The At the end of August I drove past a number of items that had been placed curbside.
I saw potential in several pieces, including the two cedar reindeer.
They are similar but not an exact match. Even the wood is different colours. And those fuzzy pink noses! A cross between Rudolph and Pinocchio.
I used nail polish remover to remove the pink noses and the plastic neck ribbons. I also removed the plastic eyes which had been glued on crudely, and one of which was missing.
Then I watered down some white latex paint and gave them a quick whitewash. The cedar was untreated, so it absorbed almost all of the wash in some spots, which added to the rustic, country look.
The whitewash made them look a tad more like a matching pair.
If you read my Vintage Child’s Sled post, you will know that I am fortunate to have an uncle who is an antique auctioneer and allows me to borrow certain items from time to time in exchange for photography services for his auction. I think I get the best of the deal.
Today when he picked me up for our weekly brunch he had this amazing fan with him.
It is a stunning 1950s style desk fan, but in this Christmas season those red wires said “wreath” to this repurposer.
While I was getting reddy, I pulled out two vintage looking children’s bikes for some holiday play.
I found this metal tire rim by the side of the road and, well, it being round I immediately thought it would make a nice wreath base.
So I spray painted it red (Rustoleum Farm Red)
I added an old rakehead I similarly rescued from the side of the road and tree topper star