A Ceiling Medallion Makes A Unique Wall Hanging

I’ve had this pretty ceiling medallion hanging around my place for a while (not on my ceiling).  My friend acquired it at a yard sale, and then gave it to me while I was helping her move.  I love the details in it, but it is definitely too busy for my dining room ceiling. 

I’ve also been trying to think of something for one of the other walls in my bedroom, so I decided I would give the old medallion a face lift.  What do you think?

If you are not familiar with a ceiling medallion, you can check out this Architectural Depot site for more info.  My medallion was a urethane model that had obviously been used because the opening in the center was beat up a bit.  This is what it looked like before.

The first thing I did to it was to spray paint it.  I used Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in Satin Nutmeg. 

It has been difficult to find a place to spray paint this winter, so I was forced to brave the outdoor elements.

(Yes.  I spray painted the grass.  It was so darn breezy that I just gave up on the paper and hoped my husband wouldn’t notice the brown patch in the yard!)

I gave it two coats of spray paint, letting it dry completely between applications.  I let the second coat of spray paint dry overnight and then I applied the darker glaze to give it an antique look.  (I used the Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze tinted with Martha Stuart’s Library Mahogany Color.)  

I just sponged it on with a cloth and after about 8 minutes I rubbed it with a clean cloth, which left the darker color to highlight the details.

In fact, I rubbed a little too much off, so then I just added a little more glaze and worked it around until it looked just right.  I love the antique feel it gives the piece and it is super easy to work with.  Oh BTW….take my advice and wear plastic gloves of some type. 

Once the glaze was dry, I was ready to add my center.  You didn’t think I was gonna hang it on my wall with that ugly hole in the center did you?

See that cute blue plate on the left side of the picture?  Yep…it’s the perfect fit for that gaping hole. 

Now I do not claim to know anything about plate collecting.  I know some people are very knowledgeable in that area, and if you, dear reader, are informed, perhaps you could let me know the value (high or low) of the plate I am about to defile for the sake of my wall hanging.

This is the plate close up…

and this is the stamp on the back…

Now with that said (plate collectors may want to divert their eyes for this one), I glued the plate to the medallion with my trusty hot glue gun like so…

And this is how it turned out when the glue was set.

I hung it on the wall using the hole in the back…

Viola!  My new wall hanging fits the room perfectly.

I just love all of the detail in the ceiling medallion.  A wall of these medallions of different sizes with mirrors in the middle would be very pretty too.

Well, I’m off to the 9-5 gig but check back with me tomorrow when I reveal my accent wall in the kitchen and I show you my weekend thrifting treasures.

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…the glaze was not cheap, but I purchased it with a future furniture refinish project in mind and I only used a tiny bit on this wall hanging.

I am partying today with:

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff – Market Yourself Monday

The DIY Show Off – DIY Project Parade

Dittle Dattle – Amaze Me Mondays

Skip To My Lou – Made By You Monday

Making The World Cuter – Making The World Cuter Mondays


I Was Featured!

I’m so excited!  My first time being featured on another blog!  Please, Please go check out my antique type case project, along with all the other great projects featured at Crafty Geordi’s Show and Share Showoffs.


Thank you to everyone for the terrific comments!  And a big thanks to Christine for featuring my project!

Vintage Accessories

I have been absolutely loving the beautiful vintage art over at The Graphics Fairy.

In fact, her pictures inspired me to go on the hunt for some of my own family’s vintage photos, which my mom had quite a bit of, as it turns out.  So last night I got busy scanning several of the wonderful photos for my family to share. 

After my scan fest, I decided to fix up a few little accessories I had from here and there to give them a more vintage feel, and this is what I came up with.

I started with a few items that I felt needed a little pick-me-up.  Then I went on a printing spree at The Graphics Fairy site (my poor color printer cartridge!) and gathered up my Mod Podge and tools.

The first item was a jewelry box that I received as a gift from a friend for being a part of her wedding.  It was a pretty silvery box with a paisley pattern, but for some reason I can’t remember, the top had been scratched and tarnished.

After I had cleaned the top with a damp cloth and dried it well, I chose the graphic I wanted to add to the top of the box and cut it to fit.  Then I brushed on the Mod Podge in a thin layer, carefully placed my graphic and painted another layer of Mod Podge over the whole thing. 

