Mirror Mirror…

One of my favorite DIY is turning a typical ordinary mirror into a work of art!

I love the idea of a mirror as an accent above my dry bar so I added some chalk paint “Cheers” and made it look not so odd to have a mirror so high up.

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Really all I did was grab a chalk marker that I found at my local craft store for $5.00 and practiced how I wanted the word “Cheers” to look and then took a leap of faith and wrote it on the mirror.

DON’T worry if you mess up, just take a little Windex and water and the chalk will come off as easy as 1 2 3. Let dry, and try again!

I am such a fan of dolling up mirrors and even old windows with chalk paint, I even created one for my sister’s waxing business so she can add her services on it! It’s really the perfect and easiest DIY.

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To do a window or glass it’s probably the easiest DIY to do because you can type of whatever you want to write on the mirror/glass tape it on the back and take your chalk pen/marker and just trace the letters from the printed page taped on the back and than Voila! You are now ready to hang a unique piece of art that you created yourself!

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All from an Idea…

Have you ever gotten an idea and thought to yourself, I can totally do this and actually went through with it!.. Well that’s exactly what happened to me!

One day, I was downstairs in my basement and I was thinking to myself, what can I do with all these old vintage windows?! We made a greenhouse out of some and also made an awesome window wall decor out of another but truthfully how many windows am I going to display in my house? So this idea came out of nowhere and I thought, Shadow Box! I loved the idea of having a shadow box coffee table, one because its a unique idea and two because I babysit my two year old niece occasionally and she LOVES when there is anything on my coffee table so she can play with it. As much as I am the “cool” aunt and let her get away with murder, I don’t necessarily want anything to get broken. So I thought to myself, if I can display everything that I normally would ON the coffee table why don’t I do it IN the coffee table so the knick knacks and pictures don’t somehow end up broken and truthfully it adds a little something something to it if you ask me.

I started this project like I do with a lot of them, ran the idea over with my fiance, not because he rules what I do, but because, I have some wacky ideas and sometimes I need someone to pull the reigns on me. Well after I explained and drew up my idea, he thought it was an amazing idea, Whew! Luckily for me, his uncle owns a carpentry shop and that left over wood needs to go somewhere! I told my fiance the dimensions of the wood I needed and he picked up some amazing mahogany wood pieces cut to the size I needed (they had to be custom since the windows are vintage and the dimensions aren’t necessarily common)

I began this project by putting together the frame of the table itself with the mahogany wood, I went to my local Home Depot and picked up “L” brackets to secure it all together. Once the frame was created, I than began to screw wood to the bottom of the table onto the frame itself.

As you can imagine this is now sorta looking like a wooden stage (when flipped around). I bought these awesome wooden legs from Home Depot that gave the coffee table the perfect height, drilled the hole and screwed them onto the wooden bottom. Now that the wood frame and leg part is completed its time for the staining!

While the staining was drying, I started my work on the window. The window was so weathered and the existing paint that was previously on it was all chipped, I started to sand it down by hand (I didn’t want to use a sander for the fear that it would be too much power on a window) Once it was all sanded I wiped it down and began to paint it antique white, I added some gold embellishments on the window frame for a vintage feel and added a turquoise distressed handle to complete the overall look I was going for.

I secured the vintage window on top of the wooden freshly stained framed, added finishing gloss all over and then buffed it complete.

Now this gorgeous, one of a kind Shadow Box Coffee Table has be completed, its ready for its new home, because as I mentioned earlier, how many windows am I going to display in my house?

If you are interested in this piece or any other piece you can purchase them directly on the website!

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Upcycling is the same as new, right?

I have been interested in all things design since I was a youngster. I think when you are able to create something with just an idea and use your imagination and others fall captivate within it that’s true success. So many times I would create or redesign something and not think much of it and then I would get a complement and then I would think to myself why don’t I show off more things. I had the passion to design tee shirts back in 2009 and almost 9 years later I found the same sort of passion within upcycling furniture. I love taking things that people don’t have a need for and toss it out like last nights meatloaf. So many times I have been approached with, “I’m getting rid of this dresser, would you want it” Heck Yes! free furniture, why not!
My first piece I upcycled was my mothers hutch, this hutch was in my family home for about 20 something years, my mother painted it every color under the sun. My mother would always make things “work with what she had” and I believe that’s where I get my eye for redesign, yes its red today but tomorrow I can make it blue and then next Thursday I can change it back to red, oh the possibilities are endless when you just use a little imagination.
I decided to paint this hutch an off white to fit perfectly in my dining room. I have different colors in my living room so I knew I wanted to have a balance with some pieces I put in there. I love golds, reds, and greens but I did not want to make this hutch or my living room for that matter a scene from Mr and Mrs Clauses North pole home.
Because I am 29 years old and I don’t have the use of a hutch as most do, I decided to convert my hutch into a dry bar, perfect space for my glasses and the storage underneath is perfect to house the bottles.
I have to admit, even though I have had this hutch in my family since I was a tyke, every now and again I will get visitors asking me “where did you get this hutch?!” and I simply have to say, I upcycled it and made it brand new again!

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