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Two giveaways in one week? Why yes!! That’s just how much we love our At the Picket Fence friends!
Do you love to eat outside in the summertime but hate having to go in and out of the house dragging all of the necessary dining essentials with you? This DIY dining caddy with mason jars is the perfect solution!
We LOVE to have dinner (and lunch and breakfast!) out on our deck all summer long! Here in Oregon we live for these months and I’m determined to make the most of them by enjoying the sunshine as much as possible. But, while I love the relaxed feeling of breaking bread together in the great outdoors, I do not enjoy hauling everything back and forth from the kitchen to the deck. While, on the one hand, I think I get a pretty good workout running in and out of the house, I would much rather spend less time doing that and more time feeling the cool breeze on my face while partaking of one of my hubby’s fabulous grilled creations!
This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.
I found this old wooden whatchamacallit (What would you call that? A tote?) (Oh, and apparently ‘whatchamacallit’ is an actual word because spell check totally ignored it! Who knew?) and even though it was a little worse for the wear I knew I could give it new life.
Now, I have to admit something here. I tend to be more of a “winging it” girl when it comes to paint projects. Oh sure, I use tape when I’m painting rooms but when it comes to crafts I’m usually not overly meticulous. And frankly, it shows. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’m having to go back and do things over and half the time just end up scrapping the whole project. I think it’s like my own weird way of rebelling!
So when I got the chance to test out ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape I decided it was time for my crafting skills to grow-up a bit and not rely on photo editing to cover up my mistakes. 😉
The first thing I did was set up a work space on our deck by laying down the non-slip drop cloth. Let me tell you, this thing DOESN’T SLIP! I will never again buy the horrible thin plastic drop cloths which end up slipping or flying up in the air when even the slightest breeze blows.
Now that I had myself the proper work space, it was time to tackle fixing the wooden whatchamacallit. The bottom was easy to fix by simply hammering back in the nails that had pulled away from the sides. But the crack was another issue. I decided to put the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to the test and after applying a thin layer of wood glue I used the tape as a sort of clamp to hold it together while it dried.
I liked the weathered look of the wood but I kind of wanted to brighten it up a bit so I decided to paint the body of the caddy but leave the handle in the original tone. I wrapped the ends of the handle with the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with the edge-lock feature.
And obviously I put it to the test right away!
It also came in handy for holding my stencil letters in place.
But no matter how wonderful the tape is it couldn’t keep me from having the “T” not lined up properly and having to repaint it a couple of times. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has trouble getting words stenciled onto things!
Now, if the whatchamacallit is going to become a dining caddy it has to actually be able to HOLD things inside, right? Enter mason jars! And since I had all of this wonderful tape and some leftover chalkboard paint I decided the jars needed labels. And if tape can stand up to chalkboard paint and come out with beautiful corners like you see below than it is worth it’s weight in gold for sure!
I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!
And, now, getting ready to enjoy eating outside has become a whole lot easier.
And frankly, I look much cuter carrying this dining caddy than I did when I was sweating from running back and forth to the kitchen!
I mean, that’s what’s really important right?
I can’t decide if my favorite part about this dining caddy are the chalkboard labeled mason jars or the fact that it says “Eat” on one side…
…and “Drink” on the other!
Because some of our most favorite moments in the summer are when we are sitting outside on a warm evening with friends, eating really incredible food, sipping really incredible cocktails and listening to the really incredible sound of our kiddos laughing and playing. The sun starts setting, we turn on the lanterns and just sit back and enjoy the moment knowing it will be over all too soon!
But until then, my dining caddy and I say “cheers” to you as you relish these last “lazy days of summer”.
And to really help you celebrate these final days of summer the I’m giving away a $75 Gift Card to The Home Depot
To Enter: Leave a link to your favorite summer DIY or painting project in the comments below (can be a link to your own blog, another website or Pinterest) for your chance to win the $75 The Home Depot gift card. Giveaway ends August 28th at midnight EST. US residents only please.
And if you are looking for some more amazing painting project ideas, check out the all of the incredible inspiration from the other members of the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop!
