Craft Projects, Thrift Store Finds

Bird Wall Sconce

Holy cow, this was an exhausting weekend. As you may know, our dishwasher has been broken for what seems like ages now. We finally got the go ahead from Samsung to return our dishwasher back to Best Buy, so we went there on Saturday to process a replacement. Turns out our dishwasher is already discontinued — guess everyone else thought it sucked, too — so we had to just return the dishwasher for a refund, wait for that to go through, and buy a new one. *sigh* As if that weren’t a hot enough mess, everything in our house seemed to leak this weekend… pipes, washing machine, sink, etc. Ahhhh the joys of being a homeowner. We are hoping to buy a new dishwasher tomorrow *fingers crossed*!!! I would love to fill the gaping hole underneath our cabinets with a working dishwasher and reattach the pipes underneath our sink. Can’t wait.

Luckily, that was the only bad/stressful part of our weekend. We went to a bonfire and I did lots of crafts. Lots!

On to the crafts!!!

I don’t even remember where I picked up these wall sconces, but they were in need of some l-o-v-e love.

I was originally going to spray paint them, but neglected to do so for real. So, I busted out some of my paint samples and got to painting. I went with a light teal and a light brown.

I took off the candle holder with a screwdriver, then painted the back of the sconce teal and the candle holder brown.

After several coats of each color, I painted the outer trim of the sconce a light brown, too.

Once everything was dry, I pulled out a stencil I’ve been wanting to try. This time, I used stencil adhesive. If you use a stencil, USE STENCIL ADHESIVE. It really does help keep the stencil in place while you paint.

I placed my stencil on the sconce exactly where I wanted it, dabbing on the adhesive around the cutouts right before.

Once the stencil was secure (I only waited about a minute after placing it on), I painted the tree brown, the leaves green and the bird blue.

I pulled off the stencil as soon as I was done painting. Once everything was dry, I screwed the candle holder back onto the sconce.

Now that’s an improvement, wouldn’t you say?

I love it!

I do have a confession, though. It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I remembered I have a second sconce somewhere around my house!! Should I make a second bird sconce since it turned out so well, or should I do something completely different?

I hope you all had a great weekend. And a special thanks to those of you who checked out my blog this past weekend — I had a record number of views on Saturday and was so very excited about it. You guys are awesome and I hope you keep coming back for more!

Craft Projects, Thrift Store Finds

Twice-redone bird candelabra

Two or so years ago I found the neatest candelabra at a thrift store and I just had to have it. The problem was, it was black and red — so not my colors. Either way, I picked it up and brought it home. It stayed black with red birds for at least a year, probably because we had a lot of red decor from both being Maryland grads.

Forgive the photo — I didn’t have a craft blog two years ago — but if you look in the top right of the photo you can see my candelabra in its original state on top of the cabinets in our rental home.

When I finally got around to painting it, I chose an ivory paint for the branches and a navy paint for the birds. It was definitely an improvement, and stayed this way for at least a year.

But let’s keep it real, I’m an aqua girl through and through, so my little candelabra needed another update to fit into our home. I pulled out some paint to take this candelabra to the next level: A lighter blue for the birds, a bluish-green for the leaves, and black accents along the branches.

I really like the more rustic look of the candelabra now, and I think it will fit into our home and decor much better now.

Moral of this post: Just because you’ve refinished something once, doesn’t mean you can’t do it again!

Craft Projects, Quick and Easy Crafts

Feather candle

I can’t decide if this project is a craft fail or not. Remember the feather tray from last week? Well, I love that paper and thought it would be cool to make some candle holders for our family room that matched our tray.

So, I cut out two feathers and grabbed a small glass I bought at the thrift store and set out to make a candle holder.

To start this project, I mixed some Mod Podge with blue paint to give my candle a tint. I spread it all around the inside of the glass with a sponge brush.

Once the inside was coated with my Podge/Paint mixture, I placed two cutout feathers inside. I smoothed out any bubbles, then applied another layer of my Podge/Paint on top.

Using the sponge brush, I made lots of swooshes (that’s a technical term you know) in the mixture to give it extra texture. I also added in the slightest bit of black paint to pick up the black in the feathers.

Then, I let everything dry.

Once it was finished, I popped a candle in to check it out.

I like the texture and color of the candle, but I’m not 100 percent sure if this is going to be going in our family room (which means it’s not). For now, I’ll stick with my tray.

What do you think? Craft fail or craft success? What would you have done differently? I think next time I might try using a real feather and no paint. I have several more little glasses, so I’ll definitely be trying this one again.