Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m addicted to Pinterest. (This is the part where you say “Hi, Lauren!”) Unfortunately what that means is that for the past 18 months I have been pinning thousands of projects, tricks, recipes, clothes, paint colors, exercises (ha…like that’s ever gonna happen), and who knows what else but very little of it ever makes it to the execution stage. As we prepared to move into our new home at the end of June, I giddily (did I just make up a word?) stared at my various Pinterest boards and couldn’t wait to get started on all the home improvement projects I had lined up. Ask me how many have gotten done so far…yep, none. Of course they all take time…and money…and for any of you who have ever moved and understand how expensive that whole process is (I mean really, $150 for a 7 minute gas inspection?! What a bunch of racket.) you know it will be weeks or months before I even really get started and years…or even decades (I swear I’m never moving again)…until I’m “finished.” Good thing we have declared this our “long-term” home. Please feel free to remind me of this when I say I want to move in a few years. But I digress.
In the weeks leading up to the move, I decided to take a little time out from packing boxes to whip up a quick little DIY for our new mantle. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a fireplace with a mantle at our new house! We haven’t ever had a fireplace (at least not since we each lived with our parents…) and I really miss cozying up next to a fire in the winter. Not to mention all the decorating potential a mantle offers! And somewhere to hang Christmas stockings! Finally! (It’s the little things.) I found this little project, where else, on Pinterest months ago, took a little glance, and thought “yeah, I can do that.” Did I read the directions? Nope. Mostly because they are in Spanish and my Espanol es muy limitado. (Let’s just say I haven’t taken Spanish since my sophomore year of college and that was more than a decade ago.) But the pictures were enough to give me the general idea so allow me to “translate” this crafty (and cheap!) wine bottle makeover for you.
First, you’re gonna need a clear glass bottle. Tinted glass (green or brown) might work but since we’re painting the inside it will obviously affect the final color so I would recommend sticking with something clear. My bottle of choice is from a bottle of rose I found at Trader Joe’s.
I got super lucky with this bottle. I picked it because it had a pretty shape (and lucked out when I discovered the wine inside was pretty tasty too!) and was thrilled to find out after just a minute of soaking in a sink of hot water that the labels were attached with water-based adhesive.
What this means is that I didn’t need any special tools to get the label off besides my sink of hot water. The main label took just a bit of picking but the back and bottom label literally floated off in the sink of water in no time at all. My lucky day! I was dreading breaking out the goo gone and stinking up the house trying to get those bad boys off.
Let your bottle dry upright overnight to make sure all the moisture evaporates (if you try to dry it upside down it will likely collect condensation inside so do yourself a favor and just set it on the counter overnight.) Then gather your materials and get started! For this project, I picked up one of the Valspar samples at Lowe’s in “cooled lava.” (***side note: this paint was a little tricky…you might be better off using an acrylic/craft paint instead!) I hardly used any of the paint at all so there is plenty left over for future DIY projects! The only other things I used were a funnel and a paper towel. Easy right? You can do this!
Place funnel in the top of the bottle. Depending on your funnel size you may need to hold it on. Mine seemed to be just the right size to let it balance on its own…next time I might not be so lucky. Proceed with caution so you don’t end up painting your countertops (though, as you can see, the countertops at our old house left a LOT to be desired so it wouldn’t have been the end of the world to paint them but I’ll leave that up to the new owner.) Pour some paint through the funnel into the bottle. Start out with just a little. Less is more at this point.
Then slowly swirl the paint around in the bottle allowing it to coat the sides completely, adding more paint as needed.
It’s kinda like the energizer bunny…but not…nevermind.
When you get to the end you will really understand why “less is more.” If there’s too much paint in the bottle at the end it’s harder to keep it tidy at the top. Not that you couldn’t wipe excess or drips with a paper towel…I’m just a little too Type-A for that and needed it to be perfect on the first shot.
Ta-da! Ain’t she a beauty?! I am so in love with how this turned out! I have another bottle and paint sample in “steel” (a lighter grey) that I can’t wait to make. This whole project only took about 10-15 minutes (not counting bottle drying time overnight) and it looks really professional because of the super smooth, consistent look from “painting” the inside.
Done any super fast, super easy DIYs around your house lately? Or perhaps you are more like me and have so many pinned you don’t know where to start. 😉 What’s on your craftly DIY short-list as summer draws to a close?