How-To Make a Cork Mirror Chalk Board: DIY Project Wednesday

Here’s a fun little snow day project for anyone looking to make their own cork/chalk board. Perfect for the kitchen (where I plan to use mine!), an office, dorm room, bathroom, or wherever! The best part of this is it requires minimal time/expertise & you can be as creative as you wish.

Difficulty level: Easy

Time Needed: About 1-2 Hours depending on how creative you want to be

What you will need:

(1) Mirror – any size/shape (I used an old mirror that was in pretty bad shape)

(1) glue gun -About 3-5 glue gun sticks depending on how many corks you wish to use

(40-50) Corks- Again, depends on how big you want your cork board, I used 41. Start cracking open that wine!

Chalkboard Paint & 1 sml. Brush

(1) Roll Blue Painters Tape

Lets Begin!

First you want to tape around the mirror, block off the parts you don’t want to accidentally get chalkboard paint on. If you want to do your chalkboard paint in a design, use the painters tape to create a custom design!

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I chose to make the end of the board in a wavy form. I also wanted to keep some mirror showing so decided to place my corks in an unusual pattern. I actually love this way more than the traditional half cork/half chalk tutorials you see online. Don’t be afraid to shape your corks however you wish! You won’t lose the function and you will add something different!

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Let dry and your board is complete! The wooden frame of this was scratched up so I decided to paint some vines up the sides! (using acrylic paints) Here’s the final product:

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How To Chevron Paint DIY-Tutorial 3 Easy Steps

Happy Wedneday Bloggers!

I’ve seen a ton of how-to chevron tutorials on the web, and they all make it look so easy! Anyone whose ever attempted this knows, getting that design right can be difficult. I am going to show you my tutorial of how I chevron paint. For me, it’s not all about getting the lines to match perfectly across the surface you’re painting. It can drive a person wild laying down tape at all the precise angles. I decided to use the chevron design on my bedroom door but I didn’t focus on making all the lines straight. Instead, I had slight imperfections in the line up which I think made this design all the more unique and fun to wake up to every morning!! So let’s get started…

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What you will need:

Paint- I used Martha Stewart Metallic Paints. 2-3 small containers you can find at your local Home Depot paint department.

Brushes- Two small paint brushes, 1 angled and 1 straight

Tape- Large (about 3 inch wide) Blue painters tape

 

 

 

 

Step 1:

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Don’t forget to tape around the door to keep the final product looking neat! Paint the entire door with your base color. This will be your lighter color, the one that you will have be the focus of the chevron design. This could take several coats and possibly two bottles of your base color-depending on the size of the door.  Remember this is the color that will cover the entire door so you will need more.

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

DSC00604I waited a full day between layers to be sure the paint would not peel from adding the tape too early. Once it has dried, you can begin adding your tape. As you can see, not all my lines are identical-because it’s nearly impossible to do so without driving yourself crazy!! Don’t worry, make your lines the best you can…I promise it will look even better in the end!

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

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Wait sufficient time, I know…you’re anxious! But peeling the tape off too early could also result in drip marks or uneven edges between colors. I waited another day before pulling it all off to reveal this fun door!!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! Good luck with your chevron creations!!

How-To DIY Chalkboard Paint Metal File Cabinets-Tax Season DIY Inspiration

With tax season vastly approaching and I attempt to organize all my paperwork, a lonely old file cabinet catches my eye. I picked up this dusty old thing a couple months ago with plans to make it fit in with my office. What better time to restore this cabinet than when it is needed most! I mistakenly erased my progress pictures but I will give a step by step of how-to go about fixing up and painting a metal cabinet. This tutorial doesn’t require excessive mod lodging, spending lots on materials, or any tools other than some tape and a paint brush! THIS IS FOR THE QUICK AND EASY DIY PROJECT SEEKERS!

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What you will need:

Martha Stewart Texured Paint -This stuff is amazing and cheap! about $6 per container and you can buy everything form sparkly black to crackle paint!

1 small canister of chalkboard paint

BLUE brand painters tape-if you plan to paint the handles as I did, it helps to tape off to make it as clean as possible

2 small paint brushes-1 angled, 1 straight

 

The Before: Of course, I accidentally deleted my before picture, my apologies. But this cabinet was a dinged up black cabinet with coffee mug marks on the top-to give you a visual.

There were a couple dings on the side-looks like it was preyed open before they found the lock key! To fix dings like this in a metal cabinet, all you need is to hammer them out. If hammering leaves chips on metal, just use a light sandpaper to smooth out.

First we used the Martha Stewart Textured Metallic Lampblack paint to cover the sides, top, and front of cabinet. This paint dries fairly quickly and should be applied with a small brush.

Next, pull out the drawers and lay down the first coat of chalkboard paint. Once dried, apply a second coat-chalkboard paint can chip when used if the application is too thin.

Once the second layer dried we taped around the handles and painted them with Martha Steward Anchor Gray Metallic paint.

This is a pretty simple how-to paint project for anyone looking for a quick spruce up on bland office equipment!

 

DIY Quirky Studded Earrings-3 Simple Steps to Apply to Anything!

