Christmas decorating begins….making something old new.

Christmas has always been one of my favorite times to decorate. It’s a magical time filled with special memories of my children celebrating with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

I have acquired quite the stock pile of Christmas decorations over the years. I have a box marked “sentimental” of things I’ve collected and crafted with my kiddos that I just can’t seem to part with.

I wanted to come up with a way to re-purpose some of the things I already had on hand. So I began in the basement with a quick inventory-because once you’ve reached the old 5-0, you just don’t remember things like you used to.

I have a Christmas village that I set up about every other year or so depending on how motivated I am. Since I loved using neutrals during the fall season, I wanted to incorporate some neutrals in to my Christmas decor as well. My inventory check revealed I had duplicates of some of the ceramic village pieces. Hmmmm…. What to do??

Well my go to is always paint…..

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I used chalk paint- two coats and then sparkle…it is Christmas afterall!!

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I painted on a little mod podge and added some glitter to give them a snowy effect.

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They light up beautifully!!

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Just added some Christmas greenery, a mercury glass candle and some shiny ornaments to complete the vignette.

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There is just something about these little miniatures that make my heart happy. So simple and whimsical.

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I have one little tree decorated and am working on the tree in our dining room. I hope to share soon so be sure drop in again.

Happy Christmas Decorating!!

Chris

 

Sources:

Mercury glass candle stick-Marshalls

Mod Podge, glitter and greenery- Michaels

Cake Stand-Homegoods

Mirror-Target

White furry wreath-IKEA

Green satin ribbon-Ballard Designs

 

 

Bench Makeover

I always loved this little bench. My mother in law kept it in her master bedroom for years. When she downsized and moved in to her condo, this little bench went with her. IMG_3401

Sadly, because she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease we had to move my mother in law into a nursing home. It was sad to divide up the treasures she and her husband had work so hard to make such a lovely home for not only their children but for their many grandchildren. Such fond memories. They were wonderful grandparents.

We are truly blessed to have acquired so many of their wonderful treasures. As I mentioned, I love this bench but not the fabric so very much. I’ve kept the seat covered by blankets since the day I brought it home but decided it was time for a makeover.

I started by chalk painting the base. I think chalk paint is magic!!! Especially for someone like me who does not enjoy sanding and prepping a piece. It dries fast and the results are almost instantaneous!!! I just use the good old chalk paint from Joanns or Michaels.

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The color I used for this piece is called “sheepskin” It is not too white but also not too yellow. I applied two coats and then used the Folk Art cream wax.

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I debated on whether or not to distress but decided since the piece has a dark finish that it would distress beautifully so gave it a light sanding and a final coat of wax.

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I found the fabric I was going to use at Hobby Lobby. I originally purchased it to make pillow covers but love the weight and the pattern so opted to use it on this bench.

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Forgot to mention, I had a couple of helpers with the painting…..

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Sir Tucker and my son’s dog Pacer who was visiting while my son took a weekend trip to Niagra Falls. Of course they had to both get in on the action. And yeah, I’m painting in my family room ON THE CARPET!  I had a piece of cardboard down. Not the best idea but it was warm by the fire and I was careful!!!

I used a pneumatic stapler to attach the fabric but you could use a regular heavy duty stapler as well. I folded the edges under starting in the middle of the seat, making sure to pull the fabric tight as I went. I probably could have ripped off the old fabric but again, I like quick and easy projects. I left the corners for last.

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I basically just wrapped the seat like a gift package…..

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It’s not perfect but hey this girl gave up on perfection a long time ago. I still love the way it transformed the look of the bench and I do love this versatile fabric!

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I styled it with a couple of different looks and landed on this one. Just adore this pom pom throw!!!

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Here it is at the foot of the bed with what I like to affectionately refer to as my “Cruella Deville” pillow 🙂

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A quick pillow change out, add some greenery and pinecones and voila!!!! It’s Christmas!!!!

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Hope to be adding some Christmas ideas here soon so I sure hope you’ll stop back!!!! Happy Sunday!!

Sources:

Joanns-chalk paint and wax

Hobby Lobby-fabric

Target-spools of string, greenery and pinecones

Marshalls-bird pillow

Homegoods-Deer with polka dots pillow

I purchased the throw online-but my aging brain cannot recall where??