A few weeks ago I shared my wreath with you. It was such a great wreath and oh so full ... in fact those bells were so full that I couldn't close my storm door on them. So I had to move them elsewhere.
Today I'm here to share how I made them look so lovely and bright, and where I put them to make a pretty holiday decor with an old tray.
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What I used:
And for the rest of the project:
These old bells were part of an old Christmas decoration that I found at the house. It seems we accumulate things over the years and after a while they start to look outdated. But that does not mean we should automatically throw them away. I was able to pick and choose what to keep and then upcycle them, just like these bells.
As you can see below this is how they started out. The bells were made from cheap plastic in a goldish tinge. Yuk!
The How -To:
The first step was to paint the exterior surface with a chalky type paint. A few coats covered it.
Once that was done I wanted to add a bit of shine so I went over the top part with Metallic Lustre in White Frost. You can see the difference in the photo below, the left hand side bell is all shiny.
The final step to make my bells swing worthy was to add a bit of decorative wax. I won this stuff from a giveaway that was hosted by Brenda of Unique Junktique. Go check out Brenda's blog, you are going to love what you see there! I also love this wax and plan on using it everywhere!
It gives a nice look to the bottom rim of the bells and also makes the design stand out much more.
Once my bells were done and I realized they would not stand a chance in the front door, I rummaged around and found this old tray which is a left over from the past. See those cool diagonal stripes mixed in with the buffed circles? I think it can't decide if it wants to be seventies or eighties decor. One thing I do know is that it was in really bad shape and it needed a new purpose in life.
I grabbed my trusty chalkboard paint and painted it black. A few coats and it was covered. Now I could have gone the full route, and I just might in the future, but for now I left it just plain black.
I love the distressed beauty of it. And I can always add chalk to it and cure it to turn it into a chalkboard.
To finish off the look I just passed traditional clothespins through the bells with twine and then added the green ribbon.
Gotta love the aged beauty of that handle. But not the mixed seventies/eighties look of the tray itself.
This has to be my perfect project, it's got upcycled bells, a repurposed tray and is in the holiday spirit. What else could I ask for?
And that is how I was able to upcycle my bells, use them in a great spot without them getting squished and also repurpose that dated tray. I think it makes great Holiday decor!
I hope you will pop on over to Brenda's blog Unique Junktique and check it out. She is so talented and really knows how to transform furniture.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle 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 and New York.
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