Glass Bottle Decoration

Glass Bottle Decoration

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.

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Whisky Bottles

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 have used black chalkboard paint on a vase before and of course on my Spice Jar Lids and used a base of Poly Surface Prep, so I thought I’d do the same.

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.

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Chalk Paint

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.

And voila!

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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.

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6 Comments

  1. Christina S

    July 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

    This is great! I have a daughter who collects all sorts of glass bottles because she likes their shapes, but doesn’t know what to do with them. This is a great idea that I am going to show her. Now to Pin this… 🙂

    1. Delphine

      July 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Christina, thank you for your comment, I hope your daughter likes the idea. I have yet to work out how to create pins, I’ll get there!

  2. Lola

    July 27, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I love the perfect blend of vintage and modern with these bottles! I used found bottles as part of my wedding decor, and I’m still stumped about where to display them in my house.

    1. Delphine

      July 27, 2016 at 6:33 am

      Hi Lola, thank you for your comment, the possibilities with bottles are endless, they look great on a side board, in a shelf, or even simply on their own on the floor. I’ll have some more photos soon!

  3. tracymcvety

    April 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Love how these turned out! Great Job!

    1. Delphine

      April 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Tracy, I’m very happy with them! I have many more bottles, I wonder what to do with them!

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