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New Life for Old Decor and a Special Blog Hop

I’m so excited to bring you a very special Home for Christmas blog hop today, hosted by and!Home-for-Christmas

Hometalk and Country Living are two of my favorite places to go when I’m looking for a little inspiration, so when I got the chance to join them in this blog hop, I jumped off my couch and started looking for the perfect project. Turns out the one I was looking for was right under my nose, in the giant pile of Christmas decor sitting in my living room, which was the reason I was hiding on my couch in the first place!

When we brought out our Christmas decorations this year, I knew I had a tough decision to make. Years ago, for our first Christmas as a family, my mother-in-law gave us this beautiful Santa and reindeer candle holder set. It was in the traditional Fitz and Floyd style, and we loved it. Over the years, it became one of the first things we would put up as a family, giving it free rein down the middle of our table. But then, as our tastes and styles changed, it started getting harder and harder to find the right place for it. We love it, and it’s a part of our family, but we just didn’t know what to do with it anymore. We haven’t used it the last couple of years, and when we dragged all the boxes out of storage this year, I started thinking of getting rid of the decorations we don’t use anymore.Santa-before

Call me sentimental (you wouldn’t be the first), but I just couldn’t let go of this one. Something had to be done.

And what do I do when I don’t know what else to do? I paint!

I decided to cover this piece in white chalk paint to make it look like unglazed ceramic. And for good measure, let’s add a little bit of gold.Close-up-gold-matte-white

Now our family keepsake fits our current style, and has its rightful place back as our table centerpiece.

You can find ceramics all throughout thrift stores and flea markets, if you’d like to try this yourself. I recommend checking first to make sure your piece doesn’t have high resale value, before you paint over a masterpiece. An actual Fitz and Floyd antique set could be worth a lot of money. (I did a little research and found a single reindeer listed on Ebay for $225!)

Once you’ve found a piece you’re happy to transform, all you need is white chalk paint (I like DecoArt’s Chalky Finish), small and medium size soft brushes (such as watercolor brushes), and Liquid Leaf.Chalk-paint-liquid-leaf Then it’s a simple matter of painting, and then painting some more. No artistic skills necessary!

Here’s how to makeover your own ceramic decor:

  1. Cover your work space and clean your figurine well. Be sure to get any dust out of the nooks and crannies so the paint will adhere well.
  2. With your medium sized brush, apply a light coat of chalk paint. If you put too much paint on, it might crack while it dries, which also gives a cool crackle effect, but not really the one I was going for here.Painting-santa
  3. Check to make sure you’ve covered all the surfaces and allow the paint to dry well. Your piece will look pretty sloppy at this stage, but another coat of paint will soon fix that.First-coat
  4. Apply a second coat of chalk paint. At this point I was thinking that spray paint would have been a lot easier, but chalk paint is what gives it that ultra-matte finish that looks like ceramic. Does anyone know if spray chalk paint is a thing yet? Because it needs to be!Indignant-reindeer (This guy was a little indignant at his paint bath.)
  5. Once the paint is completely dry, use your small brush to add touches of gold wherever it makes sense to you on your figurine. The Liquid Leaf is so much fun to use and really looks like liquid gold when it’s dry! I thought my reindeer could use gold antlers and bells. (I debated giving one a red nose, but I think that’s a different project.) You can add as much or as little gold as you like. That’s what makes this project so fun.Painting-gold
  6. Let the gold dry, and give your brand new figurine a place at the table. Or mantle. Or wherever you need an elegant piece of ceramic decor!

New-Life-Old-CeramicsNow I think my Santa and reindeer look a little less commercial and more like they belong in a nativity scene as wise men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. For me, it feels more like the real meaning of Christmas, which just makes me happy.New-Life-Christmas-Favorite

Now that you’ve mastered this project, head on over to our blog hop below for even more inspiration. And check out #homeforchristmas wherever you happen to be hanging out on social media!


Malisha Mishel

Friday 12th of October 2018

How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I'm an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The Ceramic Decor made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck, Meredith! :)


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Thanks Malisha! You will love the effect, and good luck with the project!

Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods

Monday 21st of December 2015

Oh how I love that you updated one of your favorite Christmas pieces! The gold makes it look awesome!


Wednesday 30th of December 2015

Thanks Ashley! Nothing like a little touch of gold to glam things up. Happy New Year!

Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabit

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

What a transformation! Amazing what a little bit of paint (and just a bit of time) can do!


Wednesday 30th of December 2015

Thank you Sonja! I am always amazed at the power of paint! Happy New Year!


Thursday 10th of December 2015

What a wonderful project and WOW what a big group in this Blog Hop! I look forward to exploring some of the other sites but before I go want to let you know that I love all of the things you're doing with your site. I know it's been a lot of work but it's obviously well worth the effort. :-)


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Thank you so much Marty! That means a lot to me!


Thursday 10th of December 2015

Talk about a makeover. Meredith, how beautiful in giving that old F&F new life. Your creativity and talent can keep those memories right in front of you during the holidays. Merry Christmas.


Tuesday 15th of December 2015

Thank you so much Pat! And Merry Christmas to you too!


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