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Ceiling Medallion Makeover

 Today I want to share with you a fun and quick update that I worked on for the library.

A few week's ago while at a garage sale I spotted this huge ceiling medallion right away. It was absolutely beautiful.

My heart started pounding as I quickly ran up to it to see the price. I snatched it up so quick when I saw the $5 price tag!

The details were amazing!! At first I was just going to give it a fresh coat of white paint, but after searching Pinterest and seeing my dear friend's painted ceiling medallion...I knew that I must try to paint mine!

Supplies Needed:

- your choice of acrylic paints
I chose the Apple Barrel Brand from Wal-Mart

-cameo pink
-blue bonnet
-marsh green
-antique parchment
(These are very inexpensive under a dollar for a 2 fl oz bottle)

-assorted package of acrylic paint brushes
(I purchased mine from Wal-Mart for around $7)

-Gold Paint of choice
I use the Ace Hardware brand Metallic Finish in Gold Plate 8 Fl oz

I decided to paint my background blue first, and added a lot of white to my colors to soften them.  I also did two coats of everything.

I love pink so I knew the roses and and the small flower would need to be pink. The daisy I painted with the antique parchment color.  I decided to add gold to the vines and flowers to add dimension. With every new color that I added, the medallion began to come alive.

I am so happy with how it looks in the library.

The colors are beautiful and I'm actually really happy with choosing blue for the background.

This project took just a morning to complete! It was very relaxing to sit down and paint and listen to some music.

And can we talk about how budget friendly this was??!! I love thrifting and going to garage sales because you never know what you will find!

Pretty pink roses from my Husband and son for Mother's Day.

The French style chaise lounge is the perfect spot to lay in the library to gaze up at the ceiling medallion.

It reminds me of a beautiful painted ceiling that one might find in a Victorian Mansion.

I've always been enchanted by old Victorian mansions that have the painted ceilings with the cherubs playing in the clouds. I think that's why I used the blue for the background color.  One day I hope to have a cherub ceiling in the library, whether it be painted or a ceiling mural of sorts. I've always dreamed of  a room like that and I do not care if cherubs on a ceiling is in style or not. lol its definitely gong to happen.

I hope you like the new budget friendly addition to the library!!

Thank you for visiting and keep your eyes open for treasures at garage sales this summer!


Pretty in Pink Tea Party

Hello and welcome to my Pretty in Pink Tea Party! A big thank you to my dear friend Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home for putting this hop together! I hope you enjoyed seeing Michelle's beautiful home at Thistle Key Lane and are ready for more inspiration!

To make my Tea Party just a bit more special I decided to bring out my small, but ever growing, collection of vintage hats. I just love it when I stumble across them while out thrifting! They are all so unique!

I set up a vintage Florentine table to display these beauties, and this way they are easily available for guests to pick a favorite to wear to the party.

A delicate vintage teapot holds some pretty blooms and makes a sweet welcome.

I made a quick banner out of pink satin ribbon and a handful of triangles that are reproduction antique wallpaper prints!

I think the homemade banner looks very festive on the mantel! The beautiful maiden statue was a gift from my Sister this past Christmas and she definitely sets the mood for today's party.

I'm going to be honest, the first table that I set was completely blue...but my dining room was not having it! It wanted pink! Lol so much for stepping out of my comfort zone in regards to color.

The table is set with a beautiful cream vintage table cloth that once belonged to my husband's Aunt. The china is mix and matched...but perfectly rosy and pink.

Now, I know this is a tea party...but unfortunately I don't like tea...shocking I know. In fact I don't like any warm beverages. Since tea is going to be absent from my party, I decided to use my teacups to hold something that I do like..love actually...CUPCAKES!

I love sweets and I thought the cupcakes looked darling in the tea cups. I added a fresh pink carnation to each one... and lets not forget sugar cookies!

This tiny vintage pink lusterware tea cup is new to me and I thought I would display it for the party. The teapot in the background belonged to my Grandmother. I love the gold details and the courting couple on the front.

The plates I found at a thrift store and used them for my baby shower six years ago. The delicate pink  rose pattern makes my heart skip a beat every time I look at them. I have four plates and when I initially found the set it had three tea cups...sigh..life happened... and now I'm down to just one. I haven't stumbled across this pattern since!

I also had to bring out all of my pink upholstered furniture for the occasion.

I'm loving my white dining room, especially the ceiling tiles! This room is much more cheerful and brighter now.  P.S. don't look too closely at this photo..still a lot of small projects to do in this room and I'm not very good with Photoshop yet!

I just love all of the pretty patterns on this banner.

For our beverage today we will be having lemonade, complete with a side of fresh lemon. I think it looks fancier served this way.

I hope you enjoyed being a guest at my Spring Tea Party today!

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French Country Easter Table

Today I would love to share with you my Easter table. I have to admit setting a beautiful table is not one of my strongest talents but I am trying to put more effort into my styling. This Easter table is one of my very favorites so far. I've really been on a mission this year to try my hardest to not spend any money on new holiday decor and use what I already have, mostly because I'm trying to save my money to put towards refreshing the house and other home improvement projects.

For this particular table I started by using brass chargers and layers of beautiful mixed patterns of china. The sweet little egg cups are TJMaxx finds from last year and I absolutely love them! 
I think they compliment the china plates so nicely!

I used my favorite antique crystal stemware with the floral swag etchings that I recently found thrifting.  Next to them I used some smaller stemware to hold my favorite Cadbury chocolate eggs.

But the star of the show I think is the floral arrangement. I spotted this three tiered vase at the thrift store recently, it was partially hidden behind a bunch of junk. I really wasn't impressed with it at first but as I looked at it more closely it started to remind me of the Seventeenth century Tulipiere Vase.

While an authentic or even a reproduction Tulipiere vase is currently out of my budget...this little guy was not. So for only $7.99 I was getting a Tulipiere look alike vase to bring a bit of seventeenth century European charm to my Easter table... yes please!

I picked up a few discounted grocery store rose bouquets and began to fill up the tiers. Whenever I encountered some empty spaces I just filled them in with a few sprigs of faux lavender that I found at Wal-Mart for under a dollar. I think it turned out so pretty!

The little brown bunny I was thrilled to find while thrifting last summer. It is extremely old and is actually a money bank! I also love it because it looks so similar to my real life bunny Antoinette who you met in my last post.

I always get so many compliments and questions on my lace tablecloth that you see here. Its actually not even a tablecloth! Can you believe that they are Martha Stewart curtain panels from close to twenty years ago?!! When I was a teenager they hung in our family room.

 I love the elegance and romance that they bring to the table.

 After twenty years and many washes they are still in perfect condition!

I'm also loving the embroidered antique panel that I hung in the doorway that leads to the kitchen.

I'm really pleased with this sweet Easter tablescape. Aside from the napkins and pink table runner,  most everything on my table was thrifted.

Do you love to go thrifting? Will you be using any of your thrifted finds/treasures to set your Easter table this year?

I hope you enjoyed this post! So many of you enjoyed seeing our bunny Antoinette in my last post...I have to tell you that this past week we brought home another bunny to keep her company. He is very little and gray colored. We named him Louis. If you follow me on Instagram @larissa_jenkins you    will see lots of him in my stories. I will have to do a photo shoot of him soon for the blog...you will love him.

Thank you again for visiting!