I’m coming off a whirlwind five days at my second Haven Conference in Atlanta and am still dragging and in a daze. My mind is sooooo full of awesome information and inspiration and is swimming with all the memories of fun and quality time with old and new blogger friends alike. This virtual space is so amazing, both for bringing me you sweet readers as well as bringing some of the absolute closest and best friends I have. We only see each other once a year but we waste no time catching up and gabbing till the wee hours of the morning. It’s crazy how a simple conference can be so energizing yet tiring at the same time :)
For this month, we decided to make use of some items we already had by giving them an update. Homeright graciously sponsored this month’s challenge and we all used one of their convenient spray shelters to help with our updates! I have accumulated a ton of mason jars (thanks to my canning pro aunt!) and wanted to put them to use so I decided to give them a beautiful sea glass makeover and use them as storage containers in our guest bathroom.
Supplies for Sea Glass Mason Jar Storage
- clean, label-free mason jars in various sizes
- clean and dry seashells/coral/beach treasures (please collect your own and don’t buy!)
- sea glass spray paint
- metallic spray paint
- glass etching cream
- hot glue or all-purpose Bondo (I ended up using hot glue so no fumes)
- acrylic paint (I used black, dark gray, and a pearl)
- small paintbrush
- foam brush
- HomeRight spray shelter (large or tabletop!)
A friend of mine did a similar technique with some small apothecary jars and used Bondo to attach the coral/shell to hers, however, I decided to go with regular hot glue instead since the Bondo has fumes and really didn’t want to sit outside on our 110 heat index patio to do these.
How to Make Sea Glass Mason Jar Storage
At the risk of being kicked out of DIY blogger-dom, I will say that I am NOT a fan of spraypaint, at.all. The mess, the fumes, the inconsistency, the overspray which I always get in trouble for… it’s just not my cup of tea. Give me a brush and a can any day. But sometimes there’s finishes you just can’t get in anything else and I have to do it. When I do though, the first thing I reach for is my Homeright Spray Shelter. I no longer have to worry about overspray or concocting some contraption to hold or contain whatever I’m painting, I just pop it up and spray away either with my FinishMax sprayer or with spraypaint.
The shelters come in a super small and convenient bag and are easy to put together. The large shelter can be a bit cumbersome if you’re flying solo, so get some assistance if you can to help hold it till you wrangle it down, trust me. They also just released the Tabletop Shelter which is PERFECT for smaller projects! The directions are located inside the bag and it comes with poles and stakes just like a normal camping tent.
To keep from having to bend over, I threw a board on some sawhorses to set my items on. My jars would have been perfect for the tabletop tent but I actually also like being able to walk around and get all sides with the large one, so just use whichever you prefer.
To give the lids a more antique-y look, I sprayed them with my favorite metallic spraypaint in hammered pewter.
I’ve been DYING to use this new seaglass spraypaint since I first saw Sadie Seasongoods use it and I knew this would be the perfect project! I got both the green and blue, although the blue was just a bit too bright for my taste. (*note to others, don’t take out the teensy tiny little white triangle thing in the nozzle and drop it in the grass, it’s what makes the spray super fine…)
To recreate a clear sea glass finish, I used glass etching cream. This was my first time to use this stuff and I gotta say, not a fan. It took three coats/tries to get a relatively overall finish. Maybe it was the heat or my application technique or something, but I struggled with it. The sea glass spray paint also comes in a light gray so I may try that next time instead.
To glue the shells on, I found it was more effective to put the glue on the piece first and then stick it on the lid. Once that was stuck, I just filled in around it with more hot glue, giving it a molten/drippy look. Also, if you have large shells/coral be sure to put the ring on BEFORE you glue them on (unlike I show here)!! I didn’t and the ring wouldn’t slip over the oyster shell one so I had to take it off and start over.
To make the glue look like metal, I mixed black, dark gray, and pearl acrylic paints until it gave me the color I wanted. Then I just painted over the glue with a little paintbrush (sorry for the crappy iPhone pic, it was late night).
Now our beachy guest bathroom has some beautiful accessories to bring a little touch of color to the space! The sea glass spraypaint is gorgeous and I can’t wait to use it again, especially in my brand spanking new tabletop shelter.