I obsess about strange things sometimes, and one thing that has bothered me for years – and I mean since the 1990s – is how much I dislike having an ugly plastic bottle of dishwashing soap sitting on the counter in an otherwise clean and lovely kitchen. And sure, yes, there could easily be a pile of yarn in my living room, most of it on the floor. And fine, it’s true – maybe my dining room table is covered with paint bottles, but THAT PLASTIC BOTTLE ON THE COUNTERTOP IS WRECKING THE WHOLE HOUSE!
Okay, deep breaths, everyone, because I’m on the case!
A couple of years ago, I figured out that I could put my dishwashing soap into an empty olive oil bottle, which did class things up a little bit, if rather blandly:
This week, I figured out that I could paint on the bottle – with my regular acrylic paint, no less – and now that my bottle is painted, I am completely, ridiculously in love with it.
It is notoriously difficult, if not fruitless, to paint directly on glass with acrylic paint. Everyone will tell you this – and I’m sure everyone is right, because glass has no tooth whatsoever. (I’m told it’s working on the problem, so let’s not judge.) In an attempt to give the paint something to cling to, I sprayed my bottle with Workable Fixative, and to my delight, it seemed to work – and better still, the bottle appeared visibly unaltered. It took several slow, gentle coats to get started, but then the bottle painted right up.
To finish it off, I applied four coats of Krylon. The pictures don’t convey how incredibly special this painting makes the bottle look – as if I had paid $60 in gallery, when in fact, I paid $6 at the grocery. Grab your nearest bottle of olive oil and give this a shot!