I’m guilty of overthinking projects sometimes. Our mantel was long overdue for a refresh and a pile of old bottles has been taunting me for a bit. Thanks to the invitation to co-host the #upcyclesquad challenge I discovered a fun and quick refresh. With a simple chalk paint project, I painted old antique glass bottles to become vases for the mantel.
I started with some large jugs that had character because of their lines and shapes, but had some stains that would require quite a bit more elbow grease than I was up for. The shorter bottle is an old kerosene lamp jug. It would have had a metal band and handle originally. I love using old bottles in decor because of their shape. I also picked up a little set of drawers at the thrift store that I wanted to bring into the mix.
I lightly sanded both the set of drawers and the jugs. Even after washing the jugs they had a bit of residue on them so by sanding them down I was able to remove that residue for a nice smooth surface that would be ready to paint. For this project I chose Rustoleum chalk paint in charcoal.
For much of the project I used a small foam roller to avoid brush lines. I used a brush only when necessary to keep a clean line or to fill in. Because I wanted a bit of aged, chippy style on the glass 1-2 coats was enough to cover. Shortly after doing the large bottles, I realized I could use many of the small bottles to decorate the mantle, so I painted those as well.
I was worried that using a dark color on the glass would hide the lettering, but I was thrilled to find that the words and logos on the old antique bottles really stood out in the dark color. To emphasize certain words I rubbed them very lightly with high grit (220+) sandpaper. I even had success just rubbing over the letters with my fingers on the tiny little lettering. I was surprised when I saw this!
Oops! I guess I wasn’t supposed to upcycle this old glass bottle. These painted bottles made perfect vessels and vases to decorate my mantel.
I used preserved palm spears and our linen eucalyptus spray to accent the vases on the refreshed mantel. I love the cohesive natural tones with the wood and charcoal accents. I bet right now you are looking around your house for old bottles and a paint brush, but before you start your own upcycle bottle project — check out the other projects from the #upcycle squad!
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Chasida (my partner as guest host): Ever wonder how to repurpose ornate antique light globes or domes? I will show you one simple option here!
Thanks to the Upcycle Squad for inviting me to be a guest host this month! Follow along with these creative ladies to be inspired to thrift, upcycle and re-style!
Lora Bloomquist says
Really like how the words pop when you painted over them; great texture!
Brooke Johnson says
Love this idea! Especially when some bottles will not come clean no matter what you do!
I love everything about this! Paint is such a game changer…I wish people weren’t so afraid of it!
Melanie Ferguson says
These are so amazing and trendy! I love how you took something plain and made it into something perfect for home decor! You’re super creative!
Amazing the transformation with a little paint!