Centsational Girl – Textured Panel Dresser Makeover
Thrifty and Chic Framed Stencil Wall
The Design Confidential DIY Concrete Color Block Painted Tables
Sand & Sisal Faux Etched Glass
The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard
PB & J Stories Dipped Effect Outdoor Bench and Front Patio Makeover
In My Own Style How to Paint Outdoor Furniture
Making this Home Embellish with a Paint Border
Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover
DIY Game Table
Fun with Fireworks
Charles & Hudson – Wood Block Planter
Love of Family and Home – DIY Striped Curtain
LollyJane – Mailbox Makeover
Nesting Place – Painting with Chalk
Thistlewood Farms: How to Paint Stripes
Live Laugh Rowe: DIY Drop Cloth Table Runner
SawdustGirl – Spray-Painted-Striped Lemonade Stand Canopy
Make It: Painted Horseshoes
DIY Pet Food Station
This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.
Now, go on and show off your own fabulous summer projects by leaving a link here and enter to win the $75 The Home Depot!
Sooooo pretty! Love this look and thanks for the tip on the tape!
Kelly T says
Great makeover, Vanessa! I also like Thistlewood Farms painted stairs (cuz that’s what I need to do to my basement stairs) and the drop cloth table runner from Live Laugh Rowe. Thanks for the chance to win!
Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way says
What a great project! Love it! I’m sharing my Seahorse Towel Hooks…https://www.houseontheway.com/seahorse-towel-hooks/
Erica E. says
I love your project! This is one I am in the processes of doing https://pinterest.com/pin/164944405074923154/
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
What a fun and useful project! Those ball jars with the chalkboard labels are so creative and fun! I’ll need to do that for my outdoor gatherings.
Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!!!!
Here is my diy: https://www.stonegableblog.com/2013/07/painted-curtains-dyi.html
My favorite project this summer was the little cabinet I painted in July.
Thanks for such a nice giveaway. Sometimes I feel like I live at Home Depot!
Livivua Chandler says
That was awesome! We are in the process of doing this this week! https://thepursuitofhandyness.com/who-built-a-toy-box/
Great caddy! Functional and adorable!
This is so adorable! I am not sure what I love more, the little chaklboard on the jars, the handle, or the really crisp lettering. If you get tired of it, you can just ship it my way!
I love anything pretty and fun to decorate. TY to share. And, ty for home depot give away.
Beth N says
I have been collecting galvanized tubs and bucket of various sizes and this tipsy fountain is the perfect project for them! Mine is still in the planning stages but this is my inspiration!
Absolutely l.o.v.e. your Mason Jar Caddy. Cute idea with the “Eat” and “Drink” stenciling. One of my favorite summer projects I recently transformed is the vintage wood dustpan that I repurposed into a magazine rack. Here is the link:
Come on by and tell me what you think. Thanks for the giveaway to Home Depot, my favorite go-to “craft” store.
I LOVE these bookends and book shelves! Super easy – super fun! https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-insanely-easy-and-clever-diy-projects
This caddy is adorable – I just love it!! One of my favorite painting projects that I spotted on Pinterest was this one: https://pinterest.com/pin/162481499029588836/
I would love to try that sometime!
Love this adorable little caddy! We eat outside so much and it always seems to take multiple trips and people to get stuff out there! This is currently my favorite DIY project and the next project I plan to tackle when we get a new fridge and the old one gets put in the basement!
I have a passion for carriers and boxes. So, love this.
Stuff and Nonsense says
i was just reading
this tute https://masonjarcraftslove.com/painted-mason-jars-pink-ombre/
before your mason jar caddy post
and now i think
the two were made to be together
thanks for the chance to win, girls!
Vanessa, I just told my husband to retrieve the three pasta sauce glass jars I was going to paint and use as vases. But now after viewing your DIY utensil holders, I’m copying your inspiration. I think they are adorable and necessary!
Heidi @ Decor & More says
Woo hoo! Thanks for hosting, Vanessa! My favorite project from this summer is my DIY herb markers: https://www.heidimilton.com/diy-paint-stirrer-herb-markers/
Hope you’re enjoying the last gasps of summer… love your caddy!
Pam Ballard says
What a great giveaway! For some reason the rafflecopter wouldnt show up on my computer for the last giveaway. So this I can do! I really liked the DYI from this link to help me redo a burlap bag!
