Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We Can Do It Cheaper - Faking The Vintage Jar

The Virginia House

Who loves vintage blue mason jars? Raise your hand! (for all who can't see me, both my hands are in the air and I'm typing with my toes)

So I've been wanting some but haven't been able to get to any junk/flea or antique places to pick any up at a reasonable price. Though they are readily available on Etsy and Ebay, I haven't wanted to spend that kind of money on a jar.

Here is a real one from Etsy. Great isn't it!

After seeing how many on bloggy land had started "painting" jars with a mixture of Modge Podge and food coloring, I decided to give it a whirl.

I failed to take more pictures of them. Miserably failed.
I picked up a "Ball" mason jar at Hobby Lobby for about $1 and then just used some jars I had around the house. I mixed up my M.P. with my food coloring (I used the kind in little jars that you use to color icing) and kept mixing and painting on the jars till I got a color I somewhat liked. Next time I won't do them quite so blue. Anyhoo, if you don't like the color the first time, let it dry then do it again! Try to brush on your "paint" in nice even strokes so that your jars aren't too milky looking.
This is a really fun project and so easy and cheap! You can even paint the lid with a flat gray to give it more of a vintage feel. So if'n you're desiring some of them old jars but don't have the time or money... here ya go!

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Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Awesome! I must try that. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had something to link up...I have been a slacker the last few weeks.;)

Between You and Me said...

thank you, thank you, thank you for this brilliant idea. i've wanted them for so long and can't seem to find them.

ahhhhh. i'm so happy with this post.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Fabulous, they look wonderful!

Cindy said...

Hey Jillian, I really like that idea, I am going to try it! I have some old jars that would look even older and better if they were turquoise!
Thanks, Cindy S