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Upcycling glass jars for storage

by Clare Mansell
Upcycling glass jars for storage

I have a confession, it is possible that at some point in the past I have put an empty glass jar in the recycling bin in the same week that I have then bought a Kilner jar, which is pretty illogical apart from the fact that Kilner jars do look so pretty…

So this month for my Pinty Plus Chalk Paint Spray makeover I thought I would upcycle some old glass jars into storage containers for my She Shed. I never seem to have enough small containers for all the bits and pieces that go with sewing and as a result they often tend to get lumped into a big box together. A bit of organisation will help me keep tabs on which supplies are running low…

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I put out an SOS on Facebook and discovered that at least two of my greener pals keep all their old glass jars to reuse and I was able to pick and choose from their stock.

Here is the collection of jars I salvaged. A real mixed bunch…

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After I had given them all a really good clean to remove any sticky labels, I decided to spray paint the lids using Pinty Plus Chalk Paint Spray in Turquoise. If you saw my post last month, this is not the same colour I used for the chair. It’s slightly darker, but when you look at them separately it would be easy to assume they were the same.

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If you look very closely at the image above you might notice the left hand lid has a bubble on it. This was entirely my fault I had scrubbed the lid with a brillo pad and a bit of the soap residue had been left on it which made the paint bubble up. Moral to the story? Make sure your lids are clean! After the lids had dried I sprayed again with craft varnish to protect them…

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And added some chalkboard labels which come in all different shapes and sizes and you can buy from Amazon. You also need some chalk to write on them with, but if you have a small child, there’s always some of that somewhere in the house…

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Simple uniform storage jars! I used a fraction of a can of the turquoise paint and a third of a packet of labels. If I keep this up I may have to invest in a chalkboard pen with a fine nib as my actual chalk handwriting is a little messy for my liking!

And if you are wondering when exactly the She Shed makeover will be complete, we had a small setback this weekend because I ordered the wrong legs for the units (oops!) but it should be finished next weekend…

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6 comments

Elena April 26, 2016 - 2:23 pm

I love this, it’s such a great idea to make the most of old jars. I need to try chalk paint, keep reading lots about it but I have never tried it, something like this will be an ideal project to start

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Elena April 26, 2016 - 2:23 pm

I love this, it’s such a great idea to make the most of old jars. I need to try chalk paint, keep reading lots about it but I have never tried it, something like this will be an ideal project to start

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claremansell@mac.com April 26, 2016 - 3:43 pm

You should definitely try Pinty Plus Elena, it gives a very even finish. Even my four year-old couldn’t mess it up!

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Christina - LadyBug Home April 26, 2016 - 8:26 pm

Loving the colour! I really want some Chalk Pens so I definitely think you need to get some. Project and photos taken for my 1st project. Love it! I hope to get posted tomorrow. Finishing up some client work tonight. I have been thinking of your She-Shed all weekend so can’t wait to see it soon. Thank you tons!

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Caro | The Twinkle Diaries April 29, 2016 - 10:07 am

Aaah Clare!! What a lovely, love make!!! Am DEFINITELY going to do this!!!! I’ve never tried Pinty paint — I use Annie Sloan but am always keen to try something new! 🙂 Thanks for sharing — PLUS — YOU’RE ALSO HAVING A SHE SHED???!!! Me too!!! Mines being built as we speak!!!! Looking forward to seeing yours (and mine for that matter!!!!) 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us! Caro x #HomeEtc

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mummyofboygirltwins May 3, 2016 - 10:24 am

Wow what a superb job and lovely, lovely end product! Thanks for sharing & linking up! Love Jess xx

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