Thursday, September 05, 2013

DIY: Spray Paint and Glitter Bottles

I spent way too much time on Pinterest last weekend.  So much time, in fact, that I mistakenly started to believe I was capable of re-creating some of the DIY projects I've pinned in the past.  Mike and I had a few empty glass bottles sitting in the kitchen and I wanted to paint them.  I had no specific purpose or use for them in mind, but I decided to give it a try.

I didn't follow a tutorial and that may have been my first mistake.

Step 1: Peel off the label and wash the bottle to make sure there's no sticky residue.

Step 2: Spray with paint.  My issue with spray painting is that you have to do it with quick bursts, light coats, and wait for like 20 years for things to dry before moving on to the next step.  I just don't have time for that.  So I sprayed one coat, counted to 10, waved it around in the air to expedite the drying process, and then applied more paint.  If you make sure you're holding the paint can far enough away from the target, you should avoid gloopy areas and drippage.  "Gloopy" and "drippage" are not words but let's just assume you know what I mean.

Step 3:  Spray with clear top coat or lacquer.  Then apply glitter.  Then spray with top coat again.  And again.

Step 4:  Wait for the top coat to dry (I boring) and then brush off any particles of glitter that are sticking out or looking jagged.  Then spray with one more top coat to make sure the glitter is nice and stuck to the bottle.

To give it a sort of "hombre" effect, I made the paint thicker at the bottom and slowly thinned it out up top.  This was mainly because I was holding it by the neck and didn't want to get paint all over my fingers.  Stylistically, I think it works.  Aesthetically, it may have been better to paint the whole bottle.


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