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Friday, July 31, 2015

Painted Antique Wardrobe

Wardrobes like these are hard to find. When I do find them I am amazed how beautiful they look when painted. The details show up so much more and the refreshed look makes them desirable.
I have painted a few antique wardrobes now and like any piece I do, I have to ponder about the way I decide to paint it.
Like this Audrey Hepburn one.
I want something different.
Something that isn't all over Pinterest.
Something artistic...

So I started painting this piece. I used Country Chic paint in Harmony and vanilla frosting. I added stripes with painter's tape and had to do some touch up when I pulled the tape off but all and all I love the way it came out. Paint really makes the piece come to life. All colors are fun. It just has to fit to me like my red wardrobe I painted.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fish bowl Centerpiece and cooler

It is officially summer and the outdoor entertaining continues.
Lots of picnics and gatherings with food, ice cream and lightning bugs!
Anytime there is an event, I like to decorate. When I discover something that doesn't take a long time to do but adds impact to the decor, I jump on it.

This project is one of those times!

I have never used water beads before. While I was shopping I discovered these. They come in different colors too. They are normally used for flower arrangements but not this time.
I wanted a beachy feel.

I came up with an Aquarium Centerpiece Cooler.

This little project is not only great for adult tablescapes but children's parties too.

I started with a few supplies I found at Old Time Pottery.

1 Trifle Dish
1 bag of seashells
1 fish gems
2 waterbeads
LED lights optional
shell tablecloth

Fill trifle dish with about an inch of shells to cover bottom and come up on sides.

I love the variety of color and texture. There is enough in the bag to add more. 

Then pour the two containers of water beads in the bowl on top of shells.

These are so awesome! I love the color too. Perfect for the water of the aquarium.

Then I found these adorable fish gems

I pulled out all of the fish shapes. There were all colors. I stayed away from the blue ones because they didn't show up in the water. I pushed the fish along the sides of trifle bowl down into the waterbeads. I alternated colors and put them all around the sides.

Now for the best part!

I added a bowl to fit the top. I experimented with cooling the water beads. First I put them in the refrigerator. That worked! Then I decided to try the freezer. That worked too! I was able to put some pasta salad in the bowl above and keep it cool for the picnic! DO NOT mix the beads with food.

I added the shell print tablecloth to complete the look.

You can add the LED lights for night time parties. Push them down in the middle of trifle bowl.

Love this idea and cannot wait to use these water beads again!!

There is still a lot of summer left to enjoy this. Hope you give it a try!