So, like practically every other woman in the world, I’m on Pinterest a lot.
Less than I used to be, though… I’m weaning myself off it a bit, because really, there’s nothing worse than seeing an old piece of wood on the street and thinking “DIY KITCHEN ISLAND!!!!!” every single time. Okay there actually are far worse things. And I admit to being one of those people who lives for using old repurposed dressers as a kitchen island, or using an old wrought iron gate and some wood as a console table. I really do. I love that shit. One of my favorite Etsy stores is RecycledBrooklyn. I subscribe to Martha Stewart both online and in print. I’m not joking.
But seriously, I can’t spend 10 hours a day “pinning” and not living, ya dig?
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So anyway, sometimes, when I actually go wandering around on Pinterest unsupervised, I find things and I’m simultaneously blown away by my own unoriginality, stupidity & lack of imagination and inspired to go buy spray paint, chalkboard labels and old milk crates. I (quite literally, at times) smack myself in the head and think “Why the HELL haven’t I thought of this?!” I mean, you’re talking to someone whose been cutting & dying her own hair for years, pierced her own navel once, has been decoupaging since birth and has made purses out of jeans. And yet I feel inferior when I go on Pinterest.
The little D.I.Y. project I’m showing you today is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?!” ideas. An idea I should’ve thought of, especially with my obsession for all things vintage/candy store/ice cream shoppe/general store/etc.
I know. You’re thinking it too. It’s such a simple concept, it’s almost insane that I never came up with it myself. My house is packed with jars. I use jars for everything! I GO TO HOME DEPOT TO BUY PAINT AND STUFF FOR FUN! Why did I not think of this!? They’re adorable for storing candy, gum, tea, Q-tips, cotton balls, beads, buttons, just about anything really. And they just look really cute!
Alright, so, here’s what you do:
- You get yourself some jars; they can be any size, any shape you want. If they don’t have a one-piece lid (i.e. Ball or Kerr canning jars), then you’ll have to use epoxy or Krazy Glue to glue the two-piece lid together. Let that dry overnight before continuing. If you’re using a Barilla/Bertolli/Ragu/Trader Joe’s/Mott’s jar like I did, then skip that ’cause your lids are one piece.
- Wash the jars out thoroughly. I like to make a bleach solution (especially for spaghetti sauce jars to ensure that there’s no smell of garlic or basil left): two parts water, one part bleach. I wash them with dishwashing detergent, lids too, and then let them soak in the bleach solution overnight. The labels should come off pretty easily after all that. However, there most likely will be some glue residue. For that, use Goo Gone, rubbing alcohol or even vinegar. Clean the jars thoroughly again after using any of those things, especially the Goo Gone!
- Get yourself some knobs. Unfinished wood, metal, whatever. The cheaper the better- you’re going to be painting them, so don’t buy fancy shmancy ones. Unless you plan on keeping the knob unpainted, which you can do, too, if you have a pretty crystal knob or something. But most people are just going to go the cheap route here, I assume…
- If you’re painting the knob along with the lid, then first you have to attach the knob to the lid. This is easy. Just drill a hole into the lid right in the center, and screw the knob on. You might need to use a washer to make it tight enough. Or you can go all ghetto style and just Krazy Glue it *shrugs* No judgement. It just won’t be as sturdy.
- Once that’s done (or your glue is dry, haha), you’ll be spray painting them! So you’re gonna need some paint. You can paint them with a brush if you want, just get a little can of enamel & a small brush. That’s fine. Or… you can get spray paint. The best color choices (to me) are silver, black or bronze. But if you’re super colorful, pink or blue or even white would look good too. You just might need primer or a few more coats for those, however. I think you can figure out how to spray paint them yourself, right? Okay, so do that and let it dry for 12-24 hours. Don’t rush it and get finger prints in the tacky paint, okay? Sheesh.
- Once they’re 100% dry, fill your jars with whatever you want… screw those lids on, and you’re all done! Voila! Apothecary jars! Candy jars! Whatever jars!
Obviously, if you’re using the fancy knobs, then drill the hole in the lid and paint it without attaching the knob. Then when it’s dry, attach the knob. Easy peasy.
Listen, I can hear what you’re thinking: “Is she kidding me? I can buy candy jars for less trouble.” Yeah, you can. And you can also be a total loser but I wouldn’t recommend that, either. You can buy them, sure, but they’ll cost more & it won’t be as impressive. See, if you buy them, when people ask you where you got them you can’t rub it in their faces & say, “Oh, I didn’t buy them, I made them.” People eat that shit up. Trust me. I make my own pickles, jams & barbecue sauce. Telling people you made something yourself always gets a reaction. You’ll feel like Martha Stewart.
And don’t fuck with me, here. Don’t tell me you have no time. If you have time to sit on Pinterest and “pin”, your lazy ass has time to get off the computer and MAKE something useful. Whether you were inspired on or off of Pinterest!