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In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Chalkboard Wine Bottle Centerpiece (in which I contract a mysterious ailment)

This past weekend, I went a little crazy with the spraypaint. I figured I’d better get it all out of my system before we enter this next season season here in Michigan.

We have a saying here that there are two seasons: the “road-construction” season and the “unable-to-spraypaint” season. At least I think that’s how it goes.

For the past few weeks, I hadn’t let Kenny throw away any of our empty wine bottles. I knew I could do something with them, but the vision didn’t come to me until I had amassed quite a sum and they were taking over our kitchen. In short, I knew it was time to act.

First, I soaked the bottles in hot water and scraped off the labels to get these nice green jars that were not as blurry in real life as they are in this photo.

I was tempted to keep them like this, but pressed on toward my original vision and got these:

It was then that I was horrified to find that I had contracted this most devastating ailment…

Spray Paint Finger.

(Cue ominous music).

Yeah. I’m still cleaning the black paint out from under my fingernails…

The fun part came after I let them dry. This part was also the most tricky…it is difficult to write on rounded surfaces! Especially with chalk. I find that to be a tricky medium to work with in general, and when you factor in the curvature of the bottle… you get sloppy lines. It happens.

chalkboard wine bottles

Let’s just call the messy lines whimsical, shall we?

Once I stuck some fake flowers in the top, I had a pretty nice centerpiece type of thing going on.

Spray paint=best friend. In the craft world, that is. Spray paint would never tell me when I had something in my teeth… and I would hope a real best friend would. And a real best friend would definitely ignore  the spray paint underneath my fingernails.

At least, if they know what’s good for them.

My apologies for that thinly veiled threat.

I should note that, though I don’t yet HAVE the Young House Love book (hint, hint!), this project is included in it and was my inspiration (based on the TV interview they did in Toronto). Love that blog!

On a completely unrelated note: if you’re at all like me and like free things and reading, check out this post from awhile back on the Tyndale Rewards program. I’ve gotten several free books this way and it is SO EASY to get your first book for free. It took me like 10 minutes to get enough points for a free book!

I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!

I’m also linking up to Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest!