Saturday, February 19, 2011

DIY Pretty White Bottles ...(and promises of Spring)




You need:


  • a few empty, clean glass bottles
  • spray paint
  • flowers




    We love root beer around here, so there's always a few bottles in the fridge.



    Since I've studied color most of my life (art classes, interior design, photography, and then hair) I know that white does not mean white. There are about a thousand shades of it, and I prefer the ones that are warmer. I picked a shade called "heirloom white," which has a bit of a warm, cream tone to it.

    Spray an even, light coat, and set each bottle aside to dry for a few minutes. I put about 4 coats total on each bottle.



    All done! On one of our long walks last week, I gathered a few branches from trees along the way that were starting to sprout. I love these little promises of Spring, and fill my house with them every year. This branch already bloomed within 2 days of being in the warm indoors.


    ...




    I feel huge, friends. Only 6 weeks to go, and I don't know how I could possible get any bigger. Breathing, walking, bending over, standing on my feet, and doing anything other than sleeping and eating has become quite difficult. I am thankful for this delicious Spring weather, and a chance to ride my bike and walk outdoors, again. It's been nice to stretch my wings and get some fresh air.

    Happy weekend!
  • 45 comments:

    Carla said...

    Your blog is a beautiful place to live...
    and you look lovelier than ever!
    Thanks for the bottle idea, and adding the color information (that makes a HUGE difference in the outcome).

    Kathleen said...

    I love pregnant belly buttons! :)

    Kalei's Best Friend said...

    HUGE? U are small!. lol.. pretty soon u will be dropping..Kudos if u are doing the Bradley method- I raise my glass to anyone who can do that method.. Me, I did Lamaze..

    Megan said...

    I love the DIY bottles - my husband has boxes sitting around that he claims he will use one day...but not if I use them first! hehe.
    You're a week behind me, pregnancy-wise...Isn't it unreal how, out of the blue, our feet and ankles start looking like pillows?!

    Leah B. said...

    Thanks for the lil project! This weather is totally awesome, I love being able to finally get outside. Peace ~

    Ashlae said...

    I love those bottles - what a fantastic idea. And now I finally have a use for my boyfriend's recycled beer bottles! I've said it once, and I'll say it again: you are the most adorable pregnant woman I have ever seen.

    julie said...

    sandals?? I love your spring-look! is it already that warm outside too?
    the bottles look really great! happy spring to you!

    Becky said...

    Such a pretty and easy craft! You look beautiful, btw!

    Lyndsay said...

    Lovely idea, and so simple! You look beautiful, as always! Found your blog when my mom and I were researching Marland Mansion weddings, since that's where I'm getting married in November, and I became hooked on your blog! Keep the beautiful photography and DIY ideas coming!

    Nelly said...

    Awesome idea!!

    You look great! Can't believe it's almost time. You have so much to look forward to. :) love the blue dress!

    colorfulsigh said...

    You look beautiful and the biggest promise of spring is your belly-flower and your baby-fruit! Isn't it a good reason for feeling huge? Enjoy that time!

    Kisses from Barcelona

    l. c said...

    I * love * this DIY! how creative! I'm going to have to try this!

    Wendy said...

    Cute idea! I'm a big fan of using random glass bottles jars as well for flowers and shells but I would have never thought to spray paint them white. I bet that would look lovely on an old wine bottle! Your bump is growing fast, as always, you look great! :)

    Marfio said...

    You look beautiful and full of spring promise. I'll bet you and Michael can't wait to meet your little bird.

    Annie Kennedy said...

    Such a simply gorgeous DIY! Thanks! :)

    Gaby said...

    Thanks for the great tutorial Aura! It made me chuckle because when my husband came to Canada to visit me he tried root beer for the first time, and the look on his face was priceless. He was expecting Ginger beer and almost spat out the root beer; he hated it! By the by, you look gorgeous and not huge at all! x

    Kristina Fournier said...

    I do this too! Except I prefer a gloss paint and I have to paint the top part of the bottle that you see down into, haha. It's also great for if you find a hideous vase or picture frame on clearance but love the shape or style of them - cheap and simple solution! That's how we did everything sitting on Charlie's room shelves. You look fabulous as ever!

    Fancy said...

    Wow! It seems like yesterday that you announced you were pregnant. You look so cute with your little belly! The spring-like weather has been so nice, wish it would stay that way! Love the bottles!

    Moriah said...

    would love to know where you buy your maternity clothes, or if they are even maternity clothes. i am 26 weeks and having the hardest time finding cute stuff to wear over this belly!!! you look gorgeous, mama!

    Jessica said...

    You look precious! And I love the DIY bottle project!

