Succulents came!!!

Ordered these puppies from Etsy! I’ve been obsessed with succulents and I’m excited to make some little arrangements. Check back for a how-to post!

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Before and After: Kitchen Cart Updated!

I bought this kitchen cart @ Ikea for $100. It’s narrow design was perfect for our kitchen. However, we ended up keeping it in the living room/entry way. The light unfinished look of the cart was driving me crazy… so I decided a little paint and stain might help…

Before: 

After:

Using a semi-gloss white paint I used a foam brush (those little black foam ones you can get for like 50 cents) It was a slow process; I did about 5 coats! I find that if I use minimal paint on the brush I have less drips and unevenness. Although it takes longer it’s nice to have even paint. Since the coats are so thin, it only takes an hour before it’s dry. So by the time I did one side and moved onto the other 3 my first area was already dry and I’d do another coat. Below you can see how thinly each coat was applied.
I also stained the top and drawers with a light wood stain (using a paint brush, or even a foam brush). I only used two coats of stain.

And there you have it…

Spray Paint Goes A Long Way!

BEFORE…

So I bought this circle mirror from T.J. Maxx, $24.99. I had been looking for a detailed (expensive looking) mirror to go above my dresser. However, as our bedspread, curtains and walls have a warm tone I wanted a brown or gold frame.  I decided this was perfect, aside from the color. So I went to my hand-dandy spray paint solution!

 AFTER… 

Here’s what you need…

*a mirror, TJ Maxx and Ross have great mirrors for very good prices.

*spray paint, I used a champagne color by Krylon

*painter’s tape

*tissue paper/paper to cover the mirror for when you paint it

*windex and maybe fingernail polish remover

Heres’ what you do…

1. Clean the mirror. I simply used a damp paper towel and wiped down the mirror. Make sure it’s dry before you start spraying or wipe it down with a dry cloth to make sure.

2. Tape the mirror. I used blue painter’s tape because it comes off easily. This part is a little time consuming. Basically, I ripped small 1-2 inch pieces of tape and carefully applied it onto the mirror right up against the wood. Because the mirror is curved you have to use small pieces of tape. Make sure you’re not covering any of the wood or when you take the tape off you’ll have missed big spots.

3. I used a large rectangular piece of tissue paper (that T.J. Maxx wrapped the mirror with). I folded it into quarters. Then I cut it into a circle by rounding the edges. I continued to trim it down so that it fit into the mirror.

4. Once you have a “circle” of paper you need to tape it down over the existing blue tape. Be sure not to leave gaps or the spray paint will find it’s way onto the mirror beneath.

5. Spray paint! Make sure it’s not too windy and that you’re outside. Hold the spray can about 6 inches away from the mirror. If you hold it too close it starts to drip and you don’t get smooth, even coverage. It dries very fast, so after one coat, come back in 10 minutes, inspect it, and touch up areas that need it.

6. Wait. I let mine dry about an hour in the sun before I took the tape off. I noticed when I was taking it off that some of the spray paint got under my paper and faint sprays were on the mirror. I used fingernail polish remover on a paper towel and it came right up! I am sure paint thinner would would work too. Some of the blue paint was sticking in the crease; I used a butter knife to get it out.

And there you have it… A re-vamped mirror for less than $30!

How To: Spring Wreath

Last weekend I whipped up this simple wreath! I didn’t want to be too Easter-y so that it could last all through spring. So I attempted a fresh outdoorsy simple look!

You’ll need:

*twig wreath- I got mine @ my local craft store. Less than $5.

*White flowers- I bought 2 long stems. They were 40% off.  Although they are really long and have a lot of branches it’s better to buy the long ones.

*pink beads- I purchased a long strand of pink garland and again cut it into pieces. These might be found in the floral section.

*larger white/pink detail beads- I found a bunch of these in the spring decoration area

*glue gun and glue sticks

*wire cutter

*brown marker (maybe!)

*ribbon in your color choice

Step 1: Cut the white floral strands into smaller parts. There is wire underneath the plastic, so wire cutters work best. Cut into about 6-9 inch pieces. Depending on your preference.

Step 2: Weave the flower strands through the twigs. You may need to apply small dots of hot glue to certain areas. Remember since there they are made of wire they bend easily.

I arranged the flowers with a heavier concentration at the bottom. And slightly more to the left. Of course you can do an all-over look or concentrate the flowers in different ways.

Step 3: Cut apart beads using wire cutters. Because the stems were a bright green color I actually painstakingly used a brown marker to color them darker. Begin to apply these using a glue gun. They are fairly heavy, so sticking the wire ends into the wreath is not enough to hold them down. I concentrated them toward the bottom of the wreath.

Step 4: Cut apart pink bead garland using wire cutters. Again, it’s not necessary, but I colored the green garland brown so it blended better.  Attach small pink garland pieces in the same fashion as the larger beads- either weaving the wire through the wreath or using the glue gun.

Step 5: I put a piece of sea-foam green ribbon at the top so I could hang it from my door. But I’m considering using a different color- maybe white?

And there you have it! Happy Spring!