Holly Grace
Holly Grace
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Trash To Treasure

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Good evening fellow DIYers! I was over at my in-laws this past weekend, and my mother-in-law asked my husband to help her return all their empties. My husband being the great son that he is, was only too happy to help out his mom. I got a good one ladies!:)
As they were packing up the Jeep, I wandered over to take a gander at what they were packing up. My father-in-law is quite the collector of fine liqueurs, and fine liqueurs tend to come in some pretty cool looking bottles. I swiped some bottles out of the box they were packing up. Don’t worry I gave my mother-in-law the 50 cents she would have got for returning them… wink, wink.
Anyways, there is a DIY that I have been wanting to do for a while now, and these bottles were perfect.
Keep reading to see how I turned old liquor bottles into chic liquor decanters.
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-Old liquor bottles
-Wine corks
-Fancy drawer pulls
-Paint (color of your choosing)
-E6000 glue (not pictured here)
** Just a little side note – I bought two clear glass drawer pulls from Home Depot. They were a little pricey. They were $5.88 each! But they were well worth it. The other three tops I had were crystal picks from the store that my mother and I own. We got these from a wholesale supplier. If you do this DIY, try and get really creative and see what you come up with for the decanter topper.
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So this was probably the most annoying part of the whole project — trying to get the labels off. Sooooo annoying. They really stick those things on there. I soaked the bottles in super hot water with Blue Dawn dish soap. I let them soak for quite a while. I was busy doing other projects, so I am not sure exactly how long, but for at least an hour the bottles were soaking. By the time I got back to them, I was able to scrub off the labels with a scrub brush.
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I set the bottles out to dry and then started working on the corks. I got these corks from Dollarama. The corks were too wide to fit in the mouth of the bottles.
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I cut the corks down the side, starting at about a quarter of the way from the top. I used just a regular army knife. You could use an Exacto knife, too.
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I used my favorite glue in the whole wide world, E6000, to glue the drawer pulls to the tops of the corks.
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Time for the fun part — spray paint! I love this stuff!
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The key to a good spray paint job is to first read the can to see how far to hold the can away, and spray nice light and even coats.
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I roughed up the edges on some of the bottles with a little bit of 80 grit sandpaper.
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And viola!
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I haven’t fully decided, but I may use my Cricut to cut something to put on the fronts of the bottles. I will think on that, though.
To see the full post please check out my blog! https://bythestand.com/2016/07/20/trash-to-treasure/

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Holly Grace

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3 of 4 questions
  • Pho7929009
    on Jul 25, 2016


  • Vic26094598
    on Jun 24, 2017

    Just a suggestion. You might consider using tooth paste with either a q-tip or toothbrush to take off the labels, stickers or price tags of the bottles. Then rub it off with a cotton towel. Works perfectly.
    Thank you for this idea for the bottles.
  • Char
    on Feb 13, 2019

    Does the paint stay on? It is just sprayed or do you put something on after so the paint won’t chip or wash off?

    • Holly Grace
      on Feb 15, 2019

      Hi Char! I have had these bottles in my home since making them almost 4 years ago and I haven’t had so much as a chip 😀 I didn’t coat them with anything 😀 hope this helps!

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  • Laura Clement
    on Sep 5, 2016

    I have 2 beautiful wine bottles that I want to make lamps,but the labels are painted on any ideas as to removing the paint and not marring the color or the bottles?

  • Littlekat
    on Aug 11, 2017

    I like to paint Crown Royal bottles flat black first. That way, when you sand it on the raised areas, they really stand out. Also fun for crackle glaze or paste, or other crackle finish. Crown bottles are great for this as the label section is just deep enough to use dimensional magic or resin.
    , Bluegreen over black Lichen and a bit of sagebrush root with sea shell bits, Tan over black Lighthouse download and shell boat this one still gets lots of Pinterest saves, Tan over black crackle with embossed mandala and metal embellishments
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