This is one of those projects that was a complete do-over. I had this plan for a wood drawer pull Christmas tree kind of like my hardware Christmas trees from past years. The wood tree took a lot of work including decoupage, hot glue, searching for the right parts, and lots of time. Well, the first plan was a bust but I didn’t realize it until I finished the project and took a bunch of nice photos. I took the tree apart and made another one. I know which one I like the best and I would love for you to tell me which is your favorite please.
The wood Christmas tree with the plaid background was the first attempt at the upcycled project. I found the plaid Christmas paper in my stash of stuff and thought it would be the perfect background for the wood drawer pulls Christmas tree. I decoupaged it onto an unfinished wood sign from Plaid Crafts then I hot glued the drawer pulls to the sign, then added the poinsettia bloom because the sign seemed to need something else.
I wasn’t totally happy with the finished project but I thought it looked pretty good. I took several photos of the tree then a couple of days later I looked at the piece again and looked at the photos and said “No”. It was just too busy with the plaid and all of the wood pieces and the unfinished wood showing between the slats where they were put together was the first thing that caught my eye. I should have at least painted the sign red before decoupaging it.
Let’s go back to the beginning of the project. I went through my wood drawer pull stash mixing and matching pieces together. The look above is what I came up with for the first tree. I made a few changes in the second tree project.
The stained finish on the pulls was dull and rubbed off in places. I revived them with Howard’s Feed-n-Wax. I just love this stuff. I used a small paint brush to refresh the detailed areas of the pulls. The brush is much easier to use than a rag on pieces like these.
The before and after is amazing. No the wax does not work like a stain to stain the damaged areas but it revives what is there!
For the second tree project I decided the background for the tree would be turquoise. The paints I had were a bit darker than I liked so I mixed a bit of white acrylic paint with some turquoise FolkArt Home Decor Textured Chalk. I don't think they make this paint anymore but I love the regular FolkArt Home Decor Chalk.
Next I painted a board from Chalk Couture with the turquoise custom mix. Out of all the wood I have in my stash, new and reclaimed, it was the only piece of wood I had that was a good size for the tree.
I grabbed the plaid tree project and ripped the wood pulls from the board. I attached them with hot glue and it really sticks. Needed a little help from my screwdriver. I rearranged the drawer pulls for the second tree and attached them to the board using more hot glue. The hanger is gold cord ribbon hot glued and stapled to the back of the wood board.
I replaced one pull with a different pull and then I took off the spindle piece on the top and just put the faux poinsettia bloom at the top, kind of like a star. The all wood tree on a wood board needed something to soften the look. More texture is always better.
The round wood rounded piece at the very top where the poinsettia bloom is sitting was a piece I found in a bag of wood I think the JTS bought at auction. I’m not really sure where it came from.
I’m so tickled with the way the second tree looks. What about you guys? Which tree do you like the best…..first project, the plaid tree, or the second project, the turquoise tree? Leave a note if you have time and have a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for you always being here to follow my crazy adventures, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.