Every year Matt and I have a Christmas party for family called “Krysmatts”. It is always a ton of fun, but also means I had to get the house in order which means cleaning and making the house festive. I started with the junker dresser that Matt picked up for me from the side of the road. It was in terrible shape when we got it home and honestly sat in the living room for at least four months.
I debated putting it back on the curb but then inspiration struck. I figured I could use it as a display piece for candles and Christmas doodads. I chose a charcoal black with a hint of blue, the color of a very dark night sky. I mixed a chalk paint for a very matte look and I have to say I really love the result!I didn’t even have to buy hardware because it was all there when we found it with its natural patina and everything!
When it was all finished I added this neat embroidered winter art which I got at the Sally Ann, a silver tray I got at Value Village for five bucks, some white candles, my gold tone candle sticks (got those at another local thrift shop for six bucks) my silvery sparkly mini tree, some white twinkle lights and created a glowy Christmas vignette! I think I thrifted most of my Christmas decor which is awesome! I spent under twenty dollars for this little display. Not bad! That doesn’t include the black paint for the dresser but I can use that again for other projects. Also, I already had the lights and I got those at Ikea a few years ago.
I still have this stripey shabby chic dresser at my place since it hasn’t sold yet, but I totally love it and was able to use it as a dessert table and display piece at the party.
We had a bit of a Christmas tree fiasco last year when it wouldn’t drink and died pretty early on, poor guy. We had pine needles everywhere and the tree started to look more brown than green. Hugely disappointing. We aren’t really sure what happened to it, but this year our tree seems healthy and happy!
I also made this Christmas stocking hanger with some extra wood I had kicking around the house, a little paint and some old dresser knobs. The one on the end is Prince’s first stocking. We got him one year ago, two weeks before Christmas and purchased his stocking for him which he promptly chewed a hole through. He also chewed off the cute buttons it had on it. I still like it with the hole and everything because it just reminds me of that lovely Christmas when we got the best present ever, our wonderful doggy!
The party was lots of fun, but I didn’t get many photos because I was mostly bustling around trying to make sure everything was in order, people were fed, had drinks filled and whatnot so sorry for the lack of actual party pics. It was a great way to start off the Christmas festivities however and we all had a good time. So excited for all the other fun stuff to come!