I’m incredibly excited to share this DIY tutorial.
It all started last week when I saw some pantry organization pictures over at Just Pleased as Punch.
Our pantry is an unorganized slopfest. I loved the way she used dollar store canisters and thrift store finds to hold food items and created custom labels using her Cri-cut. I looked up Cri-cuts immediately– but they aren’t cheap, and I was sad.
Then I remembered all of the Pinterest pins I’d seen where people took dollar store canisters, mason jars, etc. and slapped on some chalkboard paint. So, I excitedly e mailed Yuseff and told him that we needed to make a dollar store run to buy glass containers.
His response: We already have jars laying all over the house. Use those first.
I wasn’t initially thrilled with this idea. All of the jars had company logos on the lids, and that just wasn’t going to be pretty.
But I decided to paint the lids black to try and create uniformity.
And apparently… when you use regular acrylic paint to paint the lid, you still get the chalkboard effect. And since every ounce of my chalkboard paint cost four-times as much as the plain ol’ acrylic, this little tip can definitely save you money, especially since almost everybody has a bottle of it just laying around somewhere.
The project is pretty self explanatory, but here are the tips and tricks that I picked up along the way:
What You Need:
My friend Gabrielle did a guest post here at By the (cook)Book on stenciling, but I still struggled with this. I tried three methods:
Method 1: Masking Tape. Once my patience started to run out, I abandoned the fancy labels and just taped off rectangles. It still looks great and was definitely the best choice for the enormous pickle jar and the weirdly shaped maraschino cherry jars.
Method 2: Paper Stencils. For this method, I printed label templates that I found somewhere in the deep recesses of the internet. then I folded each label down the middle and cut out the shape. I reenforced the edges with scotch tape. This worked pretty well, but some paint did bleed under the edges. It was easily cleaned up using a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.
Method 3: Masking Tape Stencils. This was the most labor intensive method, but it worked better than the paper stencil. I only did it on one jar, because even though it looked the nicest, I couldn’t bring myself to make any more stencils.
For this method, make a square on the counter out of tape. Lay the pattern on top and trace. Then cut the pattern on the tape and arrange it on the jar.
Painting the Jars:
I thought this part would be as easy as swiping the brush along the glass. I was totally wrong. Glass is non-porous, so the paint doesn’t cover easily.
The best method is to first use the plain black acrylic paint and apply it using a stippling motion. Once dry apply a second coat– again stipple. Once the second coat dries, you can apply your first coat of chalkboard paint using the stippling motion. Finally, once that dries, apply a smooth coat of chalkboard paint. After the last coat dries, carefully remove the stencil.
Painting the Lids:
Like I said above, no chalkboard paint needed. Just apply three coats of acrylic paint to the lid (NOTE: All of these are metal lids. I don’t know if this would work on a plastic lid).
You will do the first two coats with the stippling method, and then the top coat will be the smooth strokes.
Chalk it Up:
Before writing on the labels, rub the painted area with the side of the chalk. Wipe it off using a chalkboard eraser, a paper towel, or your finger (I just used my finger). Then go ahead and write!
To label the lids, I didn’t bother rubbing the chalk over it. Just write away!
What do you think of this project? Will you be trying it out?