Sunday, June 19, 2022

Mini Patriotic Makeovers on the Mantel

Hey there friends. I know we all like a good project and DIY, but today I'm going to share with you what happens when things don't turn out quite like we might plan. I'm going to share a behind the scenes pair of mini makeovers that I decided on for the patriotic mantel here in the hearth room. Many of us don't like to share those blah frustrating moments when you have a plan that gets off track. (me included). Personally, I think sharing setbacks and makeovers #1,#2, and #3 help all of us and save some time. Even if we have to cringe a bit and admit it was my best shot. 




I had a little mini vision of a new look for the Hearth Room Mantel for my July 4th Patriotic decorating. I love the look of bunting for the 4th and had a smallish one that I purchased many years ago. It was well made cotton and tea stained to perfection, with a look of real age and "vintage-ness". Only problem is that I cannot locate it now. (story of my life) I can't imagine that I let it go during our move, but who knows where it is. So, I checked through Amazon and found two versions of the current bunting that is now available. 


(Sorry, the color of the tile floor and lighting
 does nothing to improve the look of this before pic.)



I chose to go with the tea-stained version. It needed to be the smaller size so that it would fit the mirror above the mantel. I wasn't thrilled with the nylon being the only option. I would have much preferred to have a heavy cotton instead of nylon since it was going to be used indoors. If I could have found a cotton option I would have tea stained it myself so I could control the look. Anyway, when it arrived I was hit with the obvious. Way too orange and not a good look for me and what I had in mind. I've found in the past that the concept of "distressed, tea-stained, chippy, etc." is not understood by foreign manufacturers. enough said. I wasn't happy with the look.





soooooo, I decided to try painting it. Easier said than done. Have you ever tried painting heavy nylon? It doesn't take paint well, so I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in hopes that it would adhere to the fabric at least a little. I taped it off with all I had, which was brown packing tape. This turned out to be a bit of a frustrating job because the "gathering" folds of the bunting made it super difficult to get a good line of paint. Once dry, some of the paint started to flake off. well, dang it. It's the best I could come up with. Long story short, I got through it a bit messily, but passable as long as no one looks too closely. (It seems that's a common thread in several of my diy projects) Hanging up on the mirror (above eye level) made it useable, but just. I guess that's one of the pluses of vintage items and the look... things don't have to be perfect.





Another mini project, and one that was much easier, was spiffing up this vintage eagle piece from the 70's. My husband brought it home from an antique mall trip and at first I was non-plussed. I thought it looked a bit dodgy at first, and wasn't interested. Then later I looked a little closer and decided that with the right setting and a little makeover with a tube of Rub and Buff, it might make the cut. 




Nothing really wrong with it other than being a bit blah and dull looking... I did like the painted banner below the eagle with real blue paint and white raised stars. Okay... it might be salvageable. Below, you can see it with Rub and Buff covering half. It really brightened it up and made it look more like metal instead of just random foamy plastic stuff.



I'm liking it better... it's still here on the mantel and I'll share the rest of the mantel and the patriotic decor in the hearth room next week.







the takeaway?  be careful what you order online...
and nylon fabric is really not paintable.

How about you guys...
any fails in your DIY projects that we can learn from?



12 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous Debra. Your house is so ready for the 4th of July. Have a good weekend. xoxo Kris

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    1. you too, Kris. Hope you have a good Father's Day weekend with your family! xoxo

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  2. What a huge difference paint can make! Everything looks so bright and love the gold. Happy Sunday! pinned

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    1. Thanks Cindy, I used an off white and it's so much better than the neon white. hope you had a great weekend!

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  3. Wow, I think it turned out great, Debra! You've got more patience than I. I would've returned it and started over looking for one, but you made it work!

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    1. I know, I almost packed it back up, but I gave it a try instead. Returning things from Amazon is a major pain, haha!

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  4. What a gal!! I'm so inspired that you painted that bunting...I would have returned it! You did a great job and it looks so pretty with the gold mirror! Beautiful job, Debra!

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  5. I think it looks amazing and no one would guess you had such a tough time getting it right. I applaud you for sticking with it and bringing it to a beautiful end result!

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  6. Debra, I love your painted bunting and your patriotic mantel is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  7. Oooh! I love how your new eagle turned out, Debra! (Funny, I just read your comment from the features for this week at Share Your Style. :) ) After 11 years as a Boy Scout leader and helping our son though his Eagle Scout project (he built a pole vault rack at his high school for their track team - it's 15' long and 8' tall!), the eagle has been a big thing in our lives. Well done on the mantel!!! Looking at it for next week's SYS. It'll be time for July 4th posts... I'm really loving all the patriotic posts this year; really hitting home. <3

    Enjoy your lovely mantel and the china is so pretty! Gives me an idea for mine, plus a new couple I have to share on it, too. :)

    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Happy Wednesday, Debra! I did feature your post at this week's SYS #351 for you. <3 Happy 4th of July to you,
      Barb :)

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  8. I really loved seeing your mantel. What a lovely mix of items that all tie together so well. I KNOW I wouldn't have had the patience to paint cloth. I KNOW my painting skills are limited. I love dry brushing and rub n buff. Such great results for minimal effort! After having worked at our local VA for 25 years, I love all patriotic stuff though I haven't decorated much this year. Recovering from Covid has left me with not much energy and even less ambition!

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