Marty Walden says
Love transforming my home decor with paint: https://www.martysmusings.net/2013/07/transform-your-home-decor-with-paint.html
Thanks for the giveaway!
Jessie C. says
I like this project.https://pinterest.com/pin/56787645274304342/
Heather S says
I love this project https://pinterest.com/pin/217017275766881814/
I love the ‘whatchamacallit’. I just happened to have bought a similar ‘whatchamacallit’ a few weeks ago and wasn’t sure what I would do with it. Now I know, I’ll make a caddy like you. Thank you for the chance to win.
Olivia Rubin says
This summer I got into terrariums. I saw the exsorbently priced ones from Twig Terrariums $100 and up for 6inche jars. I looked at their Pinterst page https://pinterest.com/source/twigterrariums.com/ and made my own. I got the jar from HomeGoods for $10 and went onto amazon and purchased Model Train Figurines in HO scale. They are .5″ tall and sell for a couple bucks. How,they charge so much considering I put it together with soil and moss from park for under $20!
jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof says
What a great idea and I’m loving that paint color 🙂 Nicely done!
Kelly @ thelilypadcottage says
Such a cute idea, pinning this one for sure!
Sweet! Wish I could join you for dinner. Mom
Kelly D says
I Like this Vertical Garden project
At The Picket Fence says
Hi Kelly! If you receive this will you please respond back to email@example.com? You are the winner of the $75 Home Depot Gift Card!
Holly B says
I’ve been wanting to try this with my scraped up vintage bike:
Kim (TheKimSixFix) says
I am thinking about how I am going to paint my nursery: https://www.thekimsixfix.com/2013/08/fabulous-wall-patterns-plaid-argyle.html Pretty sure I will need 75$ worth of Scotch Painter’s Tape from the Home Depot to be successful!
Heather B says
I have been wanting to do this for my garden for awhile now:
The caddy is SO cute! Such a great idea for outdoor dining.
I use Scotch Painter’s Tape nearly every day but here’s my most recent project: https://muralmaker1.blogspot.com/2013/08/decorate-dollar-store-jars.html
My favorite project this summer is painting the old clapboard on my new/old house. We are just starting and it will take a few months to finish up. I will be using lots of Scotch Painters tape.
Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road says
Oh what fun! I love painting and this is my favorite project from this summer – https://www.yellowblissroad.com/2013/06/front-porch-piano-bench-makeover-from.html
I love your caddy and actually just picked up an old tool caddy that I am planning on making over soon!
Angelina-JoJo and Eloise says
So Adorable and FUN!!! Loving the color of the paint!
I want to make this: https://simplicitycollective.com/how-to-build-a-cheap-raised-bed
Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage says
I love the blue stuff 😉 That drop clothe is awesome.
Oh wait… lol. The project is super cute too. hehe.
Super love the chalkboard mason jars!!!!
I love this faux wainscoting!
ellen casper says
Awesome project, Vanessa … thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! I know how much you all enjoy your meals out on your deck and savor every second! I just wish I could be there … carrying your fabulous newly painted “whatchamacallit” out to the deck in one hand with one of your “incredible cocktails” in the other! Maybe someday … xoxo
it is so hot this summer, I’d rather paint little things that are manageable inside like this cute frame: https://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/07/how-to-make-distressed-family-frame.html
Great Giveaway! I made some plant markers for my garden this summer and it was a fun and easy DIY! https://www.thehappierhomemaker.com/2013/06/diy-wine-cork-plant-marker.html
Jenn/Rook No. 17 says
This post came to mind since I bought all the materials at Home Depot, which included blue tape: https://www.rookno17.com/2013/06/4th-of-july-diy-star-spangled.html
I like the way the striped wall turned out in the kitchen at https://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/how-to-paint-stripes
This is fantastic! Mason Jars, chalkboard labels, stenciling… it is all there. Thanks for the great idea!
