Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DIY Faux Mercury Glass

I've been in a metal, silver, chrome, galvanized, nickel, kind of place lately. 

Does that ever happen to you? A color or material speaks to you and suddenly you want it everywhere. I've gone through woven basket and wooden crate phases, but lately everything from crusty old buckets and old wash bins to silver plated frames have caught my fancy. When picking accessories for our baby girl's nursery, I knew we needed some accessories that were nice and shiny, but with limited options I decided to make my own!

I was inspired by this inexpensive but charming vase I found recently.

I hopped on Pinterest (where else?) to find some inspiration, and found a great tutorial from HGTV.com (check it out here!).

A few vases that had accumulated in my everything-decoration closet over the years were perfect for this project!

Free vases from delivered flowers were perfect for this project

All the materials I used were things I already had on hand. The tutorial suggested using mirror spray paint, but I used shiny chrome and hammered silver spray paint. In truth, I knew I would have little use for looking glass paint after finishing this small project, but I also thought the hammered finish would add some interesting texture.

The supplies: spray paint, water, and a paper towel

Spritz the area you are working on with a fine mist of water. I tried out a few spray bottles, but a cosmetics spray bottle from a travel kit gave me the gentle sprinkle that I wanted. I chose to paint the outside of the vases, but you could paint the inside instead if you prefer.

Spray the silver of your choice right over the water and watch it dew up!

Give it a minute to dry, then wipe it down. I waited a bit too long on the first vase, so it didn't chip as much as I had hoped. Lessons learned!

The fluted vase turned out much better!

I worked in stages, doing the three steps and letting the paint dry in between coats. I started with the chrome, did a coat of the hammered silver, then finished it with another coat of chrome.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Vintage Buffet Makeover and Americana Decor Chalk Paint

This post was written on behalf of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint by DecoArt. The opinions expressed here are all my own!

Something about designing a nursery for a baby girl has inspired creativity in me that has long laid dormant. It gives a mama a second chance to create the childhood bedroom of her dreams! Whether you craved hot pink walls with lime green stripes, or wanted everything purple and ruffled (guilty), you're the boss now and that room can be whatever you want it to be... for your baby, of course!

I can't wait to share a full nursery reveal soon, but I'm still tweaking things and waiting on our crib (a minor detail...), so it will have to wait just a bit longer. In the meantime, I am so excited to share this makeover with you today!

A vintage buffet become a functional dresser/changing table in a baby girl's nursery

A functional changing station is so important in a baby's nursery, not to mention it can be one of the main focal points. When my sweet mother in law sent me a picture of this vintage buffet she picked up at an auction, I knew she had found me a pearl.

The buffet before

I've mentioned before how double-duty function is a must for any piece of furniture that wants to live in our home. If a piece doesn't serve at least two purposes, we just don't have room for it. This piece is the perfect height, perfect size, and has drawers and doors in all the right places.

Since I'm in the final weeks of my pregnancy, the Mister was a huge help in getting this piece ready to paint.

Nice view, eh? I love watching him work... but back to the buffet! There was some loose veneer on the drawer fronts, cabinets, and the top of the buffet, so he scraped and sanded until it was beautifully smooth.

The carved design on the drawers and cabinet doors didn't fit with what I had in mind for the piece, so we filled them with Elmer's Wood Filler Max to give us a clean slate to work with.

It looked like this when he handed it over to me...

Now for the product!

Chalk paint is unique because there is almost no preparation necessary before painting a piece of furniture. No stripping, no sanding, no priming - it's a beautiful thing! Since I live nowhere near a retailer I have always made my own.

When I noticed that Home Depot had begun selling a new line of chalk paint called Americana Decor Calky Finish Paint by a company named DecoArt, I couldn't wait to try it. I was over the moon to join the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Team! It's such an amazing opportunity, and the buffet was the perfect first project.

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint

I chose the color Lace, which is a beautiful, warm ivory.

It took a little getting used to - it's much thicker than the paint I'm used to using, but I got the hang of it early on and I really liked how it covered the piece.

A few things you should know:

Shake very well.

I stored my paints upside down, and stirred them very well before using them. I also stirred them often while in the process of painting.

Cover the paint pod in between dips.

"Dips" is of course being the technical term for a paint brush reload. I started doing this halfway through the process, and it made a big difference.

The paint looks best after a gentle sanding. 

A light, light touch with 220 grit sandpaper made all the difference, and I loved the texture. This is what it looked like before sanding...

I applied no more pressure than it took for me to hold the paper. It smoothed the finish out and blended any visible brush strokes.

It dries quickly.

I found that it was best to apply the paint lightly and to make sure that my brush strokes were long and smooth. Because the paint is thick, it wasn't necessary to add a second coat to the entire piece. I added more paint to a few spots that needed it (mainly the top and sides of the piece), but the coverage was beautiful.

