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Friday, December 17, 2010

Decking the Halls--Part ONE

Well, I had mentioned a few posts ago that I had been busy decking the halls here at my house and since there are no more Sketch For You To Trys from Jen this year, I thought now would be a great time to fill ya'll in on it. There's lots to share, so I will be "parting it out" over the course of two or three posts in the next few days. All my Christmas decorations, I've collected over the years--like for 22 years now, and I figured it was time to move on from a few of them that were stuck in the "country" 80's and 90's, most of which I had picked up at craft shows when they were all the rage. I ended up, much to Eric's delight, giving away almost 2-18 gallon Rubbermaid tubs full, to a lady that didn't have anything to decorate her house for her kids with (heart swells), so that was a good thing and I know I won't miss it, knowing it went to someone who really appreciated it.

So that left me with a few blank spots to fill in with a little bit of Christmas (but still trying to avoid the Griswald look), but I needed to do it on the cheap in order to maximize our shopping money and not blow it all on decorating. Can I get an amen? However that made me want to finish a few projects that I already had going (it's the whole "if you give a mouse a cookie" effect that is the epitomy of my life.)

Back in June or July I got a wild hair and went to Goodwill and got a few frames and odds and ends. Then came home and immediately started spray painting them to redo my wall behind the couch in our living room. Then Eric was sick and I got mono, it was summer and I think the paint would have boiled right off if I had kept going, I had surgery and stuff got in the way of me finishing. So of course, two weeks before Christmas is always a great time to work on that kind of stuff so I got busy and finished it. In one day.

Here's a quick rundown of what I did:
Big white metal frame—got it for free from one of my best friends. I spray painted it white and did the inside with chalkboard spray paint and wrote the appropriate word of the season.
2- 8x10 plastic frames--$1 for both from Thrift Town. They have no glass. I filled them with scrapbook paper for now.
“L”--$6 Got it from Kohl’s a few years ago.
Big black frame—$8 from Goodwill. I threw out the oil painting it held and sprayed it black. The artist had her phone number on the back. I started to call her, but didn't want her to be upset that her painting was at Goodwill and that I too, did not want it....Ring ring, "hello, would you like your painting that no one wants back?" It was that good.
Tall black frame—$3.50 from Goodwill. Spray painted it black and was inspired by THIS to redo it. More on that later.
Chunky wood heart from the 80’s—$2.50 from Goodwill. Spray painted white and cut the birds out of vinyl with my Cricut and Make the Cut software.
Crosses—accumulated over the years, so nothing new.
Supplies--All that took 4 cans of spray paint and a canvas drop cloth--$20


SUSIE Q-TIP: If you want to paint your walls a totally different color before redoing it completely, but your husband refuses to let you do so two weeks before Christmas, just get out a Sharpie marker that is "close enough" to your wall color and fill in flaked off spots, old nail holes, etc. Then get him a gallon of your favorite color of Little Dutch Boy for Christmas.


  1. Wow Susan ... you are so multi-talented! Your wall is beautiful. I love how you put the crosses in the open frame. Great idea!

  2. Amen Sistah!!! LOL, Susan you are so funny...great tip!!! And what a lovely arrangement on your wall :) Great colour looks very similar to the colour in my bedroom :)

  3. AMEN! And...this is beautiful!! I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog, your cards, all your home ideas, and your sweet personality. Thanks so much for sharing! Merry Christmas! :)




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