I had a comment on my last post from Theresa who wanted to know how I painted the lids for my jars.
Well Theresa, here you go... First I sanded both lids and the knobs with some sandpaper http://woodzone.com/Merchant2/articles/sandpaper/index.htm (sandpaper guide) to help the paint stick to the surface (I used 150 grit). I then painted the lids by using white craft paint by Apple Barrel. I did two coats...using a hairdryer (to speed up the process...but I think the HOT heat from the hairdryer gave the paint a crackle affect...? Then I took 220 grit sandpaper to the edges and knobs until the wood started to show through. After sanding, I took a sponge brush and applied a coat of Minwax stain in dark walnut. http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/ (color of stains) Then I took a clean cloth and quickly wiped the stain away...this enhances the color of the wood but makes the paint look old. I then sprayed a clear coat of polyurethane in a satin finish (can be found at Wal-mart in the paint dept.) just to seal the deal!