Chalk paint mason jar planters for spring.

small mason jars painted in pastel colors and planted with wheatgrass on a windowsillSo what do you do if you’re in the middle of packing up your house to move 700 miles away? Well, if you’re me, you get your craft on and make chalk paint mason jar planters. I was planning on doing this craft long before we knew that we were going to move, and painting is therapeutic for me when I’m stressed, so one afternoon I pulled out my paints and a few mason jars and did this fun and easy craft. I enjoyed myself but the hubs thought I was nuts, which is nothing new. ūüėČ

The idea behind this simple DIY was to use pastel chalk paint and live greenery to add a bit of spring to my new kitchen. I had to tweak my original idea, but I love how they turned out.

4 small mason jars with lids, chalk paint and craft paint brush on towel

You can’t get any easier than slapping a couple of coats of chalk paint on mason jars. There was no prep involved but I did use a bottle to make it easier to paint each jar, and I also toned down the green and pink chalk paint with a bit of white.

painting small mason jars with pastel chalk paint

Once they were dry, I lightly rubbed a buffing pad over each jar to smooth out some of the brush marks. Then I took a piece of course sandpaper and sanded the high spots to bring out the words and designs.

sanding 3 small mason jars painted in pastel paint colors

Next, it was time to play in the dirt. I was going to plant a few seeds in my jars but ran out of time, so I went for wheatgrass instead, with its bright green color. Perfect for spring.

wheatgrass cut in half with large kitchen knife and 3 pastel painted mason jars

Each jar got a handful of potting soil and a clump of grass.

A big bag of potting soil with 3 pastel painted mason jars that have wheatgrass planted in them

After a little haircut, they were ready for their spot on the windowsill.

3 pastel colored painted mason jars with wheatgrass planted in them sitting on a windowsill

I loved the spring color but something was missing, besides the fact that their haircut was a little too perfect. Oops.

One thing about wheatgrass is that it grows quickly so their uniform haircut only lasted a day before it started growing out.

3 pastel painted mason jars with wheatgrass planted in them and supplies to make tags

Besides the new growth, I thought the addition of a spring tag to each jar would finish it off. I had the tags in my stash but when I found these cute bumblebees and butterflies, I could hardly wait for the glue to dry so I could tie them on.

A green painted mason jar with wheatgrass planted in it and DIY tag tied around it, with 2 more mason jars in the distance

Just what they needed, don’t you think?

A green painted mason jar with wheatgrass planted in it and DIY tag tied around it

3 pastel painted mason jars planted with wheatgrass and sitting on a windowsill above a kitchen sink

I won’t get to enjoy them in my new kitchen for as long as I’d hoped, but I can always recreate them in my new home.

Hope you have a great week!

Check out some other spring posts.

5 ways to refresh your home and get it ready for spring. | chatfieldcourt.com5 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

Make this easy DIY spring wreath for your front door. | chatfieldcourt.com Easy Spring Wreath

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I know I haven’t been around much since the holidays but I’ve still been busy behind the scenes doing projects. To be honest, I’ve felt a bit off lately and, as a result, I’ve not been posting regularly but I’m hoping that the fog will lift soon so I’ll be able to get back to a regular routine. All is not lost. When I’m feeling like this I usually paint up a storm, as you can tell from my last 3 projects.

Giving a media cabinet a makeover, for the second time, using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.com

A few weeks ago I painted the back door, for the third time, last weekend I gave the front door a refresh, for the second time, and my latest victim was the media cabinet in the living room, also for the second time.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and brass hardware transform a vintage dresser turned media cabinet. | chatfieldcourt.com

I bought this dresser 2 years ago to use it as our media cabinet. It was a putty color and I just wasn’t feeling it with the gray walls and the couch. After a lot of debate about color, I painted it with BM Hale Navy and removed a drawer so we could access the cable box.  I also added new brass hardware that finished off this piece perfectly.

Instant media cabinet. So easy to do!

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and brass hardware transform a media cabinet. | chatfieldcourt.com

While I loved the navy, it just made this side of the room look dark. Since paint is such an easy and inexpensive way to a change to a room, I decided to use leftover paint to give it a makeover.

