Did you know that it can take millions of years for glass to break down?  Did you also know that the Clean Air Council found that only 23.1% of glass gets recycled??  That is not even a quarter of all glass disposed of!  I find that alarming in this day and age where recycling programs are so readily available.
Facts like that are what fuel my *obsession* with upcycling (and recycling for that matter!).  Glass is such a sturdy medium and I just hate seeing it discarded.  It has quickly become one of my favourite things to work with and recreate.
There are so many things that you can do with glass jars but because pretty much everything I do involves some type of paint… I usually paint them 🙂  You can use pretty much any type of paint on glass jars but I have found though that different types offer different benefits.
Latex paint covers glass jars beautifully but does not allow for excessive distressing.  The intensity of the colours are one of the things that I love most about putting latex on glass.  When you try to distress latex though, it does not chip away very easily and instead looks like scuff marks…
 Spray paint also covers glass jars beautifully but you have to be very careful of dripping and coverage.  I do not usually use spray paint as the only paint on a jar but rather as an undercoat.  Like latex, spray paint does not allow for distressing very well.  The silver on these jars was done with a mirror like silver spray paint…
My personal paint favourite for glass jars is chalk Paint.  I have used a variety of brands of chalk paint and love how beautifully it covers as well as the fact that it allows for gorgeous distressing.  Chalk paint chips and distresses beautifully which lends itself perfectly for that shabby look that I so love…
No matter what paint you use, glass and paint are an incredible combination that allow for fun and creativity at any time of the year!
 What have you done with glass and paint?


I'd love to hear what you think...