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June 21, 2012

99 Bottles of Fun on the Wall

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Yesterday's cliffhanger is about to be solved.  I love plaster-look objects and after I painted the bird, I used the rest of the can of matte white spray paint and made:

 

I had a blank spot on top of the armoire, in the guest room, that I wanted to fill with something cheap, maybe even temporary, until I found something I love.  The bottles did the trick . . .



How-To:

This project was simple, and I certainly didn't re-invent the wheel here.  I think I'm the millionth person to spray paint a bottle!


I hauled the bottles out into the garage.  I placed them spouts down, on a piece of cardboard, and gave their bottoms a few light mists of Tremclad Matte White Spray Paint.  After 48 hours, I flipped the bottles over and sprayed a few more light coats.  I ended up needing a second can of paint, because my dark glass bottles needed more paint for coverage.  I recommend clear glass bottles because they require much less paint (and effort). 

I primed a few, first, for comparison and found that just painting was good enough for lazy old me.   But do a coat of primer if you find that your items need to be a little more durable. 



The only trouble is, after I painted the bottles, I realized guests store the pillows up there.  Oops.  Now I'm not so sure.  But then I spotted this 2011 installation by Matthew Brannon on mint and now want a whole wall of bottles, with some painted different colours.  We'll see where this goes . . .

Photo via mint
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26 comments

  1. love it! so nice and clean looking.

    I did something similar with my bottles a few months ago, but gave the bottles a dipped look (because I can't help but make things tacky...haha): http://sandpaperandglue.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/a-little-somethin-somethin/

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    1. Ooo, I'll have to check that out! I tried doing a dipped look, too. Mine didn't turn out :( I'll have to share, because it was a little funn!

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  2. They look awesome! It always amazes me what a coat of spray paint can do! I love that bottle wall!!

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    1. Thanks! I know, spray paint can do amazing things.

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  3. Just lovely. I hope you continue adding to the collection!

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    1. Glug glug. I'm workin' on it. Wine with breakfast, anyone?

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  4. omg I love this idea :)they looks so good

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    1. Thanks! You are so chic, I'm thrilled you like them!

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  5. OMG! Tanya, you totally read my mind lol. This was my "to-do" diy project fort this weekend! Now that i see you're bottles, im even more confident to do it! Any outdoor spray paint is fine right?

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    1. I have only used Tremclad and Krylon brand and both work well, as long as you follow the instructions (they really vary). I think a primer is your safest bet, but I found this Tremclad paint worked well without it. There are spray & primer in one's that are really cool.

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    2. awesome, thanks for the tips :) any decorating plans for this weekend?

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    3. No problem, I'm happy to help! Not this weekend - I have some thrifting, de-cluttering, etsy-shop opening, and road-tripping to do first! Details this week . . .

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    4. Exciting!!! Keep us posted :)

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  6. Looks good but I agree a fancy wall of bottles would look cool! That's a lot of wine drinking!

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  7. Hihetetlen, hogy egy borosüveg és festék kombinációjából mit lehet kihozni! Gratulálok!

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  8. Cute! I'm sure the pillows can be stored elsewhere :)

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  9. What an awesome idea! Love it!!! And like Amy said, I bet your pillows won't mind finding another place to call home ;-)

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  10. I have some empty bottles and I absolutely love the this look! What a gorgeous vignette! :)

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  11. Looks good! I'm going to share this with my friend who's got lots of wedding centerpieces to work on this month. :)

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  12. Any idea who makes the wall shelves?

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    1. The artist and where I found the image are both linked :)

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