A Jarring DIY

By on 2 November, 2012 in DIY, Sarah Churchman with 0 Comments

With the holidays quickly approaching, there isn’t much time for DIY-type projects that aren’t specifically holiday-oriented. With that said, here’s a quick one! I decided to do this project after realizing a lot of the herbs in my spice cabinet were from my own garden and I was tired of seeing them in plastic sandwich bags. If you’re anything like me, you save empty spaghetti sauce jars, olive jars, salsa jars, etc… Most of the time, I use them for putting used oil in, but I’ve found a new use that doesn’t end up with them going in the trash.

Supplies Needed:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Clean jars with lids

1. Thoroughly clean the jar and lid. Normally, I rinse it out and stick it in the dishwasher without removing the label. The heat tends to do the removing of the label for me and I retrieve it from the bottom of the dishwasher after it’s done. Or you can scrape the label off and get the sticky off with Goo-Gone. It’s your choice.

Once the jar and lid are clean and dry, we can get started on our little project.

2. Set the jar aside. Shake the chalkboard paint up good! (I use this as an opportunity for a little arm workout.) From here, I rest the lid on top of my fingers and push them out into the lip. Don’t push out too hard or the lid will pop off your fingers.

3. Using your fingers as a stand of sorts, gently paint the top and sides of the lid. Now you’ll want to find a place that you can leave it to dry without kiddos or pets messing with it. I use a small cardboard box turned upside down. This way any paint gets on the box and not my countertop!

4. Let the first coat dry before adding the second coat. This is where the project timeline ends. I have done the first coat and then gotten completely distracted and not put on the second coat until a week or a month later, but do wait several hours at the minimum.

5. Once your second coat is good and dry, you need to “prime” the chalkboard paint by covering the painted surface with chalk. This can be kind of challenging since a lot of lids tend to have a groove around the edge, but I don’t worry too much about that since I know I’m not going to be writing in that space.

6. Lid primed. Wipe the lid clean and write the name if whatever you’re storing in the jar on it. Like I said early, herbs and spices inspired this project, but you could use them in the bathroom, garage or garden shed. It would be great storage for seeds. Use your imagination!

Sarah Churchman is a full-time web designer+developer, a Board Member for AAF-Montgomery and Montgomery Trees, a cook, gardener, and somewhere in there fits in time to be a DIY’er.  She also is a huge Rush fan and lives in the Garden District.  You can find her on Google+ , Pinterest and occasionally on her food blog, Water Chestnuts Are Gross.

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