How to Make a Gorgeous French Typography Lamp from a Liquor Bottle

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How to Make an amazing french typography lamp from a recycled glass bottle; Distressed with @decoart Chalky Finish Paint @homedepot @michaelsstores @savedbyloves @graphicsfairy

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DecoArt.  All opinions are mine and honest.  This paint rocks!

We are getting ready for a big move, and I am busy with DIY home decor on a shoestring budget!  Today I am sharing a super sweet french typography Chalky Finish Paint lamp that I made from a discarded liquor bottle.  You will see how to drill a hole in the bottle for the cord, how to chalk paint and distress the lamp, as well as how to transfer an image to the painted surface.  This project is easy and cheap.  The biggest expenditure is the $6 bottle lamp kit and the $15 lamp shade I just had to have for it!   The new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is now available in Home Depot and Michaels stores. It is also available for purchase online at homedepot.com.

Make a chalk paint lamp from upcycled bottle

SUPPLIES:

Really cool liquor bottle

Drill and 1/2 inch Diamond hole drill bit

Small container of water

Towel or paper towels

Rubbing Alcohol or glass cleaner

Lamp Shade

Light Bulb

 DecoArt Americana Chalky finish paint In Treasure, Inheritance, Everlasting and Primitive

DecoArt Americana Crème Wax in clear and Golden Brown

Medium grit sand paper

Paint brush and wax brush

Bottle Lamp Kit (I got mine at Wal-Mart for $6.47

White Tissue Paper

Cardstock

Masking Tape

Printer

Image to transfer (I used this French Typography Graphic from the fabulous Graphics Fairy)

TUTORIAL:

Begin by drilling a hole in the back at the base of your bottle where you want the cord to exit.  I showed you how to do that HERE:

 Upcycle a Glass Bottle into a Lamp

how to chalk paint on glass

Once your hole is drilled, clean your bottle surface all over with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.

Distress painting tutorial

Use a soft, flat brush to paint on a layer of Treasure.  When that is dry, paint on a layer of Primitive.

Upcycle a wine bottle craft

I sanded the gray, revealing the blue base layer.  I decided I wanted a soft yellow top coat, so I mixed Everlasting with Inheritance to lighten and soften the mustard like color.  Then I painted that in a cross hatch, random and messy fashion so that the final piece will have texture and depth.

How to Print on Tissue Paper

To get my image for transfer, I printed some of my favorites from the Graphics Fairy.  There are thousands of free images there to fit any style.  The one I went with is a French Typography file which you can find linked in the supplies section.

Just cut a piece of white tissue paper to fit your card stock and tape it on with masking tape.  Place in printer and print!

How to Image Transfer on Paint

Cut or tear your image from the tissue paper.  I like to tear it so the edges are feathered and not such a straight edge like you get with scissors.  It blends in better.

Apply Clear Creme Wax where you will place the tissue.  Carefully place the tissue and smooth out wrinkles with your finger.

How to Image Transfer

 

Paint more Clear Creme Wax over that and let dry.

Wine Bottle Craft lamp from upcycled bottle

When the tissue transfer dries, sand entire bottle in areas where you want to bring out the underlying paint colors.  Then apply clear wax over the entire bottle.  Let that dry for at least 30 minutes.

How to Antique Chalk Distress Paint

How to Use Antiquing Wax

Apply Golden Brown Creme Wax as desired and wipe back with soft cloth.  If you use too much brown, you can wipe it away even further using Clear Creme Wax on a rag.

GE Bottle Lamp Kit

Now it is time to use the Bottle Lamp Kit!

How to make a lamp

Follow the included instructions, except for where it says to thread the cord.  It has the cord coming out of the fixture just under the light bulb, but we drilled a hole in our bottle to avoid having an ugly cord running down the lamp from top to bottom!

How to make a lamp from a recycled liquor bottle

I found the burlap lampshade at Wal-Mart for $15.

I love my new lamp!  More than that, I love this line of paint.  You will be seeing it in so many more projects coming up here at SBLC.

Remember this DIY Hand-Painted Sign?  Yep, same paint line.  It goes on beautifully, is easy to distress, and comes in an amazing color palate.  LOVE!

Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more information.

 

 

Comments

  1. I love that you looked at this bottle and thought “lamp” :) And that finish is stunning!

  2. Awesome lamp DIY – it looks like it started its life as a gorgeous home decor store lamp…not as an old bottle! Stunning!

  3. This is incredible, Johnnie! The techniques that you used to make the bottle look like that are seriously amazing! Fabulous job!

  4. This is fabulous!!!

  5. It looks so awesome!! Well done!

  6. Oh my goodness I LOVE this! What a great job!

  7. Wow! This is such a gorgeous lamp. I love the shape, the color and the paint/design you did is just amazing!
    KC

  8. seriously LOVELY! I love the shape, the effect it’s awesome!

  9. Fabulous work, I love it!

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