With all the wonderful encouragement yesterday, I got a little creativity flowing and decided to look at decorating my house in the same way you would eat an elephant...one piece at a time! So I started with the mantle.
I knew I wanted some green and I didn't have much and even less money! I went to Hobby Lobby and scoured their big clearance section. Many things there but some are so gaudy or to rich looking for my home. I found this very ugly container for $7 and thought it had potential!
When I got home, I pulled out a can of green spray paint that I had used on our outdoor patio set. Gave it some coats of paint in the garage and brought it in to dry. (Very cold in the garage so I knew it wouldn't dry!) While it was wet, I took a paper towel and lightly touched it around the edges to pull the gold color out. What do you think???
As you can tell, I also used the photographing technique we learned from Tracy at Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures. She is having a White Background Linky Party! It is pretty cool and will work well for items I sell on eBay! My color was a little off in the first picture but I figured it out for the second one! It also would look better with a white blog!
Now on to my mantle!! Let's start with the right side...
I see a lot of people using books so I pulled out a couple and took off their jackets. I think I may recover them with a paper since they are red as the wall. I have plenty of pine cones from Christmas that I filled my cloche to set on the books. I am trying to bring out pops of green in the room so I thought this very cheap Goodwill topiary would give a natural and green effect! Oh what the heck, let's throw in a HL chippy lemon!
In the middle, I put this little chest that I bought last year at Michael's on clearance for $4. I think it adds some old world, rustic feeling.
I also spray painted these old Home Interiors brass leaves in ORB and highlighted with some metallic bronze glaze. Then hung them above the painting. Of course the deer antlers that belong to Mr. Creative have to be here!
I shopped through my house of things on the floor and in the basement. I found what used to be Southern Living Home vases/candle holders. Just turn them over for vases. I have a box of candles so I found two matching in a taupe color. Along with my Hobby Lobby enhanced clearance container, I have the left side complete!!
So here was the BEFORE...
Quite an improvement! Now I need to work a little more on the hearth and another flat surface in the room! Hey, by Spring, I just might have the house decorated and ready to change!
You know I am linking this Boring to Better creation to my friend Kim's party at Savvy Southern Style!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, all your support and your wonderful comments!! They make my day!!