The linked blogger has declared an end to the “apothecary jar trend” in home decor. She is tired of changing the contents of her apothecary jars to coordinate with the seasons. I guess I’m clueless, but I thought of apothecary jars more with year-round items in them, like bath salts in the bathroom or wine corks in the kitchen. I suppose this means I’ve missed the “apothecary trend” altogether. lol I do like to put extra buttons in an old glass vase. And I love how my husband’s childhood marble collection looks in a glass vase. I won’t be changing those anytime soon, regardless of trends.
She is taking her clear glass jars & carefully spray painting the inside of them with thin layers of white paint. This gives a nice look similar to milk glass (glass that’s white all the way through) & you don’t have to put anything in the jars if you don’t want to. I have seen some attractive photos in home decor catalogs with opaque white jars and art objects that I though looked pretty good. So maybe I’m not totally clueless. I do think white accents make a room look more like Spring and Summer have arrived. The pictured jars look good against the darker wall color IMHO. If you have a white wall you will get a different effect.
Her spray painting sounds kind of tricky to me when you can’t get a good angle on all the interior surfaces. Maybe it works best on larger pieces with larger openings. I’d be tempted to just pour some liquid paint into the jar & swirl it around until all parts are covered, then turn it upside down on a piece of foil to drain excess. I’d try that on a small item in case it just produces a drippy look. Then again, that could be the start of a new design trend!
Of course these interior painting techniques will not make any solid parts (like a pedestal stem) turn white, but that’s ok with her & me too. If you want all parts to be painted you could spray paint the entire outside of the item. However you won’t get that perfectly smooth finish that you would have with spraying the inside. So it’s worth it to try spraying the inside only, IMO.
As always, try to spray on thin coats, letting dry between coats. That way you discourage unsightly drips. I always paint outdoors to minimize fumes (watch the wind direction so you don’t get overspray on your clothes). The label on the can will tell you what temperature it must be when you paint. The warmer spring weather often finds me outside painting away. I wear old clothes & often use a spray box–just a carboard box that I put the object to be painted in. It helps with the overspray problem. Be sure to turn the spray can upside down and spray until no paint comes out after each coat. Otherwise you’ll end up with a clogged sprayer & a can of paint you can’t use anymore.
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