Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Seashell Wreath and More!

I was putting things away in my basement when a completely spontaneous project crept up on me. I found a wreath that has been laying around for a few years now that was just looking for some "dolling up!" I immediately thought of my box of seashells and bin of vintage jewelry, both of which I acquired from freecycle.org. (P.S. this is a great site for local free stuff). My favorite part was adding jewelry to the wreath! How fun is that? Check out the image above...can you spot it all? There are four pieces in this shot.

Who really wants to clean anyway, when there is a craft project at hand???
Take a look at what conspired. I added another photo at the end of the post to show you what else I did with the leftover seashells.

My lovely wreath and FREE box of seashells!

My FREE box of vintage jewelry!

The finished product!

A detail. Notice the awesome vintage jewelry that is tucked away.

This is what I did with my leftover seashells.

Friday, July 1, 2011

My Antiqued, Silver Table

The antiqued, silver table project was born one evening when my mom and I were sitting in my living room dreaming up ways to update my living room decor. Whenever I am in need of some inspiration, she is always one to light the spark in me (or should I say under me). As I was doing this table project, I was thinking about all kinds of things to write about in this post. I was contemplating whether or not I am an idea person or rather one who likes to execute the idea. Sometimes, when you are surrounded by the same four walls, it is hard to come up with fresh ideas unless you ask someone you trust for their opinion (that's where my Mom comes in). Do you find yourself to be an idea person or more of an executioner of the ideas that you see around you?  Perhaps the reason I love the notion of blogs is because there are so many ideas that I can make my own out there!

So, to continue on about the antiqued, silver table...my husband and I repainted our living-dining room to a really beautiful slate color, which lies somewhere in between a chalky blue and gray family. I purchased valances, panels and rods from Lowes and added a few other touches. The antiqued, silver table emerged from the idea of adding pewter accents around the room.

The evening before starting my project I was browsing the Better Homes and Gardens website, which I LOVE! I think it is by far, one of the best decorating/crafty idea sites out there! To my surprise, (well, not really!) Mom was right on target with creating pewter table accents as I ran across this Better Homes and Gardens page, which features silvery mirrored tables. I thought about adding mirrors to my table but in turn, I kept it simple.

Here is a look at how my table emerged from a black-weathered, worn looking table to a table for the tin man, if you will (as per my hubby prior to being antiqued-sorry I forgot to take a photo at this stage) to the elegant antiqued silver table that now sits proudly in my living room. Overall, I would estimate this project at about 5 hours and well, as for cost, I found the table in the trash and the rest of the materials ran about $25.

Just one more tip, if you are going to be the one spray painting. My pointer finger lost feeling from the duration of spray painting yesterday. The feeling is finally starting to come back but I could barely even write yesterday due to the injury. I would advise on buying a trigger that you can put on the can rather than hurting your finger pressing down the nozzle.


Always wear a mask, gloves and spray in a well-ventilated area.
Here I have Rustoleum Aluminum for the base coat and a
Clear Satin Finish, which I used as my very last step to finish the project.

Protecting the grass!

Valspar Antiquing Glaze is what I used as my Antiquing Medium.

Here is a detail of the finished table.

Here is my finished table in the living room already being loved!

I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out. I am even considering this antiquing technique for a larger piece that I have in my bedroom.



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