How to Upcycle Kilner Jars or any Jars

I love these little jars, especially when painted & distressed. The Americans have Mason jars, we have these!

Here’s some I recently did ……

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial
So if you want to try your hand here’s how …..


  • Jars of course!, doesn’t have to be the Kilner ones by the way, but try & get some that have a bit of detail on them. I like using the Bonne Maman jam jars too.
  • Paint; I use chalk paint, it’s easy to distress but you can use acrylic or some people use paint specifically for glass.
  • Foam brush, I prefer to use these as they don’t leave brush marks.
  • Sealer; I used Americana Decor Creme Wax, it’s a lovely creamy wax varnish, great to work with & gives great results, but you can use regular varnish too.
  • Fine sandpaper or try a nail file
  • Napkins & glue if you want to try some decoupage on the jars.

Ok, let’s get started.

  1. First up make sure your jars are cleaned thoroughly, maybe run through the dishwasher first and remove any stickers.  Some people rub them with spirits first but I don’t and they work out just fine.
  2. Choose your paint & give the jar about 3 coats of paint, let it dry in between the coats. Paint in one direction.  On one of the jars, I originally painted it pink and then gave it 2 coats of grey and sanded it to bring out the pink.
  3. If you are going to decoupage then match the paint to your napkin, click here to read more on trying out decoupage on your projects or try a bit of painting on the jars, I did a small bit of folk art painting on one.
  4. If you are happy with the coverage then you can begin to distress.  Using your fine sandpaper or nail file , lightly sand over the detail on the jar, I worked on the name & the tag bit to the front. You don’t have to distress, you can leave it as is too. I just love distressing things!
  5. Once you are happy with the look, it’s time to seal the jar , I gave the jars 2 coats & let them dry in between. It gives the paint a nice finish & brings out the colour more.

Remember these jars are only for display purposes & you can’t put them in the dishwasher.  Just a wipe of a damp cloth should do, if needed.

You can use these for so many things & try different techniques  ….. Here’s a few more I did a while back.  Works great on tin cans too.

Have you tried to do these ? Did it work out?

Decoupage tin: with a paper napkin, paint and some gold leaf, distressed & a bit of twine for effect
Upcycle your Jars ... heres how with paint and decoupage
Upcycle your Jars ... heres how with paint and decoupage
I have a Pinterest board on upcycling your Jars/Tins here, have a peek for some inspiration.
Till next time ..!

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

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Giveaway prize from the Crafty Mummy Blog …. so here’s what I did

I recently won a giveaway from the Crafty Mummy blog, yah me! I never win anything, in fact the last time I won something was back when I was about 12 years old and it was an umbrella ….. ugggh so, to say I was delighted was an understatement and especially as it was all crafty stuff.  So I got my box of goodies, thank you Kasia by the way …..

This was the prize (picture from The Crafty Mummy Blog)


and here’s what I did ………….

Upcycled Jars

I painted & decoupaged some of the Jars and tried some folk art painting on one.  My hooks & pens are taking pride of place in these.



I decorated some of these little wood cut outs with some paint and more folk art hearts






Upcycled Jars


Upcycled Jars

With the ribbons and hesin & other little bits, I decorated some more jars that I use for my craft supplies.  All prettied up now.

There was some chalk board paint included so I upcycled one of my old kitchen doors and put it in my craft room.  This paint is amazing by the way, its goes on so smooth, much better than other brands I have used in the past.

UPcycled Kitchen door into a chalk board Blackboard paint





If you want to read more on The Crafty Mummy blog, please hop over, she has a great crafty blog and I am loving her stuff.  She also has recently started up a new business venture called The Cute Kitsch, which is a monthly craft subscription box full of craft goodies! So please do pop over and have a peek.  Wishing you all the best Kasia.

Till next time folks!




How I upcycled my Writing Bureau

Hey there, as promised here’s my take on upcycling an old writing desk or if you prefer bureau!

We had this old writing bureau in the back back room as we call it, well…. because it’s a room in the back of the back room! Dont ask! That’s a whole other post!  Let’s get back to it, it  was left abandoned there along with a load of other old crap. Doesn’t everyone have a room like that in their house, that you just dump stuff into?? Please say you do?!

It was a nice piece, but had not been used in many many years.  Eventually when I got around to clearing out, said room, I kinda liked the look of this cabinet.  Big and spacious and loads of space to hide store my craft stash.

Upcycled Writing Bureau Tutorial : The Start

So my vision for this cabinet was to paint her a bright colour on the outside but to leave the inside in the wood.  There is a pull down shutter to the front of the cabinet and there is also a pull out leaf so it’s a great craft cabinet! I decided to try out some stencilling on the shutter and on the pull out leaf.  I saw some pretty cool wood stained stencils over at the ambitious procrastinator, she has some great tutorials.  So I thought, this was the perfect project to try it out.

Ok, lets talk supplies, I used the following:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green
  • Annie Sloan Clear & Dark Wax
  • Sugar Soap
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencils
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain, I used Indian Rosewood
  • Soft cloth or brush


  • First off, I cleaned cabinet down with some sugar soap and let it dry
  • I gave it a sand down with my sander, there was a lot of marks and dirt on it.
  • Next up, I used the wood glue to fix back any loose bits, there was a small strip hanging off at the bottom of the drawer.
  • I usually give any pieces I do an undercoat or some kind of primer but this time I decided not to do this step, as first of all its chalk paint and you don’t need to prep.  I don’t necessarily believe this, as I think if you prep your pieces first they will last a lot longer, but anyway I had no primer & no patience so I just brushed on the paint.  I find AS paint to be quiet thick, so I did water it down somewhat and it goes on a lot easier.  So after 3 coats, yes 3 it look in total, it was ready. I decided to leave the lips on the drawers in the wood, I just painted the drawer fronts.
  • After each coat, I gave it a light sand.  I like the look of the paint after you do this.  I distressed the piece in places, harder in some areas and lightly in others.  I like the shabby look.
  • I then used the clear wax all over, I love how the paint looks after you wax it. I decided to age it a bit so I used the dark wax after the clear in places.  Just by dabbing the wax on and rubbing it off again it gives it a nice old look.
  • I decided to try out the wood stain stencil on the pull out drawer.  I positioned the stencil and used a stencil foam thingy (you know what I mean!) with the glue. I let this dry.  It was a nice effect but it wasn’t very obvious to see.  Maybe my stain was too dark ?Wood Stain Stencil Effect Tutorial
  • After that I decided to use white acrylic paint on the stencil for the pull down shutter and try to show off the stencil.  Again, I positioned the stencil and instead of the glue, I used the paint. Left it to dry and yes, this time I was happy with this result.
  • Next up, I needed to stain the pull down shutter over the stencil.  I used Indian Rosewood stain.  Just a small piece on your cloth or brush and rub it into your piece.  Do this in small bits at a time until you are finished.  Let it dry and lightly wipe off any excess.  I lightly sanded where the stencil was to give it a slightly distressed look.
  • I also stained the lips of the drawers and in the end I stained the inside part of the desk too as there was a slight difference between the wood colours.

So here’s the final result!

Upcycled Writing Bureau Tutorial : Final Result !

Sorry about the state of my floor but I did fix it up after this project, to see what I did have a read over here