Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Must Have Tools #9

I hope you enjoyed my #10 post.  Maybe even some of you have gone out and bought the Kobalt Multi Bit Ratchet Screwdriver...I'd love to hear how it's working for ya!

On to #9!

#9.  Ball Jars

Yes, old Ball Jars!  Not just the blue ones, and they don't even have to be old.  New ones work just as well.  Now I know what you're thinking.  "What in the world is she doing with so many jars?"  Well, lots of things!

1. Store all that hardware in a large mouth clear jar.  Tighten lid and store filled jar in the drawer of the piece the hardware came from.  You'll never get to the last drawer and find you misplaced the last pull!

2.  Store all those left over screws in.  I like to keep a jar of flat head screws so if I have lost misplaced one from a previous project, I have a jar I can go to.  Having all the same hardware and screws adds value to a piece. I'm all about the details, and having matching screws is one of my quirks...

3.  Glazes!  What do ya do when there's just a smidg of glaze left?  Store it in a jelly jar!  Same goes for custom created paint colors and washes.  Use an address label to mark what's in it and it's recipe.

4.  Store your brushes upright in an empty jar.  Save those bristles from bending!

5.  Ever left a brush out for...oh say 6 months...with latex paint?  Yeah....well, if you should ever do just that, pint jars are great for soaking that ol brush in (dare I say...) brush cleaner.  It's glass, so it will clean up beautifully!  It's no need to go overboard and use the whole bottle on one brush.  It's won't melt like some plastics.  It's the ultimate recyclable!

These are just a few examples of how and when I use glass jars.  Again, they don't have to be the antique blue with the bale.  They can be the small mayonnaise or jelly jar that you were going to pitch in the trash.  Remember?  It's the ultimate recyclable!

Just wait till you see what #8 is!

Oh yeah!  Don't forget!  Tomorrow night at 11:59 pm I will draw for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Give-A-Way basket!!!!


  1. Really enjoyed this post. Great ideas!!!

  2. I enjoyed your post as well....and I HOPE HOPE HOPE you draw my name! Just found out last night that I have a local retailer and went first thing to get my first Annie Sloan paint.....all excited, thinking of what to paint first! And they were closed, Lol!!! Happy new year!

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