It’s Wednesday! I’m posting! And I’m not even retired yet!
But I’m anticipating having plenty of projects to share with you guys from here on out, so I’m planning to go back to posting three times a week starting now. Hopefully I can keep it up throughout the winter. Now that we’re both retired, I’m planning some thrifting dates with my buddy Sue (yep, in case I didn’t already mention it, both Sue and I are retiring from our day jobs with the same employer), so fingers crossed that we find good stuff for me to work on.
I picked up this wooden toy truck last summer at a garage sale.
I knew it would be a fun one to paint, and that I wanted to turn it into a Christmas decoration.
I took some measurements and ordered a Christmas themed stencil from Wallcutz in a size that would fit. Last weekend I pulled it out of storage and gave it a couple of coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth.
Then I added my stencil using Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky.
You might recognize that design. I used a larger version of the same stencil on my drop leaf signs.
You’ll be seeing it a couple more times before the end of the season!
I debated using the same red, green and black color scheme on the truck, but ultimately decided to go with a more neutral palette.
I used the top portion of the stencil on one side …
and the bottom portion on the other …
The number 25 stencil on the front bumper is part of another stencil.
I have to admit, I don’t find the black and white to be quite as festive as red and green. But I’ve been known to decorate for Christmas in black and white, so I went with it.
The truck is open on the top, making it perfect to use as a table centerpiece when filled with greens, pinecones and fairy lights.
How do you like the nutcracker?
I just picked him up at Hobby Lobby for $5 (he was half off). He’s meant to be a craft project, you’re supposed to paint him. But I rather love him as is, so I’m planning to use him just like this. Once I have my Christmas decorations up, I’ll share where I put him.
They had two sizes. This is the bigger one. The smaller one came packaged with some cheap paints, and I think was only about $4.
As much as I love this one, I am going to sell it (
$45, SOLD). So if you’re local and want to snatch it up before I take it into the shop, you’ll need to act fast and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for the rest of you, what do you think? Would you have gone traditional with red and green? Or do you like more of a neutral Christmas like me?