With all the big projects going on in the basement, like cork floors and installing baseboard, I was craving a quick pick-me-up decor project. I am starting to make and collect decorative accessories for the basement. We are getting so close to furnishing the basement and I want to be ready to style it up!
Since I like some of the less conventional colors for decorating, I always have a hard time finding accessories I like. Over the years I have learned it is easier to make my own or tweak items to get the right color. For this project I started out with two mis-matched glass canisters and used paint to make them a cute set.
I found the larger jar with aluminum lid at HomeGoods for $8. I loved the unique shape of the lid. Then I found the little glass jar with glass lid at Goodwill for $2. Again, loved the shape of the lid. It was very similar to the aluminum lid on the other jar. So, this was the start of my little project.
For the small jar I really wanted to try back painted glass. It is just what it sounds like…painting on the back of the glass so the color shows through the glass. After a good cleaning, I started the process by putting a dollop of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the jar. I used my favorite AS Chalk Paint color, Provence.
I slowly swirled the paint around the jar to coat the inside. I used a foam brush to help spread the paint at the end.
While the jar rested upside down to let the excess paint drip out, I tackled the glass lid. I used the foam brush to paint the inside of the lid where is was recessed. I left the rim paint free. There were slight brushstrokes from the foam brush, but they aren’t noticeable from the other side through the thick glass.
With the small jar drying, I moved onto the aluminum lid. While spray paint might have given me a smoother look, I won’t use spray paint indoors, meaning I am on a 6 month hiatus each winter. Instead I painted the lid in the same color chalk paint. Chalk paint is pretty forgiving with brush strokes once it dries. I used two coats to get good coverage. Once the paint dried, I brushed on one coat of polycrylic in gloss finish.
I adore these jars now! They make such a cute set.
The detail on the cut glass of the small jar is so beautiful. I think the design is more apparent with the color behind it. The jar will just be decorative. With the painted inside it would not be good to use for any liquids. It might be okay for holding dry stuff, but I am totally okay with it just being pretty to look at. Plus, I have the bigger glass jar for storage.
And, before I go, how perfect are these jars with my new decorative book boxes? I fell in love with them when I recommended them for a client’s foyer. They are normally about $50 for the set on Wayfair. I spotted them on a shelf at HomeGoods yesterday and almost knocked another lady over getting to them (oops…I apologized). They were selling them each individually, but I grabbed all three. My HomeGoods price for all three was $24!!!
I am planning to use lots navy, aqua, chartreuse, and yellow in the basement. Accessories are hard to come by in those colors. I see more back painted glass projects in my future!