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How to build a pinecone tree

Find Some Pinecones
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One of my dealers at The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment brought in a supply of gi-normous pinecones last winter.  My first thought was…let’s build a pinecone tree!  When spring came around, he was tired of them so he gave them all to me.  I have used them to decorate the store this fall.  Here is a post on how I used them in my store.

Check out the size of these babies:

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I have been wanting to make a large pinecone tree since I first saw these pinecones.  So when a group of my blogger friends decided to create a pinecone blog hop, I thought…perfect opportunity!  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Holiday Pinecone Projects Bloghop

The blog hop is now live!  At the end of this post that point, you will be able to view all of the pinecone projects from my wonderfully creative and talented blogger friends!

Find More Pinecones

I am fortunate to have access to several different varieties of pinecones in my own backyard.  I found three more different varieties of pinecones.  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Four types of Pinecones for a pinecone tree

I decided to use the giant pinecones for the base and build up from the bottom of the tree decreasing the size of the pinecones used in the process.  I would use the smaller pinecones to fill in the holes…there are always holes.

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I used 26 gauge floral wire to secure the pinecones to a tomato cage.  I wrapped the wire around the cage from bottom to top since there were only 3 rings.  The additional wire gave me additional wire on which to anchor the pinecones.

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Build a Pinecone Tree

Here are a few photos of the project as it progressed:

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I wrapped the wire around the base of the pinecones and secured them to the cage from inside of the tomato cage.  This took some time and finagaling to get the pinecones secured. 

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Then I used the smaller pinecones to cover the wire along the length of the tree.

And here she is completed:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Giant pinecone tree from a tomato cage

She is 45 inches tall!  And she is heavy!  

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I am leaving this pinecone tree as is for now.  I think she’s a great decor item for fall and Thanksgiving and winter.  She will be grand decorated for Christmas as well.  However, since the temperature in Alabama today is almost 70, I am finding it difficult to even start decorating for Christmas.  So she will not don any Christmas finery until the temperature cools!

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I do think she needs a sister to stand beside her at my front door!  So I’m off to collect more pinecones!  What have you created with pinecones?  I’d love to know!

Check out all of the wonderful Holiday Pinecone Projects from all of my sweet blogger friends who have linked up below!  And a special shout out to Delyla for hosting this blog hop!  Check out her project here.


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The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Chippy Doors

How to get a chippy finish on old doors.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Chippy Doors before and afterStuff just shows up!  When you have a building with CONSIGNMENT on the side of it, stuff just shows up!  I have been very lucky lately because a sweet couple has been bringing me architectural pieces from homes that are scheduled for demolition, most noteably doors and mantles.  I am simply in LOVE with 5 and 6 panel doors.  Folks, they just don’t make ’em like this anymore.  If these pieces could speak, just imagine the stories, the history!  But they do speak…through patina!  Have you every wondered how to get a chippy finish on an old door?

Here are a few that have recently arrived:

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Can you see those beautiful colors peeking out from beneath the top layer of paint???  I become obsessed when I see these colors.  The world stops revolving and I must reveal the patina!  REVEAL THE PATINA!  REVEAL THE PATINA!   The chanting is incessant until I get it done.

Here is the teaser picture:

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And this is what was lurking beneath:

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How do you REVEAL THE PATINA???  Well, I sort of stumbled upon and today I will share my secret.

Of course, the first thing you do when you see chippy paint is…pick at it!  It’s like bubble wrap!  Can’t stop yourself.  But after ten minutes, it gets old and laborious and tedious.  So the next logical method is to use a scraper.  This is a little quicker but still quite tedious and still laborious.  Which leads me to my preferred method:  Power Washer!  Eureka!  Jackpot!  Definitely the way to go!  Check it out:

It’s fast! It removes the debris and loose paint quickly and painlessly!  Dress appropriately with safety glasses, boots and preferably long pants and long sleeves.  Not only does proper dress and gear protect you from spiraling paint chips and water, it also makes clean up easier.  Trust me, it’s difficult to get wet paint chips off of your body!

Always test your paint for lead.  Homes built before 1978 often contain lead based paint!  3M has a wonderful test kit.  I got a sample at The Haven Conference several years ago.  It was super easy to use.  Here is my affiliate link: 

You can control how much or how little chippy paint remains.  Linger on a spot to remove more paint.  Do a quick pass for a less chippy look.

I recommend sealing the door after you’ve achieved your desired patina.  That ensures that you won’t have further flaking and you patina remains intact.

I have my eye on a nice and powerful Ryobi pressure washer!  In the meantime I borrow my daughter’s.  It’s their smallest model.  It is very effective for these small tasks and is super affordable at Home Depot for under $130.  Here is my affiliate link if you would like to shop Amazon:

 

I’ve done a few mantles as well.  The best candidates are the old old mantles with layers of paint.

Here are my favorites from the last few months:

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And just because it was in the vicinity when I was working on the mantles and doors, this chair now has a chippy new look as well!

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And just because…here are more of my custom doors:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Green Chippy Door

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Chippy Green Doors

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Decorated Chippy Doors

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Chippy White Door

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Chippy Aqua Door

This is one of my favs…that aqua!

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The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Chippy Blue Doors

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This last one might just be my favorite!  

We always have a great supply of doors at The Blue Building!  Stop by and check them out! 

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Chippy Doors before and after

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