Dec 11, 2008

The Big Fake-Out!



I love those vintage bottle brush trees but they can be very hard to find, not to mention, expensive. Last year I got a tip that the green bottle brush trees from the Dollar Store can be bleached to achieve a time worn look. To me, the best news since sliced bread! I bought a handful of these babies, stuck them in my kitchen sink with a lot of hot water and a little bleach, and whamm-o prest-o ... they look like the real deal!


Photo Credit: Bob Marshak


We're having a blast over at our new website *moggit Thanks for all of your support and visits!


Under one of our categories "If these walls could talk" we become flies on the wall in this wonderful living room from the set of "Something's Gotta Give." I loved that movie. Could watch it over and over again. We are changing content up daily over there so we hope you stop by for a chuckle. :)



Don't want to scare you or anything but - two weeks 'til Christmas!


18 comments:

Natasha Burns said...

Ummmmm yes, you scared me!
I love dyeing bottle brush trees too, the new ones are always way too dark and the wrong green. I dye them only a short time so they are still pale green (because I adore green), but your cream ones are fabulous!

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Because I have nothing else to do, I thank you. Now, with all my free time, I have to throw the Dollar General trees in the bleach. Love the look! Seriously. I just have to find the time now...~Mindy

Jackie said...

Great idea on the trees!! I'm loving Moggit and Diane Keaton's house in Something's Gotta Give is my favorite movie house EVER!! It's perfect!

Sugar Bear said...

I started dyeing these last year as well. So easy and fun!
Karla

have a lovely said...

have stumbled onto your blog and was so excited to see the tip about dyeing the trees..I had heard this before...but had never seen the outcome...gorgeous!!! now if I could then dye them red!!!!

Cali Girl said...

the trees look great.. i may do the same with mine!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hey there...love your little vignette. Did you see the bottle brush trees at Target? I just did a post on them. Very vintage like. NOW please tell me....I tried to bleach a tree the other day in my sink...and it hardly changed color. How much bleach do you Use? Cherry

parisapartment said...

Those little trees are so sweet! I love them with your snowbabies :)
I just had a good old time over at moggit, you guys have been busy and are finding the greatest pics...what was up with that moon in the nursery?
xox
c

CEDAR JUNCTION said...

I am thinking that bleaching them then dying them pink would be absolutely perfect!!

Teresa

FrenchGardenHouse said...

The trees came out great! I love how they look, perfect. You can also REDYE them in pastel colors.:)

xo Lidy

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I dye a lot of those trees but did NOT know they could be found at the dollar store!!Thanks!!

have a lovely said...

fabulous!!! thanks so much for the tip!

Sally Pepper said...

Hey Joy. I just found your blog. Love the "trees". Isn't the Dollar Store awesome?
Give my cousin a hug for me the next time you see her!

Margo said...

I'm headed out to find me some ugly green bottle brush trees as soon as the stores open. what a great idea and a wonderful picture. Can I use it this week??? LMK quick, as I update tonight.
Margo

Alice W. said...

Such a good idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Thanks for the tip on bleaching the trees.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

I just adore those trees bleached !! I am going to have to search high and low to find some ~ I am not sure if our dollar store has them ~
WOOHOO!!! What fun !
xoxo,
Lori

The Muse said...

:) i have been making remakes of these vintage lovelies for years...although i do own a rather ...mmm sizeable collection of the real ones...still, i can create the vintage look to suit anyone's color scheme...which works out extremely well.