Ever since moving into our house last year I have complained, and complained, about the lack of pantry space in my kitchen.  We only have one tall narrow cupboard for food, and to say that we could not find anything is an understatement.   So when I was issued a challenge to create something fabulous with Plaid's new Martha Stewart Glass Paint, I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

Open kitchen shelves

Doesn't it look pretty?  I just love my new kitchen storage space.

I purchased shelves and brackets and had my husband mount them under our breakfast bar.  We had never once used the breakfast bar as anything more than storage.  We didn't have seating there, and it had quickly become the dumping ground for school work, shopping, my bag, keys, and anything else that happened to find it's way on there.  Our dining room is on the other side of it so naturally we eat all of our meals there.

Once I had an idea of how much space I had to work with I headed out shopping for the perfect storage containers.   I had decided this space would be primarily used for my baking supplies, but I also had a set of wood crates that I had purchased on clearance quite a while ago at Michael's that I could finally put to use for fruit, vegetables, can collecting, and general recycling.

Armed with my new Martha Stewart Glass Paint, stencils, and tools, along with a dining room table full of containers, I set to work labeling everything I could.

The Martha Stewart Glass Paints are so easy to use, in fact I ended up using them (along with the stencils) on glass containers, metal, and wood.

How to use Martha Stewart Glass Paint and Stencils

This project required these items:

  • Martha Stewart Glass Paint – Yellow Jacket Frost, Wedding Cake Gloss, Sterling Metallic, and Black Nickel Metallic
  • Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils – Bold Sans Alphabet
  • Martha Stewart Stenciling Tools – pouncers in 3 sizes
  • rubbing alcohol

You simply clean the item being painted with rubbing alcohol, and then attach the adhesive stencil exactly where you want to paint it.  The stencils can be repositioned over, and over again.  Apply paint using the pouncer, using a different size depending on the stencil size.

As you can see in the image above I was missing one letter on the cookie cutter tin as there is only one of each letter per packet.  Simply paint the letter first, remove and reposition to paint it a second time.  Ensure there is no paint on the back of the stencil before sticking it down in a new spot.

Clean both the stencils and pouncers immediately after use.

You can cure some items in the oven, however I've chosen to use the 21 day air dry method.

Martha Stewart Glass Paint

I love how the frosted glass jars turned out.  You can purchase Martha Stewart Glass Paint Frost, but these jars were already frosted so I simply used two different colors (Sterling Metallic and Black Nickel Metallic glass paint) to paint the labels on each.

Painted storage containers

The two large glass containers above were part of my amazing thrift store haul.  One contains my silicone baking cups, the other, the paper ones.  Unfortunately though they had a horrid dark green and black marbled metal lid.   I began by applying a coat of Wedding Cake Gloss Paint, once dry I applied a layer of Sterling Metallic Paint, then using one of the pretty stencils that came with the letters, I created a lovely design on each lid with two coats of the Yellow Jacket Frost Paint.

These amazing glass paints are available at Michael's.

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Tonya Staab September 11, 2012 - 8:50 am

Thank you.  I found the frosted glass jars at Ikea, they have a great assortment of sizes.

Tonya Staab September 11, 2012 - 8:53 am

Thank you Lindsay, now to organize the rest of the kitchen cabinets :).

Tonya Staab September 11, 2012 - 8:54 am

Thank you Morena

Tonya Staab September 11, 2012 - 10:35 am

Thank you, and of course you could do this Anne 🙂

Morena September 11, 2012 - 7:11 am

Great idea!!

Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus September 11, 2012 - 7:11 am

Very pretty – and so organized!

Tonya Staab September 11, 2012 - 11:53 am

Thank you so much Ami.

Niccain September 11, 2012 - 8:46 am

Love This. Where did you get the frosted glass jars?

Anne (@notasupermom) September 11, 2012 - 10:30 am

This is brilliant and looks great! I think even I could do this, Tanya.

Ami Allison September 11, 2012 - 11:49 am

Oh Wow! I love this. The stenciled jars and tin make everything look so clean and organized. Awesome job.

Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} September 11, 2012 - 12:41 pm

That looks AWESOME!!

Erin @ DIY on the Cheap September 11, 2012 - 1:50 pm

So cool! Turned out awesome.

Tonya Staab September 11, 2012 - 9:08 pm

A few months ago my local Michael's store had a big sale on a large selection of wood items, I picked these up for just a few dollars each and had them stashed in my office every since. 

Beth September 11, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Where did you get those nifty wooden crates?

{amy k.} September 12, 2012 - 7:02 am

pretty organization is one of my favorite things! i love this!

HipMamaB Beth September 12, 2012 - 9:35 pm

LOVE this. I need those wooden crates. I LOVE Martha. 🙂

Tonya Staab September 14, 2012 - 6:34 pm

Hi Jamie, thank you.

I found the matching frosted glass jars at Ikea.  The wood crates were from Michael's craft store.  The other large jars (with the cupcake liners), the cookie tin, milk bottle and basket for icing pens were all thrift store finds.

jamie September 14, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Where did you great all your tin,glasse and wood boxs? Love love!! So doing this at my new house!!

Carrie @ ML September 18, 2012 - 8:23 am

Gorgeous! Now, can you come do my kitchen? Haha!

Kiran July 5, 2013 - 4:36 pm

You did such a fabulous job with this, I just had to feature you on my blog. Very nice job!


Tonya Staab July 13, 2013 - 7:56 am

Thank you so much Kiran.

Clair April 2, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Really fantastic, easy ways to bump up the volume of kitchen storage you have! Its amazing how little is often built in the original plans of houses/apartments — I curate apartment listings on http://www.swapt.com and I am always shocked at how teeny tiny the kitchens can be. Do you have any recommendations for renter’s out there on increasing the comfort and footprint on a rented kitchen? Thanks!

Jessica Marie Ford Oliveira September 3, 2014 - 11:31 am

This is fantastic! Exactly what we need due to the lack of kitchen storage in our new house! Can you give me the dimensions of the countertop? Do you use the other side to sit up at? Any tips as we would get our builder to built for us! Thanks! Jess


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