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upcycling spaghetti jars


I have seen this idea on Pinterest and know there are a ton of tutorials out there so I will keep the chit chat to a minimum today.


I love nothing more than taking something doomed for the trash heap and turning it into something useful and pretty (I think).  It’s such a feeling of satisfaction.

This is such an easy project and takes all of one hour (50 minutes of that is from a cycle in the dishwasher).

To start, I grabbed an empty spaghetti jar, washed it then removed the label.  This is the hardest part of this project, as those &*%#$ labels are glued onto the jar with super-human adhesive.


See what I mean?  You will have some goo left on your jar so grab your Goo Gone, squeeze some on a paper towel and be amazed.  (I do not know what is in this stuff, nor do I really want to, but it’s the greatest invention!)


Five minutes later and I had a sparkly clean jar!


Next I spray painted the lid with black spray paint.


Then I drilled a hole in the center of the lid and inserted a small screw.



For the “handle” I used my son’s old dresser knobs and also gave them a quick squirt of black paint.  They came with his IKEA Hemnes dresser and I recently replaced them.


Now you simply attach the knob to the jar and you should have this


Now just put it all together and here you have your upcycled spaghetti jar


To fancy mine up a little I added some jute rope and a chalkboard label I purchased from Hobby Lobby.


(No, I didn’t spell coffee wrong, I’m married to a German!) :-)

I also attempted to create a mercury glass look on one jar using Looking Glass spray paint+black spray paint.  Tutorial coming soon!


I love how they turned out and especially love upcycling “trash.”


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CRAIGSLIST Makeover: using chalk paint

We have a huge empty space in between our living room couches and my dream purchase would be something like this from Restoration Hardware to fill up the space:

RH table

These tables start at $995 on sale!  Not gonna happen in my world.  So my craigslist scouring began and I kept coming back to round oak clawfoot tables (I guess everyone is trying get rid of these as there are a TON for sale).  My husband thought I had completely lost my mind when I told him I was going to purchase one.  Honestly, I thought I had lost my mind too!

So I took the plunge and purchased one for $60.  The sweet woman I bought the table from threw in two chairs for free (more on those in a minute). 

I forgot to take a before shot, but this set is pretty much identical to what I purchased:


I might have mentioned this before, but I am pretty impatient when it comes to projects.  I am great at starting them, but finishing is another matter.  So, when I found out about chalk paint I was hooked!  You do NOT have to prime or sand your wood furniture beforehand.  You just slap it on, wax it, buff it and you’re done!

I bought a sample jar of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen from Perfectly Imperfect.  A 4 oz jar only costs $11.95 and I painted the entire table with it and still had some left over!


french linen

Source:  Perfectly Imperfect

You also need wax to permanently bond the paint to your piece of furniture so I picked up both the clear and dark waxes.  I wanted the dark wax to bring out the details and lines of my piece and to also add some character.








Once my paint and waxes arrived I have to admit I was a little nervous.  But, my motto is “it’s just paint!”  So I painted the entire piece and let it dry overnight.  Next I applied the clear wax, let it sit for about 1 1/2 hours then buffed it to a satin shine.  After that, I added the dark wax in places I wanted to add that “extra something.”  So after two days, this is how my table turned out:



Again, here is the BEFORE:


And the AFTER:


And just for fun, a side by side comparison of RH and mine:

RH table table2

I used chalk paint in Provence on the two free chairs I got and this is how those turned out:


















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