I am one of those people who is not afraid to grab something that is on its way to the trash or that someone else has cast off on the side of the road. Besides being free, I love transforming old and used pieces into something new and beautiful. I’m always looking out for pieces large and small that can be re-purposed into something else. So with that in mind I saved these old sparkling cider bottles that were left over from our night ringing in the new year.
Bottles are actually something I save a lot. Everything from spaghetti jars to salsa jars to bottles like these. The shapes are unique and they can be used for so many things. I wanted to turn these bottles into some pretty vases so I started with removing the labels.
Some labels are more stubborn than others and simply pulling off the paper won’t work. So I broke out my De-Solv-It, which I always use to remove sticky labels. You can tell I use it a lot since this bottle is almost out! After spraying the solution on and letting it sit for a few minutes the label was much easier to scrape off using a razor blade.
It did take a little bit of elbow grease, but in under five minutes both of the bottles were clean and ready to be painted.
I took advantage of a very unusually warm day to go outside and do some spray painting. Since it was so nice I took care of quite a few projects at once and I’ll share some of those next week.
I have yet to tire of painting things a fresh coat of white. I just love the clean, simple look. After giving these bottles-now-vases a few coats of white spray paint I embellished them with some charms I found in the dollar bins at Michaels that I strung onto some twine.
To think that these were headed for the trash… what pretty little vases they turned into. I’m also in love with these charms. I’m kind of wishing I had grabbed more.
And just to prove that I mean it when I say I’m not above decorating with discarded items the frame, the clock, and all those books were pieces that other people were throwing away. I’m more than happy to give them a new home.
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