Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DIY Gold Sunburst Mirror for $10

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Hi everyone! So, you may not know, but I'm redoing my bedroom...again. :) I know, I just updated it a little bit earlier this year, but sometimes bigger things just need to change instead of just new bedding and lamps. So, I've been looking to make some cute sunburst mirrors for the side of the bed. I priced a few out that I liked and the cheapest one was $30. But, the probably is that  I would need two. So, I came up with a way to make one instead for $10...and I like to think looks far better than the $30 or even $50 ones I was looking at.
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
 I know, you've probably seen a ton of these mirrors that have been made with paint sticks. I don't know about you, but I'm not one to waltz into Home Depot and ask for like 50 paint sticks. I feel weird asking for a few extra as is. lol. So, I had some extra wood shims on hand from a previous project and thought they would look awesome for this mirror. The wood shims normally are about $1.50 per pack.

Here are the supplies I used:
2 packs of wood shims
1 wood charger (found at Hobby Lobby)
1 beveled edge mirror (Hobby Lobby)
Hot glue
Spray paint (I used Krylon's Gold)
Picture hanging brackets

DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
 For the first step, turn the charger upside down and start hot gluing the shims around the back side equally distanced. I had the thicker part of the shims glued to the charger and the thinner edges on the outside.
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
 I thought this would be good enough, but then turned it over and thought it looked a little...well, weird.
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
 So, I grabbed some more shims and glued them in the middle of the other shims.
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
Before adding the mirror, you'll want to add your hanging bracket. I just used this d-bracket. The piece itself is pretty light, so this has held up nice...even with the crazy nail ;)
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
Spray paint the front of the piece now.

Next, glue on the mirror into the middle of the charger. When you get your mirror, make sure you get the kind that slopes at the edge or else it might look unfinished:
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
 And there you go! This is a pretty big mirror...especially for only costing $10. For me, it was really only like $7 which is even better since I had the shims on hand :)

I just love everything about this mirror. It turned out far better than I could imagine and completely adds so much to the room.
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
 The gold and the wood works great too. You can still see the wood grain which I completely love.
DIY Sunburst Mirror for $10, made using wood shims from the hardware store!
So, the way to get this down to $10 is use your coupons and what you have on hand. I used a coupon for the charger and mirror, and the shims for me were from a different project, so free :) But if you get the shims, it should only cost $1.50 each pack. And obviously, the smaller you make this the cheaper it would be.

That brings us to this month's (October...ahh!!) Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle Series. Go check out these wonderful girls and give them some love :)
Repurpose October collage
Upcycled Pillows by Bigger Than the Three of Us
Repurposed Fan Belt Display by Life as a Thrifter


And on another note, remember that project back in the day that my husband thought I was crazy to do? ...oh wait, he says that about everything lol. This one:
http://www.thriftyandchic.com/2011/03/pvc-pipe-mirror.html

Well, it's been entered to a Thumb's Up Challenge by Bob Vila! I would love for you all to vote for me! And to sweeten the pie, if I win, I promise I'll share my earnings with you all in a giveaway :)

You can vote once a day now through October 31st, and doing it on the laptop and phone count differently :) Click here to vote, or the badge below! You are all so awesome :)
http://www.bobvila.com/thumbs-up/7-vote-for-your-favorite-pvc-pipe-projects

Monday, September 29, 2014

Model Home Monday {Parade of Homes #27 Part 1}

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Happy Monday! I'm super excited to show you this next house. It's huge. So huge that I had to break the pictures up into two posts since there are like a gazillion bedrooms and bathrooms. So this is part 1 :) I decided to focus today on the main living area with the master bedroom and bathroom. The actual size of this house is 15,503 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a workout room, inside gym, theatre, arcade, music room and beauty salon/craft room. Yeah. A little big :) And it could be yours for $2.5 million!

Front room:
Formal living room:
 Formal dining room:
An amazing!!! kitchen:
Breakfast nook:
 Living room:
 I love that not matter how tall the ceilings were, they hung the curtains to them:)
 This is the office, but is also part of the master suite quarters that is over 1400 square feet. It has it's own wing off the house. Love this chair...and a unique idea to put the TV on an easel.
Master bedroom:
Master bathroom:

 And outdoor living area:
Thought that was beautiful? Wait until next week when you see the amazing bedrooms! They all have Juliet balconies...a girls dream :) Oh, and they also all have their own on-suite. Even better!

Credits:
Builder: Grey Hawk Construction
Interior Design: Osmond Designs

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Washi Tape Pumpkins and Halloween Vignette

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As you all may have noticed, I'm not much of a seasonal decorator. Don't get me wrong, I'll decorate the heck out of Christmas. But any other holiday or season, I'm lucky if I get anything up. I'm starting to realize as our little babe is getting older, that she is completely into the seasonal decor at the stores. Loves it. So, I figure, maybe it's about time I embrace this and start decorating more and more for the holidays and seasons :)

Washi Tape Pumpkins and DIY Halloween Decor
Last year, I bought some pumpkins for a couple of bucks each and painted them white, and then added some jute to the stems. I loved them in my Fall decorating. For this year, I decided to jump on the Washi tape bandwagon (yes! I have never used this before. And yes! I totally see what it's so fun :) lol). I added the tape starting from each stem and just draped it down the pumpkins.
Washi Tape Pumpkins and DIY Halloween Decor
 And because spiders are the "in thing" at our house right now...Kid you not, we have like 10 black widows in our garage at the moment. The hubs killed them all...but yet their corpses still remain. It's sickening really. I should have made this piece realistic and brought them in instead of this little sparkly one ;)
Washi Tape Pumpkins and DIY Halloween Decor
 To add a little bit of something extra, I grabbed one of the hands that holds my rings and put a candle on it then placed it in the lantern. Love the effect :)
Washi Tape Pumpkins and DIY Halloween Decor
Hopefully my seasonal/holiday decor is not going to stop there :) I have lots and lots of ideas!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DIY Houndstooth Pattern Pillow with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape (Plus! Two other home decor tutorials!)

