While searching the net I came across these beautiful white Nutcrackers by West Elm.
I’m pretty sure my eyes lit up, “I want to do that to my grandmothers nutcrackers!” Matt – “No way, don’t even think about it”.
In true fashion it took him about 2.5 seconds to say, No. Love him.
Fast forward a few weeks and a quick visit to Target and I see these beauties!
Obviously still thinking about this idea… hehe
I asked again and once again got vetoed.
That was until I was at the Dollar Tree and came across the plethora of nutcrackers.
Granted they are about 8″ tall, they are only $ 1.00 each, they are not my grandmothers, and there was no way Matt would veto me painting these lil guys!
So I bought three.
(I’m incapable of buying just one of anything I like pairs and groupings)
Aren’t they cute?
Apparently I did not look at this guy closely when I was picking him out because he is indeed missing a hand …
Whomp Whomp Whomp!
Before painting your nutcrackers remove their hair and beards. I chose a spray paint with a primer in it thinking that would give me a better coverage. In theory this was a great idea, what I did was underestimate the ability of the red on the $1.00 nutcracker to bleed. I never thought I was going to get that red covered! 3 coats later I forged on to the Gloss top coat. (found HERE)
Are you ready?
The blue nutcracker makeover consisted of Bahama Sea spray paint by Krylon. (found HERE)
This nutcracker was a little more difficult to cover. He got SIX coats of White w/ Primer by Krylon. (found HERE)
And last but most certainly not least our special friend; he got a bright coat of Colonial Red! (found HERE)
I was trying to distract people from his missing hand … poor guy!
I think these Nutcrackers are a great addition to anyone’s Christmas Decor. Total cost for this project was a whopping $ 3.28. I used spray paints I already had at home, talk about thrifty!
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