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Comparison | Painting Mason Jars

Painting-Mason-JarsMason jars are very trendy lately, and painting them has been catching on as well. But they aren’t the easiest surface to work with…how do you know what to use? I decided to buy a box of pint mason jars, experiment with various paint mediums, and share the results with Craft Critique’s readers to find out!

After experimenting over the course of doing this project, I learned a few tips that help to improve the results when painting mason jars.

The first thing I learned was that priming the jars can help with both the application and the final appearance of the paint if you are using an opaque paint (obviously for a transparent color, the priming would show). I used Krylon ColorMaster Primer in White to prime most of the jars that I painted below, placing them upside down on a scrap piece of 1×2 and standing outside to spray them. Then I propped the 1×2 against the side of my desk while the jar dried. One coat of primer was sufficient to provide a base for painting over. Continue Reading →

Review | Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating & Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint

I admit I have a slight chalkboard paint obsession, I personally think chalkboard paint is one of the coolest ideas ever (the other being glow in the dark paint). I had heard wonderful things about clear chalkboard paint but I was skeptical that there was any way it could work as well as regular chalkboard paint. But I was willing to give it a try, so I was extremely excited when the Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating arrived in the mail.

chalkboardCoating2Reading the front of the bottle, it states “Transform everyday surfaces into a chalkboard” which gave me a great idea. My son just started Preschool and he wanted a red lunch box with Spider-Man on it. I looked everywhere for a red lunch box with Spider-Man and had no luck – I found every color but red. Finally I gave up, and decided to transform an old red cooler lunch box I had and make it into a Chalkboard Spider-Man Lunchbox. I also had several other projects in mind with the chalkboard paint. Continue Reading →