Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Accessory Closet and Another Cheese Dome Cloche

In our house, I'm lucky enough to have TWO linen closets. One is twice the size of the other. That one is where I house towels, napkins, extra toilet paper, sheets, etc. The smaller one is my "accessories" closet.

Since it's getting to feel a bit cooler around here, I've been itching to change things up a bit. I went in there to assess what I had and realized it was an unorganized mess! How did that happen? Of course, I was when I was in the middle of mowing the lawn the other day (I needed a break!) when this realization happened but it did not stop me from pulling everything out and putting it back again neatly.

Isn't this just the prettiest punch bowl? I got it for $8 at Goodwill and it came with 18 cups! It's super heavy. I love how even though it has clean, classic lines it's still a bit on the pretty side with the scalloped top. Now I just need to have a party! On this shelf I also have two different sizes of glass pitchers.

This shelf is apothecary jars and vases.

This one is various platters and candle/candle related items. My trifle bowl is in here too because I don't really have room in the kitchen for it. In the back corner is a silver plated water pitcher that I really should move to be with the other pitchers, now that I think about it!

While I was rooting around in there, I found that I had the pieces to make myself another cheese dome cloche. I posted about the first one I made last fall, which was based on a tutorial posted at House of Hepworths. I made a black one and a white one so I would have one for any occasion. Well, lately I've been thinking about maybe painting one green, but now I won't have to!

Honestly, I don't even remember buying these which is terrible really. I'm glad I did though. The cloches are super easy to make.

First, use a ruler and mark the center of the bottom of the base for the cheese dome.

Next, go find your friend Gorilla Glue in your adhesive drawer.

Then, lightly dampen both surfaces with a little water. Put a thin bead of glue around the top of the candlestick.

Place the candlestick where you marked the center of your base and weigh it down. The closest thing I found that was heavy enough was this houseplant, but hey, it worked! Just be sure the weight is on there evenly and not off to one side slightly like my pot was. My cloche may have ended up with a bit of a "gangsta lean" due to this. :) Let it sit for two hours to be sure it cures.

Now, just spray paint it! I painted mine brown first, then went over it with the green. Once it dried I sanded it lightly where it would wear naturally to give it a little bit of an aged look. After that I just gave it a quick clear coat and it was ready to display!

The glass on this one is a bit cloudier than the other two. I just stuck the old pocketwatch (it works!) in there for the photo, but I don't know what it will hold. One thing for sure - I sure do love these things. Thanks Allison!

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Blogger Katy Cameron said...

Fab job. I have nothing for parties, oh well lol!

3:26 AM  

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