Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gold dip-dye vase

I love this trend I see all over of paint dipped objects.   I have the perfect humdrum vase to try this technique on.  I needed a vase with some flowers to put on top of my daughter's new dresser, so off I went to Michael's to pick up some faux flowers, they have a really nice collection.

I started this easy project with my latest craze, "Rub n Buff" gold metallic wax and a plain vase.  I used it on my wrought iron base here and on the hardware for my daughter's dresser here and I love the way it looks.

First, clean the glass really well

Then, tape around the vase

Rub the gold wax where you want to make it look like it is dipped.  You can use a thin cotton cloth or your fingers.  I used my fingers, it was difficult to take the paint off, but I used some nail polish remover and it worked like a charm. 

Love the way it looks with the flowers!  So pretty!

I can't wait to show you how it looks on top of my daughter's dresser.  I will be posting the finshed dresser this week.  I hope you come back to check it out.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

DIY Ikea Rast hack

I was looking back at some of the projects I have done and noticed that I didn't share a how-to post on my Ikea Rast side table.  I think it's because there are so many of these hacks around, I didn't want to be redundant.  Nevertheless,  I figured I'll just put it out there to show what I did with the Rast.  I really like the way it turned out and it is so inexpensive.  

I heard Ikea furniture is notorious for having hundreds of pieces and is difficult to assemble.  So, I coerced my husband to put the two side tables together.  To his surprise it was pretty easy, alleluia!  I would've never heard the end of it if it was difficult!

I stained the exterior except for the drawers with espresso stain to match the other furniture in my bedroom.  

Then, I painted the drawer fronts with oil based high gloss paint.  Oil base paint gave it the smooth lacquer looking finish that I wanted.

I had ordered brass pulls from d.lawless hardware, they had really good prices and a nice selection. 

I really like the way it looks in my bedroom.  Have you done any Ikea hacks lately?  I would love to see it!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Sneak peek at my daughter's dresser

Hi all! I can't believe it's Friday already, time is flying by.  I have been planning and tackling a few projects in my house since I've been stuck in the house due to "snowpocalypse".

I want to show you the progress on my daughter's dresser, it is nearing the end and I am really pleased at the way it is taking shape.

Remember how it looked before...  The wood veneer on the dresser was peeling off and missing in places.  A little bit of sanding, scraping off the peeling veneer and a fresh coat of paint really revived this dresser.  To add a little more interest I painted geometric design to the front of the drawer.

I wanted to change the drawer pulls to give the dresser bit of an updated look.  Even though, I like the the original brass pulls they were tarnished and looked old,  just didn't work well with the fresh new look.    I picked up drawer pulls from Home Depot which I really liked and it matched the design well, but to use them I would have to fill in holes from the old pulls and paint.  That's a lot of work I don't have the attention span or the patience for!

Then, I decided to use some gold rub n buff (my favorite new wax) on the old pulls, because I didn't want to spend the time removing the tarnish, call me lazy this was much easier and so nice!

I put the old pulls on the drawer and my daughter and I like it much better now in it's new state.

I outlined the geometric pattern with a thin line of burnt umber color paint to give it an effect of a shadow.  It made the design pop and made it much more interesting.


Well, that is about all I can show you for now... I will be finished in a few days and I can't wait to show you the results!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday and a home for my shell mirror

I hope everyone have a fun Super bowl Sunday. We will be with a group of friends at a Super bowl party, we do this every year and it's lots of fun!  It has been so called here in New York that I have not gone out of my house unless it was absolutely necessary.  I really don't like the cold weather!  Since I am stuck inside,  I have been finishing up some loose ends around my house.  I am still working on my daughter's dresser, hope to be finished in a few days.

Meanwhile, one of the things I love to do is make seashell mirrors... I am always on the beach searching for seashell treasures when the weather permits of course,  so I can incorporate them in my mirrors and my shell projects, it is one of my favorite pastimes.  I made this shell mirror using some of my gathered shells from our beach and store bought shells.  


I start off with 24" X 24"X1/2" piece of plywood, then paint the board white and glue on black felt for the back, I also add hangers on the back to hang before I start gluing the shells on the board.  I recommend using mirror adhesive to attach the mirror on to the board, I wouldn't be comfortable using any other type of glue to attach the mirror.  

Placing each unique shell on the right spot to create the mirror is really a fun, creative process.

And here it is, encrusted with beautiful shells, I love it!  I'm not the only one who loved it, my mother came over and also fell in love with it.  My mother's birthday was coming up and the mirror found its way into her house.  She placed it over a mirrored console table I had bought for her from Kirkland's and this little area in her home is now named "Sherry's corner".  

Doesn't it look so pretty?  These pictures are not the best, it looks fantastic in person!

Have a great day!


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