A project, fun times with sister Rhondi and a visit from sister Cher

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It all started with wishing I had a fireplace mantle to decorate while looking at Christmas displays in an inspiring nursery/gift shop in Woodenville, WA. Sister Rhondi suggested that I use my piano to decorate on top of… kind of a “musical mantle” she said.  This started the wheels turning. The piano she was referring to was an older, part painted or stained (I’m not quite sure what the previous owner had in mind) that we found on Craigslist. I was better than free. The owners offered to pay $20 to someone to come get it and they only lived about 15 minutes from us. It was very ugly, but it sounds beautiful.

The piano

The piano

Orange/red paint?

Orange/red paint? Stain?

By the time I got home a plan was in place.  A “musical mantle” needed to be pretty, not ugly so it needed a paint job bad. I had a gallon of “swiss coffee” house paint and a container of plaster of paris so I got to work. I mixed 2 cups of the plaster with a little water and added 5 cups of paint and made a chalk like paint. I put on 2 coats, but on the areas that had been stained a reddish orange color, it bled through. I got out my Killz primer and put 2 coats of that on those areas. I then painted on another coat of the chalk paint. Yay, no more red bleeding through! I let that dry for a day and a half and sanded down the edges. I had some paste wax in my shop so put that on and rubbed it down to give in a nice sheen.  It took more coats of paint and more time than I had planned, but for no money out of pocket I now have a great looking piano, aka musical mantle.

TA DA!

TA DA!

Not bad for free!

Not bad for free!

A couple of days later my sister Rhondi came over and we started making small glitter houses. I was going to use mine to put on my piano. For some reason we were having a hard time and not making much progress, but the evening was saved when sister Cher stopped by. It was so fun visiting. We don’t have many times when all three of us are together. (Now if only we could get the three of us together with Brother J. that would be the bomb!) The houses were set aside until Sunday when Rhondi called and said she had figured out another way to do them. She came over and we spent the day making the houses. She is a genius! A little sprinkle of her special glitter, a wreath and some lights and I have a “musical mantle” that looks better then any in the store!                     Sandy

My "musical mantle" all decked out for the holidays.

My “musical mantle” all decked out for the holidays.

Little glitter houses! So Christmasy!

Little glitter houses! So Christmasy!

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