DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars

Mason jars are probably one of my favorite things ever. Think about it, what other one thing can hold summers best produce ready for winter eating, your favorite drink hot or cold or display that beautiful bouquet or help present a lovely gift? The Mason jar is just about as versatile a you can get! And here’s one more incarnation of those faithful jars. These painted jars are just a touch distressed to create a rustic look, perfect for all sorts of displays in your house.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars
Acrylic paint with a matte finish
Foam brush
Fine grit sand paper
Matte polyurethane spray (optional)

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint thin coats of onto the surface of the jar. You’ll need at least 3 coats, allowing each to dry completely before painting the next.

2. Once you have a thick coat of paint covering the whole surface, lightly sand the ridges of the words and thread of the jar. For a more distressed look you can also sand spots along the curves to remove just a little more paint. Your goal is to just take off enough paint for the glass to show through here and there.

3. If you are going to be using these jars outside, spray the jars lightly with a matte polyurethane spray to seal.

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