Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Decorating

I am working my way to being finished with the Christmas decorating.

I saw something online the other day that is my inspiration for this little idea I’m about to show you. I wish I were on my other computer and I could crop this pic below to show the real one that was my inspiration pic. But instead I’ll have to say, it’s the pic on the left that I am going to try and copy some of. Not all of it, just some. I guess a more simplified version. Open-mouthed smile

christmas-decorations-ideas MIRROR SPRAY GOLD TO USE

I don’t have the 4 framed pix to the side of the mirror in this pic nor do I have anything close to those that would work to use. I just love the little florist thing (don’t know what it’s called) that is hanging from the top of the mirror. Grin…..

OPPS I ALMOST forgot something……I got this pic above online and I have NO CLUE where I found it to give credit. I am sorry I can’t remember. I am not trying to say it’s my own, it’s my inspirational pic. OK now that that’s done lets get down to business. wink…

Now for some details…… I have this mirror I found at the thrift store and it was only 5.00. It’s been changed because it also had 2 small mirrors on each side of it that I removed and used in another project.

I took the mirror and filled in some tiny screw holes in the sides of it last night. Once that dried I spray painted it gold today. It’s bad weather outside today so I had to do it in a rush and got my spray can too close to my mirror frame and it ran just a bit. Will have to sand it some and redo those couple areas. Excuse my pile of Christmas lights you see in the pic. I put one strand to each plastic bag so they don’t all get tangled up. So that’s what the pile of junk is there in the mirror. Trying to get er done.

I want to use my manger scene in my mantel decoration since I don’t’ have another place to sit it. I saw a pic online when I googled mantels decorated and she had used a glass picture frame and sit her manger scene up in it. So I think I am going to do something like that with me.


Details on what I did before I painted it. Once I wiped all the dust off and cleaned it up, I took the mirror out of it. Then I sanded it really good in all the cracks and crevices. The reason I sanded it is because it had stain and varnish on it and I needed my paint to adhere to the frame so you have to sand it down. Then with a couple old damp rags I wiped all the sanded dust off it a couple times to make sure it was nice and clean. Then I sprayed it with the gold metallic spray paint.


It’s sitting a little crooked because I was trying not to get gold paint on everything.

Anyway the main reason I wanted to post this is to show you that you don’t have to pay a fortune to decorate your home. It CAN be done on a shoe string budget when you shop around at the thrift stores and garage sales. In fact I had this can of paint on hand already from another project. It was only about half full of paint but it was enough if I hadn’t of messed up with letting the can be too close to my frame. It’ll be OK though. But you can decorate your home on a shoestring budget so don’t get depressed.

I’ll have to come back later and edit this when I get the mantel all fixed up so you can see what I did to it. Not going to be AS fancy as the inspirational pic but pretty all the same I think.