Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Mantel BEFORE - Backstory!

Recently, I showed you my new White Christmas Mantel.
And I haven't tweaked it much...yet.

Today, I want to show you a few of the items I used - in their "before" states.

Like the "snow globe" on the mantel. It cost $1.07 and was found looking like this...

A little de-construction, some paint, and a little wooden house, and voila! Pretty cute for a buck and change.

Here it is again with all the trimmings...literally. I added Epsom Salts and a tinsel tree...but I don't care for the tree.

The little wooden houses were collected at different times for a few cents each. I find them at thrift stores and garage sales.

It was a bit daunting to paint over their cute hand-painted details...

but the quest for plain and simple won. After a while, I did paint them white.

I love them plain white.

The faux mercury glass candle globes were spotted when they looked like this:

A coat or two of Krylon Looking Glass left over from January turned them into this:

Likewise an asymmetrical pair of glass candlesticks had a similar golden tint to them...

Not anymore! Now they look like this:

It pleases me to create an environment I find cozy and interesting - especially one that is composed of items that were discarded by others.

Often, they need nothing at all. Sometimes, a simple coat of paint will work. In any event, I can live on a very modest
income in a style that doesn't scream it!

And in my opinion, that's almost as good as winning the lottery or something.

If you could choose to have lots of money and little aptitude for design, or little money and great style, which would you prefer?

That's a tough one...but then, there are some great stylists out there - for a price!

Word for the Day:

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

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SuzanneMoore said...

Revi, I choose favor!! But I have to say.. God has certainly gifted you with fabulous style and ability to transform these items! I always get ideas with your blog! Very talented, my friend!! Now, since I am super busy this season( and thankful I am able) I may have to use the ideas next year but I know where you are:)) on my reader list, don't always comment but I read! God's best for you this year ... Merry Christmas!! Blessings, Suzanne

lynn said...

its all lovely! i've done the real antiques in the past, and though they were beautiful, i much rather junk my style--it fits me best:) have a great weekend, revi:)

Anne said...

Thank you for sharing your before photos! What great treasures and you really did an amazing job transforming them all! You have a good eye! Well if I did have allot of money and we don't I would still be very frugal and shop and thrift stores! A lesson I share with my daughter.

Tammy said...

Love your mantle! Great ideas! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Marsha said...

I've got a can of that spray paint I need to get busy! Your success is inspiring