This is it with the milk bottles…I sort of promise! I just love this grungy, distressed style! And this is one of those things that I’ve seen all over the place, and I didn’t look at an exact tutorial when I made them, although I know I’ve pinned at least one so you’re welcome to check my Pinterest boards!
If you think your bottle may have any type of oil or glue residue, anything, just go ahead and wipe it down with rubbing alcohol, and allow it to dry completely before you begin.
I’m pretty cheap when it comes to decorating, so I just went at this with what I had on hand. I used acrylic paint, doused with a bit of baking soda.
I started by having a drink, just joking. I’ve been using this same bottle for a minute! It does make things a lot easier (I don’t mean having a drink makes it easier…I mean using the bottle to hold your…you know what? Never mind. Go ahead and have a drink.) Then paint a layer on your bottle.
It won’t cover all that well. That’s okay. When it’s dry we’re going to add another, and probably even another! A word of caution here: I just can’t wait…almost every bottle I’ve painted has felt totally dry and against my better judgement I go ahead with coat two…any wet spot will peel off your bottle!! These are distressed, so it’s a little easier to stop and then go back a try to fill it in it later…but it’s not ideal. Wait at least 4-6 hours before the next coat…overnight is better!
When it’s completely covered and dry, the color will determine how many coats you need, it’s time to ruin the paint!
I used what I had on hand, a sanding disc pad that was a pretty rough grit, but a finer sandpaper will give you way more control, a sanding block would likely be ideal…if I could remember to buy one. Start at the bottom to get an idea and control of the pressure for the look you want.
Now you have your very own grungy painted milk bottle! These are not going to hold up to water like this! You can seal with an acrylic sealer if you want to foot that additional cost, but for mine that I have in my house right now, I left them alone. For flower vases I think I would want to seal them, but for a pencil holder it’s fine. What’s the worst that’s going to happen? It’s going to get scuffed?
Do you like this? Have you done this? Share your thoughts!
‘Til next time!