Well, sort of vintage bottles…. they will look it when you are finished.
I was given a collection of clear glass bottles with corks, (without labels), and was wondering what to do with them. Perusing online, I found some great old labels which were a whizz to download, print out and use on the bottles.
Some of the titles are hilarious, I am especially fond of ‘White Oil – For Man and Beast’, what this was used for once upon a time I have no idea?!
I enclose the files that you can use below, they are jpegs and good enough quality to print out and use yourself. What will you use them for?
Remember the days when everyone had been travelling, went to India and came home inspired to create an ethnic look in their house? This cupboard was the result of my travels in early years, and has been with me for ages. However, it is really heavy, very dark, has ring marks on the top and did not fit in any more with the rest of the house, but it is a useful little item and so I thought I would give it a revamp so it sat better in the house.
This project was incredibly quick, took a couple of hours one afternoon and the cabinet has been transformed. First I slapped on some chalk paint, Annie Sloan’s Country Grey which is great neutral shade, all over the cabinet and on the inside of the door. I even painted the iron bars and the handle and catches.
Then I waxed the cupboard with clear wax and buffed it up to a nice sheen. The bars still looked a bit odd and very Jali, so I found some fabric I had lying around, which is a hessian printed with alliums. I cut a piece slightly larger than the opening in the door, ironed the hems back flat and neat and attached it with my staple gun.
To hide the staples I stuck on some ribbon, and then covered the corner joins with some buttons.
The finished cupboard looks lovely, and tricked my husband into thinking it was a new piece for a while. Job done!
I love the Ikea Hackers website, (who have put up my upcycled lights DIY instructions), and saw this other great idea today for apothecary chests… aren’t people brilliant!