Here is a picture of my vintage sled I'm using on my front porch. As you know, this year I went natural & simple, so I hung a swag of evergreen branches, attached a bow and some large bells. Wa-La! I had this idea to find some vintage, white ice skates to incorporate in the display, but I have yet to find any for a good enough deal. I'll be on the hunt for them this next year.
I absolutely love this month because I am constantly decorating, and it makes me so darn happy! Normally, bloggers will give you a "Holiday House Tour," where they show pictures of their decorations for every room... literally their every nook and cranny... but because my kitchen is in the renovation-process, and with moving in a short time ago, I am definitely NOT prepared for you to be ALL up in my space! With that said, I will show you what I do have decorated for Christmas. =)
This year, I wanted my Christmas decorations to be simple, but my "simple" is probably not what the average person's "simple" is. Let's be real, my style of decorating is like a normal person's decorating on steroids but I can't help myself. I wanted a lot of green, silver, and rustic accents. Think: forest, pinecones. burlap, antlers, antique silver, etc. Okay, enough typing and on to the pictures!
Note** Below the pictures, I list where I bought some of the decor from, just in case you want to pick one up for yourself. =)
About a month ago, my husband and I attended an estate auction (shocker, right?). While looking around, we stumbled upon an old sled. I already owned one vintage sled, but it was small and in rough shape. This one was much larger, and still had remnants of the original red paint, which I loved. I ended up paying $35 for it and it sat in the garage until I had time to fix it up.
We had great weather this weekend, so I was determined to get to sled cleaned up . I wish I would have taken a "before" photo because gosh, this thing was dirty! It had years worth of dirt caked on the slats and the wood itself was dry and colorless. I had to be careful while washing it off, because I did not want to wash off any more of the red paint. After letting it dry completely, I sealed the wood with two coats of MinWax's polyurethane in Satin.
Personally, I loved how it came out! The wood has a little shine, which brought it back to life, but it still has that great vintage patina.
I plan to display this on my front porch during the wintertime and might incorporate it into something with a holiday feel. But don't worry, for those who are not ready to start thinking of the holidays, I'll only upload a couple example pictures of what I might do with it. I have to say, now that this sled is cleaned up, I can't wait until the first snow to display it on my porch! I'll post pictures when I set it up!
Here are a couple pictures of the sled after I sealed it:
Below are some examples of what I'm wanting to do.
I like the simplicity of this set up: A touch of green foliage, stark white ice skating shoes and aged wood.
This is fun because it has a festive, nostalgic feel.
There are great rustic aspects to this piece: burlap ribbon, pinecones and green foliage. I just love the white skates! I might have to look for some vintage skates before the holidays!
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