Glamorous White Diamond Dusted Pumpkin

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This pumpkin was bought by my Mom at an antique flea market. Little did it know it would change from ho hum… to… humdinger. Mom and I are on a roll with feather boas and sparkle embellishments. It is JUST FUN!

This is a tall pumpkin and it was already white in color. But it needed jazzed up. So I put rhinestone ribbon down each groove of the pumpkin. Then I DIAMOND DUSTED it all over.

I used some moulds to make little leaves to add to the stem. It looked too plastic by itself. I painted the castings white and then added antique gold RUB N BUFF. I then painted the stem with Gold Leaf by Plaid. See picture below.

We felt it was lonely, so we wanted to elevate it and put it on a candlestick. I had these really ugly candlesticks that I bought at the Goodwill. I had tried to bring them back to life by using different RUB N BUFF colors on them but was not satisfied with the look. Not knowing for sure what I wanted to do with them, I had set them on a shelf for later projects. So I brought one of them back out and used a mixture of silver and gold RUB N BUFF. I also added bling to the candlestick. See the BEFORE picture of the Candlesticks below.

With this picture you can see that one of the candlesticks had totally tarnished. On the other one you can see how I used the antique gold RUB N BUFF on it but wasn’t liking how it looked at all.
The other candlestick got a makeover too. It is now elevating my dollar tree foam pumpkin with black lace and a witch’s hat.

For the glamorous white pumpkin the feather boa around the edge was the pièce de ré·sis·tance. The perfect finishing touch.

All the right combinations and you have ~~~~exquisite!

Think outside the box and make a glamour pumpkin. Let me know if you make one. Send me a picture. Thank you so much for taking the time to click on my post and read all the way to the end. It is humbling to think that someone out there, likes your creations enough to read about them.

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Trash to Treasure, Metal Vase

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Tomorrow is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is going to be another story of Trash to Treasure.

I bought this metal vase at a thrift store and knew it had possibilities. I decided to make it shabby chic with a touch of elegance.

Here I am holding it up on a Facebook Live Video showcasing my Thrifting Treasure Finds.

The first thing I did was to spray paint it white with Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer. You could also use chalk paint. Anything that is going to stick to metal.

Next, I used Valspar Antiquing Wax to make it vintage looking and to bring out the details.

Putting on the antiquing wax.

I didn’t take a picture after I finished antiquing it or during my Rub n Buff application. Sorry about that. But I did use the Antique Gold Rub n Buff just to highlight the handles and engraved areas. I had thought about putting black and white stripes on it but thought it looked great and elegant just shabby chic white and gold. More pictures below.

I also did the inside in case the buyer doesn’t want to put flowers inside.
Here’s a closeup. The Rub N Buff is not an exact application when you use your fingers. But preciseness is not what I go for.

Another close up.

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Flea Market Candle Set Turned Champagne Tone in Color

Hi My Fellow Thrifters….

This candle and candleholder started out a very different color and was put in a corner at an antique flea market. I knew I could add razzmatazz to it and make it look glamorous and loved once again.

I am sorry that I didn’t take a BEFORE picture. I bought this because of the texture and shape and lines of the set. I wanted a designer look to it so I chose to use a mix of gold and silver to highlight all the details.

I did not brush paint anything. I used Rub n Buff and covered everything with that. I used the silver and antique gold. I squeezed some of each on a plate and lightly mixed them together. I am okay when it doesn’t mix perfectly and you can see some of each of the silver and gold. I love this technique and the color that comes from doing this. The antique gold by itself is very gold. The silver by itself is very dull and flat. Mix them together and the angels sing. Just kidding.

You can tell here that the candle holder was dark in color to begin with.

This week is my blog’s first birthday week. I hope to do a post a day to celebrate.

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Best Thrifted Item So Far This Year

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Do you love to go to thrift stores, antique stores, garage sales or estate sales? I am not sure why I am drawn to these kinds of places. Maybe it’s because I have always loved a good makeover. Whether it is makeup, hair, outfits, rooms in homes, outside of homes, projects, WHATEVER! I love adding to things and/or changing things up.

I love to take something from Eek to Chic, Drab to Fab, Nothing Special to Something Special.