Wow, not only has the paint color changed but so has my photography and picture styling, hopefully for the better. Anyway, this former dresser turned media cabinet is a beast to move so the living room was a mess for a few days while I worked on it. This isn’t a difficult job but it did take a few days to do the usual steps…sand, prime and paint.

Using leftover Benjamin Moore White Dove and inexpensive cup pulls from Lowes to give a media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.com

I think that’s why I gravitate toward this kind of activity when I’m not feeling like myself. It’s easy, repetitive and not a lot of thinking is involved. Well, you do have to decide on paint color, which can be a bit daunting, but the rest is easy.

Using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes to give a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.com

I used the leftover paint from the kitchen cabinets, BM White Dove, and added a few cup drawer pulls that I picked up at Lowes.

Using Benjamin Moore White Dove to give a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.com

I love the color change but the pulls make it for me. They are awesome!

Giving a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.com

I love the new color! It really brightens up this side of the room, and it needs all the help it can get. 

Giving a media cabinet a makeover using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.com

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Yes, yes we still have projects to do in the kitchen but a girl’s gotta have some fun once in a while…right? Well, I wouldn’t say that doing a front door refresh is a fun time but I do enjoy painting and the door was in need of a little love, so I grabbed my supplies and had a little painting party over the weekend.

front door refresh

I know that I just showed you the same paint on the back door but I’ve been on a painting frenzy lately (wait until you see what else I painted…again), and the front door has a different painting technique from the back, so you’re getting two for the price of one. Actually, you’re getting this for free so you’re welcome. ūüėČ

front door refresh

Ok, on to the front door refresh.

I painted both the outside and the inside of the front door when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago, with BM Blue Lake. I still love the color but wanted a bit of a change for the inside of the door, and something that matched better with the back door, so I painted it the same color, BM Wrought Iron.

front door refresh

When I painted it the first time I used white paint and FrogTape to add “faux molding” to an otherwise plain, flat door. For this refresh I wanted to keep the “molding” and just paint over the blue, so I decided to tape over the white. I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, actually I thought that I would totally mess it up, so I did a test and taped off the top box first to see what happened.

front door refresh

First I taped the white of the box using FrogTape. Then I ran the smooth handle of a screwdriver over all of the edges, making sure they were flat, so that no paint would slip under and onto the white. After I gave the door a good sanding and wipe down, I took my paint brush, starting on the tape, and painted out away from the tape, both inside and outside the box. You never want to paint in towards the tape.

front door refresh

Two quick coats and I removed the tape. The “molding” made it through, crisp lines and all, so I taped off the bottom box and finished painting. The boxes actually took longer to tape than the door took to paint, but they looked as good as they did when I painted them the first time.

front door refresh

front door refresh

I was a little nervous about using such a dark color in this corner of the room but I love it. Isn’t it amazing how a little paint can make such a huge change in a room?

front door refresh

We also made a few updates and changed the light above the door. It’s a tough spot for a light because, with the door clearance and that funky ledge, it has to be a certain size. I love this one I found this one at a thrift store for $20. It’s a really heavy light and I thought that it could be solid brass. After a little research, using the tag on the back of the light, I found out that it is solid brass and usually sells for $950. Woohoo, I got the deal of the century!

front door refresh

Thankfully we only have 2 doors in the house so this will be my last door refresh…until we hang the thrifted one on the back of the house. My paintbrush is on standby. ūüėČ

Do you ever start painting things and find it difficult to stop or am I in a class all by myself?

 

 

See how I created the “faux molding” when I painted the door the first time.

front door molding

Add “Faux Molding” to a Plain Front Door

 

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Sometimes real life gets in the way and that’s exactly what’s been happening here.

Painting a small kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl on the walls and BM Wrought Iron on the door. | chatfieldcourt.comI was really, really hoping that this post would be a kitchen reveal but no such luck. December and¬†January turned out to be a bust, as far as the kitchen renovation goes. Right after the New Year the hubs’¬†truck broke down and the week after that mine went,¬†which meant he spent¬†3¬†weekends in a row¬†in the cold garage fixing our cars instead of working in the kitchen. The weekend after both cars were fixed, our youngest daughter was¬†in a horrible car accident. All is well now but that terrible weekend was spent on the phone, the kitchen far from our minds.¬†With all of that going on, plus the holidays,¬†we were never able to get to the bigger projects that are left on the list.

