Vintage Bottles ~ Two Ways

One thing I love about vintage bottles is they’re extremely versatile when it comes to decorating. They look pretty all on their own, and they make a visual impact when grouped together. I have several types of old bottles … clear, aqua, altered, milk bottles, etc. I change them out from time to time, putting some in storage while displaying others.

Decorating with Vintage Bottles. Three bottles, two ways. After Christmas I pulled out my gray-painted bottles and created a couple of vignettes.

I haven’t displayed my gray bottles for a while now.


Painted Gray BottlesAt one time these bottles were clear. They’ve been painted and altered.

I purchased the two in front from Rosemary at Villabarnes.


Vintage Bottle Altered to an Old World LookRosemary is such an amazing artist. She first gave her bottles an Old World finish with paint and gesso. She then transferred a flowering basket image to this one.


Fleur-de-lis clay tag adorns an altered bottleA handmade clay tag with a fleur-de-lis completes the altered bottle.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Rosemary at our local flea market. I love her style!


Gray Painted Bottles become candle holders. The first option I chose for my vintage bottles, is to have them serve as candle holders.

I had creamy white tapers from Christmas that fit perfectly.


Altered Bottles become pretty candle holdersThe darker bottle on the right is one that I altered myself.

After painting it in layers, I decoupaged a vintage label on it.

And now for option two …


Painted bottles serve as pretty vases for sprays of rosesI’ve always loved pink and gray together.

Delicate roses look perfect in their gray vases.


Pink Rose Spray in Vintage Painted BottleGray keeps pink from looking too sweet.


Spray Roses pair with gray bottles and white ironstoneI grouped them with a few pieces of my white ironstone.


Rose spray in a gray numbered bottleAfter taking the tapers out of the bottles, I decided I liked the haphazard way they looked on the shelf. Roses aren’t too expensive right now, but closer to Valentine’s Day, the prices will rise.


Creamy white tapers look pretty tucked inside a trio of painted bottles.So what do you think of these vintage bottles?

Would you choose to use them as candle holders …


Vintage bottles painted gray and embellished with pink spray rosesOr would you use them as vases?


Farmhouse dry sink displays white ironstone and painted gray bottles filled with spray rosesI can’t decide, but either way, I like the way they look in my dry sink.

Once the flowers fade I’ll put the candle tapers back in the vintage bottles.


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  1. I love your vintage bottles, Jennifer! Grey and pink is a one of my favorite color combos, too, and I love the way those pink roses look in your grey bottles. Very pretty!
    Hope you have a great day.

  2. Great look either way Jennifer. The tapers create a great look for winter. Hope they are drip-less … I hate cleaning wax off stuff.
    Love how the bottles have been altered. Wish I could do that Old World finish like you have done on your bottle or have the talent that
    Rosemary at Villabarnes has to create that authentic antique look. I have a fountain statue I that needs that look. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy 2015.
    Audrey Z.

  3. I love your site – check it out ever day and I especially love these bottles. Can you tell me what kind of paint you used?

  4. I was scrolling through your posts and fell in love – all over again – with these painted bottles. I love your tutorials – how about one on how to create these bottles? (Sadly, Rosemary at Villabarnes has sold out and probably will not be making these again). Thanks.