In the past week lots of people have apparently looked up and viewed my 2011 post on ceramic Christmas trees. I only have one small tree left which I use yearly. The other 3 I sold on Craigslist to a very happy fellow.
Since there seems to be some interest in transforming these trees I’m reposting my 2011 article below. It might be of interest to revisit the original article and read some of the comments. People are very sensitive about these ceramic trees.
Heirloom Ceramic Christmas Tree Desecration
We inherited 3 green ceramic Christmas trees from our grandparents. They’re missing bulbs and have chips at various places on the trees. Charlie was horrified when I asked him what color he thought they should become. He likes how they are now. (Son said the same thing.) I, on the other hand, think they need some modernizing.
First they needed a good bath. They were dusty and dirty so I removed all the little plastic bulbs (not an easy task) and washed the trees in the kitchen sink using dish detergent, a handled brush and the sink’s sprayer attachment.
I toyed with all kinds of color combos: aqua and lime green, white, yellow and blue. Finally I thought some kind of metallic would be sparkly and holidayish. So I pulled out all the metallic spray paints I have.
And sprayed each one a little differently. The smallest one is painted with a mercury glass finish which is accomplished by spraying bright silver metallic over hammered bronze while the bronze is still wet. Work quickly.
The second one sprays satin nickel over the hammered bronze which gives a pewterlike finish.
The third tree was sprayed with hammered bronze topped with metallic charcoal. This turned very dark so I gave it just a dusting of bright silver.
I haven’t decided yet if I should put the little plastic flame-shaped bulbs back in or not.
The trio all lit up.
What your verdict?
Upgraded or ruined?
Have you taken a risk changing a family heirloom? Was it great or ghastly?
We unhinged them and laid them on sawhorses on our master suite deck which was covered with drop cloths.
I lightly sanded any marks off the doors which might show through the stain. After applying pre-stain conditioner to the wood I used a small sponge brush to apply the stain and wiped it off with a clean cotton rag.
We let the doors dry for about an hour then rehung them.
The new door color goes with (but doesn’t match exactly) the painted doors to the hall and bathroom.
What cozy element do you add to your bedroom décor in the fall?