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Now, on with today’s post!
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that not many of you immediately think of black & white when it comes to Christmas decorations. But I’m about to prove that it can be a festive combination (I hope so anyway).
A couple of years ago my sister gave me this funky barn wood Christmas tree.
She was definitely on the right track with a gift for me. It’s distressed and rustic, which I love, but the traditional red and green just weren’t working for me. Especially with the black ‘trunk’.
So I decided to give it a q-style makeover.
I started by painting the horizontal boards with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Linen.
Next I added an IOD transfer.
This is the small (11″ x 14″) Memoir transfer. I cut it apart in sections to fit perfectly on my tree.
One caution I have for you is that sometimes the transfer backing will lift off chippy milk paint rather than leaving the transfer on your surface. You can see where that happened on the right portion of the scroll-y design around the word “memoires”. That’s just something to keep in mind if you are pairing a chippy milk painted piece with a transfer.
Personally I’m OK with this look, I just think it adds to the overall distressed style I’m going for. But it could be frustrating if you don’t expect it. You can prevent this by adding a sealing top coat (Miss Mustard Seed Tough Coat Sealer, or the Dead Flat I used later) over your milk paint first, then adding the transfer, then adding another layer of top coat.
I added my transfer directly over chippy milk paint though. Once applied, I sanded lightly all over and then added my top coat of The Real Milk Paint Co’s Dead Flat finishing cream. I really love how easy this stuff is to use. No worries about drip marks, no smells, flat sheen, soap and water clean up, and a little goes a long way. The Dead Flat will help prevent any further chipping.
And now it looks like this …
I loved it so much that I decided to hang it next to my specimens cupboard and decorate the whole area with black & white Christmas decor.
My painted black & white sled is leaning on the wall under the ‘tree’.
I draped a faux evergreen garland with cotton bolls, that I picked up on sale last year, over the cupboard.
My friend Sue gave me the calendar for my birthday. Although she bought it at a garage sale (she seriously always finds the most amazing things at garage sales), there is a sticker on the back from Decor Steals.
She had it set to my birthday when she gave it to me, and I thought that was so clever, so why not set it to Christmas Day to instantly turn it into a Christmas decoration?
Normally I have a photo of my grandmother on the little metal wheel that hangs on the knob of my cabinet, but I switched it out for the holiday too.
I have no idea who The Binke’s are, but I love their black & white holiday post card!
Or do you prefer more color for Christmas?