Aloha! I'm so happy to have had a few blog friends offer to keep watch over this place while I'm being forced to enjoy a little vacation in Hawaii.
Today I would like to introduce you to Tanya from the blog twelveOeight. I fell IN LOVE with the amazing CARD TABLE (yes, a card table!!!) makeover you will see in the pictures below. I mean, serioulsy, who would have thought to make over a card table?? Tanya! That's who!!
I am so excited to be here today, thank you for having me Kristin! My name is Tanya, and I create & share thrifty DIY projects and decorating inspiration at my blog twelveOeight. I am a mom to four awesome kids, my eldest in her second year of college, and youngest still in diapers. My family understands my craft-supply-hoarding, garage-sale-addicted ways the best they can, and don't usually question the treasures I drag home. On the average day you can find us knee deep in sandpaper, chicken nuggets, toddlers, and hot glue. Are you ready to make something pretty that is easy on your budget too?
With some of my summer decor stepping aside to make way for the crazy garland and wreath hanging extravaganza just around the corner, I wanted a little something to complete a simple table setting for my makeshift dining area. I am working on our dining room table next, and in it's place we are using a card table. I know, you are probably thinking about building a fort, playing poker or eating ramen in college right now, but card tables can be chic with a little elbow grease. So, gracing the top of the "new" card table are these little artichokes. And they were easy to make!
- Two glass or wood candlesticks
- Two silk or plastic artichokes
- Hot glue, scissors, foam brush
- Spray paint primer, and color of your choice, I used antique (or heirloom) white
- Accent acrylic paint, I used a light chartreuse shade
I picked up two glass candle holders to act as a base for my artichokes, along with an artichoke wreath I already had, #1 and #2 were done. I trimmed the artichokes at the base and glued them into each candle holder. After using spray paint primer, I applied two coats of spray paint, allowing each coat to dry well in between. I used a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to distress the edges, and a bit of acrylic paint on the artichokes. Once the accent paint was dry, my "new" artichokes were complete!
It was that easy. A few simple items, less than an hour of my time, a little thinking outside the box, and thrifty DIY home decor does not need to be beyond our reach. All of us are working within a budget and have set expenses. Why not have more of what you love for less by turning items you no longer use, or thrift store finds into something beautiful?
Thank you for coming along with me on my decorating adventures. If you would like to follow along and see what happens to my dining room table come on by and I promise I'll have a pot of coffee brewing and some ideas on how to make your home fabulous on any budget.
Thank you Tanya, what a fabulous idea!!
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