When my good pal, Arthur, sent me this project, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it for my own bar! Like him, I also hate looking at ugly food labels on things exposed in my kitchen (which is why I’ve transferred all of my flour and grains into matching glass containers). Aesthetics aside, his bar-bottle-makeover-project is brilliant for another reason too. No one will ever have to know how cheap your alcohol is! Here are his instructions, with my own side bars (hee hee) in red.
Arthur cleaned off the labels from Trader Joe’s brand vodka bottles and washed and dried them throughly. The square bottles nestle better on a bar and also won’t roll around in your freezer when laying down. You can also buy bulk square bottles here.
He ordered vinyl stencils from a local sign shop, but you can also order them online. Arthur says they shouldn’t be more than a buck or so a label, so go local if the online quote is too high. You could also buy vinyl letters from an art store and mask off a rectangle with electrical tape around it, creating the opposite of what Arthur did: clear letters within an etched rectangle.
Position and stick on the label and rub out any bubbles, making sure it’s on there really good.
Apply a thick coat of Armor Etch and leave for at least 10 minutes. Wash it off and let it dry!
Decant all of your booze into your stunning new bottles!
If you’re really too lazy for this project, buy the matching bottles, mask off a rectangle with painter’s tape and paint the inside of the rectangle with two to three coats of chalkboard paint. After 24 hours, peel off the tape and you’ll be able to scroll your own labels with chalk!