By the time you read this I will be safely in my home in Greece. Yes I have left my sweet sons to go back home. But that does not mean that I did not wreak havoc behind me. I made sure to repurpose and upcycle a whole bunch of things.
But my biggest job was the dining room bookcases upcycled with chalky paint and gift wrapping paper. This was the mess in the dining room of my son's apartment. And it could only have gotten better after I got my chalk paint on it.
This dictionary stand has been in my house for at least the last six years. I don't know how it got here, but my son seems to have a certain attachment to it. Which is not a bad thing. The bad thing is that this cherry red piece sticks out like a sore thumb in my otherwise black, beige, and blue apartment.
Yes, most of the furniture is either black or a dark brown. No cherry in sight here. It was time to upcycle the dictionary Stand with chalk paint.
Last week I showed you how I upcycled my Christmas tree ornaments. Because you know I am frugal like that. Today I am going to show you how to repurpose your decor for a unique Christmas look, just like I have done with my living room.
The big elephant in my living room is the wall unit that takes up the whole wall in one end of the room. It is big and tall and has lots of room for decorating. And I always try to please it by filling it up! The smartest thing I ever did was to flip all of my books around and so now I have a neutral canvas to add all the decorations I want.
I have been yapping for the last month about my Christmas tree. I was going to put it up a month ago! And then I had to put away all of my Halloween decorations. And you know what a chore that was! After that I had to work on Thanksgiving which was lovely. But the Christmas tree was patiently waiting out in the stairwell in a box. Waiting!! Oh poor Christmas tree.
Well enough of my bluster, I am done and am happy to show you how to upcycle your Christmas tree on the cheap!
And now for the back story. Last year I had decorated the tree with everything but the kitchen sink. It was nice and very sentimental but I realized many of those ornaments were in tatters. It was time for a change.
Time to become selective!
Time to turn over a new leaf... er, a new color!
And so I opted to remove as much red as possible, and do the Christmas tree in white, metallics and green. Because I am not someone who follows trends! Who's with me on this one?
I also needed to do it on the cheap because who has money to throw away every year on new ornaments? And who decided that we needed to have a new look each year anyway?
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Guess where I found this old thing?
If you have been coming here at all for any length of time you will know it came from my basement. I am starting to believe that everything from the dreaded basement must be vintage. This old suitcase was in really bad shape. It had scratches all over and the metal framework holding it together was bent out of shape.
I certainly had a big job ahead of me. But if there is one thing I love, it's a good challenge. And so we begin with my vintage suitcase makeover.
Που το βρήκα αυτό;
Αν ερχόσαστε εδώ για κάποιο χρονικό διάστημα, θα ξέρετε ότι ήρθε από το υπόγειο μου. Αρχίζω να πιστεύω ότι τα πάντα, από το επίφοβο υπόγειο πρέπει να είναι σχεδόν αντίκες. Αυτή η παλιά βαλίτσα ήταν σε πολύ κακή κατάσταση. Είχε γρατσουνιές παντού και το μεταλλικό πλαίσιο ήταν λυγισμένο.
Σίγουρα είχα πολλή δουλεια μπροστά μου. Αλλά αν υπάρχει κάτι που μου αρέσει, είναι μια καλή πρόκληση. Και έτσι ξεκινάμε με την ανακαίνιση της παλιάς vintage βαλίτσας.
I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.
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