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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.
Antiquing
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!


31 comments:

  1. They are so cute..your little vignette makes the photo for sure! love those rusty finials. When I get my art room, I'm going to be trying a lot of your ideas!

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  2. Very interesting.

    Come see my post tomorrow - k?

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  3. I love aged glass, too. My problem is my daughter puts water in every open container around... including marker caps. She's into EVERYTHING! I like how you have these styled with the little twiggy branches. Perfect for a winter tablescape!

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  4. I would say definitely, Yes!!! What a great idea.

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  5. Great job! Turned out perfect, going to have to remember this.
    Shelley

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  6. Hmmm...nope. I haven't tried anything quite so pretty as that. I love the old pages added like labels though.
    I DID add some jute recently to some jars that hold ocean water in them.
    I also love those rusted fence post topper-thingies! Pat

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  7. Yes you are on the right track, they look great. I like the labels that you added too, Laura

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  8. They are really, really cute! Nope-I haven't tried anything like those but I do love them. Adding the old pages was a great idea! xo Diana

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  9. These are really cute. I've been saving some old bottles meaning to do something with me. I just never seem to have time to get to them.

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  10. Fantastic idea. I'm going to try this for sure. I'm now following and am sharing your post on my Once Upon A Firefly FB page today. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  11. Hi Geneva, I just found our blog from finding pictures of your beautiful home on your YouTube video. Is your home a Clayton Home, by any chance? It looks similar in some parts to mine, which is a Clayton manufactured home. I have a tour of my home, if you are interested in seeing it. Below is the direct URL to my tour:

    http://joyfulchristianhomemaking.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-love-my-house.html

    I'm going to swing here by your blog later, and take a look around. It looks like you not only have a beautiful house to live in, but also a beautiful blog home online.

    It's nice to "meet" you. :-)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by... it's always nice to meet another mobile home owner. Our home is a Fleetwood built in 2000...I looked at your link and definitely see some similarities though. I appreciate you stopping by...it's a pleasure to meet you too.

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    2. I've heard the Fleetwoods are pretty nice, and I see they are. :-) Mine is a Clayton 1997.

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  12. i really love this idea--i wouldn't have thought to use the decoupage finish for this! so clever, geneva:) and the book pages were the perfect finishing touch! happy weekend!

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  13. You are so clever, Geneva. I have never seen any of these being made - it is interesting to see the process. Wouldn't it be special if we could use our favorite quotes, sayings, and verses and wrap them around the bottle? I want my own creative bottle now!
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  14. Oh yes, you are on the right track! They are very pretty for what seems to be such a simple technique! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  15. Love the subtle aging! I've tried this technique for tinting bottles {add food coloring} but I really like how you mimic the old, thicker glass bottles without the color added ... and the labels are the perfect vintage touch!

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  16. Gosh, this seems so easy. I've never even seen sepia decoupage, I'm a bit behind! Thanks for the idea.
    Karee

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  17. What a cool way to age your bottles! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. These look fabulous! And I love the book pages on the bottle. I hope to try this soon! :)

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  19. Geneva, they really do look vintage. I saved a new bubble bath bottle that I thought had a unique shape. Wondering if I should try this. Thanks for sharing your tips with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  20. What a clever idea! They really look authentic! The book pages wrapped around them really gives the bottles the unique look that I have seen at so many vintage shops. Found you from Very Merry Vintage Style.

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  21. This is so pretty! I would never think to do this. Great work, thank you so much for sharing at my party!

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  22. You're definitely on the right track! The bottles really do look like old bottles with the paint treatment!

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  23. Hi Geneva: What a pretty idea--these bottles are so charming, and the book page labels are the perfect finishing touch!

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  24. So darling~ sharing them at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  25. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday at 2805! Thanks for being a great contributor!

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  26. Love it! How creative to find a way to make your bottles look old. Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. {Sorry I'm running late, I've been on vacation.}

    Warmly, Michelle

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  27. Geneva where are you getting your royal coat from I used to use it all the time then Wal Mart stopped carrying it I like it better than Modge Podge would love a clue in thanks RaNae

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  28. شركة تتميز بجميع الخبرات في تقديم اعمالها المتميزة في الكشف عن التسريبات من خلال شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة التي تعطي كل ما لديها في اصلاح العديد من المشاكل التي تحدث نتيجة كسر او عطل مفاجئ في امدادت المياه لذلك ننصحم ان تعتمد علي شركة كشف تسربات بجدة لديه سباكين وفنين لديهم الخبرة في حل هذه المشكلة بكل سهولة كما نمتلك لديها القدرة علي تنفيذ اعمال العوازل من خلال شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض التي تعالج تسريبات المياه في الاسقف والحوائط كما نقدم خدمة العزل السليمة للخزانات الارضي والعلوي الخرسانية بواسطة فني متميزة لديه القدرة علي معالجة كل ذلك بسهولة من خلال شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض تمتلك مواد ذات جودة متميزة

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