    You're getting close darlin! I know that the end of pregnancy gets really exhausting. Take care of yourself and rest as much as you can!
    Love and Blessings girl!

    kelly ann said...

    i have a whole bunch of empty bottles i've been saving to use as vases... i'm totally going to paint them now! :)

    that teeny little blue dress is absolutely precious. <3

    Jacki said...

    lovin the top!

    Holly said...

    i love this project! i'm going to have to give it a try.....you on the other hand, look like you're ready to pop! the next few weeks are going to fly by! and enjoy it!

    Sini said...

    Time is really going fast, only 6 weeks left?! I feel like I just did read here that you and Michael are having a baby. I'm waiting so much that my friend's baby Jules is coming - only one week left! :)

    I love those bottles,great idea! I don't have any idea what root beer is, but the bottles are amazing! I have one same sort of bottle at home, I will try this one for it.

    And yes, you look small with a pregnant belly. You really look amazing! Soon you are able to do all nice things with the baby bird!

    My Mummy Daze said...

    Just found your blog and have been blown away - love this simple DIY idea too. Congratulations and good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. Enjoy those last quiet six week.

    O'Melly said...

    Looking great as always! ;)

    You're so very lucky to be getting Spring-ish weather. It's about -25'C up here in Alberta, Canada! My place isn't as decorative as yours at the moment, so I've been dying to get outside to take photos. I'm going insane being cooped up! However, I've been finding plenty of inspiration to tide me over, including your posts! :D

    Anywho, best wishes to you during the rest of your pregnancy!


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    raichel said...

    C'mon it's almost done!!!
    beautiful idea, thanks!!

    kisses from Spain

    Laura said...

    I love the way these bottles look! I recently embarked on a project painting recycled glass containers for planting herbs and, though they're cute, I wish they had a little more detail to them like your Root Beer bottles... Anyway these look great and wow 34 weeks - I can't believe you're riding a bike this far along!

    ksam said...

    Love the idea...and hate to tell ya....oh but you will get bigger!! It's the most amazing thing! Wishing you all the best...you're a week ahead of my D-I-L!!

    artisticlush said...

    It has been so amazing to watch you grow. I can't believe you only have six weeks left!

    Heather Lameda said...

    1) You are absolutely gorgeous! 2) I love the bottle idea 3) PLEASE tell me where you got your sandals, or at least what brand they are :)

    Pam said...

    i'm in the process of setting up my own separate living room in my parents house and just did some spray painting outside yesterday, i got two of the mix and match lamp bases at target and painted them light blue, they look great from afar but close up they have some bumps on them from little particles that were floating in the air outside, spray painting is not as easy as it sounds when you're a perfectionist :)

    i'm excited to see the baby's room, knowing you you're still adding and editing things everyday, but from the small glimpses i've gotten of it, it looks amazing!

    Sheyenne said...

    I LOVE the bottles! And I'm a HUGE cream soda fan, so I'll definitely be saving my next 6-pack to paint! beautiful! Also, Where is your shirt from? Is it maternity or regular? LOVELY!!!!

    Notes from Holly St. said...

    you are looking beautiful! trust me, i'm at 38 weeks and didn't think it was possible to get any bigger...and then I did. :) i think it's natures way of frustrating us with enough discomfort so we are prepared for the next step...getting the baby out. best of luck to you...not much left!

    Lis said...

    I just can't believe how "fast" it's gone!

    Love the baby dress! :)

    Victoria said...

    Only 6 weeks left?! I can't believe it! it seriously feels like yesterday that you announced you were pregnant! I can't wait to see your little bird!

    Woman Laughing said...

    Beautiful DIY project! I just might try it when I get me own place here in a couple of weeks :).

    Julie-Inspired said...

    Look at you, you look gorgeous! The painted bottles are so creative, I think I'll try this!

    Marie said...

    Ah yes, the "I cant possibly get any bigger" phase.... and then you do. And you do again. But no worries, it all works out just fine.

    The anticipation in these last few weeks is mind-blowing. What a wonderful time in your life. Thank you for sharing it!

    Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

    These are so beautiful! I love the idea of doing a whole six pack and the container. Thanks so much for the how-to, I would love to link to this post if you didn't mind.

    amy kelinda said...

    I found this from Casa Sugar, and I love the idea! So simple, but it really does add something to the bottles. I'm definitely doing this! And wow, you're so close! I bet you're excited for the little one!!

    Alicia Doris said...

    Hello from NorCali I just have to say I love your Blog and that you inspire me you are a beautiful person!!!!

    Heather said...

    Oh, look at your fabulous belly! Not long now;)
    Loving this bottle project! Adding a can or two of spray paint to my shopping list.

    April K said...

    I love your cream colored top. So pretty. Where did you find it?

    Inspire Me Heather said...

    Your bottles are lovely and I've got this linked to my glass bottles post too today, for inspiration.