Look Past the Broken Parts and See the Potential

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I see such potential in items that often go unnoticed. These roughed up make-over candidates are just like people to me. Their beauty is covered by the wear and tear from the years they have survived, and their youthful shine long gone. But if you are willing to look closer, to put in a little time, to see past the imperfections that mar the surface, you may find that they are not as broken as they initially seemed.

not broken2This is another window I recently added. I almost went right past it because some glass was missing, and there was a large crack traversing one of the panes. Thankfully I gave it another look and recognized the beauty beyond the cracks and the grime.

Once more I added shelf brackets to reinforce to strength of the old frame and to diminish the distraction of the missing glass in the corner. I also screwed a fun little bird wall hanger into the top of the frame so I could add a wreath. Simple wreaths are very easy to make, and they can add a nice finished feel if you have the sense that there is too much bare visual space in the layout.not broken3

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Look for potential beneath the dust, the possibility beyond the years. It’s surprising how often the most unnoticeable of items are often anything but lackluster nor are they really broken. Celebrate the years and recognize the character and personality that they can bring to your walls and your life.  🙂

Best to you always.  Jo

 

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Twisted Nature – Antlers with Fabric and Flash

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Here’s another fun idea for the crafty rustic decorator. It’s a fun visual mix and different than the other antlers that I have been seeing lately.

antlers1My initial approach was to spray paint the mounting board silver and the antlers gold. Rust-Oleum comes in an extensive array of colors and sticks to almost any surface you can imagine. If that doesn’t work, go for chalk paint.

After the paint dried, I added green crystals to the head for a little sparkle. Unfortunately the end result looked like a brain, and that was disconcerting and sad. As neurological models aren’t in my decorative palette, those stones had to go. Thankfully my final approach with the fabrics proved more successful.

 Antlers definitely aren’t for everyone, and if these weren’t sassy and different, they wouldn’t be for me either. Although these still may not be your style, try to be creative with the latest trends that do appeal to you. Draw from the ideas of others, but incorporate your own flavor into your decor. Design isn’t about becoming a mimic (unless that brings you joy, and if it that’s the case, run with it 100%!). It’s about integrating your personal color and style into your surroundings.

All the best to you!

Jo Price

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