Please Contain Yourself!

I love those nice little clear jar collections you can see in stores and on blogs. Unfortunately, I don’t have shelves worth of perfectly matched jars and lids. I think that would cost a pretty penny to get, so I like using old jelly jars and a few apothecary jars and maybe even an old mixed nuts plastic jar. Lots of clear jars out there.

But they don’t match. And matching matters.

So I decided to use chalkboard paint to create matching labels on every jar. It makes a collection of random junk look pretty and pulled together, and it let’s you label and relabel your jars every time you fill one up.  It’s a pretty easy process, though it takes a lot of hands off time, and I think you can easily do this on Saturday morning. ガンバッテ Ganbatte!


Chalkboard paint, foam brush, rags/ paper towels, and protection for the work surface.

Prep Work:

If you have a jar with a gummy label on it (so, the labels that are like a sticker) you can wash that off in the sink with hot water and soap, and scrape it off with your nails to get big chunks off. Use the scrubby end of the sponge to get the leftover gum paste off.


Step One

First you tape off the area you’ll want to label. In the picture I chose the area that had a printed label I couldn’t wash off. Makes sense, right?


Here is the first coat of chalkboard paint. The directions said to wait an hour between the two coats, and I found that when I caved and tried to reapply earlier it ended up scratching the drying paint off! I found the brushing from side to side, instead of up and down, also worked best.


When the second coat of paint is still wet, you’ll have to remove your paint. I found the the paint would stretch or crack if I just ripped off the tape, so I held a small razor at the end of the tape and pulled the tape away from it, a lot like holding your nail at the base of a perforated page to make it come off cleanly.


You’ll need to drag a piece of chalk lightly against the paint and erase it again to ‘cure’ the paint before you write on your label. Now you’ve got a beautiful collection of ‘matched’ jars! Just be sure you store things that are guest safe in here, and keep any ‘unmentionables’ in opaque containers.

I added these jars to the top of a little cupboard hanging in our new budget remodeled bathroom. It’s almost a finished room, and when it’s done I’ll be sure to share more how-tos on how we redid the whole bath for under $400, including paint and a new floor!

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