Hi and welcome to The Old Summers Home! One of my very favourite things to do is to take something old and turn it into something new. When I look at something that maybe just doesn’t work for my style or need anymore I try to think if I could repurpose or give it a makeover. This Cookie Jar is one of those things, we hardly ever used it. It sat high on the back of the shelf for months and months on end. I was about to toss it when I realized Santa was removable! And so begins our Farmhouse Cookie Jar tutorial…
Farmhouse Cookie Jar Before The Makeover
This is what our cookie jar looked like to start with. Now don’t get me wrong it has an adorable Country Home Christmas vibe to it that is great and all. BUT we have 6 months of winter in Saskatchewan ;)I don’t need another reminder! ( Not literally but it is too long!)
This Christmas jar needed an upgrade and some year-round use. So I pulled it off the back of the shelf and begin to inspect it and where I should begin. Because this Cookie Jar is designed especially for the Holiday season it has been formed that way in its process and is not removable. The snowflakes also would show as well.
Prepping the Cookie Jar
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First off, I started with washing the jar inside and out making sure I gave it a really good scrub. Ensuring your jar is free of any debris, such as oils, is essential when you are going to paint. Many paints suggest using a cleaner such as TSP for this reason.
I removed the old plaid bow from the top and slowly and carefully removed Santa so that my children did not let out their horrific screams as they watched on in horror. 😉 Later we used him for a Christmas wreath the girls and I made as a craft together. After that, I made sure to scrape off any of the residues from the glue that remained using a razor blade scraper. There is a hollow spot from removing Santa, therefore, that has become the back of the cookie jar haha.
Time to give your Cookie Jar some Fresh Paint
I love to use Rust-Oleum 2X ultra cover spray paint for a quick perfect finish. For this project, I used Satin Blossom White and Rust-Oleum Chalked in Serenity blue. These paint colours are perfect for creating your farmhouse cookie jar and adding black font at the end will pull it all together!
I took the cookie jar to the garage to give it a few fresh coats of spray paint. All the while being careful not to spray the inside of the jar. I also removed the rubber seal so that it did not get any over-spray on it (it simply just slips on and off).
When spray painting I always spray a very light coat to start with to ensure that I do not get any runs or drips. It does not take long to dry when you do light coats so you can quickly add your second, third and fourth coats. I painted the cookie jar in the flat white and the lid in the serenity blue. As you can see below I spray painted a few more things at the same time. I may or may not spray paint everything haha.
Making the Cookie Jar decals
Meanwhile, I went inside to use my Silhouette cutting machine (this is a machine that is much like a printer. Instead of printing things out it uses a small blade to cut different mediums. You can cut different types of vinyl, Cardstock and even fabric to name a few. There is much more to this machine but just a tidbit so you know what I am talking about).
I love fonts and have so many to choose from. This one I already had in mind from my other kitchen decor projects. So I just wrote it up, sized it and cut it out on matte black oracle 651(a permanent adhesive vinyl that lasts years).
Adding the Label
Once the jar is good and dry, (I think I waited a day or two), apply the vinyl. I like to eyeball where I want it to be rather than marking it up with a pencil line. That is a reason why I only use clear/transparent contact paper or transfer tape when applying decals.
If you do not have a cutting machine (and not in the market to buy one soon) there are still some options available for you. You can order custom decals or you can make your self a stencil and trace it onto the jar, then paint it in. Or if you have a steady hand you can freehand it.
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Cookie Jar Shop the Look
Don’t have a cookie jar needing an overhaul no problem! These are our favourite cookie jars!
Farmhouse Mason Jar Cookie Jar
I absolutely love the look of this Farmhouse Mason Jar Cookie Jar! Rubber seal brim makes your cookies stay nice and fresh. This would be a perfect addition to any kitchen! I might need to get one for my secret cookies hahaha.
Vintage ‘Biscuits’ Tin
This Vintage Cookie Tin is airtight and absolute perfection! I adore the ‘Biscuits’ out of this! The look of vintage tin is very popular in farmhouse kitchens and this one steals my heart!
Elegant Vintage Cookie Jar
Y’all have three guesses why I love this jar so much, and the first two don’t count, haha. The elegance of this Cookie Jar is incredibly eye-catching and makes perfect countertop decor! Of course, given that it’s my favourite colour that probably stole my heart too!
Apothecary Jar Set
This Apothecary Canister Set comes in a set of three with a sweet little chalkboard perfect for changing labels. This reminds of an old general store which makes me really love these for all things kitchen storage!
And that folks, is all there is to it. Now you need to go bake up some of your favourite cookies and fill your latest addition. Someday I will add our favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies to our Cooking with Jenn Section but until then be sure to check out our other great recipes! Enjoy!
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I hope you enjoyed The Old Summers Home Cookie Jar Up-cycle. This simple project adds an elegant feature to our kitchen countertop. It is no longer hidden away until the Christmas Season.
Recently I came across this beautiful mason jar set and my husband surprised me with my own set. They go absolutely amazing with the colour scheme of this cookie jar and our kitchen!
Be sure to check out how we refreshed our Kitchen cabinets to give new life to our dark and dreary kitchen!
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