That was the easy part. Now, what am I going to put on them?
I have this cute mirror that I pulled out of a heap of garage sale leftovers someone set at the curb and posted for free on Craigslist. I wrote about it last January, but I never could decide what to do with it.
What else can I use? I want something organic, but small and compact without seeming too cute. Hmmm...I'll have to give that some thought.
I love architectural salvage, so I wanted something that looks old with interesting lines to complement the petite ornate mirror. But in my town it is hard to come by without paying a hefty price.
So I'm going to fake it.
I have a spare finial and a wood disk from previous projects. I picked up the candlestick at a thrift store.
I stained the unfinished pieces so they would look more like the candlestick when distressed. Then I painted everything a buttery yellow, let it dry and took sandpaper to it.
My greatest concern was I would sand through the finish on the finial and the disk and not through it on the candlestick.
I was right.
So I watered down the yellow paint a little and went over all the exposed wood.
Next, I used a brown glaze on it, let it dry, and then finished with paste wax. I love how it turned out.
So that just leaves the organic bit left. I had the idea of a moss ball to tuck on the shelf. I had the moss already, so I was going to pick up a styrofoam ball at the craft store.
The size I needed came in a multi-pack for almost $5. Geez.
I mulled it around for a minute and came up with a better idea. And I have a lot of them!
Just take small sections of moss and hot glue them on the tennis ball. NOTE: Since the moss has to be pressed in place before the glue sets, use a low temperature glue gun and plenty of caution since hot glue can cause burns.
Isn't it fun to using what you already have to make something pretty?