Sunday, September 25, 2016

Painting My Christmas Tree

Painting My Christmas Tree

I have owned my pink Christmas tree for many years but I wasn't truly happy with it.  It was a very dark pink color and I really wanted it to be a softer pink.  So this year I decided that I was finally going to paint it.  

Dark Pink

In the above photo, you can see the difference
 in the before and after. 

I realized that the Rust-oleum paints can be used on plastic as well,  I figured since my tree is made out of plastic that this paint would work.   So I picked out a lovely soft pink and one can of white.  I had decided that I wanted white accents to simulate snow. 

It took a total of 4 cans of light pink to cover my tree.  I took my tree outside, shaped it a little and painted it.  When I finished painting it pink I took the white and hit the tips of each branch.  

I let it sit outside to dry. 

Then I moved it into my tea room. 

I had found some beautiful light pink lights at Big Lots over the summer.  Not only were the lights pink but the wires were pink as well.  So I added my lights and you can not even see the wires.  

I added my Rachel Ashwell shabby chic tree skirt and my paper churches.  I will be waiting to decorate because Christmas is a long way off but since I already had my tree out to paint it, I thought I would just leave in my tea room.  Besides a pink tree is perfect any time of the year for this girly girl.  

Loving my new lighter pink Christmas tree.


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I do not know how this would turn out on a traditional green tree.  However, I will say that painting your tree is totally doable.  You do need to make sure that your paint is for plastic if your tree is made of plastic.  It does take a lot of cans to get nice coverage. I did test a tiny piece of my tree to make sure it would work before I started painting my tree.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall

Happy Fall

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Fall!

I am a day late because I was out all afternoon with my sweetie yesterday.  

This week has been filled with lots of projects.  It started out with painting the furniture for my daughter over the weekend and then carried over into my week.  I guess I am just in a crafting sort of mood.  

I have been working on my Christmas tree which was a very dark and bright shade of pink.  I decided that I wanted to paint it a lighter shade of pink and then highlight it with white.  I is starting to look really good and I post more about my tree later.  

Then I started working on a little curio cabinet that was given to me by someone special.  It was in need of some love so I am working on that has well.  I am excited about how it is turning out and I will share this project as well in a future post. 

In between all the projects, I have been decorating for Fall and enjoying my family.  

Wishing you and yours a lovely fall season, 


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Chalkboard Furniture - What was old is new again!

Chalkboard Furniture

What was old is new again. 

My sister-in-law gave our daughter her furniture from when she was a little girl.  Manufactured in 1979, this is a very common style of furniture from that era.  It is very well made and has stood the test of time.  As usual with this type of furniture it had yellowed over time and was in need of a makeover.  

To update the furniture we decided on using a chalkboard paint in a deep grey color.  Not only does the paint update the furniture but our daughter will be able to write on her furniture with chalk.  How fun it that!!!

We started by cleaning the furniture and priming it.   Then we sanded it and painted it using a tiny roller.  This gave us a nice chalkboard surface with a bit of texture.  

Our daughter loves animals and she chose a few pieces to compliment her new furniture.  

We are very pleased with how the furniture turned out.   This project cost us about $30.00 to complete.  That is way better than paying a high price for new furniture.  

Now on to the next project...

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