Y’all know by now I am a fan of upcycling and thrift stores and basically picking up trash and trying to make it into treasure. It keeps me happy and doesn’t cost a lot of money, so everyone wins all around.
I have been struggling with my fireplace for about….oh…. seven years? The brick is a rather blah tan color, and the mantel is a bleh builder’s grade cream gloss. I have been trying to convince Hubby to let me paint the brick and mantel, and may just be able to do it before the holidays. Maybe. Jury is still out. But until then, I think I’m satisfied enough with it.
I have never understood the different pronunciations for the word “vase”. My dad told me once that it depended on the vase’s value. That may be fake, but it’s accurate! Anyway, I remember seeing this simple tutorial from Two Twenty One for a painted vase, and dug around my stash of thrift store glassware for some small vases I remembered snagging for a nickle a piece. I found my gold spray paint, newspaper, and paint tape and got to work.
First, you need to clean your vase thoroughly, and then wipe down with alcohol (isopropyl, not bourbon). Next, take a strip of painter’s tape and adhere around the vase, making sure to keep it even and seal the edge that will be against the paint. Now take another strip of tape, and tape the newspaper around the vase right on the first strip, careful not to cover the bottom edge of the first strip. Tuck the paper into the vase to make sure you don’t spray paint in it. Careful do a second wiping of the exposed glass, let it dry, and then spray in short even bursts. One coat is usually enough, but two will even out the coverage. After drying, remove the tape strips and VOILÁ!!!
How cute are they?? I just love how they turned out, and like grouping them together. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them, but I can see placing a pretty bloom in each one and clustering them on a dresser or a vanity. I also took the opportunity to paint two “Pro-Flowers” vases I had collecting dust in the garage. I plan on using them to flank a future project for the fireplace area.
All I did was clean out the inside of each vase and wipe down with alcohol, then sprayed Looking Glass spray paint from Krylon™ on the inside. Unlike the gold paint, the looking glass paint needs several coats to cover well, and you have to do short, light bursts. Otherwise the paint will streak and run. These took five coats each to finish. If my tutorial is a little confusing, hit the link above and Chelsea will walk you through it. Check out her blog for other DIYs, too.
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Y’all know I am an avid thrift store junkie. There have been times I have gotten lucky and found some beautiful antiques like glassware and china and even a book or two. Most of the time the stuff is in very good condition and only requires a handwashing. Sometimes they are beyond repair but still have charm and beauty in them. Once in a while, I find something that does require a healthy amount of elbow grease but at a loss as to how to go about restoring it. This time I was determined to find a way.
Last week, I was checking out a local antique store and was lucky enough to snag a cute little vintage evening purse. I love the things, though I seldom justify their use. Still, they look cute on a shelf. The owner pointed out a new find she had from an estate sale: a small Lucite purse. I was fascinated but it was very rusty and dirty.
I’s still making lots of velvet flowers and still have no place to put them. I have enough to fill a foam wreath, and I may do that, too. But while perusing Pintercrack, I found the coolest floral centerpiece on Weddingomania:
And it brought to mind some silver-plated goblets that my parents gave me when they were downsizing. None of my sisters wanted them, and I really didn’t want them to end up in a garage sale. But they are not safe for wine, which in my opinion detracts from ownership. Anyway, who says they have to be for drinking anything, right??
Honestly, I can’t seem to stop making flowers. I have a basket full of them and nowhere to place them. Still, that doesn’t stop me. Giving up sweets for Lent has made me compensate in making sweet flowers, I guess. So have another tutorial on making some easy velvet roses.
You will need:
- Strips of stretch velvet about 3″ by 30″
- Sewing needle and thread
- Hot glue (not pictured)
- Felt scraps (not pictured, optional)
Because you can never have enough felt flowers. Trust me on this.
I ❤ Pinterest. I get a lot of ideas from that site. Sometimes though, I find that an idea or “craft” featured has no tutorial available. It’s rare, but it happens. I have this jones for making felt flowers, and I found one felt flower on a board that looked soooo pretty and easy to do. But alas, it has no tutorial. Time to make my own.
What you’ll need:
- One sheet of felt cut into circles of varying sizes (thirteen large, twelve smaller)
- Hot glue
- Button or earring for center
I am hosting a Halloween-themed wine party this weekend, and I wanted to make something special for a party favor for the guests to take home. I was at the dollar store, getting a vase for the previous project, and as I walked down the aisle, I saw purple tinted wineglasses. That tickled my fancy, because purple has become a very popular color for Halloween. When I was a young kid, the only colors for Halloween were orange and black. Nowadays, even glitter is used in Halloween decor. But purple is also a good color for divas, so I decided to buy the glasses and bling them up in Halloween colors.
What you’ll need:
- Wineglasses of your choice.
- 12-gauge jewelry wire.
- Wirecutters and needle-nosed pliers.
I have noticed a trend on design sites lately. Gold is making a comeback, and a big one at that. Last year it was mercury glass, and this year is soft, glowing GOLD! I have a stash of wine and liquor bottles in the garage that I have been saving to decorate with my brother’s girlfriend, who is a crafting wizard. No, I don’t need an intervention. I have been saving the bottles for a couple of years, people.
Stop judging me!
Anyway, I decided that while my Aggies were being massacred by Alabama’s Crimson Tide, I would do some crafting instead of crying. So I got some of the more interesting shaped bottles and some old vases that didn’t go with anything, and grabbed spray paint, ribbon, burlap, flowers, and hot glue gun and got to work.
What you’ll need:
- Random bottles, vases, or containers.
- Spray paint in your choice or color(s).
- Rubbing alcohol.
- Embellishments of your choice, like ribbon, fabric, twine, burlap, flowers, etc.
- Hot glue gun, or whichever kind of glue you prefer.
This past weekend, I attended a surprise birthday party for a friend. Her husband (also a friend) had asked several people for help in coordinating an 80’s party, and he bought some rather cool centerpieces made from cassette tapes.
You read that correctly. CASSETTES!!
So, let’s dust off this blog and get started.
What you’ll need:
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Eight cassettes
- Non-stick surface (just in case)
Some of y’all may recall this post in which I repurposed an old book. Well, I decided to take book folding a bit further. I did some research on Pinterest as well as other craft sites, but unfortunately the tutorials ranged from vague to non-existent. The utter lack of an in-depth tutorial spurred me to create one. I’m not saying there aren’t other tutorials just as easy. I’m sure there are plenty. I just didn’t find many. No matter! One can never have too many tutorials on a subject, right?
What you’ll need:
- old paperback (with at last 96 physical pages)
- bone folder, or ruler