tour our home if you’d like. Our most recent focus has been our attic renovation, but for years I have loved to make over old file cabinets, paint mason jars, and create my own decor on a budget. With Country Chic Paint, I’ve already created a chippy side table, painted a “sunbleached” look, and gilded a frame… I love the endless possibilities!