How to Paint Wine Bottles

Caylin Harris

Getting Started

Caylin Harris

Glass bottles can get pricey—whether you're using them for vases or as decor pieces on your shelves, isn't it smarter to add a little something to the glass bottles you already have? Over time, save any interestingly shaped bottles that would lend themselves to this project. Just be sure to clean them well so they don't take on a fermented smell. You'll love how handy these beauties are when you're entertaining or around the holidays when you don't want to spend anything extra on decor. To make the biggest impact, multiples work best.

Gather Your Supplies

Caylin Harris

You won't need too much for this project but there are specifics you might want to keep in mind for some of the supplies. Here's what you'll need:

  • Clean, empty bottles
  • Goo Gone (optional)
  • Plastic scraper
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint

Here are some pointers to add a little extra panache to your project. Choose bottles that are different sizes and shapes; bonus points if they have interesting details that will look cool once they're painted. Faceting, raised writing, or unique details all look very cool once they're painted over. When you're choosing your spray paint colors, keeping colors withing an interesting palette will also help elevate the look of the entire project. There are plenty of spray paint options that go beyond basic, primary colors.

Remove the Labels

The bottles need to be cleaned out really well, so the best thing you can do is fill your sink with hot, soapy water and let them soak. Let them sit for about an hour then remove them, rinse, and try to get the sticker off the front. If it doesn't easily peel away, then use the Goo Gone and the plastic scraper to get any residue completely off the front. Wash again and make sure any Goo Gone residue is completely removed.

Prime the Bottles

A lot of people skip this step, but honestly, it's key to having the paint job last and look good on these bottles. There are specialty primers available that help paint adhere to tricky surfaces, including things like plastic and glass. This is the primer you'll want to use. Make sure the glass bottles are completely dry, then coat the bottle in thin, even layers. You also don't want to spray too close to the bottle, it will cause the paint to build-up and drip. Let the primer dry completely before starting the next step.

Paint the Bottles

Now for the fun part! Adding color to your wine bottles. Obviously it's easiest if you paint all the bottles one color, but what fun is that? Just be sure to move other bottles out of the way so there's no cross-contamination while you're spray painting. Go slowly and paint in thin, even sprays. The bottle shape makes it hard to completely cover them, but take your time and don't be too aggressive with the spray paint. Again, it will create drips. Let the color on the bottles dry completely before you use them. Enjoy!