December 7, 2009

i'm dreaming of an (heirloom) white Christmas (part 1)

After deciding that I'd rather make-over my new ornaments than spend $120 on new ones I grabbed my paint, primer, and set up (what I lovingly call) "Santa's Sweatshop" in my garage.

Using Rustoleum 2x Coverage primer, Heirloom White, old boxes, and some dowels (and garden stakes) I had three stations going to make my new ornaments. And believe me, three was not enough! I wish I'd had two more tarps to set up more stations!

(Most Rustoleum comes in the 2x coverage now, but if you have the choice between it and the regular, buy this stuff! It's muuuuuch better!)

Each ornament got a couple shots of primer, followed by some good drying time, a couple coats of Heirloom White, followed by another long stint of drying time (these all used to be some shade of silver).

Some of my larger ornaments used to be gold. Some used to be glass, others were unbreakable plastic, and others were metal. The paint and primer stuck to everything!

(Yes I know, we have no star. I'm still looking.)

When my brother came over the other night, he couldn't believe I found so many ornaments that were all the perfect shade of white! Also on the tree, I have some white poinsettias which I bought on sale at Michael's. They were ¢99 per bunch, and each bunch had nine blooms on them. So for $5 I got 40 poinsettia heads!

A few white ornaments from Christmases past (which I'd completely forgotten about until I pulled the box out of storage).

And of course, my Marine Corps ornaments.

Tomorrow: what's under the tree, and part two of our Heirloom White Christmas!

Link me up, Scotty! Shanty 2 Chic's Rustoleum ReVamp Party, Funky Junk Interiors' SNS #9, and The DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights #5.

Shanty 2 Chic


  1. I love them white! Your tree is very pretty. You did a great job!


  2. those are sooo beautiful!!

  3. Great idea to reinvent something you already have!

  4. I have been looking all over for white christmas ball and can't find any...I never thought to paint the one's I have white!
    Wow....the many possibilities of a can of spray paint!!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I love your white ornaments! How clever of you to hang them to paint! I need to remember that!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  6. Such a clever idea! Your white ornaments look wonderful! Your tree looks lovely!


  7. Oh you smarty pants!! Cool way on achieving the white look for virtually cost free! Nice going!! Your tree is really lovely. :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna


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