Painted Kitchen Storage Jars

Create this glass storage jar in the perfect colour to match your kitchen! All it takes is a plain jar, letter stickers and spray paint!

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

Tea is literally what keeps me going, English breakfast, strong and very little milk if you please. Obviously, loose leaf is best, but I drink so much that I save that for a mid afternoon treat, using tea bags the rest of the time.  I had been using a Yorkshire Tea metal caddy for my teabags for years, but the base was beginning to show signs of rust, so I knew it was time to replace it. I know most people would go for Tea, Coffee and Sugar, but I am a tea person and I don’t take sugar. Although I am considering making a biscuit barrel to match….

You will need:

-Plain glass jar, either bought or recycled. Mine were from Sostrene Grene

Letter Stickers*

Spray paint*

Clear spray sealer*

-Masking tape

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*This project contains some affiliate links. This means that I earn a small fee if you buy a product using that link. I will only ever link to a product that I have used and personally recommend*

How to:

1.Give your storage jar a really good wash to remove any grease or marks on the surface and dry thoroughly. To help keep your letters straight, apply a line of masking tape to use as a guide.

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

2.Apply the letters as neatly as you can.Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

3.Once you are happy the letters are all in the correct position, firmly rub them down.

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

4.Remove the masking tape guide, remove the lid and stick a fresh piece of masking tape around the top- we don’t want any paint affecting the lid attaching. I also scrunched up some paper inside the jar, just in case I got a bit too happy with the spray paint!

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5.Making sure you are working  in a well ventilated area and that the surrounding space is covered, spray a thin layer of paint. Concentrate on the bottom of the jar, and it will naturally fade out towards the top, creating the ombre effect! Be careful not to apply a thick layer- the paint will run and leave drip marks.

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

6.Leave this layer to dry as per the manufacturers instructions, before applying a second thin coat.

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

7.Leave to dry completely befroe carefully removing the letters. My letter stickers were a few years old (how have I got so many craft supplies, how?) and I think they had lost a bit of their ‘sticking power’! becasue of this, the edges weren’t totally defined, and a tiny bitof paint had seeped under the edges. Ah well. Optional: to protect the finish, spray a layer of clear sealer over the top. Remove all the masking tape and paper and they are ready to use!

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

I also used a smaller jar to make one for my decaffeinated tea bags!

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY

Despite the slightly fuzzy edges, I am really happy with how the storage jar looks! And it really brightens up my kitchen.

If you have a go at making this painted storage jar DIY, or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook! And if you don’t want to miss out on any future tutorials, I’d love for you to sign up to my monthly email! Happy Making!

Painted Kitchen Storage Jar DIY


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2 thoughts on “Painted Kitchen Storage Jars

    • May 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Claire! It’s amazing how adding a bit of colour has brightened up my counter top!


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