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the bookcase project

11 Nov

So I finally found a bookcase.

As much as I wanted the one from Home Decorators, I just wasn’t going to be ok with spending over $400.

So I was pretty happy when I found this baby for $60 off craigslist.

It’s pretty butt ugly right now so I’m super excited to transform it.

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I have so many great ideas for it.

1. Paint it a bright white. yummy.

2. Add a back and paint it a dark gray or yellow.

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I’m pretty much obsessed with the contrast in the picture above.

painted back

3. Possibly add some detail to the sides. Like these fretwork panels from O’verlays

The bookcase project

greek key bookcase

sides

Stayed tuned on this one, I’ll be sure to update you guys on the progress.

all pics via pinterest

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wood shim sunburst mirror

17 Oct

Here goes the start of another week, I hope you are enjoying your Monday.

Here’s a little treat for you.

I diy’ed another mirror, this time I used wood shims and glued them all together. It was definitely time consuming but I’m definitely happy with the end result.

what i used

192 – 8” wood shims (14 packs)

7” wood embroidery hoop

7” craft mirror

Leftover piece of Masonite board

hot glue gun

Rust-oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint

gold spray paint

First I glued each grouping (rays), I used 8 shims for each one, but you can use however much you want to create the style you desire.

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Once I had all my sections glued I simply glued them on a piece of Masonite board, spray painted them along with the 7” embroidery hoop and glued the mirror and hoop directly on top.

And here’s what I came up with:

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I’m really loving the chunkiness of this one.

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Another great mirror for less than $30.

If you’ve been shopping for a sunburst mirror, I’d definitely recommend giving this a try. The possibilities are endless!

Pinterest DIY inspiration

12 Oct

Pinterest gives me more and more inspiration everyday. If only I had enough time in the day to tackle each of these projects.

Like this DIY chandelier, this would be perfect for under our pergola.

diy chandelier

Along with this pallet day bed

diy day bed

I would also love to silver leaf a piece of furniture. Like this bedside table

silver leaf

Stenciling some curtains looks like so much fun. I definitely plan to do this soon.

stenciled curtains

I love succulents and the idea of making them into wall art just gets me giddy.

succulent wall art

Next up on my project list is stenciling a rug for our bedroom. I’m a bit nervous about this as it’s not like stenciling a wall where you can paint over it. So we’ll see how this goes.

stenciled rug

Oh! and look out for another goodie this week. I made another sunburst mirror because I’m obsessed. ya just a little.

Stencil Wall Complete!

28 Sep

Yep! We did it!

We conquerd the kitchen with an amazing stencil by Royal Design Studios called Casablanca Trellis.

The whole process took us about 4 hours, thank god I had the husband there to help me, because I don’t think I could have done this alone. I envy all those who can!

Here’s how our little Saturday of painting went down

Many hours later we went from this…

to this!!!

And remember the sunburst mirror I DIY’ed, well I found the perfect place for it.

Don’t you think it compliments the wall perfectly?!

We chose a white satin paint, it’s actually the same color we painted all our interior trim. I love the sheen against the eggshell wall.

Hope you like it! I’m pretty much obsessed.

I’d love to see any walls you’ve stenciled. Were you pulling out your hair or were you loving every minute like us?

DIY Sunburst Mirror

26 Sep

One of the many reasons I love Pinterest is finding new DIY projects to tackle. Like this one from Centsational Girl.

Yes, I’m one of the many bloggers DIYing sunburst mirrors. I’m sorry but these are just too much fun to make and not to mention uber cheap.

My husband being a painter I thought it would be most fitting to use paint sticks. Plus I had the added bonus of getting the paint sticks for free. Oh the perks!

What I used:

16 – 5 gallon paint sticks
16 – 1 gallon paint sticks
7″ craft mirror
7″ wood embroidery hoop
11″ square piece of wood
Hot glue gun
Metallic Craft paint
 

I pretty much followed Centsational Girl’s directions, except doing it a little out of order cause that’s how I roll!

First I did a mock up, just laid it all out!

This is before I trimmed them all, but at least it gave me an idea on how many to paint.

Then I painted all my sticks and embroidery hoop (2 coats), I chose two gold metallic colors.

I spent a couple hours painting on Sunday and I have to say it was pretty relaxing.

The next day, the husband cut the sticks using a chop saw, unfortunately this part was a little out of my league.

I chose to vary the lengths at 9″ and 12″. We also ended up trimming the sides of the square too, because it seemed to show through when I did  my mock up.

Now that everything was painted and cut it was time to start the fun part.

I haven’t used a glue gun since I was probably 10 and wow am I hooked again. Glue guns are bad ass.

So with my trusty glue gun I glued the 7″ mirror to the square wood piece and then glued my embroidery hoop over the mirror.

Once that was set I just started gluing the paint sticks around the mirror. I have to admit there was a little cursing and grunts trying to get the sticks evenly spaced but after some help from the husband I was able to get into the groove of things.

So for less than $20.00 I got this gorgeous sunburst mirror. Can’t beat that!

For my first sunburst mirror I thought it came out pretty good. I’m loving the metallic paint against the wood grain.

So what do you think?

Have you made a sunburst mirror before or do you plan to?

Update on Stencil Wall

23 Sep

Happy Friday!

Well unfortunately after much discussion the stenciling of the hallway is not going to happen and I did try!

But with the gorgeous plaster my husband slaved over and not to mention the uneven walls and 4 doorways it sadly was not in it’s future.

The good news is the kitchen nook has been chosen instead!

This space as always seemed plain to me, so I’m really looking forward to vamping it up.

Oh and here’s a picture of the stencil I chose

It’s called Casablanca Trellis by Royal Design Studios

Wish me (us) luck!

DIY Vintage Frame Jewelry Organizer

19 Sep

This is quite a late post so forgive me.

I got this vintage frame at an estate sale for $1.00, don’t you just love that.

Anyway,  it was pretty ugly

So I was thinking of ways to use it and I had always wanted to create a jewelry organizer, so I did!

So I did what I do best, spray painting.

Stapled some modern trellis fabric to the front, pounded in some nails and screwed in some hooks and TA-DA!

For my earrings I strung jute twine across the frame, for an easy on and off.

Sorry for the lack of photos I forgot to take all the in between shots. Oops!

So today you get a super fast project.

Hope you liked it!

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