Mason Jar Holder

I have joined several new groups on Facebook, one does nothing but use chalk paint on everything from furniture to mason jars. It really has me inspired to start doing some painting.  Every time I go to Goodwill,  I see things I could buy and repaint.  I have to talk myself out of it because I just don’t need any more items in my house!

However, this piece of wood with circles cut into it caught my eye  and for over a week, I just passed it up.

Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

Apparently, no one else wanted it either.  Then, on one of the groups I belong to, someone posted a re-purposed craft using a beer board. It had 3 cut out circles on the end that looked just like the circles on this piece. She painted and decorated it and  then painted mason jars and used those in the circles. It looked so cool!

When I stopped back at GW the piece was still there. I looked around for some mason jars and sure enough, the pint size fit perfect into the medium size hole. This piece has one large circle, 3 medium size and two small.  I bought it for 99 cents. When I got home, I tried a quart mason jar in the middle and it fit, the pints fit the medium circles and the 1/2 pint fit the two smaller ones.

During March of this year, Ace Hardware had Valspar sample paints for 99 cents a pint. I think I bought 12 pints total. I should have gotten more!!!  I made up some homemade chalk paint using 2 T of Plaster of Paris and 1 T of warm water. Mix real well until there are no lumps, then add one cup of paint of your choice! Flat paint works best, but the Valspar samples were satin and it worked too.

One of the colors I bought was Artistic Blue.  I don’t have any “blue” primitive colors in my home. I’m more of a burgundy or tan/ivory person, but I have been seeing a lot of post with blue. So, thought no better project to try out the blue than on this piece.

First, I spray painted it black with the cheap flat paint at Wal-mart. I forgot to take a picture! 🙁

Then, I gave it one coat of the Blue Chalk paint and after it dried, took some fine grit sand paper and distressed the edges to bring out the black paint underneath.

Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove Then I coated the whole piece with Valspar Antiquing Wax.  It really tones the color down and gives it that aged, worn look that I was wanting.

 Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

I had a Behr sample in ivory that I picked up at Home Depot for 50 cents. I should have made chalk paint with it, but instead just did 3 coats on the mason jars. You should wipe down the outside of the jars with alcohol first to remove any residue that might be on them.

 Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

Once they dried, I used a fine grade sand paper and removed the paint from the wording on the jars and took a rag and wiped on the antiquing wax to tone down the ivory paint. Since I sealed mine with wax, I didn’t use a clear coat.

 Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

If you don’t use wax, then seal with a matte clear coat.
Then tied some jute around the neck of each jar.

 Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

On the quart jar I placed a rusty flower frog lid that I picked up last year when I was in Berlin, OH.
Since my daffodils where in bloom, I decided to use this for a vase.
I only had 6 flowers that bloomed 🙁

Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

I put some different size wooden spoons in the other jars, one jar I only added a rusty lid,
and on the smallest jar, added a wire picture holder
made specifically for mason jars and added an old recipe card.

 Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

In another one, I put a rolled up pot holder

 Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

I could also see this used in the bathroom to hold
cotton balls, Q-tip, tooth brushes, combs. etc.
You can also put battery operated tea lights in them!

 Mason Jar Holder: Timeless Treasure Trove

One of the ladies in the group said this was a Pfalzgraff wine carafe and glass holder.
She said it came with a metal tray.
I’m not sure if that is what it is because the holes around the outside are 2 different sizes,
but that’s a good guess!

This is another piece I found at GW for 99 cents!  I love this piece, it originally had grungy candles on it.

but I’m using it for wooden spoon!
This would be an easy craft to make, just a piece of wood with square nails!


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