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I can't believe Fall is here! That means winter is around the corner...I love winter sometimes :) I hate the snowy roads, so I guess there's that. But I do love fresh snow on the lawn (not roads) and the crisp air. Did I sour your Fall mood? :) Here in Utah, you are lucky to get a good month of Fall in before the first snow fall. In fact, it snows almost every year on my anniversary and that's in the first week of October. I hate to even think of that. That's like 2 weeks away. Ugh.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables and Video Segment

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So, let's talk tree stumps. Why would you want a big log sitting in your house? What's the big allure? They are so unique! You can't go buy them at a big box store, or even most furniture stores for that matter. And it's not every day that you go and walk into some one's house that has a tree stump sitting in their living room :) You have no idea how many compliments I get on my tree stump coffee table. It's a great conversation piece. And they are cheap! The cheapest piece of furniture I own. Not to mention that they look like a piece from West Elm that goes for $250 :)

So, yesterday I had a great opportunity to participate in our local lifestyle TV show's Spray-off Series where they challenged me to spray paint some stumps....featuring these beauties:
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

Now, I was concerned about how spray painting tree stumps would really work out. Really concerned. I painted the heck out of the coffee table that I made out of 3 tree stumps back in the day.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

...like slathered layers and layers of paint on them, and they still look great! But, I was really worried about how spray paint would take. As you all know, wood absorbs and absorbs everything. Especially paint. So, I seriously went out and bought like 5 cans of spray paint for one stump :) Luckily, I didn't need that much. It turned out better than I had thought. Score for spray paint and tree stump lovers!

Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

Next up. Where do you get your tree stumps if you don't have a pile sitting in your backyard? Check the classifieds! It's that easy. So many people are trying to get rid of old wood from a dead tree or selling firewood. If they are selling firewood, more than likely they got that firewood from a stump ;) So, ask if they have some stumps still lying around. Or if you are up to it, travel around where there are some farms and large lots of land. More than likely you'll see piles of stumps. Knock on the door and see if they would sell some to you...or give you some :) Or you can call some tree movers. I found my stumps on the lot of a local tree removal service.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

When you find your stumps, you want to make sure they are seasoned. That means they should be pretty white and dried out. If they have bark on them, it should come off really easily. More than likely when you peel the bark off, it'll be wet underneath, so you'll have to sit it back out in the sun for a few more days to dry out. You can see here the difference between the seasoned and dried out stump compared to the one that's bark was just removed...super wet.Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

To remove the bark, just get peel it off, or get the end of a hammer and pry it off. It should be relatively easy. If it's not, your stump isn't ready.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

So, now something we don't like talking about, but if you find a stump with bark on it,  it may also have mold on it under the bark. Super gross, especially if you are bringing it into your house. The longer stump had a ton of bark on it, so I removed the bark and then had it sit out in the sun for another few days to dry out. I then removed most of the mold by sanding it down. Make sure to wear all proper safety equipment when you do this -mask, glasses, body suite if you must lol. Just remember it's organic material and natural in nature :) If you still are concerned, go to this site here to learn how to remove it more vigorously. To possibly eliminate this problem all together just pick a piece of wood that isn't on the bottom of a pile or covered up or that looks nasty :)

Once you have all the bark removed or if you are lucky and found a stump with no bark, start standing. I used 60 grit sandpaper...the super rough kind...to get rid of a lot of the random pointy areas and the saw marks. This will make it super smooth.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

Now time to prime! If you are painting the stump a light color, such as white, you'll want to use the Kilz primer and yes, they make it in spray paint form :) This will help block the inevitable yellow stains from showing through your top finish. If you aren't concerned, then go for the cheap primer cuz you're going to have to use about two cans or so.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

Now finish it off with a top coat! For the gold one, I just chose Gold from Krylon.

For the white and turquoise one, I first sprayed the top coat of white around the whole base and then taped off around the top edge.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!
I then just painted the top with turquoise from Rustoleum.

You'll learn quickly that when people cut trees, they don't have side tables or coffee tables in mind and they will be lopsided. If you find some that you really like that are lopsided, like this one:

Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!
So, just put them up on some casters. The casters that will work best are the ones that screw in themselves, like these:
Screw some in all the way and some out a little more until you get a level surface. The next best thing about casters? It makes these 200+ pound behemoths easy to move for us weak folk :)

If you got a good piece that doesn't need leveling, but still want casters, save yourself some time and just buy the ones that you can put screws into instead :)
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!
And there you go! This is a long post, but it doesn't really take too many steps to get your stumps turned into a side table. And they are relatively easy steps, especially if you don't have to deal with bark or mold.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

The best things about stumps? They are so customizable...even though they really are just a big hunk of wood. You can find them in varying widths; make them any height you want and any color you want. And if you are completely against painting wood, you can easily stop at the sanding, and just put a clear top coat over it instead.
Spray Painted Tree Stumps Turned Side Tables -post shows how to pick your wood and where!

Here's the video segment for you all to enjoy :) It went a lot worse in my head so I'm glad it turned out somewhat decent lol
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