11.12.2012

Better in Black


Hope everyone had a good weekend. We took a little weekend trip and came home last night to a cold house. Guess I will call the repair man to come fix it. Thank goodness it isn't horribly cold out and we have a couple of electric heaters.

 Anywho, the other day I was just standing at the kitchen sink and was looking at the mantel in the great room. I was staring at the urns on each end and then I was looking down at my black sink and a thought popped in my head. Maybe the urns would look better black. You can see how they looked before here.


So I got my drop cloth, paint brush, mason jar, and my Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Typewriter.

 I mixed a very small amount of paint and water in the jar. Very easy to mix this way by just putting a lid on the jar and shake shake shake.

 After painting both urns and letting them dry I took my gold gilder's paste and lightly brushed it on the raised details.

 I left it like that for a bit and they just didn't look quite right. They looked too new. Too perfect.

 So I grabbed my sanding block and started sanding the urns to give them some age.

 Now, they look much better and worn. I also grabbed some clear wax and waxed them and that really deepened the color.

 Of course after gussying up the urns I made a couple of changes to the mantel. I like adding my pheasants for Thanksgiving.

 They came from Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago and they got a gold treatment, too.


The mantel will look like this for a couple of weeks and then the Christmas decorations will come out.

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61 comments:

  1. The urns look great black! Your whole mantel is beautiful!

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  2. love how the black paint makes the urns stand out. Well done!

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  3. love them in black.. they look great~!

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  4. The urns look wonderful in black and the gold touches are perfect. Beautiful mantel vignette. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Kim,
    The urns really look great with the pheasants. I love the painting above the mantle as well, and the old leather bound books.
    I have a taxidermy pheasant that sits on the table each fall.
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

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  6. The urns turned out so well and your mantle looks beautiful! I've never heard of that paint…will definitely be looking it up! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. You definitely have a talent with paint!! The black aged look is beautiful on the urns. I like the decor of your mantle for November...rustic and elegant!
    Kim, thanks for stopping by last week and taking the time to leave me some really nice comments. I appreciate them so!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  8. Very pretty, change, Kim! I love how the wreath detail stands out on them.

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  9. They look fabulous in black! I love your pheasants...I have a couple of brass ones that I leave out year round. I REALLY love your pheasant painting...

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  10. Splendid in black Kim.

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  11. So simple, but makes such a difference! I love your pheasants!

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  12. The look great in either color. Isn't it funny how ideas come to you? Mine are normally at 3 a.m and I can't get back to sleep.

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  13. Good choice to go with the black! The whole mantel looks so serene and 'old world'! ~ Maureen

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  14. Kim - Those look great!! Good job.

    Judy

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  15. They look great! Just love the accent of the old books too.

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  16. Pretty. I like that color of typewriter!

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  17. The urns look great, but for some reason I'm not crazy about the wheat.

    Like the pheasants new color too!

    tina

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  18. Beautiful mantel vignettes, Kim. Love the pheasants and the painting.

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  19. They look great Kim, love them in black. The distressing and gilding are the perfect touch.

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  20. Kim your mantel looks great! I love the urns and the books. Very nice.
    ~Audra

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  21. beautiful fall mantel, kim!!! i really like those urns in the black with the weathered look! blessings ~ tanna

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  22. Much better in black, and of course I love the distressing.

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  23. So beautiful, Kimmie!
    Be a sweeetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. your mantel is so pretty! Perfect for fall/thanksgiving. I love the urns-I'm going to have to check out the befores to remind myself what they were like before.

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  25. Yes, I totally agree...the black touch is perfect. XO, Aimee

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  26. the black with the gilded gold peeking through looks lovely, so do the pheasants, amazing what a bit of paint can do!

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  27. Kim, I love the way those urns came out. The black is perfect-dressed with the gold. Your mantle looks terrific. Those pheasants are GORGEOUS! xo Diana

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  28. Those look great Kim! I have some urns I have been fussing with and have not been able to get them to look quite right. I may have to try my black chalk paint.

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  29. The urns turned out just beautifully. Your pheasants are the perfect touch for Thanksgiving. What a beautiful mantle you created.

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  30. Dear Kim ~ I agree with everyone: the urns look wonderful. Black is not the easiest color to work with. You've given it so much depth with the gold, and texture with the sanding and waste.
    Cheers from DC!
    Loi
    Tone on Tone

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  31. I love them black! The contrast is so much better with the artwork and the mantle. Great job!

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  32. When you started out, saying you were looking at your mantel, I said to myself "uh oh, Kim is gonna paint her mantel again." LOL Love your mantel and especially the pheasants. I have a thing for them you know. :)

    xxoo

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  33. The urns and really your entire mantel just look gorgeous Kim! Love them in the black! :-)
    Vanessa

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  34. As usual, your taste is perfection! Love the black against the light colored wall. The little touch of gold really pops!!!

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  35. Love those pheasants!!

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  36. That is beautiful. Please put it back that same way when you are done with the Christmas Mantel.

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  37. Hi Kim, those urns have such a classic shape and design, I'm sure they would look good in just about any color you chose, but I do love the dark gainst the lighter wall. Your mantel looks great. I also love the pheasants. I picked one up at HB this year, and by the time I went back to pick up another one, they were all out. Rats. Maybe next year. In the mean time, I love the gold treatment you gave them. I'll have to look into doing something similar with mine. Have a great week!
    Debbie

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  38. I really, really, really love your mantel...and with that said ..my favorite urns are...are..the un-black look...b/c I loved the way they matched the mantel. Both are beautiful! I'd like to pick the whole thing up and move it to my house!

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  39. Oh I like the pheasants for Thanksgiving too! We are going to my Mom's for Thanksgiving - and since I will be eyebrow deep in event prep here it's not going to be very pretty for awhile! but the Christmas decor comes out next week so I can dig through it for stuff to fluff my space with at the event!

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  40. I love how your mantle is decorated....just beautiful!

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  41. I have to admit -- sometimes I think you're crazy with the amount of work you make for yourself by changing things up all the time. But those urns really do look good black!! I just love everything about your house.

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  42. Kim,

    I love the urns. They look fantastic and I love the black.

    Cynthia

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  43. i love the distressed with the gilded details. just beautiful!

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  44. Love this, your mantel is stunning! I need to paint mine! Stay warm!

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  45. Jane, there wasn't any work to this really. It took me all of 45 minutes to do both and put them back on the mantel and I enjoy doing this.

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  46. Yes! Definitely bettter in black!

    xo

    Andie

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  47. I REALLY like how you sanded them and the little touch of gold. They look great! Love those pheasants too, will have to look for some. Can't wait to start Christmas here!!!:):)

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  48. Looks so pretty Kim! It is amazing what paint can do:).

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  49. beautiful as usual...i can just see your thanksgiving table...i bet it is just beautiful!
    your are always being so creative:)
    xo

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  50. Great transformation, Kim. I do the same thing..staring off into 'space' certainly can do wonders for our homes, right? Thanks for sharing, liz

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  51. They look so good and I am loving the pheasants for the season.

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  52. Oh Lord, when you said you were looking at your mantel I thought it was the evil possessed look of a crazed habitual mantel painter. I'm glad to see it was your urns.

    Bliss

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  53. What a lovely mantel, Kim--I like the urns with the black and gold and distressed look. The pheasants and wheat are so pretty together as well, and the large bird picture in the center is just right.

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  54. Wow, they are perfect with your painting :)

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  55. There you go again...turning something that is already beautiful into total perfection....love the change in color!!....

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  56. So many nice comments...here's one more. I love how you think, and I love how you take action! Beautiful results every time!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I do appreciate all your lovely comments...Kim

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