Repurposed Tuscan Oil Bottles
I just can't throw away a beautiful bottle! A while back when I began using grape seed oil that came in gorgeous bottles, I stashed them away each time I emptied one - just waiting for inspiration to strike. A little paint and a couple of embellishments later was just the cure for my Tuscan fever.
These bottles are so pretty to me. I love their shape and style - just too nice to toss.
I started by removing the label and washing out the bottle to remove the oily residue.
After it was clean and dry, I gave it 3 coats of white chalk paint.
When the chalk paint was dry, I gave it a generous coating of crackle medium. The "trick" to getting a good crackle is to make sure you apply a really good coat; the thicker the crackle medium, the more dramatic the effect.
After the crackle medium was dry, I began applying the top coat. I worked on this project outside and because it was so hot, the paint dried quickly and the effects were almost instantaneous. For the final color, I only applied one coat.
Next I applied a layer of tacky glue around the neck of the bottle...
and began wrapping twine around from the bottom to the top, tucking the ends under at the beginning and end.
I love the look that was really beginning to speak Tuscan to me! All that was left was the stopper.
I chose a gorgeous Tuscan-styled drawer knob from Hobby Lobby (which just so happened to be half price that week - don't you just love Hobby Lobby and their awesome sales?) The original cork was perfect after removing it from the cap, and all it needed was a little hole to twist the knob into.
Done! I pressed it back down into the bottle, and was so happy with the results:
These bottles are easily adaptable to other decorating styles with just a change of paint and embellishments. Don't toss those gorgeous bottles! Repurpose them into unique decor.
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