A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law Jean asked me to help her paint some cheap, plastic urns that she was planning to use on her fall mantel. And I’ll have to say that the painted urns on the fall mantel look fantastic! It always amazes me what just a little paint can do.
The urns originally were dark brown and came from a discount store. Jean didn’t pay much for them. The first thing she did was spray paint them white to cover the ugly, dark brown color. So this is what they looked like when I got to Jean’s house, and I actually thought they looked good painted white.
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While I was painting the urns, Jean was rubbing some antique gold Rub n’ Buff on the orange pumpkins. The urns have some pretty details on them so to highlight them, I mixed some Annie Sloan clear wax with the dark wax and pushed the wax into the crevices. Then we allowed that to dry overnight.
Oh, my! That was exactly what the urns needed to go with that gorgeous mirror that Jean has! Here you can see where she’s used them on her fall mantel along with this pine cone candle on a brass candlestick!
So glad I was able to help transform the urns into these pretty things that are the feature of her mantel. You would never have known that they started out as some cheap, plastic brown urns unless I’d told you, would you? So when you see some at a bargain price, don’t turn them down!