Sunday, July 24, 2011

DECOR REDO #6 NEWSPAPER PEACOCK STARBURST WREATH

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011



peacock starburst wreath, peacock wreath

THIS was my FAVORITE REDO!!!
 It was by far the most time consuming but totally worth it. 
I like to call it a redo because I reused & repurposed EVERYTHING!!!!!

I stumbled onto this craft on the Michael's website while searching for plate hangers(different project/room).
 Its a starburst Paper Wreath
I realized I hadn't even given my focal wall any real thought, as to what was going to be displayed there. And then this appears! Thank you Lord!



I fell in love with the idea but NOT the having to buy special papers for it part.....

so my mind started workin'!
What could I use that I already had OR could get for free?
LIGHTBULB! Newspapers!
I went through our recycling bin but didn't have enough.  
On my next trip to the church,
 I opened up the FREE newspaper "stand" which sits outside the building
 and took all the old papers that had fallen through the shelf, onto the bottom. 
So newspapers it was but with a twist!
 The only thing I DID buy was the Styrofoam ball I would need BUT not at full price haha, you should know me by now, I found them at the thrift store! PATIENCE PAYS :)

STYROFOAM BALLS $.74 + tx

These other items I purchased on the same thrift trip which I will be using in my room. 
Long Curtains for $6.98 +tx for the set & a lamp for $1.24 +tx which I have since replaced.


BEFORE: 
Since I had different papers, some being repeats, 
I was able to cut in half and have 2 different sizes.


As per the website, you roll the paper and tape. THIS TOOK A WHILE



MY TWIST:
I didn't want the words/articles to stand out or even the light colored paper. 
So I decided to age the paper by staining it with my VIA coffee 
(FYI outdated but still drinkable or in this case for staining) 
& some INCA gold paint to give it a little iridescence.
 I did most of the cone but left about an inch from the tip unstained because its not going to show.
 After painting the stain on I had to bake it dry in the oven for 5ish minutes.
 THIS TOOK A WHILE TOOOOO lol I was literally cooking up batches of cones.


I then cut open a box using a pizza pan as the guide,
 then my comal (tortilla grill) for the 1st marked circle, a push up thingy for the 2nd
 & an oatmeal can for the last circle. 
I ended up only using 2 of the circle guides.


After I sorted the cones by size, I sorted by darkness of the stain and by blues
 I had purposely rolled for the starburst. 
I also stapled each tip 1in. in as instructed on site, I think as a guide while gluing down. 
I did my best to have a pattern while gluing.

My "wound"
The hot gun was literally steaming.
 I accidentally laid my finger down on a glued spot and instantly felt pain!
 OWWW! When I yanked my hand up, the skin was missing :/
IT      HURT    BADDDDD

Almost done just needed the styrofoam ball and some decorations. 
Those I'll show on final day :)

I used 2 of the VIA "envelopes", cut the orange parts off and put the brown part inside of the other. 
This was going to be where the nail would hang from.


Of course I glued it on upside down, I quickly removed it and repositioned it.


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AFTER!


ROOM REVEAL HERE


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

DECOR REDO #5 FRAMED SHAWL

 THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 



framing a shawl,
I have to share that my room has been DONE for over a week.
I LOOOOOVE it, it's my favorite room!
So much that I don't want to come out lol




Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DECOR #4 LEANING MIRROR

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011



LEANING MIRROR, DRESSER MIRROR TO LEANING MIRROR, SPRAY PAINTING A MIRROR
As I mentioned in the previous post,
our sweet grama neighbor had given us a large chandelier.
About a year later gave us this mirror!
 I didn't know what to do with it at first
 but then loved that I could lean it against a wall and have a full length mirror. 
Since we're not tall people its full length for us lol



DECOR #3 CHANDELIER TO HANGING LAMP

 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011


diy hanging lamp, chandelier conversion, chandelier update

I'm happy to say that I didn't have to buy this!

 About 3 years ago, our super sweet "grama" neighbor(as the kids call her, she's in her 80's) gave us a huge chandelier for our dining room. It was awesome and much MUCH prettier than the one that came with the house. 
We put the new one up and put the old one in the garage. 
It sat there for a while with hopes of reusing it someday.
The hubby and I will be working on that one!
 He's got a job to do I know nothing about :)

I bought 1 can of RUST-OLEUM Metallic spray can in  ANTIQUE BRASS $5.89 +tx at Home Depot, which I'll be using for both items. I may have found it cheaper at Walmart but was there already for gardening supplies.

 CHANDELIER BEFORE- It had been stored in the garage all this time so it was pretty dirty. I cleaned it and had the hubby help take off the chain. The chandelier was a combo of light/dark brass, wood and white plastic.

I made sure to cover the areas where the light bulbs went with some newspaper and then sprayed it!



Once dry Hubby helped me take it apart to convert it to a lamp. Since we don't have overhead lighting/connection yet, this chandelier will be one that is connected through an outlet.


The things my hubby will do for me :) 
I'm blessed he knows how to do lots of things. 
I have to give him TONS OF CREDIT, he is AWESOME with everything.
 Even IF he doesn't know how to do something, he gives it his best shot and most of the time is successful.

Sometime in the future we're hoping to put actual overhead lighting/fans in each room.
 To transform it from one to the other he cut the wires, took out the ground (black)wire, and then cut off the end of an extra extension cord. 
He then joined the correct wires together, wrapped them with electrical tape and then put it all back together...with a slight twist. 

After
What's the twist?

We flipped the "stem" of the lamp!
Wider part is upward.



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Sunday, July 10, 2011

DECOR REDO #2 TWO PEACOCK PRINT FRAMES

 SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011 


DIY PEACOCK PRINTS, PEACOCK ART

WOW, my last post was almost a month ago but I had a great reason!

I was planning for my son's 8th birthday which happened to fall between 2 great events I got to be a part of. First of being a week long church fundraising sale, my son's birthday and then straight into a week of fireworks! Not to mention we got away for a few days to Eureka, got back Sat (9th) and am now ready to get back to my ROOM!

This weekend I'm showing you 2 frames I worked on in June, 
items (B)$1.24+tx and (D) $1.49+tx

Working on B and D


ITEM (B)-
 I took the frame, glass, mat & print apart ( I tossed the print). 
I decided on a deep purple so I mixed the gold, black and nightsky together.

MAT AFTER


 I then mixed Inca gold (brighter gold), red & black to get a copper color which worked!
 I ended up not liking it lol so I went back to the gold/black mixture instead. 
Also I sanded lightly with a fine grain to get some of the clear stain off and help the paint adhere better. 
Again, I already had the sandpaper.

 FRAME + MAT AFTER - 
 I found a cool black & white peacock online,
printed on photo paper and inserted to complete it.


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ITEM (D)- I also took the glass out of the dark brown"tray" frame.

I had purple spray paint from a previous project. I thought I'd try it, but I didn't like it! 
So I pulled out a few tropical blues & black to cover the purple.

FRAME AFTER
 I left the mat alone. I inserted the glass, mat and 4 different pics of feathered hair pieces I found online. 
I really love my printer, it's much cheaper than buying prints!


PS. Dollar tree had photo paper for $1!



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