Turn Thrift Store Finds into Vintage- Inspired Christmas Decorations
I just want to show you two little Christmas Makeovers that where so easy that I am almost to ashamed to mention them here. But then again they are examples of how easy it is too find something ugly (but cheap) and turn it into a favorite.
Take this brass deer for example.
I am sure you have seen hundreds of these brass/copper animals in thrift stores. This one was among the brass collection of my in-laws. I had walked passed it numerous times. When we had the big house-sale no one was in the least bit interested in it, neither was I. Until a moment of inspiration.
Some white spray paint, a layer of modpodge and some glitter. And voila!
I think she looks adorable now. And I love how the glitter reflects the light.
Another item nobody wanted at the big sale was this corny snowman.
He had a nice smile, but way too much going on, with the three colors of blue, the too shiny silver and all the bells and whistles. But I saw so many cute snowman on so many blogs, that I took a second look at this one and decided to see what I could do.
This is him now:
Quite a difference, don’t you agree. And it was easy but it took a few steps, that I forgot to photograph. Sorry. First I mixed up a kind of green that I liked. I tried to get a Robin’s egg blue but at my mix turned out more green then I wanted. So after the first step (painting all the blues this greenish color) I wasn’t quite convinced this was going to work. But I have learned by now not to give up on a project too soon and just keep working on it. So the second step was misting him with some spray paint (while my deer was drying). That toned down the green immediately. My confidence was getting up.
The third step was adding some brownish glaze, especially to all the too bright silver bits. This aged him a bit more and added some shadows. The last step was modpodge and glitter. And now I think he is so cute.
So, I guess the lesson here is, always take a second look. And keep working on your projects until they feel right, don’t give up to soon (and even if it doesn’t work out, if you got it for (almost) free that doesn’t really matter and you at least had fun fiddling with it).
And if you want to see these two doing their thing in my Christmas craft room vignette, click here.