Pantry Storage Jars

It is an outrage the number of jars and plastic containers we have to discard every day in a house. I’m keeping them because I like to re-use them, you can always find a different use that what they already had without having to go through a recycling center like for reclining sofa. The other day I started to sort them by size to try to gain some space and suddenly I had an idea.

Glass Jars / Pantry Storage Jars /
I had several of this size and thought it was ideal for pantry storage such as nuts, bay leaves, salt … well, they gave much play. The first thing I did was gave them a thin coat of handmade chalk paint because it works wonderfully on glass, and then sprayed painted them. I did the same with the plastic lids. I like the fast and clean finish with spray, really.

They dried while I thought about what I was going to put them in, and when I decided I remembered having some pretty labels from Aviat Studios and added the text I needed. Then I printed and transferred them to the jars following the same process as here.
Glass Jars / Pantry Storage Jars /

This is another of those fast and cute projects I love, and I have a few more bottles ready to add to the collection.

What do you think of the result? I love them, but I would like to know your opinion 🙂




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  1. Heather @ Simply Save says:

    Those are great and I love the labels! I love repurposing jars! I use old candle holders to store cotton balls in my bathroom, wine corks, etc! Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

    • Pili says:

      Yes, Denise, sometimes we keep thing we don’t know why until one day that we know!
      Welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Catherine Holt says:

    These look awesome…you would definitely be wanting to buy them in a shop…so repurposing is even better!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  3. Julie says:

    I love your pretty storage jars you made over.
    Thanks for sharing this idea with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    We can’t wait to see what you share with us next time!

  4. sue says:

    thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us Pili always great to have you link up at #WednesdaysWisdom. See you next time 🙂

  5. Carol Lander says:

    I love your project. It’s wonderful to reuse all these jars we accumulate. The look has a French feel which I love. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  6. says:

    Pili me encantan!!! I love them, I have a gazillion of those at home and it’s a great idea. How do you make your own chalk paint, like with what? I have a Bricor store down here, what would it be called in spanish???
    Thanks un abrazo

  7. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Pili, I want some of these! They would be great containers for flour and sugar and pasta and kosher salt and granola and…There are so many things that would look great in them, and I love the labels. I had no idea that chalk paint adhered so well to glass, I want to use it on future furniture projects. Does it hold up well to use? Could I use it on cabinets?

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Nikki! They look wonderful in the pantry, now I have a collection of more than 12 and keeps growing.
      Chalk paint adheres to everything!! That’s why I love it. It holds up well, but as it is porous I always protect it with wax, varnish or poly, depending the use it’s going to get. I have seen lots of projects on kitchen cabinets, but then I would seal them with poly for sure. You have great and lots of different brands there in the US, I would ask for advice at the store.
      By the way, the link to the recipe is

  8. Lou Lou Girls says:

    Seriously, so cute! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Lou Lou Girls

  9. Brandy @ Our Thrifty Home says:

    These are adorable! I save our sturdy containers with lids also. They make great pantry storage. Storage for just about anything really.
    Thanks for sharing these. I found you on the Learning From Each Other Link-Up.

  10. Karren Haller says:

    These are great, I was just looking for storage ideas for all the gluten free flours I am buying these days.

    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGFF hope to see you next week! And thanks for Co-Hosting on the #OMHGWW
    Pinned to share!!
    Hope you have a great week!

  11. Claire says:

    Hi I love what you have done here what a great upcycle. I think I will think twice now before I throw out my peanut jars. I love upcycle project. Thanks !

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Claire. If I don’t recycle all my jars soon, I think I’ll need to move to a bigger house.
      Glad you stopped by!

  12. Aspen Jay says:

    Hi Pili! What an upcycle! They are absolutely gorgeous! Does the paint hold up pretty well? I find when I paint stuff sometimes it scratches off. Thanks as always for linking up with us at Talented Tuesday!

    • Pili says:

      Hi AJ! Yes, the paint holds up great. I always protect it with two layers of varnish just to make it more durable.

    • Pili says:

      Rose, there’s a link to a graphic tutorial you can check. It’s easier than it may seem.
      Have a great week, Rose!

    • Pili says:

      I really love easy projects too!! Although sometimes I forget and get involved with bigger things… But I always come back to simplicity!

  13. ladyhawthorne says:

    I just redid a pickle jar to store my cotton balls in, pretty enough to show off on the counter. I’m glad there are more and more of us re-using stuff that would normally get thrown away. I have a post about it on my blog coming up on Oct 30th.

    • Pili says:

      Yes, it’s great more and more people are reusing things instead of throwing them away.
      Many thanks for stopping by!

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    • Pili says:

      Hi, Katy! Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to comment 🙂
      There are some many different things you can do with those old jars…

  15. Lisa B. says:

    Good Morning Pili!! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your feature and link up! Don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button” too!

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    • Pili says:

      Hi, Kerryanne!! I’m so honored to be featured by you! I follow your blog long before I decided to start blogging. Welcome to my little and quite crazy corner!

    • Pili says:

      Hi Barbara! Thanks for the visit! I don’t have a food safe paint yet, but if you only paint the outside and the food is not in contact with the paint then you can use any.

  18. MICHELLE JAMES says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this great project on #fridayfavorites which will be live later tonight! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Michelle

  19. Mimi says:

    What do I think? I LOVE very much! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Will you join me again this week? Mimi xxx

    • Pili says:

      Wow Donna, that’s a wonderful surprise!! Thank you so much for letting my know, I’ll stop by tomorrow 🙂

  20. Beverly says:

    These look so pretty! I love saving old containers and repurposing, them, too. Yours look lovely. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly! My house is so cluttered with old containers (well, not only containers) that I try to repurpose them.

  21. Laurie says:

    Pili, What an incredible makeover! They really look wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share.

  22. Malisha Mishel says:

    How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The Jar made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck, Pili! 🙂

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