Hi everyone! I’m really excited about today’s project, because I have an altered bottle tutorial to share with you!
I love anything shabby or distressed, and a shabby altered bottle is something I’ve wanted to create for quite some time.
I started with this empty Trader Joe’s Maple Syrup bottle. I loved the shape of it, which is probably part of the reason I purchased the syrup!
I painted the bottle with two coats of Americana Decor Chalky Paint, in a pretty pink shade called Innocence. I painted right over the existing labels on the front and back, as the circle outline would provide a nice border for a vintage decoupaged image.
While the paint dried, I printed out and measured the vintage graphic I chose for the front and back of the bottle. I found this graphic at The Graphic Fairy’s website here. She has an amazing collection of vintage images!
Here’s the images cut out and sprayed with acrylic sealer. I used Antique Mod Podge to decoupage them onto the bottle.
I dry-brushed some Chalky Paint in an ivory shade called Whisper to provide a bit of depth and some aging. When you dry brush, you use very little paint on the tips of the brush, and lightly brush that paint here and there all over the bottle.
Once the bottle was dry, I distressed it using both a sanding block and an emery board. This gives it even more of an aged appearance.
I sanded down to the glass in certain areas, especially where natural aging would occur on the handles, edges, and the bottle’s opening.
Make sure to distress any decoupaged images to give an aged appearance. Some of the Trader Joe’s label came through when I sanded, adding to the aged look even further.
Using creme wax over Chalky Finish paint isn’t necessary, but I like to use it to add depth and to give an old-world, aged look. I mixed Americana Decor creme waxes in clear and brown shades.
I dipped a plastic spoon into the brown wax and let most of it drip back into the jar.
I put a small amount of clear wax (which looks milky white but dries clear) in a recycled jar lid, then used the plastic spoon (with the brown wax on it) to mix the two wax colors together.
Here’s the color I ended up with. If you want it lighter, add more clear wax; to make it darker add more brown wax.
I applied the wax with a cotton swab to a small section of the bottle:
I spread the wax using the cotton swab, leaving some spots more textured than others:
I continued applying wax in small sections until the entire bottle was covered. Then I let it dry.
I buffed the bottle just a bit, and then it was time to add some decorative ribbons. I wrapped strips of vintage seam binding and vintage lace trim around the bottle opening and tied it in a knot. Easy peasy!
Here’s a close-up of the lower half:
Here’s the front of my Shabby Altered Bottle:
And here’s what the back looks like:
Have you altered bottles before? Now that I’ve finally created one in a shabby style, I’ll definitely be making more of these!