Spring is in the air, and I’m trying to bring that fabulous feeling indoors as well. Are you as ready as I am for sunny days, blooming flowers and green grass? One of my favorite “springtime” colors is Vintage by Americana Chalky Finish Paint. If you look over my work, you’ll see that this color shows up time and time again. It’s a beautiful neutral that works with nearly anything. I gathered an over-sized mason jar, lamp adapter kit, and a pot of paint and in less than an afternoon, I completed this cheery mason jar lamp DIY tutorial.
- Large Mason Jar (This one is 32 oz.)
- Cleveland Vintage Lighting Lamp Adapter Kit
- Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage
- Darice Paint Brush
- Core-dinations Sanding Gadget
- Cleveland Vintage Edison Light Bulb (Or regular light bulb.)
- Darice Lampshades
Then I painted a second coat. Even though I knew that I was going to distress the paint prior to turning the jar into a lamp, the paint can be a bit streaky with just one coat. So I slapped on another.
Once the paint had dried, I took the jar outside and gave it a good “random sand” with the sanding block. I knew that I wanted the “Ball” and the raised bits to be more obvious, so I spent more time revealing those.
I didn’t want to be too precious when I was distressing the jar, so I just imagined where natural wear would be (along the bottom and the neck of the jar), and occasionally used the edge of the sanding block to make a jagged reveal in the paint.
It needed a lampshade. And what good is a vintage bulb under a lampshade? So I’m saving that bulb for another project.
What I love about this mason jar lamp DIY project is that you can personalize it with whatever color scheme you want. An off-white would be lovely in a nursery or a guest room. A dark navy blue could be wonderful in a study or atop a grey desk. This inexpensive and fun project is one that would be perfect for your space, or as a gift for someone.
What color would you paint YOUR lamp?
If you were looking to tailor this project to fit in a kids room, check out this fun mason jar aquarium DIY lamp.