I’m a sucker for anything unique, interesting, or just too nice to throw away.
That’s the case with the gorgeous bottles that my favorite grape seed oil comes in.
One by one, each time I finished a bottle, I’d clean it out and stash it away in the craft room waiting for inspiration to strike.
I’m also a sucker for Tuscan decor.
And these “too nice to throw away” bottles were perfect for some repurposed Tuscan decor. They just needed a little dressing up!
Here’s what I used for their transformation:
- tacky glue
- crackle medium
- 2 contrasting acrylic paints
- a decorative drawer knob
- paint brush
For the base layer, I wanted a simple, flat finish. So, I went with a chalk acrylic especially for glass. It took three coats to get good coverage, but since I was painting outside and the temperatures are outrageous right now, each layer dried in practically no time.
A perfect, flat finish – just what I wanted.
After it was thoroughly dry, I gave it a good coat of crackle medium.
This is no time to skimp. The thicker the crackle medium, the more dramatic results you’ll have, so you really want to get a good coat on there.
The crackle medium dries quickly too – especially if you’re doing this outdoors in July with those outrageous temperatures.
Once it’s dry, the crackle medium leaves a glossy finish.
Now comes the fun part – adding the second color.
Don’t you just love this gorgeous Tuscan tan? It’s actually called Teddy Bear Tan, but I thought it was a perfect match with the Tuscan palette.
The crackle started almost immediately, so working quickly was the name of the game. Just look at those gorgeous tiny cracks breaking through.
The Finishing Touches:
Next, I added some tacky glue to the neck of the bottle,
and began wrapping the twine around, overlapping the beginning end,
and tucking the final end under the last row.
For the stopper, I used the original cork that came with the bottle. All I had to do was remove the cap, drill a pilot hole into the center,
and screw the knob into the cork.
I love how they turned out and I think they’re a perfect complement to my growing collection of Tuscan decor.
The next time you have a gorgeous bottle, don’t toss it – create some repurposed decor in the colors and styles you like best.
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