Pottery Barn does it again darn it! I don't know why I get that catalog. It's a love/hate relationship. I love looking through it getting loads of inspiration, then get sticker shock looking at the prices.
For example. Finials. I love old finials. Love them. Do I have any? No. Does Pottery Barn have any? Yes!
Let's drool for a little bit shall we? All images courtesy of Pottery Barn.
Aren't they droolworthy? I thought so too, but I just can't justify the cost (unless I win the lottery of course).
So, I've been on the lookout for months for something to make my own finials out of. I've been stalking our local thrift stores for candle sticks or bed posts or fence posts or lamps or something.
Then one day it happened. I was walking around one of our local thrift stores and lo and behold I spotted this beauty for $1.50:
I should have taken a picture of it at the thrift store, but there were several people hanging around and I didn't want to waste any time in grabbing it. I mean, $1.50?? I grabbed and ran buddy. Grabbed. And. Ran. All's fair in thrifting.
I knew I didn't want to turn it into a finial lamp, though that would have been awesome too. Imagine my delight when I took it apart and found it was actually TWO pieces! Awesome went to awesomeR!
My friends, there are many tutorials in blog land on how to distress things. You can prime and plaster, paint and sand, etc. etc. These are ceramic, so all I did was take my trusty can of flat white interior paint and sloppy paint them. Sorry the pic is a tad blurry, I was just excited.
*Note, hammer was not needed for this project.
After they dried, I sanded some of the paint off here and there and voila! My finials! Aren't they pretty?
So, Pottery Barn finials for appromately $120 for both:
My finials, final cost $1.50 for both (already had the paint):
Here they are in their current spot on my mantel:
Next I'm looking forward to incorporating some green in there! C'mon spring!
Until next time,
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