This is the last of a series of posts about painting glass containers to use as accent pieces in my dining room (see DIY Crackle Painted Wine Bottle and DIY Enamel Mason Jar and Vase). My dining room has aqua walls, and white and silver curtains. After making the yellow and white accent pieces, I decided to use some leftover spray paint to make some silver pieces. In our old house, we spray painted old cabinet hinges for a low cost makeover. I had some Satin Nickel spray paint leftover and used it to paint the outside of a wine bottle and the inside of a votive candle holder. If I did it all again, I’d paint the outside of the votive instead of the inside so it could be used to burn candles.
DIY Spray Painted Bottle and Votive Candle Holder
- Wine Bottle with labels removed
- Votive candle holder
- Rubbing Alcohol (99% Isopropyl Alcohol) $2.16
- Blue Painters Tape
- Rust Oleum Universal All-Surface Metallic Spray Paint (Satin Nickel) $10
1. Prepare the Bottle and Votive:
Wash with soapy water, rinse and allow to dry
Use a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining debris or residue on the exterior
Add rubbing alcohol to the votive and swirl to rinse
Allow to dry FULLY
2. Cover Areas that won’t be Painted with Tape
Use Painters Tape to cover the exterior of the votive candle holder, leaving the rim uncovered
*Note: to paint the EXTERIOR of the votive instead of the interior, coat the inside with painters tape, leaving the rim exposed. This was easier when I used smaller pieces of tape
2. Apply Paint in Thin Coats
Place the bottle and votive on a protective surface in a well ventilated area (I used a large piece of paper, outside)
Shake the spray paint to mix thoroughly before use
From a distance of about 10 inches, spray an even, THIN coat of paint on all surfaces to be painted (if too thick, paint will start to drip)
Wait one hour before applying a second coat (wait at least 30 minutes before handling)
If using 3 coats, wait 24 hours before applying a third coat (Note: these containers required 3 coats each)
*When painting the votive, the paint pooled in the bottom of the votive because it was difficult to apply to the sides without it also coating the bottom. Another reason it may be easier to just coat the exterior next time, although I like how the votive turned out!
3. Allow to Dry Fully:
Allow paint to dry at room temperature for 24 hours
Of all the methods used, spray paint is by far the easiest, and looks great. I am amazed by the variety of spray paints available, in matte, glossy and metallic finishes. Seriously, the possibilities are endless! Spray paint IS more expensive, and can’t be done on your kitchen counter, so I had to wait for a nice day to paint (NOT easy this spring in the Minnesota – it has been raining endlessly). Spray paint can be used for other projects and I plan to use the rest of the satin nickel paint for something else.
I will post pictures of the finished dining room and the three types of accent pieces together soon. Things are coming together!