For my friend’s bridal shower I decided to paint a few mason jars. I knew she was considering using mason jars for her wedding centerpieces so I figured this would be a fun project and a great way to stick with the theme. My husband and I went to a farm auction and I had made a comment about my friend wanting to use mason jars. Well, I had walked away-probably to go warm up somewhere-and the jars started going to bid. By time I had realized this, my husband had already secured almost 200 jars. They were a mix of Ball and other brands of mason jars, as well as some plain small ones. All very useful and perfect for the project. I ended up painting just six for the bridal shower because I knew that would be enough for the guest tables.
I used “Sea Glass” spray paint that I already had and mixed up my own chalk paint for the gray jars. I mixed gray paint in eggshell finish, baking soda, and water. It worked pretty well. Then I used various things- a fine sanding block, a nail file, and my own nail to distress the jars. To finish off the jars I sprayed a clear matte enamel finish over them. I was unsure what I was going to put in the jars until I remembered I had a bunch of artificial white dahlias left over from my wedding!