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Friday, 6 April 2012

What Would I Do Without Paint?

I wanted an Easter egg tree to hang some little ornaments that were gifts to me.

Pottery barn had a cute one. ~


But, yikes, the price!  This one was $74.79.  What are those people thinking?  I have a hard time spending that much on a 8' tree to plant in my yard!


In a corner store I found this one for 89 cents. ~


It's a little garish.  Okay, it's a lot garish!  It's wood and the branches are flexible, so maybe I can do something with this.

A little grayish white craft paint helps.  An image downloaded from The Graphics Fairy gets Modpodged on and that helps a lot!  Some watered down brown paint gets wiped across it all to add a little age.  A couple of strings of beads attached with a glue gun and this is getting cute!


I have somewhere to hang the little glass eggs and ducky now! ~



Let me think, now.....$74.79 or 89 cents?  Hmmm.

29 comments:

  1. You have a great eye to recreate something into something great!

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    1. Thanks! I think you develop that by thrifting and seeing what has possibilities.

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  2. That turned out really cute Maureen! Love the graphics and the color! (And can I just say I'm loving that little lamp next to it??!!!) Nice job and way to save!

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    1. Thanks, Danni. That lamp is the one that was broken and I fixed with the glass glue. It's holding up fine!

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  3. I'll take 89 cents! Would not have thought to decoupage the base. Again, great image selection from the Graphics Fairy. I never take the time to browse all the images!!!

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    1. I didn't even need to resize the image as I lifted it off a collage sheet on the Graphics Fairy!

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  4. Your creativity is a gift. I probably would have hung earrings on it the way it was when I bought it. Or perhaps I wouldn't have even noticed it in the store. You made something neat! Marilyn

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    1. Thanks for calling me creative instead of stingy! lol

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  5. Yep...89 cents wins! Imagine paying for the PB one? Are people crazy?

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    1. I can hear my dad's voice saying, "people have rocks in their heads". lol

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  6. I would not have thought of the possibilities! Love the decoupage, makes it look vintage.

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    1. Thanks, Syndi. I don't think I spent 30 mins. on painting and decoupaging it. Don't you love easy, cheap and quick?

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  7. Ha ha ha,...that's brilliant. It's nearly impossible to believe that is the same tree and saving over $70 is great. Nice job, Maureen.

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  8. PB prices are just nuts. We have a PB out here and they are still nuts. I only buy clearance there. The wee tree (say that fast three times) is swell. Happy Easter. hug amish girl 4 me

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    1. I did say hi for you. I'm sure they think Grandma has imaginary friends!

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  9. I'd say you did a great job for a good price! Can you believe what PB wants for some of their stuff? Sometimes their sale prices are okay but even then I think they are high. I love your little tree. I have one that we have kept from Gramma Hazel. It is a real branch and still in good shape. It is probably from the 1950's. Have a blessed Good Friday- xo Diana

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    1. Oh, vintage is even better! Have a wonderful Easter Day!

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  10. WHAT A DEAL!!! I love what you did with it Maureen, it looks fab! I was thinking about making a mini easter tree, however I have my hands full at the moment. I will live vicariously through you ;)

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    1. I'd say your plate is pretty full this year! Hope the Easter Bunny shows up for your little guy!

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  11. Maureen Yours is adorable I love it and the price.

    I hope you will enter the amazing Giveaway from Artie the Cross Bottle Guy!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  12. Lynn @ www.etsy.com/2becherished7 April 2012 at 10:22

    Very impressive up cycling!

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  13. Oh this is so cute!

    Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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  14. twigs from the yard work, too :)
    Happy Easter.

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    1. Drats! If I'd used twigs, I would have save the 89 cents! :)

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  15. It turned out perfectly Maureen! Beautiful! xo

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