Thursday, May 17, 2012

If you are one of the masses who has been waiting on the edge of your seats for the final installment of my Mini Personal Pinterest Challenge then you are in luck, my friend, it's here!  But let's be honest with ourselves, who hasn't been following this series with undivided attention?  It's true.  Admit it.

I have finished project number 3 of my MPPC, the spice jars with chalk board paint lids, and I could not be more tickled pink.  According to Pinterest, I have had this little idea pinned for a whopping 38 weeks.  Wow.  The original source for the idea comes from Amanda at Wit & Whistle.
loose tea storage chalkboard paint
As much as I loved the fancy jars from her post, I did not want to spend $5 per jar.  For some of you fancy pants folk, that may be in your budget, but it is most certainly not in mine.  I needed a less expensive option and that's when I realized baby food jars are only $0.50 each.  It doesn't take a math whiz to figure out that at a $4.50 savings per jar on about 20 jars...that's quite a savings! 

I don't know about you, but the spice jars I buy at the store tend to get quite messy in the cabinet. 

Let's rock and roll into the details.  Having had the baby food jars for a while...I fully admit that they've been sitting around in a box for 6 months...don't judge me...I had already cleaned all the jars and used Goo Gone to clean off the label sticky gook.  That was a huge help in making the project get off the ground quickly last weekend.    
All you need are baby food jars, primer and chalk board paint.
This is going to sound weird, but I just so happened to have a quart of chalk board paint on hand from a kitchen project I've had on ice for a while.  I wish I had had a can of chalk board SPRAY paint instead.  That would have been even better.  If I were to change one thing about this project it would be to use spray chalk board paint instead of brush on paint for little items like the lids.  Sis helped me paint them and our hands got quite messy.

This project actually went really quickly.  I just spread the lids out on a drop cloth in the back yard, primed them, and then took them inside to put on three coats of chalk board paint.  That's it.  Another simple success.  The longest part of this project was waiting the 2-3 days for the paint to cure before I could write on the lids.  Check out the pictures below for a step by step guide.
Spread out and spray the lids with primer.
These are the primed lids before Sis helped me paint them.
See the messy hands? This would have been
much better with  spray paint.
Painted lids waiting to cure.
All done! They stack so nicely. LOVE!
Simple as that!  The last step is to move all of your spices into the new jars.  One challenge I didn't expect was figuring out how to write with chalk on that small of a space.  The trick is...wait for it...write very lightly. Sounds logical, right?  The harder you write, the thicker the letters will be and that leads to a hot mess.  Trust me on this one.

Are you ready for the finished product?  I know I was!
It took several tries to get the writing down pat.
But aren't they great?!
The medium and small jars will fit perfectly in the drawer of my kitchen so I'll be able to read the lids. The bigger jars will have to lay on their sides or be set out by the stove since they're the more frequently used spices anyway.
I love a simple project that comes together quickly and that I'll be able to enjoy for a long time.  Pretty AND organized?  It doesn't get any better than that.  Be sure to let me know if you give these a try.  I'd love to know how yours turn out.

This completes my very first MPPC!  I am so pleased with myself that I may just do this again.  Maybe once a month?  Hmmm.  Anyway, if you missed any of the posts you can check out the links below.  Thanks for popping in to follow my MPPC.  It's been great having you along for the ride.

Full Archive of Mini Personal Pinterest Challenge Series
Mini Personal Pinterest Challenge
MPPC Progress Update
MPPC: Buffalo Chicken Cups
MPPC: Journal Project

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17 comments:

  1. Another awesome project! I keep my spices in the pretty tins from old candles. I boil them to get the remaining wax out and then put the spices in. They're pretty and colourful.

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    1. That's a great idea. I've seen a few other ideas on Pinterest on ways to reuse old candle jars. I may have to look into these ideas. Thanks for popping in!

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  2. Oh I love these. Great idea with the baby food jars, I wouldn't have even been able to tell. Most likely due to the fact that I'm childless. Very cute, now you need to make a spice rack to hold them all!

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    1. Thanks! I too am childless so had to buy them off the shelf, empty them and then I was ready to rock and roll. Baby food is gross, btw. Thanks for popping in.

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  3. Fabulous idea!!! I'm so doing this! New follower from the hop. I can't wait to see what else you create. Please come over to www.caveprincess.com

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    1. Thanks, Krista. I would love to see how yours turn out. I thought of so many ways to use these when I had a couple of jars left over. I may use some in my crafting drawers for little parts.

      Thanks for following. I popped on over to your blog and love the variety of your posts. Followed as well. Thanks for stopping in.
      J

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  4. Hi! New follower from the life with twins blog hop! This is so stinkin smart! I literally said that out loud! Such a good idea.. and so so cute! Im defiantly going to save my baby food jars now!

    Would love for you to link this up at my friday link party going on now! And a follow back if you like my site too :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping in! I just linked up with your Friday party and have put you on my link up page. I'd love to know how your jars work out. Thanks again!

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  5. Fabulous! I love watching someone ELSE give these great ideas a shot. So glad I found you. I've got you covered on Pinterest and G+. Looking forward to your next project!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm already trying to decide what to make for my next MPPC. :)

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  6. What an awesome idea!! LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Jill! I LOVE them. They stack so neatly and that just makes my heart sing. :) Love your blog.

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  7. These are DARLING!!! I'm thinking it is a good shower/housewarming gift. Looks WAY nicer in the cabinet than the hodgepodge of spices...

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    1. The hardest part was getting the labels off the baby food jars. Other than that it was simple as can be. It would be even simpler if you used chalk board spray paint. LOVE them! Thanks for checking me out, sexy britches.

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  8. These are so cool and functional at the same time! Great job!

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  9. شركة تتميز بجميع الخبرات في تقديم اعمالها المتميزة في الكشف عن التسريبات من خلال شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة التي تعطي كل ما لديها في اصلاح العديد من المشاكل التي تحدث نتيجة كسر او عطل مفاجئ في امدادت المياه لذلك ننصحم ان تعتمد علي شركة كشف تسربات بجدة لديه سباكين وفنين لديهم الخبرة في حل هذه المشكلة بكل سهولة كما نمتلك لديها القدرة علي تنفيذ اعمال العوازل من خلال شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض التي تعالج تسريبات المياه في الاسقف والحوائط كما نقدم خدمة العزل السليمة للخزانات الارضي والعلوي الخرسانية بواسطة فني متميزة لديه القدرة علي معالجة كل ذلك بسهولة من خلال شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض تمتلك مواد ذات جودة متميزة

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