Before Thanksgiving, I get into creative mode for the all-out Christmas decorating. Here's what I've been up to...
This chair got a Jeanne D'Arc Living-inspired makeover:
I used some leftover paint from our bedroom, 'Sea Pearl' by Benjamin Moore for the chair, as well as a grain sack I had hanging in the kitchen to cover the seat.
Here's how the $5 chair looked before, after I rescued it from the White Elephant outlet store outside in the rain:
The wet seat cover was removed and I replaced it with new foam & batting after painting the chair.
Now to the horse...I've always loved the look of wooden horses in Christmas displays. Here is a page from my favorite 'White Christmas' book by Tricia Foley:
And here is another source of inspiration from the latest Jeanne D'Arc Living 'Touch of France' Xmas book:
A couple of months ago I spotted an unusual paper mache horse at my thrift store. What are the odds of finding something like that? It looked very retro 80's with all the dried up flowers & pink ribbon:
I knew this fella had potential. I took it to the check-out counter, ready to spend my $1 on it, when I encountered a lovely lady who exclaimed just how adorable it was. I didn't have the heart to tell her I had major plans to transform it to this...
I just dry-brushed on some white paint mixed with gesso, and left the torn areas a bit exposed for a vintage look. Gone is the cutesy pink!
I can't wait to adorn my horse with some greenery for Christmas!
Now...on to the mini dress form. This pretty gal from TJ Maxx...
...got a similar dry-brush paint treatment to age it a bit:
Ooh la la!
Are you still with me? I've got one more small transformation to share.
Do you recall this jolly Santa I scored in June while treasure hunting with my peeps?
I wasn't fond of the bright gold gifts in his sleigh. After unwrapping the gifts, I discovered they were made from styrofoam blocks (how clever!). I used the gold wrap as a template and cut out white muslin pieces the same size:
The gifts were wrapped using hot glue, and adorned with lovely seam binding ribbon. Now Santa's sleigh is more my style...
Well, this is certainly my favorite time of the year. I can't wait to see what the rest of you have been up to!
Sharing with these fabulous parties:
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Blissful Whites Wednesday (next week)