I sealed it with Americana Decor's Clear Creme Wax, which gave it a beautiful sheen. Wax is my favorite finishing product for anything indoors. It enriches the color of the piece without distracting from it with the shine that many sealers leave.

The finishing touch was adding these sweet knobs!

Glass rose knobs from Hobby Lobby

We are giving our baby the middle name of Rosemary, so roses are a recurring theme in her room and ever-growing wardrobe. I couldn't resist these beautiful glass rose knobs from Hobby Lobby! I can always add more colorful knobs down the road, but these fit the neutral and calm feeling that I want to create.

Glass rose knobs from Hobby Lobby

This piece is absolutely perfect for the nursery. There is so much storage! One of the drawers has dividers that I assume were made for silverware, but they are so perfect for all the itty bitty things that babies need.

Oh, the storage...

It was meant to be that my sweet little purple step stool didn't sell at the shop in all this time. I snagged it back once we found out we were having a girl, and it helped set the course for the rest of the room.

A vintage buffet become a functional dresser/changing table in a baby girl's nursery

A vintage buffet become a functional dresser/changing table in a baby girl's nursery

You can see here that I lightly distressed the edges of the drawers. I couldn't resist, the chalk paint is just so perfect for distressing! I used the same 220 grit sandpaper that I used throughout the makeover, just with a bit more pressure where it would naturally age.

A vintage buffet become a functional dresser/changing table in a baby girl's nursery

A vintage buffet become a functional dresser/changing table in a baby girl's nursery

A vintage buffet become a functional dresser/changing table in a baby girl's nursery

Thank you so much for stopping by to peak at my Americana Decor Chalk Paint makeover! Check out their line of paint products HERE or at a participating Home Depot!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Burlap Christmas Ornaments

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I have an easy DIY for you today using one of my very favorite materials... BURLAP! It's easy, quick, and perfect for a rustic Christmas theme.

Step by step tutorial on how to make your own burlap ornaments for beautifully rustic Christmas decor!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vintage Inspired Locker

I am so excited to share this makeover with you today! Did you see the preview on Instagram? Follow me to keep up with all my sneak peaks!

Our home has been in overhaul mode over the last few weeks. Not in getting the nursery ready, as you might think, but in getting the big brother ready! We moved KJ into a larger room, and I wanted to make sure that he was settled there before his old room was transformed with girly goodness. Besides, baby girl is pretty content with her living quarters as of now ;).

I wanted to go with a theme that would A. be relevant and AWESOME to my precocious boy, and B. easily transition into a bigger-big-boy room later on. It's all about superheros and sports right now, so the solution was easy! Superheros now, sports greatness later!

Which brings me to...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Build a Fire In 6 Easy Steps

Today's post is for the me of four years ago. The naive newlywed desert girl who found herself in the mountains where there were four seasons, instead of two.

By extension, I hope that this is for you too.

When we first moved here, it was the week after Thanksgiving during one of the wettest and coldest winters that the area had seen in years. It was thrilling and overwhelming at the same time! We ran out of gas for the furnace in our rental after a week (we had been told that it was electric), and a night with no heat was very helpful in our decision to invest in a wood-burning stove.

When we first bought our stove, I was terrified of it. I had no idea how to build a fire (intentionally...), and I was convinced that we would burn the house down or die of some kind of gas exposure in our sleep! I was, of course, being ridiculous - that happens when you're completely out of your element.

It took me some time - and plenty of smoke - but I am proud to say that I'm now a master fire builder. I can get that baby going, from cold chimney to a toasty fire I can forget about, in five minutes flat. There is something so rewarding in being able to do that - especially now that it means keeping my baby(ies) warm.

So for my past self - who literally Googled "how to build a fire in a wood stove," desperately seeking pictures or diagrams - and any others like her, this one's for you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quirky Little Signs

Happy Tuesday!

The bun in the oven is getting bigger every day, making my usual DIY activities a bit more difficult than usual! Of course, by a bit, I mean hugely difficult! I'm still painting away, getting furniture and walls ready for some big changes to the little home, but my goodness... it's getting tough! I painted our hutch (see the before here), and it took me a couple days to recover! It looks gorgeous though, and I can't wait to share it with you later this week.

What am I doing during my painted hutch recovery time? 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Paint a Rustic Wooden Signs (No Stencils or Transfers Required!)

Since I began this little DIY journey of mine about a year ago, I have hunted for the easiest method to create the rustic wooden signs that my little business has become known for. Believe me, I've tried them all.

Are there easy and quick means of getting words on wood? Yes, absolutely. Not so, however, when you are using very rough and beat up wood - my material of choice. I've used wood in a variety of different conditions for my signs, but very weathered wood is just what my kind of people are drawn to! Doing it the easy way, using new lumber and a piece of pie transfer technique, just won't cut it if I am being true to my customers and what they have come to expect from me.

So here is my way.