The next item I chose was a clear heart-shaped dish that resided on my dresser before I redecorated the room.  It had previously held assorted seashells but had been empty since.  So again I cleaned it, chose a graphic, cut to fit and Mod Podged it in place.

The last item was a cute green dish that had come as part of a christmas basket.  I loved the shape and color of this little dish and I knew that it could somehow find a home in my kitchen, but it needed more pizzaz.

Since I wanted it to go in my kitchen, I chose a beautiful rose picture.

Then I added it like so….

Once I had all three pieces complete, I left them to dry for an hour, then added another layer of Mod Podge to be sure the graphics were well sealed.

When the Mod Podge was completely dry, my pieces were ready for display.

(BTW…the other items on my window sill are white – NOT YELLOW – but the combo of the overhead light and the camera setting made them look all yellow. Blech!)

I am pleased with how they turned out.  Now my old treasures have some new life.

How do you like them?  These little items have given me the itch to take on something bigger.  I can’t wait to see what the thrift sales have in store for me tomorrow.

I’ll update you all tomorrow on what I find!

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…I hope you all enjoyed the sneak peak at some of my grandmother’s wonderful photos.

I am linking to these parties today:

At The Picket Fence – Inspiration Fridays

My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Fridays

The Shabby Nest – Frugal Fridays

Finding Fabulous – Frugalicious Friday

French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday

Fingerprints On The Fridge – Feature Yourself Friday

Well Versed Sakura

Yesterday I was checking out some interesting color themes at Home Goods and I was inspired by a blue room.  As you may be aware, I am the queen of blue.  So it makes sense that I wanted to try to use the idea in one of my rooms at home.

I have also been loving the book page art I have seen all over the place lately and I wanted to somehow tie that into my piece.  So I decided to do a take on the Japanese Cherry Blossom paintings, using the paper and the brilliant blue color that inspired me. 

And here you see what I ended up with….

The first thing I did was to take two 8.5″x11″ blank canvases and paint them with a bright blue acrylic paint.  I put on two layers with a foam brush sweeping back and forth across the canvas. 

These are most of the materials I used for this project.

While my canvases were drying, I made a template for a backing and petals.  I cut them out of cardboard and traced them onto pages I had ripped from one of my thrift store book purchases (Sorry Michael Crichton!!).  I cut them out…and then I cut out some more…and then finally I kept cutting. 

PHEW!  It was a lot of cutting, but I was finally ready to assemble.

I assembled the large blossoms like so….

Then I added a few pink styrofoam balls that came from an old wreath to the center for a pop of color.

Then I made several smaller flowers using just the petals (no backing).

I also made a few blossom buds from the petals like so…

Once my canvases were dry, I glued several branches to them.

When I was ready to place the blossoms, I first used the handle of a paintbrush to roll the edges of the petals.  (I forgot to take a photo of the rolling…but you get the drift).

Then, using my trusty hot glue gun, I glued the blossoms into place carefully covering any spots where glue touched the canvas while adding the branches.

The right panel…

The left panel…

And the two pieces look like this when they are placed together side by side.

And this is how they look over my favorite reading chair.

I am not done with this space, as it still needs a side table to set my books on and a small lamp of some sort. (I’m thinking maybe something in the way of a paper lantern)

So how do you like it?  It’s kinda modern for my usual taste, but I’m trying to stretch myself a little.  I’m still not sure how I feel about it….maybe my house is just better suited to the vintage look.  I think I will take them into the 9-5 gig office and see how they look in a more modern setting.

Tomorrow I am going to go back to something a little more vintage, but I did have some cute ideas for a japanese feel lantern already swirling in my brain, so look for that in the not so distant future.

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…I decided to add the japanese symbol for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) to the corner of each panel after I was finished to add some more interest to the blue canvas.

