Have you ever tried adding a glass bottle decoration to your home? I have been wondering what to do with my collection of whisky bottles for some time and I finally decided to give it a try. I don’t drink whisky but I like the bottles: the glass is thick, I find the shapes and colours interesting and sometimes they have embossed writing, which I love… There is a vintage feel about them and they don’t have that ugly twist top.
I have been collecting whisky bottles for some time and wondering what I would use them for. I have been wanting to use chalk paint for some time and came across a great tutorial on itallstartedwithpaint.com on how to paint and distress Mason jars. So I thought I’d give it a try.
I bought some Rustoleum chalk paint and protective top coat and away I went. The paint is thick and doesn’t dry smooth, which I wasn’t sure about initially. The brushstrokes are quite visible.
I used two coats, leaving the bottles to dry completely between the coats. I then used sand paper to distress the paint, especially on the embossed writing. The grade I used was a little fine, so I would recommend a thicker grade. The bottles don’t have a great deal of embossed writing so the distressing is limited , but enough for what I wanted to achieve. Obviously, the more embossing there is, the more fun you’ll have distressing!
Then I finished with the protective top coat, which gave the bottles a matte, waxy finish (there is a glossy finish available). I think this is important if you want to set the aspect of the bottles.
A simple and elegant touch of shabby chic in your house!
Now, tell me, is there anything I should have done differently? I actually wonder is the coat of PSP was absolutely necessary…
If you are looking for further ideas on table decor, I have posts on a Paper Garland, a Coastal Christmas Table and ideas for Valentine’s Day. I love decorating with bottles so much I have a dedicated Pinterest board.