This particular item did not need ANYTHING done to it. It just needed someone to take it home and give it some love. It needed someone to put it high on their priority list. It needed to be put in a prominent place in someone’s home to highlight how special it is. That person was me and the place was my home right next to my buffet.

I bought this chair at Salvation Army in Hot Springs, Arkansas. We had taken a long weekend vacation to Texarkana and Hot Springs where I did a lot of junking. It was so much fun! The store was just about to close. I had about 15 minutes to look around and purchase whatever I thought I needed. Need versus Want. A whole topic in itself. But I knew right away that I wanted this. It was only $25.00 and in great condition!! It came home with me! It fits right in with all the other vintage, rustic, old world items in our house.

I hope to encourage you to go and look at your local thrift stores for forlorn, lost and unloved items that you could turn into something special. It can be fun….like looking for treasure. The whole process can be very therapeutic.

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Christmas in July, Thrifted Angels in Frames Decor Idea

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I found these frames at one thrift store (I think Goodwill) and I found the angels at another thrift store (I think Salvation Army). I couldn’t decide if I wanted to leave the items gold in color and make an Old World style project or paint them and make a shabby chic project. For now, I decided to leave the items gold in color. I can ALWAYS go back and paint them later. And I think I will after Christmas this year.

I did not change the pictures in the frames at all. They were already gold and it was destiny how the angels fit perfectly inside the frames. I just had to make the angels match the frames. After I changed the color, I hot glued them in place. They are very light weight so hot glue was enough. I also did not want to permanently bond them with E6000 because I want to later take them off to paint them. I love options!

The angels were very grungy and dirty when I bought them. They even had what looked like a tinge of green mold about them. But they were not damaged in any way so I scooped them up. Remember when thrifting that color can always be changed with PAINT. In this case, I used Antique Gold Rub N Buff. Use this product in a well ventilated area. I used my fingers so I can get into all the areas I want. You can use a brush, but I never have. It does come off your fingers if you wash up right away. Below are some pictures of the before and after of the angels.

Below are some pictures of the project when finished.

Here they are all finished. I will probably paint everything later when I get tired of them this color. I will also change the background of the pictures. I thought about changing the picture to be Harlequin print. Not sure yet, but for now, I love them as is.

I hope I inspire you to go junking, thrifting, garage sale shopping, etc. You never know what treasures you can find and transform into extraordinary home decor.

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Trash to Treasure, Reviving a Candle

Revive a wax or battery operated candle by decoupaging and adding sparkly ribbon and adornment. In this revival, I used a jeweled cross and a salvaged base and a topper. Read below for all the supplies I used.

I went junking one weekend with my Mom and my Sister and found silver trays, candle holders, and other odds and ends. At Salvation Army, I found this candle bottom and topper. I am not really sure what they originally were used for or even sure if they were meant to go together. But my vision was for an Old World Style Candle.

The bottom and topper was a pale, brassy yellow. I added “Antique Gold Rub N Buff and it became a much richer gold color.

I had decided to use the cross and three rows of rhinestone ribbon to decorate and embellish with. So I added some rub n buff to those too. But I found some iron-on rhinestone ribbon in my stash that looked better and sparkled more. These embellishments were bought at Hobby Lobby.

Below is a picture of the rice paper I decided to use to cover the candle. It is called NEUTRAL Harlequin. I ordered this from Etsy from Decoupage Queen. Her Etsy store is called THDecorAtl.

Rice paper is pretty easy to decoupage onto a candle. I used Mod Podge and just wrapped it around. Wrinkles really were not a problem.

Even though it is gold in color, it looks great on my bronze table with matching bronze lamps. You can see in the pictures below how the bling ribbon at the bottom is very sparkly. It really matches the gold in the frame of our family picture too.

I made the cross into a push pin because this candle was covered in wax even though it is a battery operated candle. I used hot glue and E6000 to attach a flat head tack to the back of the cross. I used hot glue to attach the ribbon at the bottom.

I added bling to my treasure chest and orb too. I wanted more sparkle on this table. I plan to add just a touch to the frame of our family portrait too. But the pièce de ré·sis·tance is the candle.

Below are some pictures before I decided where to put it in my home. This is my favorite project so far this summer.

Thank you for reading my blog about my favorite home decor project. Please leave a comment, I would love to see who reads my blogs.

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