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Upcycled Mirror Frame

I have had this mirror for 20 years!  I bought it at an unfinished furniture store and stained it light oak.  I was going to repaint my entry and wanted a mirror that had a bigger statement. I discovered this dark gel stain that I have been painting everything with and wanted to restain this light oak to a darker oak, but wanted a thicker frame, and that would cost me hundreds of dollars.  Hmm??  What to do?   I researched the internet and found this website for ceiling tiles, and faux ceiling tiles.   My mind got to thinking why not cut them up and stain them the same color as my frame and glue them to the wall and that’s what I did!!   For a very minimal cost I have a new upcycled mirror frame, check it out!

Excuse the kids in the picture, this is the only BEFORE pic I have of my entry mirror.

mirror before

AFTER STAINING AND GLUEING THE STYROFOAM TILES!!

Oak mirror after

This is the stain I used and the Styrofoam ceiling tiles came in 20 x 20 pieces, I stained on one side, then cut them and glued to the wall.

I lightly sanded down the wood, put a clear polyurethane over the old stain and then one coat of lighter brown and one coat of darker brown with streaks with my paint brush to look like wood grain.   SUPER EASY!!  I love the final result and have been gel staining everything 🙂

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What do you think of the final result?

How To Display Your Kids Artwork

Do you ever wonder what to do with your kids artwork they bring home from school?  My boys are teenagers now, but I still have a wall in my home with some of my favorite artwork pieces from when they were kids.  Here’s a simple way to hang them up on a wall.  All you need are some frames, any kind will work.   I have frames that were meant for documents, and frames that are metal and some that are wood.  They work together because they are all black.  I’ve even spray painted some to keep the cohesive color theme together.   No need for spending money on fancy mats to go around the artwork, because the kids art is usually odd shapes and sizes.  I just use black construction paper behind all the pieces that don’t fit the frame.  Take a peek:

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kids artwork                    kids artwork

kids artwork gallery wall                  kids artwork gallery

I know, my kids have mad skills 🙂 Find a frame that will fit the artwork, and a piece of construction paper, I like using black for all the artwork. (Ignore the ugly black stain on my coffee table).   Cut the construction paper to fit the frame, and using double stick tape,  attach artwork to construction paper.  Make sure you date the back of the artwork!!!

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READY TO HANG!   Now, that was easy and very inexpensive 🙂   that’s how I roll !

kids artwork

Repurpose Silk Flowers In a Vase

My girlfriend asked for my help in making centerpieces for her daughters upcoming rehearsal dinner.  She already spray painted clear glass vases she had around her house in a looking glass paint.  This paint gives the vase a silver mirrored effect.  The brides colors are silver and purple, so this was perfect for color scheme.  We walked around her home grabbing silk flowers off walls and pulling from behind closets gathering all the silk flowers we could in the same color scheme of purple. Good thing that happens to be colors in her home as well,    We were able to make 8 centerpieces from all the silk flowers she had around the house, and use all the glass vases from her home.  Great repurpose job and the final result is so pretty, she just might have to use them for the wedding as well! 

 

If you start by taping a criss cross pattern across the top of the vase, this will help your flowers stay in place and end result look much more professional.

 

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Using wire cutters, separate all the stems and cut them individually.

 

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Final results !

 

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variety of silk flower arrangements

How To Hang a Picture Frame

Goodmorning, today’s project is when you have the dilemma of wanting to hang a cute snapshot on the wall in a picture frame you have laying around the house, however this frame has no way of hanging.  All you need is a flip top aluminum soda can and a small screw and screwdriver… check it out! Image

This is great for sitting on the table, but not for hanging on wall…

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Now that was easy!!!   I can’t take the credit, I saw this posted a while back on romance on a dime website.