Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How To-zday

This post isn't so much a how to, as it is a how I did it.  
Unless, of course, you happen to have a cheap wooden elephant & some metallic pearl craft paint lying around.  
Jer & I found this fellow at the thrift store a few weeks ago.  I literally grabbed him from a shelf while we were in line at the register buying a pair of cargo pants.  It was only three dollars, & I liked him.  He had...possibilities.
I gave it a good scrubbing when we got it home-- it was in rough shape, scratched and chipped with raw wood exposed here & there.  But it has an odd charm, or at least, I think it does.  Once cleaned, I set it on the table to dry.  And there it sat, waiting for me to have the time to fix it up. 

I finally found the time.  And this is what I did with it.

I asked Thing 3 to snap some pics of our pearlized elephant pal on the mantle & instead she took several dramatic photos of him with the fire behind him.

She did get a few of him in place on the winter mantle.  The vases, incidentally, should be full of flowers, but the pickings are rather slim this time of year & what with the fire going so much lately due to the chilly temps & snow, I've just left them empty.  Imagine white cabbage roses or some such....sigh.

And I'm tacking on some of the snow pictures she took Sunday too, just for good measure...

I adore finding some odd thing at a thrift store or junk shop & making it my own.

Have you personalized any thrifted finds lately?


  1. Love that pearly elephant, and especially the dramatic fireside pics! I will certainly be in the lookout for wayward elephants to beautify :)

  2. What a regal elephant! I love the mantle shot with your other knickknacks.

  3. He looks fantastic! Just like your mantelpiece, I am ridiculously jealous xx

    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

  4. This turned out so cute!
    Jillian- PS if you have a moment, I'd love to invite you to the giveaway we're hosting for a $50.00 giftcard from Shabby Apple!

  5. Love the pearly elephant backlit by inferno. And a little cooler on the mantle. Thing 3 is taking some awesome pics...Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com


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