Friday, April 16, 2010

Bring Your Branches Inside

Who needs to spend money on flowers this time of the year, when there are so many beautiful trees blooming?

Remember these ugly vases I bought from Hub's place a while back?







I know, I know . . . I got a lot of comments from people telling me NOT to paint them, but they just weren't my style. 

So after a few fresh coats of spray paint, I thought I'd share with you how I've been using these pitchers around my home.



You might remember that grubby bird I got at Sally Ann's (Salvation Army) too.  In fact, every piece you see on my mantel was either purchased at Hub's Place or the Salvation Army (except the candle -- which I got a Michael's).

Here is the second pitcher.



There it is, reflected through the mirror that we still haven't hung in the guest room for the big re-design.  We've been a little sidetracked, looking at houses, painting our front door black, and turning a closet into an office. 

Here's a closer view.


So if your weather is as cooperative as ours has been, get out there and find some beautiful branches to decorate your home this weekend. 









28 comments:

  1. Not only am I glad you painted them, you're inspiring me to go get some white spray paint for a few things I have around here. I love the blossoms indoors. This winter lasted forever and it's so cheerful to have flowers inside.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday! Have a great weekend.

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  2. I would have never known you'd painted those darling little pitchers had you not told us! What a wonderful idea for darling little pitchers with motiffs we'd otherwise skip over them for...Hurray for YOU!!! Best lil remake I've seen in quite awhile! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

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  3. They look great, don't we love our white spray paint!
    Tracey

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  4. They look really beautiful...much better than the originals. Gorgeous branches too...you definitely have a way with mantles...love yours xx

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  5. Love it, love it. I have been looking for a pitcher like that first one you have... it's gorgeous! Great job!
    ~Jennifer
    www.studiojru.com

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  6. now the pitcher looks perfect! love how it turns out!.. thanks for sharing this idea.. you are so creative..

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  7. I love the finished look... I don't think I would have ever thought of painting them!

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  8. In my opinion....you did RIGHT by painting them!! They're elegant now.

    My New Doll -my Show n Tell. I would really enjoy your company if you can drop by to visit me. Hope you're having a terrific Friday!!!

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  9. I would have painted them too and they look beautiful.

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  10. Much, much better painted. You've used them so well.

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  11. I really like them painted as well! They are beautiful! I love the branches too! :)

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  12. Those pitchers have great shapes and painting them really has made them something special in your vignettes.

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  13. hi stephenie!

    am blog-hopping this morning ... saw your link on NFF over at the girl creative.

    love, love, love what you did with the pitchers! your displays are so lovely too!

    look forward to visiting again!

    hugs,
    terry lee

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  14. I love how you decorate!!

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  15. Your decorating is beautiful. I've been wanting to do the whole spray paint pitcher idea. Did you use a primer first of just regular old white spray paint?

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  16. ERIN,

    I used two coats of spray paint primer, followed by two coats of white lacquer spray paint. Good luck!

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  17. Looks great! I'm your newest follower from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative. I love you blog. Can't wait to read more.

    -K
    http://mypottyseat.blogspot.com/

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  18. Hi Stephenie! I just found your blog from the POPP. I just became a follower. You have inspired me to paint my pitchers! Thanks for sharing!!

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  19. Following from New Friend Friday! Hope you'll stop by sometime!

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  20. I for one am VERY glad you painted those pitchers - it makes a world of difference! Will go out there and clip some trees tonight, thanks for the idea.

    I just bought one of those fans that was reflected in your mirror, so excited! :)

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  21. Stephenie,

    Your vignettes should be featured in Pottery Barn. I'm not sure I would have painted the cherry pitcher - it's so cottage charming as is - but everything turned out lovely.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Deborah

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  22. Your pitchers turned out really well. I would never have thought of painting them. I bring flowering branches inside every spring as well - I love it.

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  23. FANTASTIC! If you don't like it, paint it! That's my mantra! Many of my friends shriek when they hear I've replaced mahogany furniture with something chippy and painted --or--even worse painted mahogany furniture! I hope you'll check out my blog!

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  24. Great example of the great transformation of paint... thanks for sharing your pitchers at the POPP.

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  25. I like your pitchers before and after. Thanks for the reminding me to get out and cut some citrus branches from my trees...heavenly scent right now!

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  26. So pretty! I need to do some of those for on top of my mantle and cabinets.

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  27. Just found you from the Lady Blogger's Tea Party and your creativity is out of this world. Where do you live? I want you to come to MY house!

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  28. caught this on Rachelle's feature. Wow, I love the look of the pitchers! very beautiful. Especially the white on white vignette!
    gorgeous
    gail

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