Painted & Distressed Vintage Embossed Apothecary Bottles

The moment I discovered painted and distressed Mason jars on the internet I was smitten with the look. It got me thinking about embossed glass and I decided to try out the look on a few vintage apothecary bottles I had in my studio. I painted them with basic two-dollar acrylic paints and was so happy with the results.Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_10 I did learn while experimenting that light color paint is the way to go. Darker colors don’t allow enough contrast between the paint and the distressed areas. I began collecting more and more bottles online and in local shops. When shopping, remember that the condition of the inside of the bottle is of no real concern, so you may find bottles with inner grunge at a good price. Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_01I decided to paint my entire collection, even the ones I’d previously painted, in taupe-greys and white-blue to create a lovely decoration for our mantle. I painted each bottle with Martha Stewart Crafts™ Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint. Each bottle received two coats with about one hour drying time between coats.Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_02I used a wooden dowel to manipulate reach bottle as I painted and turn upside down to paint the bottoms. Then all skewered bottles were placed in a test tube rack I found somewhere.Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_03 Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_04Once dry, I used fine grit sandpaper to sand embossed areas of type, bottle edges and rim. Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_06Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_07Here is my newly painted and distressed apothecary bottle collection with trims of foliage from around our yard tucked into each, accented with faux floral berries.Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_08Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_09Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_11 Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_12 Cathe_Holden_Embossed_Bottles_13

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8 Responses to Painted & Distressed Vintage Embossed Apothecary Bottles

  1. #1 - Wendy says:

    You always seem to make something cool out of almost nothing. Now that is what talent looks like.

  2. #2 - Linda facci says:

    Love, love, love this! The collection on your mantel is beautiful!

  3. #3 - katie says:

    I love this. I have a bunch of old apothecary bottles that I love. Some of them have horribly dirty insides and no matter what I do I can’t get them clean. Perfect solution!!!

  4. #4 - Juli O says:

    Love it. I feel a craft-lift coming on!

  5. #5 - fotografas says:

    Thanks for you time to write this material, Love your blog.

  6. #6 - Ruthann Hedge says:

    What a coincidence……..My daughter just brought me two boxes of old glassware, some engraved, and asked me if I could paint something on them for her. I was thinking of doing some kind of a design on some of the glass bottles, but like your idea of solid colors. I’ll try to get painting on them in a day or two.

  7. #7 - Jeanine Lucas says:

    You did an absolute wonderful transformation of the bottles. I love your colors. So beautiful.

  8. #8 - Jeanine Lucas says:

    Oh! just want to ad, my son lives in Petaluma. Love that part of the country. You are very fortunate, it’s gorgeous. You are very talented. Thank you for sharing your techniques.