Great day @ DI

I gave my last batch of students their final this morning and stopped by the DI (for those of you not in Utah, it's pretty much a Goodwill).  I never find good stuff there (with the exception of this one chair I found and will someday make a slipcover for and then will blog about), but I think I totally scored today.

I didn't find the one thing I was looking for (nightstand for Mim's Christmas), but wandered and found some other stuff I got really excited about:

 Little milk jug, two super awesome candlestick holders, an apothecary jar and a pedestal vase/hurricane thing.
The design on the milk jug:
 I was thinking I would spray paint it white and use it in the spring, but I don't know anymore- the design is really growing on me.  What do you think?

The candlesticks are already spray painted and on display- they're what I'm most excited about, probably.  I have been looking/considering buying candle pedestals at a number of places, but always balk at the price (even when Hobby Lobby had them half off).  I really wanted some for my mantle, though.  So here these are.  The crappiest spray painting job I've ever done (when it's warm again, I'll redo them), but I still love it. 
 So, a week from Christmas, my mantle is pretty much the way I want it to look.  I bought some little sparkly stuff from Hobby Lobby awhile ago and want to put it in the new DI glassware, but I CANNOT find it ANYWHERE.

Oh, I also got the crystal platter in the background from DI on my trip today, but forgot to put it in the first picture.  It reminds me of a snowflake.

The tarnished brass plate is also from DI, but a few weeks ago.

You know how PB and Ballard always have gorgeous white birch or aspen branches they use for decorating?  I don't have any white-barked trees, but I found out that a light coat of white spray paint on a normal gray/brown branch makes it look naturally white.  You can see a bit in the picture below:


Amy Watson said...

I just found your blog and I am in L-O-V-E! Great looking mantle! I wouldn't have had the vision to paint those candle sticks and would have passed them up, but you wonderfully transformed them!

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-Dana, Saturday Mornings


brothfuss said...

OH, that mantle is Beeeautiful!!!!
Can I hire you to come to Georgia and decorate my house? Next year, maybe. You are so clever, when you see an item at a thrift store you see it's other life. So beautiful.
Merry Christmas, Beth