Chicken Wire Cloche

So, I love cloches. I have multiple glass ones, big and small. And I am always on the lookout for more when perusing through antique stores or thrift shops.

I have seen many of variations of chicken wire cloches, so I decided to give it a shot.

I started with a roll of chicken wire, super cheap and available at any home improvement store, a can of Rustoleum’s ‘Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, needle nose pliers, scissors & burlap ribbon. Gloves should really be on the list, since chicken wire is sharp……. But I’m an ‘instant gratification’ kind of gal when it comes to crafty things, so I powered through…. (“Ain’t nobody got time for that”).

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I began by rolling out the chicken wire, this stuff is stiff. I decided on a diameter/width and cut the wire just a hair larger, and ended up with a tall dome…..which looked like so. The tedious part begins. To thoroughly connect the cylinder together, I used the pliers to loop and wrap the wire at every little opened section. I wanted it to look as uniform as possible. Chicken wire bends easily, so that’s a plus.

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Then I decided on a height and cut my tall cylinder a little bit over 1/2 way up, as I need material to bend and twist and join together to create the domed top portion of the cloche. (I neglected to snap a picture at this stage, sorry).

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I took it outside and gave it a good shot of spray paint, let that dry, and then hit it again to fill in any missed areas. I only painted it because I did not want the cloche to be silver. And I love ‘Oil Rubbed Bronze’.
When that was complete, I brought it back in and filled it with some previously made grass covered styrofoam balls and small white roses. You could use any sort of knob, decorative cork/bottle stop or finial at the top……I didn’t happen to have one on hand. So I tied some burlap ribbon to the top and added a small cardboard note w/a mini clothes pin. Anyone can do this, super simple (and cheap) DIY. And the results………

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Resurrection Day is on its way…….

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“Christ The Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and Heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!

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It was time to change up my seasonal decor on the entry table inside my front door.

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Sweet little fake eggs……we did decorate some, however they were not worthy of a being on display. LOL

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Happy Easter to all in the WordPress blogging world. May it be a day full of abundant blessings!

Front Door Spring-A-Ling-A-Ling Wreath

My front door needed something cheery. Something that gave a ‘shout out’ as to my readiness for ‘actual’ spring. Not this make believe spring where it’s nice one day and then 20 degrees and snowing the next. No sir-ree. I need full on, green grass, flowers blooming, birds chirping sort of spring.

After paying a visit to Hobby Lobby today, I gathered all of my supplies to create a whimsical spring time wreath.

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I began with a simple grapevine wreath, some greenery, wispy florals, larger flowers, interesting cone type of floral, hot glue and a glue gun (of course) & a sweet little bird in a little nest. Of course the birdie is not real, he would just fly away.

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I began with the greenery, cut it apart and stuck it I the wreath here and there as the base layer…..glued each piece as I went.

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On top of that I cut the whimsical clusters of small white and green flowers and did the same thing as the greenery.

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For the 3rd layer, I cut apart these clusters of precious lilac colored itty bitty flowers and stuck them in sort of randomly, gluing as I went.

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Finally, I added the larger green flowers, a couple of small cream colored roses, the odd but fun cone floral thingys and last but not least, the precious little bird. Front door spring ‘bling’……done and done!!

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Sideboard Beauty, Elegantly Chic

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Just completed this piece for a client who will be picking it up today. Great lines, 8 legs and a subtle curvy front.

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My client will be using this as her sofa table. I finished it in a Parisian grey (Sparrow by Behr), then tastefully distressed, glazed and waxed it. Polished up the original hardware, which is stunning, w/some Brasso. I’m hoping that she will be very pleased.

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This is where she began (photo is from the former owner)

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And now she has a whole new look……..

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French Provincial Rehab Buffet/Sideboard/Dresser……Reveal

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Finally finished this lovely gem. I was torn as to what color I would finish this piece with. I decided on 2 different shades. The creamy cocoa brown is Behr ‘Ethiopia’ and the white trim is Behr ‘Polished Peal’.
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The serpentine front is incredibly elegant. After painting, I tastefully distressed/antiqued it, then applied a custom mixed Expresso colored glaze and finished with a good coat of wax. It gives such and authentic vintage feel.
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I think I really love this shade of brown on this piece.