Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Metal Jar Makeover


I bought this metal jar years ago, I loved it's shape and it made a great vase for light colored flowers. However as my decor changed from dark wood furniture and a darker color palette to lighter colors and painted white furniture, the dark jar just didn't fit in so it was temporarily banned to storage. However, I was confident that I would eventually find a use for it.

As I was doing some spring cleaning a few months ago, I rediscovered my jar. I loved its unique shape and saw its potential. Since my new new color includes lots of white and lighter colors, accented with turquoise, what else could I do? I decide to paint it of course. So I pulled out my stash of DecoArt Patio Paints and found the perfect beautiful teal color, Light Eucalyptus Green, that I knew would revive the jar and give it new life.

First, using a candle, I rubbed it over the raised parts of the surface that I wanted to highlight. Next, I painted it with a single coat of paint, then lightly sanded over those same areas that I had rubbed with the candle. This brought out just enough of the old color to give it the distressed look that I love.

I think it looks very centsible chic, don't you? It made the perfect accent for my new redesigned kitchen shelves and nicely contrasted the whites of my displayed dishware.


  1. Oooohhh, I absolutely positively LOVE this!!! I have a couple of planting containers...ugly old brass...I think I might borrow your idea...with the appropriate copy-cat credit, of course...! Smitten!

    Deborah ♥ (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com/... hope you’ll drop by and say hi!)

  2. Beautiful redo on the jar! I think you've improved it by a lot! ~~Rhonda