Tag Archives: upcycle

upcycling spaghetti jars

overlay

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.

b_a

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.

label_lefton

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!)

before_googone

Five minutes later and I had a sparkly clean jar!

after_googone

Next I spray painted the lid with black spray paint.

lids

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

lid_with_hole

lid_with_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.

knobs

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

lid_with_knob

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

finished

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

with_label

(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!

mercury_glass

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

overlay

signature_hugs_amy<<you might also like>>


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:

before_overlay

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!

photo

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.

wax

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

after_overlay

closeup

Again, here is the BEFORE:

before_overlay

And the AFTER:

after_overlay

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:

chairs_before

 

twochairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chair_top

 

hugs

you might also like