Think Simple! Think Vintage!

When considering home decor for the Christmas season, there is nothing I love more than handmade items! Often they are so much easier to make than one might think, and they never fail to make the room so very unique!

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Think simple! The painting to the left is very easy on the eyes due to the color choices and silhouette image, but has a quirky nature at the same time. Try using a white tail deer silhouette rather than the traditional reindeer shape. Add a small red nose and you have a unique rudolf all your own!

Think Vintage! The painting to the right also takes a special spin on the traditional Christmas scene with a tree made of flowing shapes and a vintage looking deer. Try some interesting colors, such as mint blue and bright red on peach…after all, Christmas doesn’t have to just be about red and green!

Tutorial: Silverware Tray Shelf

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I don’t know about you, but I have an infinite amount of small figurines, salt and pepper shakers, handmade trinkets…the list goes on and on. Often I come across the issue of needing the perfect place to display them; regular shelves and cabinets just fall short of the job for these small items.

This is hardly a tutorial because of it’s simplicity, but take time to consider using things like old silverware trays as shelves. I found this red wooden tray at an antique shop, and loved it’s worn look. All it takes to spice it up a little bit more is some scrapbook paper and modge podge!

Measure your openings of each section and cut your paper to fit. You can cover the background like I did, or even consider doing shelf lining. Apply modge podge to the surface in order to glue your paper down, and then cover the paper with a layer of modge podge if desired. Let dry and your all set to hang and display your treasures!

This particular tray is available for purchase at Country Chic Antiques on Etsy!

Tutorial: Colored Faux Milk Glass Jars

I love the look of milk glass jars, and frequently use them for decoration because they match almost any decor! However, when you have white walls like I do, the white color of the jars is quite limiting. The solution: create my own milk glass jars in colors! The great thing about this project is that it takes about 15 minutes to complete, and can be done with materials that you probably already have around the house!

Materials:

-glass jars of any shape and size

-several colors/shades of paint

Step 1: Make sure that your jars are clean and dry. I dug mine out of a dirt pile at Cline’s Antiques so they took some scrubbing!

Step 2: Select any paints that you want and do any mixing of colors that you wish. I used one teal color and added white to create different shades and give it more of a milk glass look.

Step 3: Place about a tablespoon of paint inside the jar. This amount will vary based upon the size of the jar, and don’t worry if the amount isn’t exact because you can always add more paint. Swirl this paint around inside the jar until the entire interior is covered. Once covered, any excess paint will need to be removed. Prop the jar upside down either over the paint container or a small dish to catch paint runoff.

Repeat with as many jars as desired, and allow jars to dry at least 24 hours before doing any major movements or placing anything inside. Have fun experimenting with different tones and colors! I know I did, and some of my jars (including those featured above) are for sale at Country Chic Antiques on Etsy!

 

Tutorial: Window Frame Photograph Display

I can’t imagine a better pair than that of the combination of an antique item and family history. I love old photographs of my kinfolk, and decided that I wished to display some of them in my new apartment. Often times I find that the traditional frames just won’t do, and that while giving them a makeover is a great solution, sometimes a room just needs a statement piece. The perfect solution: this window frame photo display!

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The amazing thing about this project is that it can be done for next to nothing, and can be made to match any room based upon window frame color and fabric choices!

Materials:

-window frame

-fabric (1/4th yard is more than enough)

-doilies (these are optional and can be replaced by fabric if desired)

-Modge Podge

-old photographs (I suggest that you make copies in order to preserve your precious      photos!)

Step 1: An obvious first step is to acquire an old window frame, but I felt it necessary to include this as a step for one reason: stability. Antique windows may need to be reinforced either to hold the glass panels better in place or to ensure that the wooden frame is sturdy enough to support a hanger of some sort. The glass in mine was loose so a very quick fix is to run a bead of hot glue into all of the gaps to secure the panels. Check stability first!

Step 2: Measure your fabric to fit behind your glass panels. Allow for at least a half inch excess around each edge so that you have more to work with for stronger attachment to the wood.

Step 3: Plan the layout of your window frame. Play with the arrangement of fabric, doilies, and photographs until a desired look is achieved.

Step 4: Use modge podge to attach your photos to their chosen fabric or doilies. Cover the entire back of your photo for best hold, and allow to dry before trying to place in window frame.

Step 5: Working with the backside of your frame, attach fabric pieces by heavily outlining one panel of glass and surrounding wood with modge podge. It is important not to cover the entire glass surface; although it would ensure better attachment, it can cause your photo ink to run or become blurry. To attach doilies, cover entire doily surface that is exposed (not the photos) with modge podge. This will need to be a heavy coat because the doilies and fabric will soak up a great deal of the glue. Place where desired on frame.

Allow to dry, and any places of fabric or doilies that need to be secured further can be with more modge podge added to the back side of the fabric (it will soak through and stick!).

If any issues, questions, or comments come to your mind, just ask for further explanation!