Friday, January 23, 2015

Last projects of the Glam Room

I just have a couple of projects to show you before I show you the entire room!!
 Em loves to draw,
(Shocker that my kid loves to draw!)
She mostly draws fashion pictures of outfits she creates.
So she needs a place to put up lots of her favorite drawings, with out pining them to the walls.
 NO MORE SWISS CHEESE WALLS!!
First I went looking for a large frame; I wanted lots of raised detail on the frame.
When I found this one for $6, it was a no brainer.


It came with this lovely cardboard picture!!
lol
This thing is 28"x52" just to give you an idea of it's size. I popped out the picture and spray painted the frame white.  Next I hopped on down to Home Depot to pick up some sheet metal because my Lowe's doesn't carry large sheets of this.  If you choose to make one of these take a pair of gloves with you!!
All sheets of metal are not created equal, thus I felt I had to dig through the stack to find the best one.  (You know one with out creases or bends.)
In the process I tried to push a stack of the stuff and cut my hand right down the middle. 
Trust me, it was worse than it looks!

That's when I decided to ask if I could barrow the Home Depot guy's gloves.  He freaked at my bleeding hand and quickly got me a band aid and a pair of gloves. Then helped me look through the rest of the stack one at a time. 
(Pretty sure he thought I was bonkers!!)
Back to my project..... I took the very best piece of sheet metal home with my gloved hands and cut it to fit my frame.  I used tin snips. 
I thought about just leaving the metal plain, but felt the room had too many shiny surfaces, so I glued this awesome black glitter wrapping paper to the surface.  
Where do you get such a thing? 
 I think I bought it at Walmart last year when all the Christmas gift wrap went on sale. 
 I also bought a roll of pink and silver.  
I used the pink and silver to cover the generic but super strong magnets I bought at Lowe's.
I love how the whole thing turned out.


Last little project was a request of Emilee's.  She wanted an Eiffel Tower somewhere in her room.  Many ideas and thoughts were thrown around about how to incorporate this into her room, but one by one they were shot down for one reason or another.  As I neared the finish line I still didn't have this one request done.  I had long ago bought this gold shadow box with a pink chair in it at DI.  I thought it was darling, but Em didn't really like it.
  "Who wants a chair displayed like that," she said.
I broke the chair out of the box; it was glued in very well.  I searched for a small Eiffel tower and ended up buying a Christmas tree decoration of one.
 Black spray paint to the rescue!! 
I then lined the inside of the box with above mentioned silver glitter paper!!


I think it turned out great!!!
I will be back next time with the Room reveal!!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

February Better Homes and Gardens is here!!!!



Have you seen it on the news stand or in your mail box? 
 Better Homes and Gardens February issue is out!! 
 I received mine and guess who is on the last page?



I am over the moon excited!! 
That's me in my office holding the magazine with me in my office!!!
My son asked if three years ago, I would have ever thought I would be in Better Homes And Gardens?  
No way, but here I am! 
 I am so grateful to my family for putting up with my love of building and decorating!! 
And to my Heavenly Father for giving me passions and a way to achieve them!! 


What do you think?
Thanks for sharing in this awesome moment with me!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Glam Room - Nightstands


When the girls were born my neighbor gave me these two small dressers/night stands.  I replaced the handles with these lovely gold handles. 
 (Yes, I picked them out, long ago!)
They really needed to be repainted back then, but I just had twins who were child number 4 and 5!!  
Yeah, I never got around to repainting them.  
Over the years the paint job looked worse and worse.  Stickers were applied by some anonymous little girls, that pulled off paint when they were ripped off. They are basically not pretty to look at anymore. 
 But.... they are solid wood and have functioned very well over the years.
No brainer, they just needed to be redone!!!
Operation Nightstands begins. 


They needed a new paint job because the old paint job was very badly chipped, especially on the top.  I needed a flat surface for a new paint job to look good so I striped all the old paint off .


Stripping furniture is not my favorite job!! 
 But I spent a couple of days getting all that old yucky paint off.
If you follow me on Instagram you remember this!


By now I had a plan, but I would need very smooth drawer fronts.  So I filled all the holes, dents and scratches over and over, trying to get the smoothest fronts I could get.


Once everything was sanded smooth and wiped down I was ready to paint.  I used white semi gloss paint and painted everything, including the long strips of trim in the back of the photo on the saw horses. 
 I do have a plan, stick with me!!


I am sure you won't be surprised to hear my plan is centered around something I found at the second hand store, DI.  One day I was out with my friend DI hopping, 
(one of my favorite past times)
She showed me a roll of paper she found that appeared to be mirrored contact paper.
"Buy it." she said, "You will think of something great to do with it."
What else could I do but buy the roll for $1?
Fast forward to my nightstands reno; perfect project to try it out on.  As far as I can tell it's called Mirror Roll.  I think you can Google it and buy some on Amazon.
Anyway here is what I did with mine.
1.  One side has grid lines and the other side has mirrored paper. I measured each drawer front and subtracted about 3/4".
2.  I cut out the proper size from the mirror roll for the drawer front.
3.  Peeled back an inch or two of the grid backing paper.
(You may notice I only painted the first inch or so of the drawer front.)


4.  I lined up the mirror roll and stuck it down.
5.  I got a rag to smooth the mirror roll as I went.
6.  I slowly pulled the backing off a little at a time until I had the whole piece firmly attached.

Now I was ready to add the trim.  Remember I already painted the trim, so I cut four pieces with mitered corners, to fit the drawer front.  Once I dry fitted them I attached them with very small brad nails.  I used the grid backing paper to protect the mirror roll while I was attaching the trim. 
 (Note that this mirror roll scratches easily, so take care during installation.)
This trim would help hold the mirror roll in place, by covering all the raw edges as well as dress things up a bit. 


One drawer at a time!! 
 I was liking where this plan of mine was going!!
Once all the drawers were done I filled all the nail holes and miter gaps with caulk and touched up with paint!!


Now it was time for the knobs or should I say jewelry?
I found the perfect knobs at D Lawless Hardware I love their selection.
Are these not glamorous?
And only $1.47 each.






I could hardly wait to get them installed once they arrived.
I think they look marvelous.  A perfect match.
Here is the finished nightstand!!
(Instagram followers had a sneak peak at this. Are you following me yet?)


I think a little trim, paint, paper and knobs really transformed these nightstands into Super Glam!!! 
If you have any questions I would love to hear them!!
 It's kind of a different project. 
 Many people ask if I cut the mirror, it really reflects well. 


I hope this inspires you to try a new project with mirror roll or what ever you find! 
I also just wanted to share how our real life DIYing and blogging go around here.  I often ask one of the kids to take pictures of something I am doing.  It's hard to do and take a selfie with tools in your hands.  I asked Branden to take pictures of me doing one drawer.  I just told him to take lots of pictures, that way I can usually get a few good ones in focus.  In between steps my kids entertain themselves, often with the camera.  I later see all kinds of pictures they took.  Branden's selfies were just too cute not to share!!
What do your kids do while you are DIYing?



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