Tuesday, December 12, 2017

And The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care...

 When John and I first started dating, he bought us some wrought iron fleur de lis stocking holders because they reminded him of me. *cue the aawws* He's so sweet. I love fleur de lis, but to be honest, I wasn't a big fan of them. They were mismatched shapes; they were black and bulky; they weren't Christmasy.

I haven't looked at them in years because I didn't really expect us to use them when we finally moved into our house, but I was going through our Christmas boxes and something sparked in me that hadn't before when I saw them. I loved how heavy and big they were; I loved the uniqueness and thought behind them. This was exactly what I've been looking for in a stocking holder. There was just one problem.. They were still black.
It took me about five minutes, but I figured out what I could do to give them more of a Christmasy look. Paint them. I love silver, so I knew I wanted a chrome look. I also love old looking pieces, so I decided I could sand the chrome painted fleur de lis to give it more of an antiqued look. It was a cheap and easy process, and I love how they turned out!
 I wanted stockings that were sentimental and reminded me of Christmas at my parents' house. They have always had patch quilt stockings so that's what I wanted for our house. My sweet mother-in-law handmade these incredible stockings for us! They turned out absolutely perfect! I'm usually not a sentimental person, but it means so much to me that she handmade our stockings and that they remind me of Christmas at my parents' house. #AllTheNostalgia.
John and I are so happy with how our stockings and stocking holders turned out, and it was so special for us to create the entire thing together. Do you have any sentimental pieces in your Christmas decor?

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