Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm Wreathed in Smiles...

I made a couple of great finds over the weekend! For awhile I've been looking for something to replace a piece of art that has become outdated in my main floor powder room. I knew it might take me awhile to find "that perfect something", but I was in no particular hurry. On Saturday I was in Target and came upon this little 9 inch wreath. It was on "clearance" for $9.08. Sweeeet.

Because this wreath is only 9 inches in diameter it is too small for its designated space, so I knew I would need to combine it with another item to make it appear larger. I thought about hanging it from a frame, but I couldn't find a frame at Target that I liked. Then I remembered Hobby Lobby's clearance sale and wondered if there was something I might pick up there to help with this project. I bought the wreath and headed to Hobby Lobby. At Hobby Lobby I found this square tin plaque (below). I did just as instructed and "Rejoiced." Amen. Seriously, it was just what I was looking for.

Even better, it's price had been marked down to...

It felt a little sacrilegious to paint over the plaque, but I did it anyway. I reached for Rust-oleum American Accents in "oregano", and gave it a couple of coats...

After it dried I took out my sanding block and gave it a little character...

Then I attacked it with some glaze, and gently wiped it down to the desired finish...

I didn't think the glaze was going to make much of a difference, but when it dried it definitely had done the job.

Here's a collage showing the different effects of spray paint, sanding and glazing. Each process adds a little more depth and character to the piece. (This is also an interesting case study on how the color of something changes in different light. The first picture was taken in the evening, the second in the morning and the third mid day!)

When the glaze was dry I glued the wreath to the plaque and let it cure for 24 hours. This morning I hung it up.

With the wreath mounted on the plaque it is now 15 1/2 inches in diameter and perfect for the space.

I love it, and the fact that it cost $11 makes me appreciate it even more!



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Get Your Craft on Thursday @ Life as Lori
Get Your Craft on Tuesday @ Today's Creative Blog
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Also - Check out "The Adventures of the Overloaded Mommy" for another idea on what to do with a plaque like this! Love it!



26 comments:

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

So cute! I just saw that wreath at Target yesterday. Maybe I should go back and get it :)

Julie Harward said...

That is awesome...you made something average turn into stunning! The frame looks very pretty now and it is even rejoicing more so now! LOL :D

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is adorable! Love hte paper flower wreath!

Jennifer said...

too cute!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Gorgeous!!! Love that price tag too!!

the overloaded mommy said...

I bought that same wall hanging! I'm hoping to post what I did with it this week. I LOOOOOVE what you did with yours. It's beautiful.

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

I love this! I haven't used glaze yet! I guess I'm a little scared, but I really do need to try it!!

Chapman Channel said...

I have never used glazes--do you have any tips for why/when to use them...and how? I usually just spray everything with a clear-coat polyurethane type paint to seal it...but I'm no professional (and I always love how your projects turn out!)!

Rachel said...

Love it!!! I would have never thought to put the wreath in the frame...so pretty! Love the glaze, too!

Mia said...

The glaze really does amp up the look on the frame quite a bit. Love the final results.

Chris said...

So pretty. Congrats on another fun project for your home.

AliLilly said...

I held that very "marked down" wreath in my hands Saturday!! I put it back tho and got the apple blossoms wreath and the cute lil one flowered white vase!

This looks great! I love it!!

I'm your newest follower and I found you on All Things Related.

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Looking great! Great job!
XO
Frenchy

Twigs @ Twiggles and Trunks said...

such a great idea. awesome execution!

Ivana Suda said...

Love your blog!
All wonderful, very tasteful, I'm from Brazil
My name is Ivana and I love doing crafts
And I was in love with your blog
I want to always be here even see the news
Kisses

Ivana Suda.
Brasil

Connie said...

Oh ya, I saw that wreath at Target too. I debated on whether or not to buy it. I love what you did with it by pairing it up with the frame.

Sandra said...

Wow, I love the wreath but with the pretty frame it really stands out...get job.

Sassy Sites! said...

It's beautiful!! I have a couple of the metal squares at my house, now I just need a wreath! ;) Coming from Sassy Sites!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Very cute and clever! Thanks for showing the transition with the different finishes on the frame, that's good to know. How are the flowers on the wreath made, have you figured it out?

Kat said...

This is so beautiful. Thanks for the awesome idea!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello!

Came by way of Debbie's party. What a clever idea. I love how it looks.

~ Tracy

The Cannary's said...

I actually had my hands wrapped around one of these wreaths last week, but didn't buy it - might have to go back and buy one for hanging in the middle of our living room mirror - love this! Thanks for the inspiration!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is so creative! I live in Orlando and we get our first Hobby Lobby this fall! I see so many great sales on blogs I can't wait!! I came over from Debbiedoos

Carol

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Sorry I am late getting to see your project...thanks for joining us last week for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

This turned out great. I love the two things combined together. Beautiful.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Rich lovely tones! Delicious!! The frame sure has some amazing detail.

Donna