Thursday, August 2, 2012

Antiquing New Bottles - A Tutorial

When I'm out thrifting, one of the things I look for are old bottles and jars. I love using them in my home or as gift containers.  However, it seems like they are getting harder and harder to find ... (at  a good price anyway).   I finally decided to start saving some of my new bottles and jars to see if I could give them the aged look that really appeals to me.  This is my first experiment, so I thought I'd share it with you guys.
a new
Spice Jar & Vanilla Bottle
(sorry I don't have a before picture, but you know what a new bottle looks like)
This is what I did 
  1. I poured about 1/2 tsp of the sepia decoupage finish into each bottle, then rolled it around to spread it out.  
  2. Then I added about 1 tsp of water to each bottle and shook it to mix the two mediums.  I didn't pre-mix the water & decoupage because I wanted the coating to look uneven or blotchy.   (Just experiment with ratios until you get the color you want)
  3. Once the entire surface area had been coated, I flipped the bottles upside down on a drying rack to drain and dry over night.
Note:   The sepia decoupage finish was just something I had on hand, but you could probably use paint or another medium as well.  

Finishing Touch
I tore strips of book pages and stained them 
with my leftover morning coffee...  
let them dry ... then glued them as labels to each bottle.
I think I'm on the right track ... What do you think?

Have you tried anything like this...?
If you have I'd love to hear your tips!