Silver Halloween

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Instead of a White Christmas how about a Silver Halloween? I have seen a lot of silver Halloween decor popping up in the stores this season. Instead of spending a pile of money to create a shimmering silver display I grabbed a few goodwill finds and dollar store treasures and made them shimmer and shine with one can of spray paint.

 

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I added the slightest bit of orange with a few fall leaves. It’s the perfect contrast with all the silver.

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I gave all of my pieces a plain coat of grey using a small bottle of grey craft paint I had on hand. Since the colors were so vibrant and deep I thought it best to prime them with a color close to silver so that the spray paint would cover easily. I purchased one can of spray paint and I had a little left over.

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I love this little guy, he looks so happy!

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And the glow from the pumpkin puts a smile on my face.

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If you come across candle sticks at goodwill, don’t pass them up – they sure come in handy

for a lot of things!

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This is how everything looked prior to painting,

scary indeed.

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It’s amazing what you can do with a little paint!

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Guest Post: Pallet Art from Wood Shims from Just Us Four

Hi everyone! I’m Shannah from the blog Just Us Four and I am so excited to be here visiting Sarah’s blog today. I’m really excited to share a recent project with you and I would love if you would come visit me to check more of the crafts, recipes and DIY projects I have been working on. Shannah 6 Guest Post: Pallet Art from Wood Shims from Just Us Four

Awhile back, I picked up some wood shims from Lowe’s with plans to make some makeshift pallet artwork out of them. Thankfully, I finally found the time to create my wood shim art and wanted to share it with you! DSC 6780withlabel Guest Post: Pallet Art from Wood Shims from Just Us Four

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Guest Post: Thrifted Frame Upcycle from Just a Girl and Her Blog

Hello, Alderberry Hill readers! I am Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog, and I am so thrilled to be guest posting for the sweet and talented Miss Sarah today! Over at my blog, you’ll find posts about all things creative–from crafts and DIY to recipes and mommy projects…I may even throw in a random happy thought or two. icon wink Guest Post: Thrifted Frame Upcycle from Just a Girl and Her Blog You’ll also find that I’m one of the cheapest thriftiest people on the planet!

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I love taking items that have lost their luster and making them beautiful again, so when I found this old, outdated frame at our local thrift store, I knew I wanted to give it new life.

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It may not have started out so pretty, but it had so much potential! My plan was to turn my thrifted find into a focal piece to hang above my husband’s dresser, using a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and some DIY art to give it a more updated, masculine feel.

I gave the frame a thorough cleaning, and though I eventually wanted it to be white, I began by painting the entire thing black. {It will make sense, I promise!} I knew I would be distressing the frame, and I wanted the black to be peeking through rather than the brassy gold.

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Ooh so much better already, right? I waited for the paint to dry completely before applying Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. {If the base coat is wet at all when you apply your chalk paint, it could cause cracking in the paint. Not that I would know that from experience or anything… ;)} I used two coats of Pure White, then sanded down the edges for a more distressed look. After giving the frame a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, I buffed it with a clean cloth until it shined beautifully!

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Then it was time to add the art. Believe it or not, I use Microsoft Word for a lot of my graphic design projects {check out my tutorial on making pretty labels in Word!}, so when I wanted to create a deer silhouette for my frame, that’s exactly where I headed. I simply chose a piece of Clip Art, cropped it, and took the brightness down to -100% to turn it into a silhouette.

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From there I just printed it onto card stock, cut it out, and used spray adhesive to attach it to a piece of scrapbook paper–easy peasy! {and also FREE!}

After giving the original mat a quick coat of spray paint, I was ready to put it all together…

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Pretty good for a thrifted frame and some easy DIY art! I love it because of the transformation from old and tacky to fresh and fabulous, and my hubby loves it because, well, it’s a deer..and what man doesn’t like that?! Let’s take a look at the before and after, shall we?

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Yay! I love a good B & A!

Thank you so much to Sarah for having me on her beautiful blog today, and thank YOU for reading! I would love to have you over for a visit at Just a Girl and Her Blog– you can also join the fun on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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So thrilled to have you Abby, thanks so much for guest posting!