Before we painted our kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. | chatfieldcourt.com

Even though we had no time on the weekends to work on the big stuff, I was able to finish up¬†a few painting projects¬†on my own. We have two walls in our small space and I finally finished painting them. It wasn’t like it took me long to paint but it did take forever for me to decide on a color. In the end I went with BM Gray Owl, at 50%, the same color that’s in the living room and back hallway.

Painting a small kitchen with Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron and Gray Owl. | chatfieldcourt.comI also gave the back door a fresh coat of paint, BM Wrought Iron. It’s not black but a pretty dark gray and¬†I love it. You can clearly see that¬†the lighter gray of the door did not go¬†with the Gray Owl on the walls and I couldn’t paint over it fast enough.

Painting a kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl on the walls. | chatfieldcourt.com

Finn was warming himself in the sun and would not budge. He must have been cold because he usually turns away from me as soon as I pick up my camera.

I’ve painted this door 3 times and¬†this one will be my last.¬†I¬†found a beautiful wooden door at ReStore for $8 and I’m¬†hoping that I’ll be able to get the mister to hang it for me in the spring. It will take some convincing but I’m up for the challenge.

Painting a small kitchen with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl on the walls. | chatfieldcourt.com

My magnolia wreath is still hanging from Christmas and, even though the leaves have dried, it still looks beautiful.

Kitchen back door painted with Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron. | chatfieldcourt.comI’m trying to share pictures of the painted walls without giving you a complete reveal¬†but it’s¬†not an easy task when your kitchen is as small as mine.

A small galley kitchen painted with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. | chatfieldcourt.comJust a few more projects and I’ll be able to show you every inch. On the list is the installation of the recessed lights, painting the ceiling, painting the cabinet kicks and adding 3 cabinet doors (that are on order). Hopefully February will be¬†a more productive month.

Have you been able to finish any projects since the holidays?

Here’s a few other projects that we’ve done in the kitchen.

Turning a thrifted vintage mirror into a chalkboard for my kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

Vintage Mirror to Kitchen Chalkboard

Lighting ideas for a small galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

Kitchen Lighting Ideas

 

 

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Happy Friday my friends! It’s been a quick week here with lots going on in the kitchen. I have more updates to share, but I wanted to give you a break from all of the kitchen projects I’ve been posting¬†lately, so I thought I’d just share some other happenings going on…like fresh tomatoes, spray paint and all night flea markets.

Fresh garden tomatoes. | chatfieldcourt.com

We¬†had a cool and somewhat wet¬†start to summer in Illinois this year, and it’s greatly affected¬†our garden. We’ve been running a few weeks behind but we finally¬†have some tomatoes that are ready to be eaten. The cherry tomatoes are abundant and so sweet and delicious while¬†the big tomatoes have struggled to grow, but we are enjoying every one that we are able to pick.

Fresh garden tomatoes and a robin's egg blue stool. | chatfieldcourt.comThe stool that the tomatoes sit on was a recent $5 garage sale find and it’s, hands down, my most favorite thing right now. It was a lovely shade of green but I wanted to put it in my new kitchen so I could sit and talk to my husband when he’s fixing dinner (yes ladies, he’s not only handy but he likes to cook¬†too ūüėČ ), so I painted it¬†in¬†this pretty shade of robin’s egg blue. Love it!

A $5 garage sale find painted a pretty shade of robin's egg blue. | chatfieldcourt.comThe wall in this picture is one of the very last ones to get painted (which I’m in the middle of right now). When we moved into this house, every wall was painted in this pinky beige flat wall color. It marks up if you just touch it and forget about wiping it off. I’m so glad to see it go.

A $5 garage sale find painted a pretty shade of robin's egg blue. | chatfieldcourt.comLast weekend we went to an all night flea market, a first for both of us. It opened at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon and went all the way until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Crazy, I know. We ended up going around 7 p.m. and it was already crowded, and not at all what I was expecting. I saw a few things that I liked, like these cool vintage pulleys, but the prices were outrageous. The only thing I ended up buying was an oil painting for $2. It was a bit disappointing but it was fun to look around.

