I have been meaning to do this project for 2 years. I wanted to buy these at Lowe's a couple of Christmases ago but really had a hard time with the $30 per nutcracker price tag.
To get the look I wanted I was going to have to spend $60 and this is a fairly small scale item of decor. Also, it is one I would likely tire of after a couple of years depending on the style I decided to 'invest' in. The other ones I really liked were these by Martha Stewart for the Home Depot Home Decorator's Collection.
So I figured I would just DIY them. It would be a great blog post too! I figured I would just order some unfinished nutcrackers online whenever I felt like it. You know, like a couple of weeks before Christmas...
Um, no. Unfinished wooden nutcrackers proved to be a bit more challenging to purchase than I really was up to since I was just casually daydreaming while perusing Pinterest for Christmas decor.
So last year came and went...I almost bought the Allen & Roth ones at Lowe's but instead invested in a new tree skirt (an adorable one--with 'the truck'). And a red metal 'woody' station wagon with a tree on top. And a sled. And I DIY'ed a freestanding stocking holder because I was mantle-less in the new house. So I really did work hard and allocate my budget nicely.
This year, before Halloween, even, I was at one of my favorite big box craft retailers when I saw unfinished wooden nutcrackers! And of course they were on sale. So, of course I had to get them. I think they were $6.99 after I got 30% or 40% off of them. I then bought a new can of Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint (the big can--the BEST).
Then I spray painted them. Then I sanded down a couple of rough edges and a drip mark or two in awkward places and I spray painted them again.
And now I have the nutcrackers. For less than $20. And they look great. I decided to forego the white 'chalk' marks along all the seams like the Martha Stewart versions because I figured a) That's just one more way for me to mess it up; and b) I felt the stripes made them slightly more trendy (meaning I would tire of them that much faster).
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