How to Give Your Glass Bottles an Antique Look

Glass milk bottles are returnable and reusable bottles used to store or hold milk. Designed for doorstep fresh milk delivery, milkmen exchange them for a bottle deposit.

The bottles were collected from doorsteps for collection and return to retail stores. Sized in quart, pint, liter, etc., milk bottles vary in size based on location.

Today, however, plastic bottles are used to hold milk. Made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the plastic bottles are recyclable.

A dusty bottle at a garage sale is interesting due to its age and look, including shape and color. Collectors consider the age and type of bottle when assessing antique bottles.

The history behind bottles, their beauty and compact sizes are what attract collectors. Unlike other collectibles, they don’t take up much space. They’re found at flea markets, rummage sales and in the ground.

Glass bottles don’t degrade, hence are also found in landfills and privy holes where they often stay for decades. Bottles also vary in type, meaning there’s something for every taste and preference.

With types ranging from perfume bottles to cola bottles to medicinal and ink bottles, rare bottles are more valuable. However, some have little to no value.

If you’re a beginner bottle collector, consider the following factors:

  • Bottles categorized as collectibles
  • Where the bottles can be found
  • How to identify bottles
  • How to determine the worth of bottles

The bottles are attractive, hence can be used to decorate your interior space. If this is the case, you don’t have to spend on costly dairy bottles. You can easily decorate your bottles the DIY way for a personal touch.

Here’re ways you can give your glass bottles an antique look:

5 Tips to Decorating Glass Bottles to Give Your Home an Old, Antique Touch

  1. Choose rare glass bottles

Find authentic and rare glass bottles to give an antique for decorating your home. Some factors, according to Collector’s Weekly, to consider include:

  • Metal bails and domed glass lids
  • Green milk or white glass – avoid amber or clear glass
  • Bottles with popular characters such as Hopalong Cassidy and Walt Disney images and characters.
  • Thatcher milk bottles with a cow and farmer embossed label.
  • Bottles with war slogan labels
  • Determine market prices

Visit dairy antique sites to find out the price of old bottles if you don’t have any. With the general price idea, you can buy an ideal bottle. Don’t opt for costly bottles because you still want to decorate it according to your preferred taste.

  • Appraise your bottles

If you prefer an old milk bottle instead of decorating one, hire a professional appraiser. The pro will help you determine the value of the old bottles you want to buy.

Antique stores near you can help you find a reputable local appraiser.

  • Paint the bottles or write on them

Get relevant spray paint in your chosen antique color to give your bottles a smooth finish. Choose high quality paint sprayers from a reputable brand for the best outcomes.

You may also need a small paint brush and masking tapes for the DIY job.

  • Enjoy your new found hobby or decorate your home

Educate yourself about dairy bottles and other types of bottles in the market to make your hobby enjoyable. If you’re not into serious collection and just want to decorate your home in antiques, you won’t go wrong with old milk bottles.

You can also paint ordinary glass bottles in your favorite antique colors for an attractive look for display in your home.

Prefer Authentic Antique Carnival Glass? Here’s How to Identify Them.

Carnival glass was popular in the 20th century. It varies in shapes, colors, prices, and sizes.

During the manufacturing process, the glass is pressed with metallic salts or minerals to create iridescent colors of the rainbow. The glass was commonly given as a prize between 1907 and 1925 at carnivals, explaining how it obtained its name.

Carnival glass became popular in the 60s and 70s. Also known as Iridill originally, carnival glass has other names. They include:

  • Aurora glass
  • Moniker carnival glass
  • Cinderella glass
  • Rainbow glass
  • Dope glass from the ‘doping’ manufacturing process used to make the glass
  • Taffeta glass
  • Poor man’s Tiffany glass because it’s cost-effective compared to high quality variations   

What to Look for in Carnival Glass

If you want to buy carnival glass, use the services of a pro appraiser who’s qualified for the job. Alternatively, look out for the following signs:

  • Less weighty and non-thick glass base without iridescent shimmer
  • A rusty look in older glass
  • The iridescent rainbow effect’s sheen and coloring
  • Manufacturing or brand marks
  • Colors and patterns – use David Doty’s (an antique appraiser) Carnival Glass website to verify the antique carnival glass colors.

Some common base colors to look out for at the bottom of your ideal bottle include:

  • Green
  • Peach Opal
  • Amethyst
  • Purple Red
  • Marigold – orange-gold
  • Blue
  • Amber
  • Red
  • Moonstone (translucent) – also known as white carnival glass, milk glass – opaque, Nancy glass, baking powder glass, and Pompeian iridescent.

Apart from bottles, you can also buy or create your DIY antiques as glassware pieces.