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!
I found these gems at an estate auction in Colorado this past weekend!
Estate auctions are great when I want to find vintage furniture, decor, or anything eclectic. This particular auction had dozens of old tractors and trucks, so it seemed the majority of the attendees were there to bid on those specific items, and luckily for me, no one seemed interested in the luggage that was for sale. I bought an entire lot that had these two, a couple other 70's luggage pieces, and some smaller items for $7.50! Yes, $7.50!!!
They have a great look with their aged leather edges, handles and brass hardware. They look to me like they are from the 20's/30's era.. I am not sure what I plan to do with them yet, but I know these would be great for props under a side table, bench, in a corner of a bedroom or even stacked up with other vintage luggage to create a make-shift end table.
Garage sales and thrift stores are my go-to's but estate auctions are always so much fun and sometimes you can get one heck of a deal!
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