DIY Mercury Glass

Do you have a bunch of those random vases or tea light candle holders lying around? I used to until my husband sold them all without me knowing at a garage sale last year! This is a great project if you want to spruce up some of those pieces. I ended up buying several from a local thrift shop for $7 to do this project.

To make mercury glass all you need is some glass vases/candle holders (you could really get creative with what you use), Krylon Looking Glass Spray ($12 at Michaels without a coupon), and a spray bottle with water. You can find step by step instructions at BHG HERE. The only thing I’d mention is don’t be afraid to really spray it with water, that way you get the large water marks in there. It took me an afternoon to finish them all, mostly because of the dry time in between spraying. I did four rounds of spraying all the glass pieces. So easy and fun!

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Drying in between sprays.

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Close up of drying tea light candle holder after about three rounds of water and Looking Glass Spray-paint.

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Finished mercury glass candle holders.

Upcycled Dinner Plates

I recently got some new bowls and plates and was about to drop off the old ones at Goodwill, when I realized I could have some fun painting them. I started out by painting the plates a brown color, and when it was mostly dry I used a paper towel to scrape off about half of it (scraping it towards the outside edge). That way, when I painted the yellow and teal on top it had a distressed look underneath. Once that layer was dry I used sandpaper to rough up the ridges. Then I used a white acrylic paint pen to draw the design in the middle. Lastly I sprayed the whole thing with clear sealant and threw some glitter on it. 😉 I’ve still got about twice as many plates left, and I might just throw in some other colors as well and put up a whole wall of painted plates!

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Finished painted dinner plates. I’ll be hanging these in a cluster on my wall soon. I’ve got some more to make…

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Before: plain white dinner plates

Supplies used: various colors of craft paint, paint pen, paintbrush, sand paper, clear spray sealant, and glitter

Supplies used: various colors of craft paint, paint pen, paintbrush, sand paper, clear spray sealant, and glitter

Cute Hairbow holder

I found a super cute framed hairbow holder here at Mom & Wife and couldn’t wait to make one! I bought these white plastered open back picture frames at Hobby Lobby and decided to have some fun painting them. I ended up making two- one for a friend who was having a baby and one for my own little girl.

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I used a glaze craft paint to paint the decorative raised areas on the frame. Then I used Mod Podge to adhere white iridescent glitter to the white parts. Then I drilled holes along the bottom and screwed in the hooks (easily found in the framing/hanging section of a store). Then I sprayed the whole thing with a clear protective spray pain. Lastly I hot glued the ribbon onto the back.

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Blank Hobby Lobby frame. This one was much faster to paint.

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This one was a little more time consuming to paint (okay that’s a huge understatement!).

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The finished frame. I LOVE the way it turned out! And I’ve got plenty of room to hang more head bands and bows.

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The glitter is pretty subtle, but you can see it pretty well in good lighting. I love the big flower, just adds a nice finishing touch.

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The finished baby shower frame. We threw a hair bow themed baby shower party for a friend. Instead of games, we had a table set up with hair bow crafting supplies. My friend went home with enough adorable hair bows to do her daughter’s hair up different every day of the month! It was so much fun.

Refinished Entryway Table

The weather finally turned warm enough for me to sand down and paint my entryway table. I’ve become somewhat obsessed with this royal blue/indigo color and couldn’t wait to bring a bright splash of it into my home! Image

Okay just ignore the trashy backyard! But you can see it was a yellowish off-white before.

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I let my boys help paint the back side of it because they so love to paint; besides, it was fun to work on a project together with them. And no one will see the back anyway, which I finished with the final layer of paint. 🙂 It took about three layers of paint total.

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The finished project! It now sits all lovely in the entryway and we use the baskets to hold shoes.

Refinishing Frames

I’ve kind of developed a fetish for picture frames. I love looking at them in the stores, buying them, and also refinishing old frames. (What I really need to do now is get pictures into them!). I purchased a bunch of old frames at a garage sale a while back and haven’t gotten around to fixing them up until recently. I was at HomeGoods (the decorating side of T.J. Max) and found all sorts of inspiration. Here’s a couple of the frames I’ve done so far. It really is so much fun to personalize these old frames! I plan to get a picture collage on my wall once I get more of them done.

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Here’s the before of the first picture frame. Black frame with some pink chives….hmmm

This here is the refinished picture frame. First I sanded it down. Then I painted a few coats of some dark blue craft paint on it. Last I found a cool Moroccan textile pattern and freehanded it onto the front using a thin tip metalic silver marker. And voila! A finished new frame!

This here is the refinished picture frame. First I sanded it down. Then I painted a few coats of some dark blue craft paint on it. Last I found a cool Moroccan textile pattern I liked and freehanded it onto the front using a thin tip metalic silver marker. And voila! A finished new frame!

This here is another frame I refinished. Did the same sanding, painting and for this one I used a Martha Stewert stencil to paint on the white designs. Then I gave it a good sanding down to give it a distressed look.

This here is another frame I refinished. Did the same sanding, painting and for this one I used a Martha Stewert stencil to paint on the white designs. Then I gave it a good sanding down to give it a distressed look.

Starburst Mirror

I love this mirror! I almost made it at a ladies craft night but the group decided to do something else, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I just loved the one I saw on the Love of Family and Home blog and pretty much followed the tutorial exactly, so I won’t go into details of how I made it. Go here if you want the tutorial:

http://loveoffamilyandhome.net/2013/01/diy-sunburst-mirror.html?showComment=1359338516089

She does a great job explaining and listing the supplies you’ll need. One note though- sanding the wood shims is really tedious and I would have used my power sander in hindsight. And yes I jazzed up my back layer of shims with some Martha Stewart fine silver glitter!

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Dresser Refinishing

I decided to finally update an old (eye sore) dresser we have in our living room. It was given to us a few years ago and it’s been home to our DVD player and Wii since then but never looked very nice (not to mention the kids have had fun decorating it with stickers..). I had a lot of fun painting it and giving it a fresh face. First I sanded it all down with my orbital sander, and used Valspar paint from Lowes to do the teal color. I used a Martha Stewart stencil and white paint for the decals.ImageImage