Monday, December 3, 2012

42 Gettin' Jiggy with a Jar

We do all sorts of organizing projects around here.  Expensive ones, cheapo ones, free ones.... they come in all shapes and sizes.  But what is fairly common, is that I can't leave well enough alone and I am always trying to tweak things to make them a little more pretty.

This project was a freebie for me since I had everything on hand!  Love that right?!  And it wasn't necessarily organizing, it was more just giving a storage item a little face lift.  Since my plastic surgeon was on vacation, I called in my spray paint stash instead...

I started out with a simple, glass spaghetti jar, which I believe was an IKEA find a few years ago.  We have had it forever, and I can't begin to tell you how many times I have tried to stick it into the pantry since I have never really loved how it looked.  But it is too tall for our pantry, so on the counter it sits.


Did you know you could spray paint glass?  You probably did.  Since I live under a rock most days, I just learned this more recently so I am going through a glass spray painting frenzy. 

And a stripe painting frenzy as well. 

I started out with thin painters tape, and taped off my first line.  Then, I used more tape to act as equal spacers and continued to tape all the way up the jar.


Then, I gave the jar two coats of pretty blue spray paint. 


And pulled the tape to reveal a more unique and pretty jar!


I sort of love it!  And it got me looking at all my jars with that scheming devilish eye....

Now, if any spray paint leaks under your tape, the good thing is a razor easily scrapes it off for a clean look.  The bad news, is that it also shows how easily the rest of the paint can chip as well.  So, I added a quick clear coat over the top of the stripes {using a spray similar to this}.

The goal was to make the spaghetti jar more attractive, and maybe even distract the eye from the dated counters and cabinets.... did it work?


No?  Ha!  Guess that means we need to get going with a kitchen reno, I will tell the Mr.

Anyway, I love that glass can be painted and that we can do free projects like this to give a splash of color to storage!  Happy day!

What storage have you been giving life to with a little bit of paint?


42 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? I love the new look of the spaghetti jar.

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  2. Oh I love it! You make me want to go spray paint crazy!!

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  3. This post shows the power of paint. That jar is not going to be overlooked any more! Lovely!

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  4. I have a few projects in mind, but I'm a little scared of spray paint (or painting in general) Aside from the wall I'm a wuss.

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  5. I have those exact counter tops. My cabinets aren't as nice as yours though. :)
    Can't wait to see the reno!

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  6. That looks great! I love the color you chose - it's so cheerful!

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  7. I m gonna have to buy spray paint!! Spray paint fever coming on!! I feel it!!

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  8. Cute cute cute! I recently painted some dollar store glass vases with gold stripes, and literally clapped my hands when the tape came off! I can only imagine the conversation we'd have if we did one of these projects together! #overlyexciteddorks

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    1. Oh my, that would be just too much fun! I can only imagine the craziness that would ensue! Hopefully we can find a way to make it happen someday!!

      xo,
      Jen

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  9. I love it. It matches the kitchen towel perfectly. Speaking of the towel/dish rag...where did you get it. I love the pattern.

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    1. Thanks gals! I found it on Joss & Main during a recent flash sale!

      xo,
      Jen

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  10. I actually didn't know you could spray paint glass. Looks like you and I have been sleeping under the same rock lately..LOL.. Love the way it came out.. now you have me eyeing my 2 big glass cookie jars that I keep my doggy treats in.. Hmm.. Off for some spray paint!
    Robyn :)

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  11. Did u know u can paint countertops? A friend of mine detested her dated (laminate/formica type) countertops, didn't have the $ for the reno, so to improve the look til she could afford it, got them painted black! It looks so sophisticated! And after about 3 years has lasted really well! Just an idea since you're so good at DIY:)

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    1. Yes, I have seen some AMAZING transformations thanks to counter paint! And have been so tempted to do it as well! We are hoping to move forward with a kitchen reno early this next year {we have been planning and saving for awhile now}, but it's totally my back up plan should anything get in the way of the major update I have up my sleeves! :)

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  12. My love affair with stripes is never ending so I am loving this. Will be getting jiggy with some jars soon, too!

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  13. Well, isn't that a clever idea. Love it much more than a plain glass container, Jen.

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  14. So simple yet adds so much to the kitchen. Love it!!

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  15. So pretty! It adds personality to that whole corner.

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  16. I love this idea! I have the same jars.....now off to get me some spray paint!!

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  17. I really love your kitchen towel!!! Did you make it?

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I found it on Joss & Main during a recent flash sale!

      xo,
      Jen

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  18. I love it; it looks great!! I also love that tea towel! Where did you get it? :)

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    1. Hi Tiffany! I found it on Joss & Main during a recent flash sale!

      xo,
      Jen

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  19. Do you have to use a special paint or will any spray paint do?

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    1. I just used regular ol' Rustoleum 2x coverage in a satin finish. Worked great!

      xo,
      Jen

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  20. Very cute project! I had to ask: where did you get the towel hanging on your stove? I love those colors!

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    1. Thanks so much!
      I found it on Joss & Main during a recent flash sale!

      xo,
      Jen

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  21. That is the happiest spaghetti container ever! Love those fun stripes!

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  22. This jar is so fun now and it adds that pop of color and personality that every room needs:)

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  23. Fun and funky. Love it! Do you do both sprays at same time? How long do you let dry before removing tape?

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  24. So cute and fun Jen! And I love it with your kitchen towel too :)

    xoxo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  25. where did you get that basket that is next to the jar?? love it!
    erincyoung (at) yahoo.com

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  26. I love this project! It makes such a big splash!
    You think your counters & cabinets are DATED? Pshaw. I'll gladly trade you with mine. They're originals to my 1973 house. LOL!

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  27. Ditto to Ashley ^^ - your kitchen is super modern compared to mine, LOL!!

    I am going to use with spraypaint idea! Quick question - will this hold up to washing?

    Very cute!!

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  28. I love that the blue matches the Giada food items on your counter. She should pay YOU for making her look good! :)

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  29. I love it, I'm doing it! Thanks for posting!

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