Linking Up To These Parties Today:

Everyday Taste – It’s A Keeper Thursday

Treasurista’s Thursday Treasures

House of Hepworth – Hookin Up With HOH

The Shabby Chic Cottage – Transformation Thursday

Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Thursdays

An Antique Typecase Display

Two weekends ago, I stopped by one of my favorite estate sales and found this beautiful type case tray.  I immediately knew that it would become a new wall hanging to go with my new bedroom linens.  Unfortunately I kept putting the project off because I wanted to do it “just right”.  I’m not usually a perfectionist at all, but when I get that feeling about a particular project….then look out for some serious procrastination!

After two weeks though, I realized that my quest for perfection would lead to a bare wall for eons to come, so I pushed ahead with my best attempt at making it beautiful. 

And this is what I did….

I wanted it to have an antique feel to it, so I used an assortment of scrapbook paper that had a newsprint, some canvas/burlap material, pictures of my family members new and old, and some old buttons and other embellishments.   Oh…and my trusty glue gun came in handy of course.

I measured the cubbies to start….

Then I cut the scrapbook paper and material to fit a number of the cubbies…

I just hot glued the paper and material to the inside of the cubbies, but I did not fill them all because I wanted to leave some of the old wood exposed.

Next I printed out a few photos I had on my computer.  Some of the pictures are actually prints of an old photograph and some were newer, made to look older with Photoshop.

Then I used some scrapbook frame embellishments and added a few old buttons, some antique key replicas, and some blue beads to add a little color.  Like so….

Can you can guess how I’m related to the lady in the picture at the top right corner?

Can you tell who is getting married in the photo in the center…?

 and if you are REALLY a smartypants, guess how I’m related to the little boy with the tie in the top right corner of this picture!

After I was done decorating the front, I tacked some ribbon to the back to hang it with.

Here it is…ready to hang.

And here it is hung in its rightful place in my bedroom.

It was a super easy and quick.  And I think that it turned out beautiful….perfect or not.

What do you think?

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

BTW…come back tomorrow for the “I think I’m Turning Japanese” book nook redo.

Partying today with:

The Thrify Home – Penny Pinching Party Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday

Someday Crafts – Whatever Goes Wednesday

Beach Cottage – Good Life Wednesdays

Crafty Geordi – Show & Share Sunday

The Treasurista – Thursday Treasures

Everyday Tastes – It’s a Keeper Thursday

House of Hepworth – Hookin Up With HOH

The Shabby Chic Cottage – Transformation Thursdays

Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff Thursdays

Hanging Flower Lantern

My latest project was inspired by some of the really cute accessories I saw at Pottery Barn Kids.  This item in particular kicked my creativity into high gear.

Isn’t this darling??  It makes me wish my girl was little all over again!

So I decided to make something with the same girly feel to it. 

My version is made with coffee filters, watercolors and some green fabric leaves, and this is how I made it.

First I painted the edges of a BUNCH of coffee filters with very watered down red and pink watercolor.

Then I glued them onto a paper lantern I had bought some time ago from the dollar store (part of a birthday decoration) with hot glue.

Once I had it 3/4 of the way full, I hung the lantern. 

Now it was time for the leaves.  I made my leaves out of a soft green fabric and batting I had left over from blankets I had made for my twin nephews.


Aren’t they precious??  My sister would probably be willing to loan you one right about now…..JUST KIDDING!!


This is how I made the leaves:

I made a leaf pattern from cardboard and cut 8 leaves from the batting.  Then I cut the fabric about 1 inch wider all around the batting for each leaf.

Next I cut and folded the edges over the batting like so…

Then I was ready to glue them to the lantern.

I staggered my leaves in two layers.

Once the leaves were glued into place, I made a sleeve for the wire to make a sort of stem.

First I glued the seams down…

Then I folded it over and glued the seams together.

Next I threaded the wire through the sleeve and I tied it at the top with a green ribbon bow to hold it in place.

And this is the finished product.  A few of these hanging in the corner of a girly girl bedroom…wouldn’t that be darling?

I really REALLY wish my girl could have stayed little for longer, but my baby is growing up. *sigh*  It happens to the best of us I suppose.

Onward to the pre-teen years she goes…… YIKES!! 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my project today.  Let me know what you think!

Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader

Linking up to these parties today:

Today’s Creative Blog – Get Your Craft On

Coastal Charm – Thrifty Nifty Tuesday

Tip Junkie – Tip Me Tuesday