Monthly Archives: February 2015

Ombre Wine Bottle Vases

Anyone else out there really craving a pop of brightness? I’m soooo done with wearing dark dreary colors, with matching dark dreary manicures. I’m ready for pastel and floral everything. Like immediately. I just keep telling myself that if I visualize spring, it will come. If you could be so kind as to visualize with me, maybe it will come sooner.

Even if that’s not as easily said as done in the outside world, that doesn’t stop me from making it feel as much like spring in my own home as possible. In addition to stocking up on spring scented hand soap and candles, it doesn’t hurt to have some fresh flowers around. And something pretty and pastel to display them in.

And here you probably thought I had exhausted the possibilities of decorating wine bottles in my previous posts. But don’t worry, we’ve only just scratched the surface. I’ll also note that the wine bottle posts continue to be some of the most popular on the blog…so clearly there is a demand there. Because who doesn’t love to recycle?

Anyways, this was actually way easier and less time consuming than I originally thought, and there is a good chance you already have all of the supplies on hand.

Ombre Wine Bottle Vases - Tulips & A Terrier


  • Wine bottles (could be any type of glass bottle or container, really. Go nuts!)
  • White spraypaint
  • Craft paint in white and another color (or multiple colors, in my case!)
  • Paper plate or something that can be used to mix colors, and something to mix with (I used  popsicle sticks)
  • Small-ish paintbrush (I used the smallest one I saw at Home Depot,  .97 each).

Start by removing the labels and foil from your wine bottles (or glass container of choice) along with any glue (this is my go-to for removing those pesky labels). Once the bottles are clean and dry, give them a couple of coats of white spraypaint and let dry.

Next, squeeze a dollop of the paint color (not the white) that you plan to use for your ombre onto your paper plate. You don’t want to use a ton, since more paint means more white to dilute it, and this project doesn’t require a ton of paint so you’ll be wasting a bunch.

Using just the color, paint a ring of color along the base of your bottle. Try to make it as straight as possible, but it’s doesn’t have to be perfect.

Ombre Wine Bottle Vases - Tulips & A TerrierSquirt a bit of white paint into your color and mix. I found it best to add small amounts of white and mix until you arrive at a color that is a tiny bit lighter than the last.  At this point, I’d also like to apologize for the quality of the next few pictures. My hands were covered in paint, and the sun was going down so I didn’t have the luxury of fiddling around with camera settings. I’m sure you’ll get the idea.

Once you have a color that looks a couple shades lighter than your last, paint another ring slightly overlapping the one you just made.

Ombre Wine Bottle Vases - Tulips & A Terrier

Continue adding white to your color and adding rings of paint onto the bottle until the shade of color is barely tinted.

Ombre Wine Bottle Vases - Tulips & A Terrier

After I finished with all 3, I went back and blended the edge of the ombre using white paint on a foam pouncer.

And that’s all folks! Allow to dry fully, and then place around your home to inject an ounce of spring where you can.

Ombre Wine Bottle Vases - Tulips & A Terrier

Better yet, fill them with fresh flowers and pretend that there isn’t 10 feet of snow on the ground.

Ombre Wine Bottle Vases - Tulips & A Terrier

I’d love to hear from you! What are you doing to get through the last few days of winter? PS – this is the last week of February!! Realizing that totally made my day.


Sharing at Work It Wednesday & That DIY Party

Coffee & End Table Makeover

Good news friends, I’m still alive! Just buried under about 18 feet of snow. I really wish that was an exaggeration, but it’s really not. And here we thought we had it so good when it was 50 degrees on Christmas day and mid January showed no sign of snow. Well, looks like mother nature decided to cram 4 months of winter and snowfall into like 3 weeks. Needless to say, it’s a little tough to stay inspired when it takes you 10 minutes to get out of your driveway, and days of grilling out in the yard feel a million miles away.  On a positive note, March is less than two weeks away!

But rest assured, I have tried to spend these days of being barricaded in my house productively! On the day before blizzard # 1,  I bought myself a power sander and decided to put it to good use. And what better way than a quick table makeover!

My coffee table and end table have been on my to do list for a while. Just plain brown tables. Ordinarily, one may not see anything wrong with plain brown tables, but in a room that also has big brown couches, brown curtains…well, you might as well be sitting inside of a tree.

Tulips & A TerrierThis is a before of the end table. Of course, I forgot to get a before of the coffee table.. but they were pretty identical so you are not missing much.

A couple coats of ‘Parisian Taupe’ by Behr, and a new knob later, and voila! Clearly, I am someone who picks paint colors strictly based on the name. Also, ‘Paris White’ is actually pink. In case you have the same problem and any mention of Paris in the name is often your deciding factor.

End Table - Tulips & A Terrier

While I was at it, I thought I’d do the coffee table over as well. Since the table gets a good amount of use,  I wasn’t so sure about painting the entire thing white (in fear of it looking filthy within a couple of weeks). Plus I really hate matchy furniture.

So, I picked up a sample of ‘Grey Morning’ (also by Behr) for the top. It’s more of a duck egg blue than a gray, but I am totally obsessed with the color.

Coffee Table - Tulips & A Terrier

The combination of the two really brighten up the room! The mismatched knobs are unintentional…I happened to have some knobs from Hobby Lobby that I purchased for another project, but I think it looks kind of cool.

Coffee Table - Tulips & A Terrier

What else have I been up to while snowed in every weekend? Cuddling with one handsome Jack as I challenge my abilities at crochet (I made a hat!), while simultaneously rekindling my love of various shows now available to stream (Saved by the Bell is on Netflix!!). Oh, and planning a trip to Ireland next month. More on that over the next couple of weeks!!

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How is Jack doing, you ask? Oh he’s still his usual pouty self. Longing for the days of sunbathing outside and unobstructed access to his poop spot.

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How are you spending all this time being snowed in? If you happen to reside somewhere warmer,  I hate you. Just kidding! What are some of the things you’re looking forward to this spring?