Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paint Dipped Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles

When I first started saving our empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles, I don't think Mr. Concrete even noticed. 
Fast forward six months and one entirely covered shelf in the kitchen, and it went a little beyond noticing
It's possible my inability to tell him what all those "dumb bottles" were being saved for, could have added to his irritation, but what's a girl to do?
I just knew there was a fantastic use waiting for them, if only I held out long enough. 
And lo and behold, I was right! 



Turns out, I had a craft room I was trying to organize, and these little babies were just the ticket.
Pretty them up with a little paint and throw a bunch of sewing notions, paper cut-outs and craft supplies in them? Yep. It was genius I tell you!

Ok, well maybe not genius, but Mr. Concrete at least decided I wasn't totally crazy {well, not about the bottles anyway}.

These were uber easy to do, so let's get to the fun part.



Paint dipped is exactly what happened. 
I dunked the bottoms of each bottle into my paint color of choice, let it drip for a bit, then used a table knife to scrape some of the excess paint from the very bottom. 
I got lucky with a few of the colors, and had them already in a gallon bucket which made dipping simple. All but one of the other colors were in small craft-paint bottles which were poured into wide mouth Gladware containers. 
Just don't overfill these, or the paint will come soaring over the top when you dip the bottles. 

The white bottles were the only ones that weren't actually dipped.

When I started this project, it was in the midst of painting the shelves in the craft room, so I already had the white paint in a tray for rolling. You can see in the photo below, the white bottles have kind of a scalloped look. I rolled the bottom of the bottle in the paint tray, and this was the effect I got. 


I took the photo above to post on Instagram right after the bottles had dried. About the time I hit publish, I noticed how annoying those little date stamps are. Somehow I hadn't paid any attention to them while I was painting, but now they were all I could see.

I brain stormed for a few minutes, and luckily came up with the perfect solution.

Nail Polish Remover

Worked like a dream.




Dip the end of a Q-tip in the nail polish remover and rub it across the numbers. No need to get aggressive, the numbers will disappear with no effort.





Just like it was never there. 

The final step was the lids. I hauled them and some white spray paint out to the lawn on a piece of cardboard. Little did I know it would start to rain a few minutes after I finished spraying, so some of them have little bubbles in the paint. This... does not bother me at all.





You can check out the Craft Room Reveal as well as all the details shared to date on this room using the links below.

Craft Room Reveal
Horribly disturbing and humiliating BEFORE Photo!
Getting the room organized, not pretty, just functional.
DIY Cabinet Pedestal to store the laundry baskets.
Chalkboard Wall Paint DISASTER
Stencilled Cork Board
Adding my personal touch to my Lamps.com lamp.










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13 comments:

  1. Another thing I need to copy...but I have NO place to put them at this time. This one will have to be filed away for later!

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  2. I love the color of the blue you did with the first bottle. Do you have the color name and brand, please? Good to know about the polish remover too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! The blue is Tropical Bay by Valspar.

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  3. Such a cute idea, and I love the tip about the nail polish remover! Wonder if it works on cans, also? Thanks for sharing! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

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  4. So cute! And I love knowing fingernail polish will take off that date! My teenager likes those drinks - I'll have to start saving the bottles!

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  5. Love these so much! I've been decorating those Starbucks bottles in different ways but I love the sweet simplicity and colors of your idea. I need to get me some more frappuchino, stat.

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  6. great new idea to me I think these would be awesome thanks for sharing
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  7. I love this. I have some mini mason jars that I just might try this with.

    Thanks for linking up to our Twirl and Take a Bow Party. Hope to see you again this Tuesday!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

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  9. I love the way they turned out. Thanks for the tip on using nail polish remover to get the date stamps off.

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  10. I love pretty storage ideas! The pastels are perfect.
    And great tip about the nail polish remover

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  11. I would like to try the dipping process and it looks to be interior house paint but what finish? Satin? Semi-gloss? Or does it matter?

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    1. Hi Krista!
      I used Satin finish, but I don't think I would matter. Any would work.

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