I have a collection of Tostitos Queso Dip glass jars that I’ve been saving for quite some time. In fact, I love to use them for storage so much that I moved them all the way from Oregon to Texas. Today is the day that I’m going to repurpose those glass jars into something spectacular.
What I like about those jars
- They are wide mouth so it’s easy to get supplies in and out of them
- The 15 and 23-ounce sizes are fantastic for storing dried herbs and spices
- They stack well in the cupboard
- They clean up nicely, wouldn’t you say?
In this post, you’ll learn how to repurpose glass jars into something spectacular for your pantry storage. After all, why have a boring cupboard?
Remove the labels
These particular jars have plastic labels that are very easy to remove. The problem is they leave a sticky residue on the jar. I did a bit of research online and after seeing about 50 different ways to remove jar goop I decided on this simple idea from Mother Nature Network.
It requires 2 ingredients and 30 minutes of patience to get your jars gleaming and sticker free.
- Mix together equal amounts of baking soda and cooking oil. A teaspoon of each will cover the label area of 4 jars.
- Using your finger, liberally rub the mixture all over the sticky parts of the glass jar.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes. It will not dry.
- Run a sink of hot water and dish soap, then wet the jar, and
- Rub it with an abrasive scrubber or piece of steel wool.
Wash the jars really well with soap and water. The soap help to remove the excess oil left on the jar and after drying time they will gleam. I found that is technique worked fantastic on the glue residue from the plastic labels but only okay on the paper labels. That required a bit more “elbow grease” to get the job done.
Scuff up the lids
For all these years I’ve stored my jars with the original lids. They are useful but not very cute, you know what I mean? I happened to have a can of spray paint in the craft room and today I’m finally giving them an upgrade.
Take a piece of steel wool, sandpaper, or an abrasive scrubber, and scuff up the lids on all sides. You want to give the spray paint something to adhere to. I found that it was easier to get a grip on them if I left the top on the jar. It gives you more gripping space.
Once scuffed, give each lid a wipe down with a damp cloth and set them aside to dry.
It’s all in the box
I learned many years ago (after ruining a piece of furniture that I loved) that the best way to spray paint small items was to place them inside a box. This really cuts down on overspray. Place the lids inside the box and spray them in short bursts. They will require 2 coats for the tops and another coating to clean up any missed area on the sides.
I always seem to have one small side of the lid that does not get enough coverage. After everything is dry, cut out a piece of newspaper and place it over the jar, and under the lid.
Now you can touch up the last area and the newspaper will give your jar protection while you spray.
Supplies for this project:
- Glass jars with lids
- Abrasive scrubber, sandpaper, or steel wool
- Spray paint in the color of your choice
- A box to catch overspray
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon baking soda