Quick Fixes

A few weeks ago, while staring at my fabulous hurricane vase from Crate and Barrel, I realized I just wasn’t doing it the justice it deserved.  During Christmas, we put brightly colored ornaments in there, and it really is very pretty, but for the remainder of the year, it is a pretty lackluster piece.  I decided it needed some revamping – and it should be inexpensive (DUH!) but also very fun because I wanted to put the vase on my dining room table.

I went to Walmart and purchased 2 bags of white beans, 1 bag of kidney beans and 1 bag of pinto beans.  I dumped them into the vase in a pattern of white, red, green, and then topped off with white, stuck a candle (that I already owned, boom!) in there and voila!  It looks so great; I also flanked it with two pinecones I had sitting around, and stuck a gourd we got from Dollinger’s Pumpkin Farm visit.  You can read about that here.  It sits on top of my super quickly made burlap table runner.  This is just made from a long scrap piece of burlap from when I made my cornices.  You can read about how I made those here.  Works great, and fits with the overall look!  I couldn’t be more pleased with how the whole tablescape turned out!

The candle is melting in the weirdest way…

While perusing the shelves at our local St. Vincent’s thrift store last week, I came across this gem – marked for $1.99.  I walked past it but decided against the purchase at this time.  Fast forward to a few days later, when I stopped in the store to once again see this same candlestick staring back at me.  I now felt compelled to buy it, make it feel loved and give it permanent residence in our house.  Plus, I am completely obsessed with candles and figured it would be a great addition!  A candlestick is so timeless, and what better way to beef up the decorations in our house – especially for the holidays!

I decided to go with a bright green spray paint, because truth be told, I had that and midnight blue at my house already – and thought I should keep the project as inexpensive as possible.  I first primed the candlestick with two coats of a white spray primer (after giving it a good wipe down, of course!). You can see I’m painting in my garage.  It was horribly rainy and windy this day last week, but naturally, when I get the urge to DIY, there’s no stopping me.  I have this scrap card board that I save in the corner of my garage for these types of projects.

After the primer was dry, I began to spray the green.  I did 2 coats and then a quick final 3 coat.  Sidebar – I did use a gloss on this, and I thought it kept it shiny and very slick looking!  Love that about it.  Sort of keeps with the original brass finish (but way less old school!).  When I brought the candlestick inside after it dried, I hadn’t even thought of where I’d put it…turns out, I didn’t think of how awesome it would match our kitchen eating area!  Our placements are bright green with turquoise borders and we have a bright green piece of art on the wall behind the table!  This looks awesome to finish off the eating area!

Finished product on kitchen table – please excuse the mess and poor lighting!

While on my spray painting binge that day, I decided to do a number on this coppery dish/bowl thing we had.  I think it had flowers in it or something from a funeral, but it was just sitting in our cupboard with all sorts of underused vases.  I figured I could breath some new life into this and use it for pretty much anything.

For this, I applied 2 coats of spray primer in grey to the outside and inside (so that took a little longer) before spraying it the midnight blue color!  Looks awesome, right!?  So much better than the worn copper look before.  I am not sure what it’s going to hold yet, but I’m thinking I might put some mosaic ornaments in there, which I recently made.  More on those later!


What do you think of these quick fixes?  Any that you’ve done lately for not alotta dollas but big impact?




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