Vintage pulleys at the flea market | chatfieldcourt.comThere was fair type food, music, celebrities and lots of vendors. I go to a flea market to look at vintage items but there were a lot of vendors selling things you’d find in a dollar store. Nothing wrong with that, if that’s what you’re looking for, but it’s not for me. One of the vendors had this cute little vintage camper that she lives in. She even let me take a peek inside. It was tiny but so adorable.

Flea market | chatfieldcourt.com

Flea market | chatfieldcourt.comWe hit every vendor (I peruse very quickly) and walked out the gates at around 9. The lines to get in were outrageous, hundreds of people, and a lot of them were complaining that they had to wait 2 hours to get in. No thank you!

That’s what’s been happening around here lately, between all the projects in the kitchen.

What have you been up to lately? Have you ever been to an all night flea market?

I share a lot of what’s happening around here on Instagram. I’d love to have you¬†follow along.

My latest project is a DIY mason jar lamp. Have you checked it out yet?

Tutorial on making a DIY mason jar lamp with mirror effect spray and a lamp kit. | chatfieldcourt.com

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On Monday, I shared the first pics of my painted kitchen cabinets on the stove wall. It took me a long time to get them from dark, reddish cabinets to the creamy white they are today. I’ve learned a few things along the way so I thought I’d share them with you.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

I painted my builder grade bathroom vanity 2 years ago but I’ve never painted kitchen cabinets before and, let me tell you, it’s one tough job.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

There are so many tutorials online on painting kitchen cabinets, but I thought I’d just quickly skim through a few steps and share some tips.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

The first thing I did was to remove the cabinet doors and drawers on the stove wall. As I removed each door, I took it into the basement and removed the hardware and hinges. I put that one door’s hardware in a labeled sandwich bag (with a location and number) and zipped it up. That same number was also put in the hinge holes of the door, because they would not be painted.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.comTips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.comOnce all of my doors were removed and numbered, I used a high grit sandpaper and sanded the front and back of each. Then I used a mixture of TSP and warm water to thoroughly wipe down the door to remove the dust from sanding and grease from cooking.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

Once dry, I primed one side, waited for that to dry, lightly sanded, wiped it down to remove the dust, and applied one coat of paint using BM White Dove. In the end, each side of the cabinet door received 1 coat of primer, 3 coats of paint and lots of sanding in between.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

A quick note about primer…because I have used this paint before, I knew that it took several coats to cover well so, hoping to cut out at least one extra coat, I got my primer tinted in the same color as my paint. It doesn’t cost extra and I didn’t have to worry about covering up a bright white color.

Some online tutorials state that you don’t need to sand between coats, but I’m not taking any chances that the finish on my newly painted cabinets doesn’t last. I’d rather do the job right the first time so I don’t have to redo it in a year. Hopefully my diligence pays off and, if it doesn’t, you’ll be the first to know. ūüėČ

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

I didn’t use any special painting techniques, just a brush to paint the inset panels, working carefully to not spread my paint too thin but not letting it puddle. Then I used a small roller to cover everything else. I let that dry for at least 24 hours (usually longer) and then I would lightly sand, wipe away the dust and paint again…X3.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

Painting the cabinets was a much easier task. I followed the same steps with sanding, cleaning, priming, sanding and painting, but I had to add a step of filling staple holes with wood putty and sanding once dry, something that I didn’t have to do with the doors and drawers. Have I told you how much I love to sand (she says as she rolls her eyes)?

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

The results were a beautiful and smooth finish. I believe that the paint I’m using is really the reason why, Benjamin Moore Advance White Dove in a satin finish. It bills itself as a paint that “offers the application and performance of oil based paint”, but cleans up with soap and water. It does take a little longer to dry and cure, but the finish of it is beautiful. BTW, this is not a sponsored post and I paid for my own paint, which is a bit pricey, but I love the finish and durability I get with it. I’ve used it on all of my trim and doors, as well as my bathroom vanity, which gets bumped a lot in our small bathroom, so I know it really holds up.

Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets | chatfieldcourt.com

We may have the stove wall cabinets done and looking good but the cabinets by the sink are calling my name. If you need me, I’ll be in the basement sanding and painting.

Have you ever painted your kitchen cabinets? Any tips you care to share?

Easy to do tips and tricks for painting kitchen cabinets. | chatfieldcourt.com

 

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