Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Naked house= changes!



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that the Christmas

decorations have been


down and packed away


next year the house


a little bare.

This of course means re-arranging


tweaking vignettes


is a necessity in a decorholics


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 I recently bought


of these

old chippy

corbels salvaged from a

house in New York.

The seller had a unique way of


them and describing

the color in the listing.

When they arrived they were

certainly not the size I

had expected and they were



ugly tan color.

At first I was going to



in another room but

the color wasn’t really

going to work in that room either….

or any room of the house for that matter.

I really debated what to do

and finally decided to just

paint them. *gasp*

Yes, I know all you purists

are probably thinking

I am absolutely crazy!

I mixed together a concoction

of what I refer to


dirty paint and painted

the new color on with a detail

paint brush.

It took a little time

but in the end they were just as



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The crackled


chippy paint is wonderful!

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I also like that some of the paint

and part of the corbel


missing all


two things that can only


achieved over time……..

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I added these little zinc sap

buckets to the


for a little variety of color



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Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas?!?!?


big plans for New Year’s Eve?


White Door Cream Puff said...

Des - everything looks so nice! We still have our tree up b/c more family is joining us New Years Eve. The dining room is still pretty festive too. That way we can put all the snacks on the table that night. And we will have the furry babies with us too b/c a couple of them get scared when they hear fireworks. oxox God bless!

AntiqueChase said...

GORGEOUS! I have a pair in my kitchen and I added a glass hurricane to it... looks great when burning. Mine are a bit too grey for my space but no courage to paint them... Happy 2012!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Des, Everything is beautiful and I love the corbels. I have been looking for a pair to make into electric sconces. Happy New Year!

Kelly said...

I can't imagine that those corbels ever looked any different than the way they are now! You sure did an excellent job. They look like you found them that way already. I love how you used them with the candles on top. How clever! I really, really, want that demijohn in the wooden crate whenever you tire of it too. Ha!

The enchanted home said...

Beautiful!! Love the colors, so soft and clutter free....ahhh so nice after feeling like I am drowning in Christmas
Beautiful and those corbels are wonderful too. Happy new year!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I hate when stuff isn't quite what we expect when it is delivered. You did a wonderful job on those. Yes, it is time to put the house back together and I have been having a hard time creating vignettes. I don't know what is wrong with me.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

They look beautiful Des! That whole area looks gorgeous!! Martina

Anonymous said...

I love the corbels- they look beautiful all chippy! I am always happy to put away the Christmas decorations because everything seems so fresh again- a real boon to us decoraholics!!

LL from KS said...

I love what you did with the corbels. I am never scared to paint anything. I want to love everything in my home, so if it isn't beautiful I do what I need to to make it so. I love seeing your new vignettes! I can't wait to play with my stuff after the Christmas comes down, but thats not until new years day.

Terry said...

I have a collection of these corbels but never thought of just painting the paint. Great idea on using them too as candle holders.

Anonymous said...

So very jealous that you have Christmas all tucked away - where oh where are those elves when you need them?

Morning T said...

Love all of your newly painted white things Des- gorgeous as ever over there.
Happy 2012 to you!!