Updating an Old Ceramic Christmas Tree

About 15 years ago my Mom gave me an old ceramic Christmas tree she had made in 1979.  At the time, it was the only tree I had and I was excited to display this pretty old tree in my home.

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Over the years, I am ashamed to admit, it got a few chips and a few plastic bulbs had fallen out and been lost. I am even more ashamed to admit, it has been in a tote for the past 10 years! Truthfully, this is one of my many “guilty clutter” items I have taking up space in my home.  I am holding onto it out of obligation/guilt, even though it isn’t my style and I will never actually use it. Every year, when I take out my Christmas decorations ,I feel a twinge of guilt as I look at that tired old ceramic tree.

This year I decided to make a bold move….and paint it.  I know what you are thinking. Are you crazy? Your mother’s hand made tree? The truth is, I wasn’t honoring it by storing it under my stairs, never to be seen, so by making it fit into our home we are actually using it and enjoying it.

I painstakingly removed all the plastic multi-coloured bulbs (with pilers and brute strength). Some went flying across the room and I’m pretty sure the dog ate them.

Next I painted it white…with a brush. Sigh. If it had been summer, I would have spray painted it, but alas, low odour paint was necessary indoors.

Finally, I sprinkled it with a dusting of aqua sparkles and glued on white and silver beads from my necklace making kit.

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Now it matches my girls room and makes a wonderful night light! They are so excited to have it in their room and they love the fact that their Nama made it years ago!

So, while painting it was a bold move, in the end I am so happy I did. Now…here’s hoping my Mom doesn’t kill me!

before and after