Mason Jar Canisters

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Chalk Paint Canisters

So painted mason jars are nothing new.  But mason jars painted with chalk paint just go together so well!  And as a DIY blogger it was time for me to finally try out Annie Sloan chalk paint and see what all the fuss is about.  Since it was my first time with chalk paint, I started with mason jars before I get too crazy painting up all the furniture in my house.

I had the larger size mason jars and really have been using them for canisters for a while now. They make good canisters because you can fit a lot in them without taking up much counter space. But because they were clear, it looked a little messy.

I ordered the sampler kit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.  You can choose which 5 colors you prefer, and I ordered a jar of the wax.  The wax also came with the towels to apply it.  This paint is only sold in select retail stores.  You can look up local retailers here.

chalk paint samples


For anyone new to Annie Sloan chalk paint, this paint adheres to almost anything without any sanding needed.  I started with the shade Louis Blue, the jar on the left has two coats and the one on the right has just one.

Louis Blue Chalk Paint


I had one extra mason jar so I used that one to experiment.  Next I added the pure white to one side of the extra mason jar to see how that would look.

Pure White and Louis Blue


Then I added the shade Old White to the other side for comparison.

chalk paint color samples


I wanted to achieve a distressed, layered look.  Here the first jar had 2 coats of blue and 2 coats of white, with a lot of sanding. I didn’t love that one.  The middle is two coats of blue, 1 coat of white, that was much better.  The third has 2 coats of blue, and two very light coats of white, that was my favorite.

annie sloan chalk paint

I found that adding water to the paint gives you a much smoother finish and less brush strokes.  When it gets too dry, you get a crackled effect.  It also dries quickly, so I poured a bit of the paint into a paper cup and shut the lid on the sample pot to keep it from drying out.  I think it’s best to work in small batches.

You can see the chalky effect of the paint here.  You can sand it smooth once its dry.

made in USA


Next I added the clear wax, in a circular motion, with the provided towel.  Immediately after applying the wax, you go over it with another towel to buff it (wax on, wax off).  I used only 1 coat of wax, but I’ve read for heavily used items it’s recommended to do 2 or 3.  The jar of wax is large and will last you a long time.  The purpose of the wax is to  seal and protect the paint, and to enhance the paint color.  The wax is also sold in a dark color, if you prefer an aged look over the paint. This picture illustrates how it looks with and without the darker wax applied.

samples of annie sloan paints

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Here are my completed canisters.

chalk paint close up


annie sloan chalk paint



I found the little chalk board hangers at Home Goods.  The set of four was $9.99.

chalk board labels


Here are some similar chalk boards.  The first ones are so cute, they come in a set of 12.

mini chalk boards set of 12


These vertical boards are sold individually.

slate chalkboard hangers

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My opinion on chalk paint is that it’s worth the money, I’m definitely hooked.  A little paint goes a long way, I have plenty left from these little sample pots for more projects.  I love that there is no sanding needed, unless you want to distress it after.  It dries quickly between coats (good if you’re impatient like myself) and it has relatively no odor.   The instructions say to use in a well ventilated area, but since it was about 2 degrees the day I painted these I didn’t open any windows, and still there wasn’t any odor.

Mason jar canisters before:

Mason jars before


And After:

Mason Jar Canisters


I’m so happy with my new mason jar canisters!

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23 thoughts on “Mason Jar Canisters

  1. I love anything with mason jars! They are so versatile. I also work with Annie Sloan paint so this was pretty much a perfect post for me!
    -Lory from The Robin’s Nest Designs

  2. Wow!! I had never heard of that paint…going to have to find me some!! Hey I would love it if you would link up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! The party is still open …

  3. You have sealed the deal for me to try Annie Sloan. I have been wanting to for awhile and this is it. It’s happening! This tutorial is so GREAT. I would love if you linked this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday that goes live tonight at 9pm CST. Thank you so much for sharing and hope to see you there! Pinning and sharing.


  4. These are adorable! Love those chalkboard tags too! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party. Hope you’ll be back tonight with more goodies!

  5. These are so cute! I love AS Chalk Paint but didn’t know that they sold a little sample set like that – it would be so nice to try out some colors before committing to a whole quart. So glad you shared this cute project on Best of the Nest!

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