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.
Let's begin at the top. I have one of those spot light units on the ceiling and it is perfect for hanging things. Last year I had hung globe ornaments in red, but this year I am trying to eliminate red as much as possible. These globes were painted green with acrylic craft paint. I love being able to transform things without having to spend money. I just buy a bottle of the paint and I have it for months.
A few weeks ago I had seen a post over at While I Linger titled "A Little Christmas Inspiration". And boy, did I get inspired. I saw a pretty garland made with fabric scraps. Well, you know when I see fabric scraps my eyes pop out. And even though the room was technically done, (but really is a room ever done?) ... I grabbed my stash box full of fabric scraps and made this.
Thank goodness for my friends who inspire me because now I feel that the room is really done! Maybe even over done, but that's okay because if you can't go overboard on Christmas, when can you?
I added last year's homemade ornaments in between. You can see how I made these here.
And that photo with the green frame, it started out as a canvas. It's one of my daughter's that we have around the house and it's a painting of the moon. But the moon is not very Christmasy.
I flipped it over and painted the edges a green shade...
I then added a Christmas card inside, using double sided tape. It looks so much better than if it was just on the shelf all by itself.
Right underneath that I've created a vignette with an old spice rack. I'll be posting more on that next week.
The globe you see was once an actual snow globe till my sweet son managed to smash it - accidental of course. No worries, I simply added a jar on top and that was the end of that. Better to have the son than the snow globe. Anyway now that he's older he's been remedied of his wayward ways.
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Moving on we come to the middle shelves. Do you see those tall white objects? We have taken to calling them the Empire State Buildings in our house.
This is how they started out. My husband had found them thrown away. They must have been legs of some sort. We've been planning on using them somewhere, but until then I figured I could use them as decor.
I added two coats of chalky type paint on them and I was done. I had thought about adding stencils or embellishments but liked their simple, striking look just like that.
The little house with the slanted roof was also a piece of wood I found around the house. I just painted it and then drew on it with a permanent marker.
And that little tree, it is a thread spool. I wrapped some green velvet fabric around it and placed it on a base which I had painted white. The base is from another broken snow globe.... are we seeing a theme here?
I've also placed Christmas cards in frames. This is such an easy way to make a room look festive.
The handle of the basket has been wrapped with a string of tri-colored beads. Those beads have been with me forever and I reuse them every year. Timeless!
The easy green Christmas centerpiece with a chicken feeder base against a green velvet backdrop. That is another way to hide the mess behind. Just use a piece of pretty fabric to cover all the books that are less then vintage perfect!
My sweet kids in frames when they were little. Oh how I miss those days. But I don't miss the broken ornaments. "wink"
And placed on my Chivalrous trunk is the natural wood centerpiece switched out for Christmas. The box holds an assortment of sentimental Christmas cards. And in the place of honor is my sweet Pumpkin man.
The trunk was a hot mess but I decoupaged it with book pages last year and it made a world of difference in the look. You see how easy it is to transform something without spending a ton of money and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you actually made it yourself. The trunk is one of my most cherished pieces in the house.
And finally I've hung a stand of gold bead garland and added my wooden Christmas angels. Underneath that is the repurposed antique cauldron.
The red tree topper is a pretty piece of paper rolled into a cone shape. Easy peasy!
And that is how you repurpose your decor for a unique Christmas look. It may have been a bit long, but I like to explain what I do so that you can get ideas too. Sharing is always good.
I hope you have enjoyed my living room tour. And if you'd like to see what my living room looked like last year, take a peek here. I'll be back next week with some more and I want to show you the spice rack vignette. Do you re purpose your existing decor or do you buy new things each year?
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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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