A couple of months ago, I gave out bathroom a much needed face lift, and these glass jars were a part of the space. A complete gut job wasn’t in the budget this time around, but I did make some major improvements to the space with only $200.
These glass jars were part of my bathroom refresh, and they cost almost nothing to make. I took some old glass jars that I’ve recently started saving instead of recycling.
I have a box in my basement with a ton of different glass jars. Sometimes I worry that I’m becoming a hoarder, other times I’m so glad I have it because I’ve found so many ways to use them. Here a few of the things I did with them this past fall.
Before starting on the project, I cleaned and removed the labels from the jars. I finally found the best way to remove labels from glass jars, even the most stubborn ones. This post explains it all:
All I did for these glass jars for my bathroom was to first spray paint the lid. I originally thought I wanted a hammered silver look, but after painting them, I didn’t love the look. In the end, I painted them in black and sanded away a little of the black to show the silver underneath.
I drilled a hole through the top of each lid that was big enough for the screws to fit through.
I finally figured out an easy way to shorten the screws on these types of knobs, and ever since, I’ve been able to use these knobs for far more than furniture.
This bolt cutting tool is the perfect way to cut down those screws. You do need a little bit of hand strength, but I’ve found it’s the easiest way to cut them down so you can’t see them sticking down when you close the jar.
Simply screw the nut on the end, and you have a decorative top for those glass jars! I used some vintage knobs I’ve pulled off old pieces of furniture or found without a pair at flea markets. You could also use new knobs as well – Hobby Lobby is a fun place to search for the perfect knobs!
Right now, these jars are holding all the bathroom items that cluttered up the drawer before. I’ve seen them used for displaying candy, dry goods, or office and craft supplies. The possibilities are endless, and they are so cheap to make!
Here are all the tutorials on how I created the plank wall, the towel rack, and how I took our old vanity and gave the top a completely new look with concrete. For now, you can see everything in the space here.
My friend Kati from Houseful of Handmade reused some old glass jars in her kitchen, and I love the look and functionality of them now. You can see how she did it here:
If you’re in the Christmas mood, I also used some old glass jars to make snow globes scenes.