It was in October when I became obsessed with the idea of a gray Christmas tree. I decided pretty quickly that I’d be painting a tree rather than buying one. There really aren’t gray trees for sale. I found lots of silver ones, but no gray. Also, I already had everything I needed for the painting. Yep, this project cost me nothing!
When I told Curt of my tree painting plans he thought I was a little nutzo. In fact, he said that if I could find another person that thought it was an awesome idea he’d be completely on board. So I said to myself, “Hmm, who do I know that would love the idea of a gray Christmas tree? Lara!” Yep, just like that. My good friend Lara instantly came to mind and guess what? She thought it was awesome!
Commence the painting of the tree!
And here’s the gray beauty! Seriously, I love it so much. Even more than I imagined…and I can imagine quite a bit.
I started by hauling our almost 20 year old artificial tree into the backyard. It has three sections and I thought it’d be easiest to paint them separately. I think it was the best way to go. As I was straightening out the branches I had a wave of panic flood over me. I had thoughts like “this is crazy” and “this is never gonna work” and “this is going to be a disaster” and “you’re about to ruin your Christmas tree”. For about a nano-second I thought about shutting it down, but I knew that if I didn’t do it I’d always wonder. I’d wonder about the gray Christmas tree that never was. So I pressed on.
This is the paint sprayer I used. It worked wonderfully, but the tree took a ton of paint to cover it all. Luckily, we still had an almost full 5 gallon bucket of paint in the garage from when we painted our basement.
It took exactly 2 seconds of paint spraying for me to realize that I was going to absolutely love this!
First 2 sections painted. Almost done…
Wow! Is that great or what? The paint is a lighter gray, but in these pictures it looks more white. It does kind of have a frosty look to it.
I’m so loving my gray tree! It makes all our ornaments stand out. I feel like pictures just don’t do it justice.
I’m glad I didn’t wuss-out on this one. I love how it turned out!
Until next time….