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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.

Tips for Storing and Preserving Milk at Home

When we talk about animal milk, we usually refer to cow milk. However, it can also be goat milk and sheep milk. You can consume milk as it is and even use it as an ingredient in many recipes. It is an essential part of any diet; however, it wouldn’t last long if not appropriately preserved. Two popular ways to preserve milk are refrigerating and canning.

Tips for Refrigerating Milk

  • Refrigerating is a fundamental way to preserve milk, and it helps to store the milk as it is. The shelf life of milk depends on whether it is fresh or treated using ultra-high temperature (UHT). Fresh milk must always be kept in a fridge and can last for two weeks when refrigerated.
  • UHT milk doesn’t need fridge storage if unopened and can last between 6-9 months. If opened, however, it will have to be in the fridge, and it can last for one month. Some tips that can help you refrigerate milk and keep it fresh are
  • If you are buying fresh milk, do so at the end of your grocery shopping. By picking your milk this way, it will have less time getting warm and will less likely grow harmful bacteria.
  • Pick the milk that has the furthest “use by” date so that it can last longer for you.
  • When you get home, store your milk in the refrigerator at a temperature of about 37°F. When you keep it at a temperature above 40°F, it is likely to grow potentially harmful bacteria.
  • A perfect place to store milk is at the back of the fridge, on a shelf in the lower portion. That part is where the coldest temperatures are, which is an ideal spot for milk. Do not store milk on the door of the fridge.
  • Don’t stand so long at your fridge with the door open while searching for an item. Open the door long enough to pick or store what you need, then close it behind you. This method helps keep the temperatures stable.
  • Don’t leave the milk gallon sitting on your kitchen table or counter while you eat. Pour out what you need for your meal and return the milk to its spot in the fridge. The colder you keep refrigerated milk, the longer it lasts, and the safer it is for your health.

Tips for Canning Milk

If you need to store milk for longer periods and if you probably won’t have electricity, canning milk is an excellent way to preserve it. Canning stores large quantities of milk, which can last as long as two years. It is beneficial if you don’t go to the grocery regularly, or you frequently cook with milk.

Since canning makes use of a pressure canner, many people are skeptical of using it. However, pressure canners work just like other home tools with easily adjustable pressure features. Tips for canning milk include:

  • Wash and sterilize the jars containing the milk using hot water, a dishwasher with heat settings, or an oven.
  • Just before use, sterilize the canning lid and jar rims in hot water.
  • Pressure canners have different setups. When using the pressure canner, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to operate it.
  • Ensure the pressure gets to 10 lbs before you turn off the heat. This time can take up to an hour.
  • When the jars containing milk have cooled down, store them in a cool dark place.


Consuming bad milk can have adverse effects on your health. It is advisable to store and preserve them always. Refrigerating and canning are two common options you can use, and both have their advantages. Whichever method you employ, ensure you do it the right way.

A Brief History of Milk

Before antique milk equipment came, people had to discover milk. When did humans start drinking milk?

Human beings have drunk milk for about 10,000 years since the domestication of animals. There is no other mammal that continues to take milk after weaning; it is only human beings that take milk (from domestic mammals) after weaning. When human beings started taking milk, they only used it as a source of kefir, cheese, yogurt, and other edible products of milk. Later on, humans became tolerant of lactose and now we can take milk.

Before the industrial revolution, most people would rear dairy cows and goats and produce their milk at home. After the nineteenth century, the mass production of milk and urbanization made milk safety an issue. Milk-borne illnesses and death became common. It is during this period that pasteurization of milk began. This period also saw the rise of antique milk equipment that we collect today. Since then, milk is used as a test case in pressing issues in good including animal rights, GMO foods, industrial farming, raw milk, and much more.

No Other Mammals Drink Milk

Babies of all other mammals stop nursing immediately they can eat food. When the digestive system of these animals can digest milk, they produce a gene that makes them unable to digest milk. Human beings, however, drink milk long after weaning. The first human beings to drink milk lived in the Sumerian culture, where Iraq sits today. This was long before there were tools with enough power to cut through metal or to create other powerful tools that can be collected as antiques.

Milk is safe to drink. However, Scientist Robert Koch noted that a certain type of tuberculosis germ could be spread through milk. It was afterward that the pasteurization of milk started to make it safe for drinking. Unless you drink milk raw, you will not get the germ and hence no tuberculosis. After the claim, milk became the first food to be tested in the lab.

Other Types of Milk

Animal milk is not the only type of milk that humans can take. So many tools have come up such as the that have helped in the creation of more milk equipment and so many milk alternatives have come up. Almond milk is one of the alternatives to animal milk. In the sixteenth century, so many recipes with almond milk started showing up and the product became popular. Besides almond milk, human beings can also take soya, coconut, and hemp as alternatives.

The Cheese-Making Process

Originally, Cheddar was the name of a town. Later on, the term came to mean the cheese-making process. The term Cheddar refers to slicing strained curd, stacking it, and then turning and re stacking it during the process.

It was not until the eighteenth century that scientists started to analyze the contents of milk. From the analysis, they found out that donkey milk was closest to human milk. Goat’s milk was the second closest. Babies of most animals are tolerant of their mother’s milk but they can take donkey’s milk with no problem.

Milk from domesticated animals was made popular in the cities before it was used in rural areas. In cities, most people would use milk as a substitute for breastfeeding. It became the most popular food choice for weaned toddlers and children.


Approximately 60 percent of all humans on earth are lactose-intolerant. With the rise of machines, these people can now access lactose-free milk as the contents can be separated. Antique machines could not separate the contents of milk but modern machines can even reduce the cholesterol level in cow milk. There is also a rise in milk alternatives as more people turn to vegan diets.