Mason Jar School Supply Storage DIY

I’ve always had an affinity for using mason jars for storage solutions. There were always plenty of mason jars around while I was growing up and they are wonderfully useful!

I’ve been re-doing our school room this summer, and I wanted to figure out a way to use some mason jars for organizing school supplies. I’ve always grabbed a jar or mug to hold various pens, pencils, markers, etc. The cute mason jar caddy and crate options that I found online were on the pricy side, and not quite what I was looking for. I found a few blog posts from people who had put together their own solution, and decided to try it myself.

The supplies came from Walmart and the local hardware store.

  • Wooden Crate
  • Pint Mason Jars
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Sea Glass Spray Paint

I picked up the crate and the jars at the same store to make sure that I could comfortably fit four jars in the crate. Once I got home, I removed the lids from the jars and spray painted them with the sea glass spray paint. Since I have a sort of “ocean” vibe going on in our school room, the sea glass look appealed to me. I did a few thin coats, and I quite like how they turned out. I don’t know that you could wash the jars without some of the finish coming off, but since these will only be for storing school supplies, it wasn’t an issue for me.

I borrowed a small paintbrush from the kids’ are supplies and put two coats of the white acrylic on the crate. It still looks a bit uneven, but I’m calling it a “weathered” finish. (It will definitely look weathered by next summer!) Then everything dried overnight.

I grabbed markers, pencils, and twistable colored pencils to store in this particular crate. I’ll definitely be making a second one though! Who knew how much room all of those school supplies took up?

What sorts of neat uses do you have for mason jars? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

DIY Filing Cabinet Upgrade

Red Green might call duct tape the handyman’s secret weapon, but spray paint is definitely the DIY decorator’s secret weapon! A couple of cans of spray paint can transform just about anything. There’s not much that I haven’t tried spray painting, and I’m usually quite happy with the results.

My latest spray paint project was a 2-drawer filing cabinet. It all started when I came across the cute filing cabinets by Poppin. I love the combination of white and a bright pop of color for the drawers! But… I don’t need a new filing cabinet, and at $250 for the cute Poppin version…

Krylon to the rescue! I used spray primer leftover from a previous project. As you can see from the photo, this isn’t the first time that I’ve spray-painted this particular filing cabinet…

It looks pretty rough at this point, but don’t panic! Spray painting takes a lot of coats. Many light coats works better than trying to use just one or two heavy coats. My boys helped me decide which color to use for the drawer fronts, and I think they picked a good one…

I realized at this point that I should have bought an extra can of white because the coverage would have evened out a little better with another coat or two. (I should know by now that it always takes more paint than I think it will!) Even so, now that it’s inside and next to my desk, any unevenness in the white isn’t horribly noticeable. There is a drip on the bottom that I could have sanded out once dry and fixed. Since you’ll only see it if you’re on the floor looking right at the filing cabinet, I opted to let it go.

So, for the cost of a couple of cans of spray paint, I have a cute filing cabinet that matches our school/office/dining room’s new color scheme!

I used Krylon spray paint for this project, but I’ve use Rustoleum in the past as well with good results. Pick whichever one has the color and finish that you’re looking for. (If you buy the 99 cent cans of paint, keep in mind that you’re getting what you pay for in this case…) Here are a few tips to get you started with your own spray paint transformation!

  • Use several light coats as opposed to a heavy one.
  • Paint outside on a good day, preferably with little to no breeze.
  • If there is rust or a shiny finish, use some steel wool or sandpaper before priming.
  • You can skip the primer, but it’s helpful when covering a dark color with a lighter one, on unfinished wood, or when you have a surface that the paint needs a little extra help “gripping”. When in doubt, prime first.
  • Buy an extra can or two of paint because it always takes more than you expect…
  • Follow the directions for re-coating and then let the finished product sit for at least a day so that the paint really has a chance to harden before setting anything in/on it.

What cool projects have you used spray paint for?

Oh, check out what I found in said filing cabinet:

Cleaning out the file drawer and I realized that I’m a bit of a fangirl… #wellplannedgal

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