Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I don’t have a pretty, frilly pink or red filled post for you today. Valentine’s Day just isn’t a holiday that I decorate for. I’m pretty much heartless, at least when it comes to decor.
A while back my thrifting friend Meggan and I were at our local favorite thrift store (Arc Value Village on White Bear Ave, for those of you locals who might be curious) and I was laughing over the plethora of items with hearts on them. I pointed them out to Meggan, and we both agreed that hearts are pretty much out these days from a home decor point of view (thus they end up in thrift stores by the dozens). I mentioned to Meggan that I have a couple of tricks for dealing with them though and she suggested that would be a great idea for a blog post. So I filled my cart with some hearts …
The easiest way to get rid of a heart is to just simply cover it up. That’s what I did with the heart cut out on this little wall shelf.
But first I transformed the shelf with Dixie Belle’s Patina Collection. You may remember that they sent me some of their Iron paint and Patina Spray to play around with a couple of weeks ago. At the time I mentioned that I wanted to try this stuff on wood to see how it looked, so this shelf was the perfect candidate for a little experimentation.
Since the shelf is made of wood, you don’t need to use the special Prime Start primer (you just need that if you are painting over metal). Instead you can just start with a layer of any color paint. I used Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road since I happened to have it close by, but the color really doesn’t matter since you’ll be covering it up entirely. Once that dried I added a coat of the Iron paint and allowed that to dry. Then I added a second coat of the Iron paint and while it was still wet, I sprayed it with the Patina spray.
Next I just dug through my stash of random bits and pieces and found this back plate to a drawer pull. It was already rusting on its own, plus it was just the right size, so I thought it was the perfect cover up.
Both Meggan and I simply couldn’t resist this next item.
It’s got both a heart and a cow … a classic.
And actually, in the end I didn’t get rid of the heart cut out, just the cow with her heart shaped face and the country welcome.
I removed the glued on words, sanded the entire thing down and then painted it in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth. I added the grain sack stripe in Dixie Belle’s Driftwood.
Then I added an Iron Orchid Designs rub-on from one of the French Pots collections.
A vast improvement, even if it isn’t totally heartless.
Unfortunately I ran out of steam (and straight into that cold that I’m still getting over) before I could get to the rest of those heartfelt pieces from the thrift store. I may have to hang onto them until next year.
But to prove that perhaps I’m not entirely heartless after all, I couldn’t leave the thrift store without this sweet Dinner for Two cookbook.
It has some great illustrations …
A candlelit dinner for two served on a gondola in Venice would be my idea of the perfect Valentine’s celebration.
So sweet. This is much closer to my idea of a little Valentine decor.
How about you? Valentine’s Day decorating, yeah or nay?