Monday, January 24, 2011

weekend thrifty finds...and a Monday DIY

this weekend was the first, in about a month, that i didnt have a cake due or somewhere to be.  so i took most of the day to myself and went thrifting.  i usually dont go with a list, but this time i did.  i was on a mission to find candle stick holders (sturdy ones that could hold platters), vintage or pretty platters/plates, and pretty crystal/glass vases.  we dont even have a date set for the wedding but i know what i want for decorations so there is no reason i cant get started. 

i found 4 candle stick holders (3 are brass and the other is wood), a ceramic urn(?), 2 glass bud vases, set of 6 mini cognac glasses that will work great as tea light holders, set of three gold-yellow serving platters (one round and two oval), a couple of vintage floral pillowcases, and a partial set of vintage Mikasa daisy stoneware.  ill post pics of everything later, but for now i wanted to show you how i made over some of my thrift finds.

first up is the wooden candle stick holder i bought:
this poor pillar candle holder was hideous. 
 it was brown and black with silver accents, but it was all scuffed up and sad.  sorry i forgot to take a pic before i started spraying..alittle trigger happy.  i gave it a good shot with some Krylon Silver spray paint and it looks awesome!

next up is a ceramic urn.
as you can see, on the left, it was artfully "distressed" for lack of a better word...all in all it was pretty ugly.  so i did the same thing as i did with the candle holder....gave it a nice good shot of silver Krylon.  it looks a million times better....looks even better in person.

i also did the same metallic spray treatment to some empty wine bottles. 
i used different shades of metallics for some depth.  i think with taper candles and flowers in our wedding colors (oranges and greens) it will look nice as centerpieces on the tables.  i got this idea from Once Wed - Milk and Honey feature (see wedding idea post from last week)

im going to submit my before and after pics to Project Restyle (which is being put on by Elsie Flannigan and Rachel Denbow of Red Velvet Art.  You can follow their Flickr stream and see other submissions.

Feel free to try this yourself.  I would love to see your pics!

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