A few days ago, I had the pleasure of giving an old vanity bench a makeover.
Ok, I started this bench months ago, but wasn’t motivated to finish it because I couldn’t decide on upholstery for the cushion. Enter my friend who loved the size of the bench and asked for something “girlie” for her daughter. She opted for a fuzzy fabric resembling a poodle’s fur. It was a nightmare to deal with because it is not very opaque, so I had to cover the bright green foam cushion before I could upholster it, and also because cutting it meant a ton of fluff flying around the house competing with the vast amount of dog hair.
I have yet to figure out how it got in my socks.
Anyway, I was left with a scrap of poodle hide and was sorely tempted to toss it. Actually went so far as to put it in a bag and tied it up and put it out in the trash bin. But my conscience was nagging at me. I hate, hate tossing anything out that can be of use later, even as a cleaning rag. So… I dug it back out and put it in the scrap basket thinking to use it later in a pillow, or as a hairshirt. And as I was walking outside to organize all of my spray paint, I saw the cane back chair and an idea was born. Meet Gilda!!
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.
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)
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.
I love pumpkins. They just exude happiness to me. Sure, some people look at them and think food, but not me. Unless it’s pumpkin pie. But decorating with pumpkins can be expensive. That’s why I tend to make my own decor. For example, I saw this gorgeous urn at Common Ground, but she lost me at “Pottery Barn”.
Courtesy of Common Ground
I have a very high shelf in my pantry. Usually I keep the stuff I don’t need but don’t want to toss out because I may need it later, like the fondue pot, and the chip and dip server, and the HUGE ship’s decanter that Hubby refuses to give up. I also have my antique canning jars up there. Anyway, last night I was filling up the can of spare change when I spied an empty jam jar. And then another, and then a bottle, or two, or four.
I discovered a junk bonanza in my very own pantry!
Anyway, the one that really doesn’t belong in that grouping is the Patron bottle. It’s a very pretty bottle, but I never knew what to do with it. I saw at my sister’s Pinterest board that someone used it for bath gel, but I prefer plastic bottles near my tub. I can just imagine a slippery bottle crashing in the tub or on the floor. Not pretty! But I think it could make a very pretty shabby chic bud vase. So I go to my stash and peruse the junk, coming up with some ribbon, burlap, and a broken hairclip.
I must have been a magpie in a former life.