This is one I'm super proud of. I saw an idea in a Better Homes & Gardens magazine where you use a ceiling sconce (the decorative metal that goes around lights) as a wreath. I loved the idea, but I'm in no position to be buying something so frivolous. So I've just lived with the pain.
Until a few weeks back when I looked out my front window (as the snow had started to melt) and remembered that I had a half broken bird bath in my yard.
I trudged through the mud and snow to take a look. Sure enough the bottom part was all fancy, and better yet, it was screwed on instead of soddered!
I hauled it into the back yard (kids pressing their faces against the windows trying to figure out what their crazy mom was up to) and unscrewed it.
Then I hauled it down the stairs to my 'work station' i.e. the laundry room.
I scraped all the peeling paint off and then took some sand paper to the rust. When I was satisfied I wasn't going to have any major flaking going on I spray painted the whole thing with brown Rustoleum--assuming that with a name like that, it's got to have some sort of anti-rust power... right?--
Then I sprayed it again with red and finally with black (I didn't have as much black, so I was trying to get the other colors to peak through the thinner layers of black... instead of the yucky rust)
The thing is heavy so I needed to put it somewhere that could handle the burden.
Of course I already had one in mind.
But, it still didn't look right. It was missing something and Ralexwin said it looked like a Wiccan star.
When I was at Wal-Mart the next day I spotted the 'W' in the craft section. It was $1.50.
One layer of paper and mod-podge, and a little drilling in just the right spots and I had my finished product.
I am dreadfully pleased with myself. Way to recycle ::pats self on back::