Guest Post – A Trip to Holland

My name is Ruth, and I blog at A Trip to Holland.

A Trip to Holland

I love getting inspiration from Leanne and other creative ladies who are so good at sharing their talents online, so it’s an honor for me to be able to stop by and share one of my own projects with you, today:

Maybe a more appropriate introduction for today’s post would be, “Hi, I’m Ruth, and I’m a Pin-aholic.” Seriously, I have a bit of an obsession with Pinterest. (Never heard of it? You can click HERE to read my Pinterest tutorial.) I’ve pinned over a thousand 00h-I-just-can’t-wait-to-do-this kinds of things that I’ve found online, and I have a weekly “5 Things I Pinned this Week” post on my own blog.

So, I thought it was high time for me to quit pinning and get busy working on one of those thousand ideas I’ve collected. My inspiration? This pin:

I’m a sucker for wreaths made from things that were never meant to be wreaths, so I knew that I had to have something like this on my door, pronto. While the inspiration piece was made from a vintage ceiling medallion, I was pretty sure I could save myself the drive downtown to an architectural salvage warehouse if I stopped by my local hardware store, first.

Sure enough, I found the perfect faux-medallion. The one thing that surprised me? The price. It was over 26 buckaroos–way more than I’m used to spending on door decor. I tried another local hardware store and found that the ceiling medallions they had were only $6….and bigger, too. I brought both medallions home and did a side-by-side comparison.

When I compared the two, I discovered that while I loved the price of the $6 medallion, it really only looked like a $6 plastic medallion. It was thinner and didn’t have great embellishments. The more expensive medallion actually did look more substantial and was a better size for my door. Finding a forgotten $10 Home Depot gift certificate in my glove box sealed the deal–I returned the cheaper medallions and let Home Depot take $10 off the purchase price of the original medallion.

I justified that $17 purchase by selecting a neutral color of paint for the medallion. While I loved the bright color in my inspiration pin, I knew that I could get way more mileage out of my own wreath if I painted it with this simple Rustoleum Heirloom White.

I put on my gloves and sprayed away. The medallion was painted in a matter of seconds.

While the paint dried on the medallion, I surveyed what I had available for ribbon and trims. These wide ribbons were just the thing, and I thought I could have some fun with the tassels, too. (I found the very wide ribbons right next to the tassels in my Hobby Lobby’s upholstery fabrics section.)

Once the paint had dried on the medallion, I had a lot of fun playing with different combinations of my ribbons and trim.

This iridescent aqua and creamy yellow combo looks great with the other colors on my porch, right now.

A muted rust color that’s perfect for fall.

And I thought black would really be stunning with the heirloom white medallion at Halloween–with these pretty orange leaves or maybe even some feathers.

Switching out the various ribbons and trims for each look was a cinch. I simply looped 2 yards of ribbon around the top of the medallion, and tied it right onto the wreath hanger that hangs over my door. I added in different accessories before I tied the bow.

To get tassles to hang inside the medallion, I pushed the ribbon through the loop of the tassle before tying the ribbon on.

If I needed my tassel to have a shorter lenghth, I just tied a little knot in the loop. The knot was concealed by the wide ribbon.

I think my favorite combination ended up being the aqua ribbon with the fall leaves. It was the perfect look for early fall. (This is the way I have it on my door, for now.)

While this project did end up costing more than I originally anticipated, the ends have justified the means. I feel much more comfortable paying more for the medallion I liked, knowing that I can change up my ribbons and accessories to get a wide variety of looks.

Which one is your favorite?

Just think how much fun I can have with my new wreath at Christmastime!

It was nice to spend the day here with all of you at Organize and Decorate Everything. I hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime to say hello. Feel free to check out my Pinterest boards, too. Until then, as they say in Holland, “Tot ziens!”

Thanks for guest posting for me today Ruth. I love this project!
I’ve always loved unusual items as door decor and a ceiling medallion is perfect.
I was going to try to pick a favorite but I adore them all.
And it’s perfect for all the upcoming holidays by simply changing the ribbon.

The Home Decor and Organizing Link Party is going on through tonight. I’d love for you to share a project if you get a minute. I’ll be featuring some of my favorites Sunday.

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • SillySimple September 30, 2011, 5:15 am

    This is fabulous! I never thought of using a ceiling medallion for any other purpose. Is the ceiling medallion made of plaster? or plastic?

    Also you may want to fix the link to the pinterest boards 🙂

  • Amy September 30, 2011, 10:02 am

    I love this idea- and I love Ruth’s blog. 🙂 What a beautiful idea!

  • Floppin Flower September 30, 2011, 10:49 am

    What a great idea!!! And using the neutral paint is so smart!

  • Sinea Pies September 30, 2011, 11:29 am

    This is the most amazing craft idea I’ve seen in a long time. So classy! I will be sharing this with my readers (and giving you the link, of course). LOL. They will love it!
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