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Summer Project List

Friday, June 1st, 2012

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I read an inspiring post the other day at Serenity Now ‘Summer DIY and Craft List 2012’ and thought it was a great idea to actually write a list of projects I am working on (or want to work on) for this summer of 2012.

My project that I am most excited about is my new home office redo. I am painting the room next weekend with California Paints in the color Appleton. Remember how excited I was about the painting the room in pink here? Well, here is a sample of the pink I painted:

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I am so glad I tested it first! It just did not work out. The Art Deco pink was so pretty, but for my walls the color was too bright. I am working with the California Paint Company’s Timeless Trends 2012/2013, (read more here) and I want to find the perfect color for my office!  Another color I love in this collection is Appleton HC. The color is a bluish green (love) which plays so well with others:

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I thought it looked great and I can’t wait to paint because that is when the real fun starts – decorating and accessorizing!

Then after painting the walls, I have this old table for the office:

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I decided to take it to the cabinet makers and he is going power spray it for me in a high gloss white paint. I love doing crafts and I need a table I do not have to worry about ruining. Bookshelves are going in on both sides on the window with a window seat for me:

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Maybe like this:

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Or how about something like this:

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Another project is something I found on the side of the road! Doesn’t it look like it has tons of possibilities? I thought it was so cool (as I ran for the car hoping no neighbors would see me!)!:

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I really like the detail. I am looking for a fabric for the seat and then I want paint it in an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color. Maybe this fabric?:

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Whew! I am wearing myself down just talking about all these projects! :) One more I will share is my dining room table chairs. I love my table:

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But look at my old, ugly chairs. I am not even going to bother redoing! They have served their duty for 15 years now:

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I have three, (I need one more) wooden chairs from my mother-in-law that I want to paint and use with my table. I was thinking I had to paint them in a soft white to go with the table legs, but I think I will be able to paint them a green or blue and they will work great! Like these beautiful sets:

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That is enough for now! I really like doing projects but I also look forward to just working outside enjoying the outdoors. Do you have any projects you hope to complete over the summer?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

I am linking up over at Serenity Now Link Party with my Antibes Mirror I painted this week!

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DIY Sunburst Mirror

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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As you know, I have a slight passion for mirrors. I have written numerous blogs on decorating with mirrors here, here and here. I feel they are a major part of a room design:

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I found a starburst mirror that I loved at Ballards:

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But the price tag was way more than I wanted to spend on a mirror ($349.00). I noticed a starburst mirror on Pinterest that was really pretty and it was a do-it-yourself project.

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I love making things but I never want it to look like it was a DIY project. I thought this mirror from K Sarah Designs was really pretty and it sounded easy even for me!

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I followed her directions with a few changes in materials and directions.

Materials:

* Wood shims (I used 2 different sizes: 4 packs of 42 count, 12″ long shims, and 11 packs of 14 count, 8″ long shims from Lowes)
* Wood glue (I used Elmer’s Wood Glue)
* Gorilla glue
* Round mirror (I used a 14″ diameter beveled mirror from Michaels)

* Thin plywood sheet for the backing. I used a 12” x 12” sheet from Michaels.

*Polycrylic Spray

* Heavy duty hanging hardware

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Directions:

First, figure out how you want to lay the shims. I followed Kristen’s advice and went with groupings of 9 for the 12” shims and grouping of 7 for the 8” shims.

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I did not want the grouping to be perfect- I liked the varied look to go with the finish of the shims which was irregular. Plus, it was so much easier! So I just laid out a piece and started gluing together:

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For the last piece, I matched the ends with the first piece so they would all be the same size:

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Each grouping makes up a starburst. Then I let them sit and dry for a couple hours:

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For the next part of the project, I followed Kristen’s advice and made 15 large starburst groups and 15 of the smaller starbursts. I found the middle of my 12 x 12” plywood and started my pattern like this:

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I laid out a pattern I liked then started gluing them to each other and to the plywood backing. You may need to add in an individual shim here or there if all the ray groupings don’t complete an entire starburst or you need to fill in a little space.

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After I let it dry for a couple hours, I sprayed with a couple coats of Polycrylic to seal. If you want to paint your starburst, first spray with primer then spray paint with a couple coats of paint. Let that dry. Next, I glued the back of the mirror with Gorilla and wood glue in the middle of the starburst and weighed down overnight to set:

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To attach the hanging hardware, I attached two screws to the plywood and secured heavy duty wire between them:

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Then it is ready to hang up and enjoy!:

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I really love the way it came out! The entire project was under $35.00 and only took a few hours to complete (plus drying time). It was fun too! Do you like making projects? It is not perfect but that’s why I love it more. Not bad for the first mirror I made!

Update: I made another mirror here in blue if you would like to see.

If you need creative ideas in decorating for your home, contact me today!

 

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