Painted Jars

This weekend we went to Jordan’s Furniture and Ikea to get some things for our office space on the 3rd floor. It will be a long process so we will update you when it is complete. But while we were at Ikea I bought some jars to do this quick project. I first saw this idea on Burlap and Lace and thought it would be a great way to add some color to our built-in office space.

You can use any jars but since I didn’t have any lying around, I bought these at Ikea for about $3 each.

I then bought some paint at Home Depot to pour into the jars. I used pastel colors because I liked the way the jars looked on the other blog. I just bought the sample jars of paint because they only cost $3 and had more than enough paint. I could probably do a million more jars so if anyone wants to borrow please ask!

I then poured some of the paint into the bottom of the jar and added a little water. The trick to to add less water (it took me 2 tries to get it right). Then you just swish the mixer around to coat the whole jar and turn it upside down to let the excess paint drip out.

After you let the paint drip out for a few minutes, use a blowdryer to dry the paint. You do not want to leave the jars upside down for longer because all the paint will drip out.

I will either put fake flowers or a candle in these once our office shelves are up. Do NOT put real flowers in these jars because the paint will come off if you add water.

This is an easy way to spruce up any jar 🙂 It would also be a cute idea for holiday gifts.

– Katy

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Magnetic/Chalkboard

We are slowly trying to finish decorating our condo since we don’t have anything on our walls. One of our first projects was making a magnetic/chalkboard for our kitchen. I DIYed a fabric corkboard but we wanted a chalkboard to write notes and to-dos in our kitchen.

I bought a frame at JoAnn Fabrics and Nick took a trip to Home Depot to get the magnetic primer and the chalkboard paint.

We started with the magnetic primer. It is really heavy and thick so we had to make sure to really stir it around between each coat (that was Nick’s job).

 

I then painted the glass with 3 coats of the magnetic primer, waiting a few hours between each coat.

The next day we added 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

When it was completely dry we put it back into the frame.

We then hung it up in our kitchen next to the pantry and near the corkboard. (I was going to Memphis that weekend so I wrote Nick a little note)

The next thing I did was make some cute magnetics for the board. I bought buttons from JoAnn Fabric and followed the instructions on how to make my own with fabric left over from my corkboard project.

First I had to take the button back off and then I cut out the fabric to cover the button.

I then just snapped the back of the button onto the front and it secured the fabric. I know this sounds confusing but it is really easy once you get the buttons and read the instructions. I had bought some small magnetics from Michael’s and super glued those to the fabric button.

They look adorable on our chalkboard but unfortunately they are not strong enough to hold anything up. We have also learned that the magnetic pull is not that strong on our board so I am not sure how much we will use the board to hang things. At least we can still use it as a chalkboard.

Hope you all like it! We were feeling very crafty after completing this project!

 – Katy

Pillow upgrade

Our master bedroom is still a work in progress but I got one step closer this weekend with some new pillow cases. Here is what the bed looked like before:

I had two new pillows that I planned on using on the bed but it took a lot of searching and shopping to find some new shams. I wanted the shams to be either brown or tan to bring in the other colors in the curtains. So when I came across Marimekko shams on Crate & Barrel for sale, I was beyond thrilled! They were both tan and brown and they were on sale!

When they finally came in the mail I couldn’t wait to go into our basement and get the pillows so I could see the final product.

I loved it! Oh and remember our trip to the LL Bean outlet? Well that is where I got that cute bolster pillow (I guess thats what tubular-like pillow is called). Here is a closer look at our new pillows:

We still need to add artwork and some other touches to the room but I am happy our pillow situation is over with 🙂

If we have any readers, what do you think?

– Katy