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Oct232011

Ideas for Wine Bottles and Corks 

I love a glass of wine at the end of  the day to wind down and relax so I always have an accumulation of bottles and corks.   Picking up a Continental magazine on a recent flight I see that the US isn't the only country that may have a few empty bottles in their recycle bins. According to the Wine Institute (http://www.wineinstitute.org/), the highest per capita consumption of wine in any country is in Vatican City State with over 70 liters (or nearly 100 bottles) per year! In France, it's around 55 liters of wine a year. No wonder I like to travel abroad!!  And the US? A scant 10 liters!   I wanted to find some creative ways to re-use bottles and corks I've accumulated. With the internet to my rescue, I found these wonderful ideas from Pinterest, my new obsession, (http://pinterest.com/) and various blogs.

Applying finishes to bottles gives them a whole new look! The various sizes of the assortment above provides interest but the cohesive white color scheme unifies the collection. You could spray paint these any other color to suit your decor or even age them with a tea stain to give patina.

 

These, from Curious Sofa (http://curioussofa.blogspot.com/), are perfect for a French country look.  Covered in muslin and then topped with gesso, the wine bottles have an age-old finish that is further enhanced by the vintage style of the stenciled numbers. While a bit more of a complicated craft than some of the other examples, I love their look.

These elegant champagne bottles featured on The Next Bird (http://www.thenextbird.com/2011/09/bachelorette-party-part-1.html) were the perfect place settings for a wedding.  Served chilled and placed on the table at the event, the guests took them home as favors.  I see so many versions of this  fab idea.  You could paint favorites phrases or cool designs on it and use on book shelves as decoration ,as flower vases,  or as soap dispensers with a nozzle attached!!    Here’s how to do --After cleaning off the bottle with a brillo pad, you simply take puff paint to carefully write names or designs on each bottle, applying a second coat when dry to ensure the words will pop. You can use either chalkboard paint, available at any home improvement store, or any other acrylic paint to cover the bottles and complete the transformation.

 

I love this idea too!!  So easy to do and so cute!!  Rebecca's Soap Deli News (http://www.soapdelinews.com/2011/05/diy-chalkboard-paint-ideas.html) showcased these bottles that are also covered in chalkboard paint but are simply customized with chalk rather than puff paint, allowing them to be used again and again. What a fun way to write menus or just to use as a message board for the household!

What a beautiful romantic center piece to this elegant dinner party!!  This look from Curbly (http://www.curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/9944-six-heavenly-wine-bottle-centerpieces) is so simple but so impactful!!!  If you can't find different size bottles, you can use different height candles, as seen here, to create levels.  The bottles could also be filled with sand, rose petals, beans or other small items to suit the party or holiday's theme. For instance, candy corn would be great for fall, red hots for Valentine’s Day, or even dirt for an older than dirt party... I guess that shows how old I am!  

 

Another Curbly look, I think the mixture of matte and gloss black adds a lot of interest and could be achieved in any color, not just black.

Wine bottles can make great, simple flower arrangements. Grouping some different heights together, each with a few stems, would create a beautiful centerpiece. I love that the corks, attached to wire, were incorporated in with the flowers here for a whimsical touch.

These wine bottles are great just as they are.  They are a limited edition Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2009. You can purchase them at Kroger for $25; and best of all, the wine is as good as the bottle looks.

 

While bottles are perfect for tablescapes, I think corks are becoming just as popular for decorative accents. I have seen corks being sold at Pottery Barn, even at Marburger Farms Antique show in Round Top Texas... I could probably quit my day job and support myself selling off my stash!!! These are great to use as filler for bowls, as a cork board at a desk or even as a wine room or cellar backsplash.

 

Placing corks between two hurricane glasses, as shown here from Tip Junkie (www.decorate.tipjunkie.com), creates a nice candlelit glow. The neutrality of the corks makes this an easy accent piece to incorporate virtually anywhere in the home, not just something to pull out for parties.

Here's an example of the place cardholders I mentioned above. While extremely low-cost, the corks add an elegant touch for dinner parties or, in this case from Wondering Weddings (www.wonderingweddings.com), for wedding table cards. Delores from Vignette Designs  glues two together forming a base and adds a third on top to make a tripod; then cuts a slit down the center to insert the card.

What an incredible backsplash for this wine bar from Pinterest! This would be significantly less expensive than using tile and would be a great way to remember some of your favorite wines. While corks are porous, a few coats of polyurethane or polycrylic will protect them from water splashes and allow for easy clean up.

Here's a fun, kitschy cork board from Craftster (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343669.0) that would also use up old bottle caps too, perfect for beer and wine drinkers. 

Large, graphic letters being hung as artwork is always fun. Create one out of corks, like this cork 'D'.  You can find wooden letters at craft stores to use as the base or for large scale ones cut your own. Then glue on a mix of a few cut-up corks with intact ones to create a sort of mosaic that adds interest and highlights the graphics on each cork.



 This painting I did for a clients bar has wine corks embedded into the painting.  Looks like they have a shadow box of meaningful corks framed on the counter as well!!

Here is another painting I did where I used corks in the art!!!  This is for my daughters house--no worries she is over 21!!  Hope you find all these ideas useful and fun and beware you may get addicted to Pinterest as I have!!   Send me some photos of any great project ideas you have for wine bottles or corks!! Leslie@segretofinishes.com 

On November 1 from 10:00-2:00 I will be at Joyce Horn Antiques at 1022 Wirt Rd # 326, Houston, TX 77055 for a booksigning and their new fall shipment. Visit website:  www.joycehornantiques.com  Hope to see you there!!

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Reader Comments (6)

Great ideas for the wine bottles!!!!! Love the grey ones...... Maryanne xo

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeadboard UpCountry

That is such a great idea!! I never thought to use a bottle as candle holders.

I just ran across your site and I am completely amazed! Your work is absolutely stunning. I plan to feature a few spaces my blog tomorrow! I will definitely link back to your site!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany @ Savor Home

Thank you so much... it’s very informative and very much helpful for me it’s very nice.

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January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

I love this bottles thanks!.........

Greetings, your blog has such great ideas ,thank you so much.
Bernice

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernice Patterson

thanks for good blog i think you are the good blogger on your blog many important idea has given which will be beneficial for me or my company i will contact you after some day because this time i am doing analysis about your idea i will always thankful for this i was searching this from many days

August 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPINOT NOIR

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