12.29.2015

Rustic Luxe - New Year's Eve

With Christmas over and the New Year sliding in soon, this is the last post of the Rustic Luxe series...

I wanted to end this creative series combining the most rustic item I could think of with the most luxurious...
I wasn't quite sure what it would be...until inspiration hit me at work one day in the lumber department...

What is more rustic than rough concrete?  And what is luxe than gold leaf?  What if I combined them together...

My inspiration came from these...



These are dobie blocks, used to hold rebar in place when pouring a concrete slab...I've played with these before - see my tutorial for my bud vase holders here - but for the holidays I was thinking of making candle holders with them...how festive for New Year's Eve...I gathered together my supplies...








Normally these blocks come in a section of 9 or 16 blocks, with divisions between them for separation.  I used a wide rigid putty knife and a sledge hammer to break the sections apart.  Once apart, I formed a holder for each candlestick by first straightening out the wire supports and then, using a metal pipe for a support, wrapped the wire around the pipe.  Once the pipe was removed, it was easy to slip in a candlestick.

I revised my idea of using gold leaf and instead went with heavy body acrylic artist paint in a deep gold color. After taping off sections on the concrete block, I used a stiff brush to apply the paint...surprising only two coats were needed to give a good solid color.

With the candlesticks completed, it was on to the rest of the tableau...







































Gold splatters on a length of kraft paper for a table runner was another Rustic Luxe combo...I used a can of gold spray paint which was leaking badly...but I ended up liking the drips and drabs on the paper...the chestnut garland (first seen in the Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece and then hanging from my Christmas tree branch) makes its final appearance with its nutty texture and the glint of gold beads. A few poppy pods sprayed with a bit of silver paint fill the bud vases...











A swath of wide silk ribbon tied around a small galvanized bucket is the perfect Rustic Luxe champagne holder...

























Vintage ironstone plates and silver cocktail forks are waiting for the appetizers...
all is set for this small intimate gathering to begin...





















As we close out 2015, I want to thank you for visiting my blog, leaving your comments, giving me your support...
I hope that the new year ahead holds all the promise and opportunity you desire...cheers!


10 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Amy - I can't wait to see what you crate in 2016!! I am always is awe with your creations, but even more so at how much you create!

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  2. Such a great post! Love your talent for repurposing. Those dobie blocks are fascinating! I need to spent more time in the hardware store. Happy New Year!

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  3. Happy New Year to you & your family! Thanks for all the fun projects you bring to us! Looking forward to following your new ideas into 2016 & beyond!

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    1. thanks so much Nadine! I'm glad that you have enjoyed my posts - and happy that you found a copy of Cottages and Bungalows - wishing you a wonderful new year!

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  4. These are great! I love the concrete and gold combo. I can't wait to see what your 'word' for the new year will be. I'm keeping my mind awake and open, waiting to find my word. Happy New Year!

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  5. Today's terrific post sent me wandering through some of your previous creative holiday posts. Have you ever thought of printing a book of your ideas? - What a feast for the eyes it would be, not to mention all the uniquely creative ideas it would hold.

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  6. Another fantastic idea! I agree with cjsrq....a book would be wonderful! Happy New Year to you!

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  7. I like the way you think outside the box! these are fun.

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  8. Aren't these candlesticks too much fun! Great idea! Happy New Year!

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  9. Fabulous! Dobie blocks...did not know about these. I love concrete but shucks it's hard to mess with it when we have long cold winters here.

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