Sunday, November 15, 2009

Useless (budget) Decor

A few weeks ago at the thrift store I spied this ugly brass thing.

I'm not exactly sure what it was intended to be, but to me, it looked like a candle should sit on it.
I paid $2 for it and brought it home, where it sat in my garage for a week or so.

This thing is strangely sized. It's about 3 feet tall.  I took a picture of my boy next to it, so you all could see.
(Keep in mind, this was a picture for sizing reference only. The boy is barefoot and still in (non-matched) jammies and he's eating something...I'm not sure what.  I promise I'm a good mom. Don't judge me from this photo.)

I gave my brass monstrosity several thin coats of Heirloom White spray paint, until it was sufficiently covered.

When it was completely dry, I dried out the glaze that I've been hearing so much about.
Rubbed it on, rubbed it off.  Sure enough, it gave my strangely shaped candle stick some lovely depth.

Tough to see that depth from far away.  Here are some close ups.

Pretty, huh?

I found a pretty pillar candle at Target and slapped it on top. Then I tried to find a spot it could sit.

It ended up outside, where I think it looked quite pretty.

Useless decor.  The Pottery Barn want's $89 for this one

I paid $2 for mine :)

Unfortunately, the weather has turned and I had to bring it inside today.  I'll find a spot for it in my bedroom or bathroom, I think - since it was in the PB bed/bath catalog.  God bless the Pottery Barn - who would I copy cat if it weren't for them?


The Girl Creative said...

LOL Love the Pottery Barn comments. lol I keep meaning to get to Goodwill and look for some cool stuff. Maybe this week. :)

Sheri said...

1. Awesome vision! Love the candle stick
2. mismatched pajamas: Way cool!
3. Barefoot child: Even cooler!
4. Using him as a size reference: The best!

Just proves you are a real mom!

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Turned out very nice!

Cindy said...

Let's hear it for useless decor that makes us feel good to look at! I think it looks fab.u.lous.

stacey said...

love it and the adorable little boy! but tell me more about the glaze deal! :D

Jill said...

That looks fabulous!

Mandy said...

More about glaze...
(for Stacey)
The Shanty Sisters (at shanty to chic) use glaze all the time. Theirs is a tinted glaze, mine is not. I actually picked mine (which is from Sherwin Williams) up at a moving sale this summer for .50
I tint mine with wall paint (brown, grey, black or a mixture.) Then you rub it on, let it sit, then rub it off. At least, that's how I do it!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I like this a lot! If I tried to put it on my porch, it would totally get blown over. I hate that nothing stays on the porch, it's so windy.

I love steals of a deal. Keep sharing yours! =)

Sabrina said...

Great Work! I love making turning brassy into classy too! Oh...that was just awful. Ha!

stacey said...

thanks Mandy. i had a feeling that was what you were talking about. i've used glaze on walls many times but never thought to use it on just random the wheels are turning! :D

Lee @ said...

Totally Cool!

Denise said...

What great pumpkins. I wish I had thought of that!

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