I know, I know. It’s only Halloween.
But when you blog about fun craft projects for the holidays, today is far too late to blog about Halloween. And almost even too late for autumn decorating ideas.
And then there’s the fact that I’m leaving for a cruise on the Adriatic in less than two weeks and I won’t be back home again until after Thanksgiving.
Yep, it snuck (hmmm, that’s not a real word, who knew?) up on me too.
I suddenly realized last week that I had to get all of my Christmas projects (at least the ones I want to sell at Reclaiming Beautiful) finished this past weekend. Yikes!
So I got out my favorite stencils and some paint and I got busy.
I started with a pair of vintage sleds that I purchased at a garage sale over the summer.
Once again I totally neglected to get ‘before’ photos. Drat.
But both of these started out with red metal runners and plain wood. I painted just the wood parts on the first one using Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth (that same fabulous cream color I used on Monday’s washstand). Then I added the stencil using craft paints. I sanded vigorously to distress and then added a topcoat of Fusion’s Clear Wax.
The second sled got painted in Dixie Belle’s Caviar. I painted the metal runners as well as most of the wood except for that cross piece at the top.
I stenciled this one in a french stencil that says something like ‘friends and family gather here’ which seems like a good sentiment for the holidays.
It’s a little less traditionally Christmas and could be displayed all fall and winter.
I also painted a couple of drawer front signs. These drawer fronts came from the dresser that I turned into the farmer’s market kitchen island back in July. If you remember back, I removed the lower two drawers from that piece because one of them wasn’t in great shape. So I saved the drawer fronts and discarded the rest knowing they would make awesome ‘signs’ using my farm fresh Christmas trees stencil.
These are also painted in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth and stenciled with craft paint. One has plain wooden knobs, but the other has knobs with Prima Marketing re.design knob transfers added.
While I had the stencil out I also added it to a cute little wooden box that my picker found for me.
And speaking of my picker, she also came through on the vintage Shiny Brites. Remember I mentioned that I just wasn’t finding many vintage ornaments at garage sales this year? Well Sue found a whole slew of them for me!
Last but not least, I did another painted suitcase. I started by painting the suitcase black and white using Dixie Belle’s Caviar and Drop Cloth, and then added the stencil.
To make it more versatile I added a more summery stencil to the other side, so now it’s reversible.
I did one of these last year at Christmas too and it was a big hit.
I also pulled out some of my other vintage Christmas goodies to take into the shop today like this festive Tom & Jerry set.
So, it may be Halloween at your house, but it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas at mine!