Elena Jones says
So cute! https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/07/diy-picture-frame-5.html
Sheila Vives says
My favorite DIY was yours. Loved your write-up, you gave this not so talented crafter the courage to be brave. https://www.atthepicketfence.com/2013/08/diy-stenciled-dining-caddy-with-mason-jars.html
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says
My most fave recent DIY project was painting and adding hardware to our master bath cabinets: https://www.domestically-speaking.com/2013/08/builder-boring-to-gorgeous-gray-cabinets.html
Jo @ Let's Face the Music says
My favorite painting project this summer was an old, homemade TV cabinet repainted to use in the garden. https://charlieandjo.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/garden-cabinet/ Jo @ Let’s Face the Music
Ashley C says
I really want to do this DIY fire pit project by the end of the summer:
Laura / The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles says
I love the way your Dining Caddy turned out! I’m also a fan of the ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape – it rocks, especially with stencils! Here’s one of my favorite painting projects that I created: https://pinterest.com/pin/185984659581947295/
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Amy Orvin says
I like this one: https://www.atthepicketfence.com/2013/08/how-to-make-framed-fabric-wall-art.html
I would love to do this project: https://www.thriftyandchic.com/2010/04/hanging-mason-jars-from-pb.html. Thank you!
I just bought a house so I’m painting up a storm!! I actually do have a wooden crate like that, that I garbage picked from my neighbor. I need to paint it as well!
I LOVE the way this turned out! I’ll admit I’m terriable for trying to do things like this without tape. I love how this turned out though so I guess I better get some. 😉
Those are so cute!!! I have to tape everything when painting, let’s just say I don’t have a very sturdy hand 🙂 xxoo
Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says
Oh my. I LOVE this project! I love the look of this and how convenient it is. I’ll use it just to tote snacks up and down the stairs and food props to and from the dining room table! 😀 LOVE. I did these painted pots + succulents and I have to say I’m loving them! https://offbeatandinspired.com/2013/05/30/painted-pots-succulents/
Sarah | offbeat + inspired says
I LOVE this! I’ve got lots of jars kicking around my house that were just waiting for this inspiration. 🙂 One of my summer projects I have yet to do is this front porch makeover – My concrete steps definitely need this! https://www.eastcoastcreativeblog.com/2013/06/summer-porch-makeover.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRealHousewivesOfBucksCounty+%28The+Real+Housewives+of+Bucks+County%29
Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life says
Ah! A cute & handy way to corral all my mason jars! LOVE IT!! Thanks for the inspiration, as always!!
I’d love to do this – build my own chicken coop!
I am looking forward to combining my two sons and painting their room like this one: https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/boys-room/boys-bedroom-reveal.html Thanks for the chance to win!
Great projects, and as summer winds down, still enough time to get a few done! I like the painting patio furniture tutorial, as I have a set of patio furniture that has been screaming at me to get it painted and brought back to life. I just might tackle this before fall hits…
Great project. My favorite paint project of the summer is a chair makeover.
Here’s a really cute painting project that I can’t wait to try! It’s my new favorite!
Painted Straw Totes
Love this project from Cupcakes and Crinoline: https://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/2013/08/my-trash-to-treasure-outdoor-garden-bench/
this planked wall idea….debating for the staircase
Want to paint my front door!
I am in love with this porch swing from Ana White and Shanty2Chic:
I love this 4th of July mantle. Plus it has a template for the cute pennant 🙂 https://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2012/06/4th-of-july-mantel.html
I am sharing my “milk and cream” table…It was destroyed and I brought it back with paint and love..:)
Lisa Brown says
Making fun cushions for an outdoor swing bench – https://pinterest.com/pin/277675133248304682/
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com
Meghan Finley says
https://blog.cuttingedgestencils.com/painting-ideas-with-stencils-diy-paisley-tabletop.html is something I’ve been wanting to tackle
Barb Swartz says
Here is a makeover I did to a FREE wicker dresser
Katie Contests says
I love this breadbox-turned-docking station! https://pinterest.com/pin/164662930098839880/
Gail Marshall says
Could really use that giftcard updating my kitchen. Every little bit helps
That looks so good!
P.s. this was so yummy… I even added some vodka 🙂
Here is my favorite, the one I want to do this summer: https://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-wood-planked-wall.html
Except I want to do it in my laundry room and/or my entry way. And I want to use a gray stain. Plus, I wouldn’t do it all the way to the ceiling. Just as high as I would do a beadboard treatment.
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