Mike and I were recently at Carriage House for brunch with my mom and her friend. That’s what we do in Chicago, we brunch. Mike and I can never get our act together to get out of the house during real breakfast hours, so brunch allows us to eat breakfast at 1:00pm and not feel bad about it.
First off, Carriage House is adorable. I kind of want to live in this restaurant because the decor is rustic and oh so cozy. When we were seated at our table, each chair had a little blanket on the back of it. Talk about attention to details! As I looked around and took in the rest of the decor I saw a man drinking a pony beer. I immediately became obsessed with it. It was such a cute, stubby, beer. Why have I never seen a pony beer before? Mike, being the loving husband he is, ordered a Bloody Mary (which came with a pony beer) and gave the beer to me. This is another reason I like brunch. It is much more appropriate to drink at brunch, than at breakfast. :) I enjoyed my adult beverage and left with the cute bottle.
After we left, I was thinking this would make a cute bud vase. I wanted to add a little pizzazz to it, but wasn’t sure exactly where my vision would take me.
Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
– Glass bottle (if it has a label on it, soak it in warm water to remove it)
– Gold Paint (I used metallic, but SMP used gold leaf)
– Paint Brush
– Painter’s Tape (optional)
Step 1: Decide how high up you want your gold color to go. Once you have decided, put your painter’s tape around your bottle.
Step 2: Start painting your bottle all the way around. Let it dry.
Step 3: Put about 3 layers of gold paint on your bottle. This will cover it nicely. Let the paint dry.
I went to Asrai Garden, the flower shop at the end of my street, and found these lovely flowers. I know the one deep red one is a Ranunculus. I love these flowers. They are currently my favorite flower. Not sure what the other two are, but I thought they would look pretty with my Ranunculus.
I cut my flowers down and put then in my cute new gold vase. Who would have thunk a beer bottle could be so pretty? Enjoy!