Just a few tutorials that are quick, easy, and fun! Each earring requires JUST 3 STEPS. You can make anything into a stud earring, here’s something to inspire those who are feeling the need to spice up their accessories.

What you will need:

-E-6000 Glue

-Stud Backings

-Earrings: two pieces of similar bismuth crystals, two matching buttons, two matching stud pieces

How to:

Let’s start with bismuth crystal studded earrings

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Find two bismuth crystals similar in size. Grab a stud and some E-6000. Apply a small dab to the stud and press it to the crystal. Leave it to dry and be sure it doesn’t shift while drying! Easy as that!

Want some bold studded stud earrings? Here’s how:

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Bend the tails of the stud inward as far as possible. Add a dab of E-6000 and attach stud backing!

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I think you get the picture! Find something AWESOME that you want to rock, grab some stud backings and some E-6000 and VOILA! New earrings! We also made button earrings using some fancy vintage buttons. Below are all of the final pics of the earrings! Happy Crafting!

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Runway to Walkway-How to Style Like the Stars in Everyday Life

What better way to kick off our newest category posts, “Runway to Walkway” than with a tribute to the Golden Globes!

We are constantly seeing runway fashions, couture gowns, and gorgeous designer creations on television and the web; the problem is that these amazing creations aren’t suitable for everyday wear. Why should we have to keep the couture reserved for the rich and famous and special events? I think there are plenty of things we can take away from the designs coming off the runway to inspire our everyday attire. This post will show the ways we think runway fashion can be recreated in everyday attire through simple mixing and matching or adding some simple DIY ideas to add some swag to your step.

Todays focus? Golden Globes:

Zooey Deschanel rocked this fabulous Oscar De La Renta dress at this years Golden Globes. We love the cream color and the springtime feel that this dress has.

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Now, how to make this runway look work for your everyday life? Here are a couple ideas of how to incorporate the feel of this dress in your attire:

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This top from H&M jumped out at us when thinking of the runway gown. The cream colored embroidered blouse is elegant and appropriate for the office or a night out! Pair it with cream pants or shorts with some beige heels.

-This top can be found here : http://www.hm.com/us/product/22992?article=22992-B

If you’re a fan of the tulle than we think a long tulle skirt paired with a beige cap sleeve crop would serve you best!

You can find tulle skirts almost anywhere and in a variety of lengths. We love the floor length tulle skirt to match this look, you can find one similar here: http://www.shopruche.com *Dancing Through Life Tulle Maxi Skirt In Cream*

Got some ideas for this outfit? Share with us here!

DIY Wednesday- 4 Step Wire Wrap Ring Tutorial

So I know everyone has seen those awesome chevron rings and wire wrapped rings on Pinterest, and many of you may have attempted to create them. They aren’t too difficult, and we all love them! This tutorial is for those of you looking for a quick, awesome ring that takes less than 5 minutes to make! 

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Here is what you will need:

Craft wire- I prefer 16 gauge wire, it is easy to bend yet stays in shape!

Wire Cutters-can get these at any craft store

Ring Sizer- If you don’t have one, you can use a marker 

Beads- Two beads, I like to use old beads from broken jewelry

Glue- E-6000 is my go-to for jewelry making

 

Step 1: Cut about one ring of wire 

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Step 2: Wrap the wire around your sizer (or maker) 3 times. Cut excess so the ends are on the same side of the ring.

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Step 3: Fit your beads, make sure they don’t budge when you put them on. If they do, I suggest finding something with a smaller bead hole.

Step 4: Apply some E-6000 to the ends and slide your beads on. If there is a bit of wire sticking out, use a nail file to smooth it down.

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Let it dry and enjoy rocking your new statement piece!!

 

DIY Wednesday- DIY Crafty Wedding Gifts

I will be attending a wedding this weekend and although cash is my go-to gift, I like to add a little something extra for fun. The following step-by-step guide is for a fun and crafty wedding gift. This can also work for engagement parties, bridal showers, baby showers (replace booze with baby bottles!) etc. 

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What you will need:

-bottles :I used the bride and grooms favorite beers (New Castle and Magners Cider)

-Scrap Black Fabric -for bowties

-White Tinsel Fabric-Wedding Isle of Michaels Craft Store

-Gold string

-Bride and Groom Bottle Covers-Wedding Isle of Michaels Craft Store

-Corks

-Wooden Letter

-Glue Gun and Sticks

 

Step 1: The Cork Letter

Use a large wooden letter for a base and begin glueing corks in random pattern until filled.

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Once you finish glueing your letter will be complete and take just a few moments to dry.

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Step 2: The Grooms Bottles

I used one of the (6) bottles to put the grooms bottle cover over. The rest will be adorned with bowties.

1-scrunch the bow ties together

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2- Place one string through the middle and tie one around to make the bow

 

 

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3- Attach to bottle and voila! You have a new bow tie for your bottle. Repeat for each groom bottle in your basket.

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Step 2: The Brides Bottles

1- Cut a piece of white tinsel fabric and place around bottle like a veil. (May need someone to hold while you tie it together)

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2-Repeat for each of the brides bottles.

 

Step 3: Place together and voila! 

I put the bottles into each six pack to keep from moving around and placed into a basket. The bottles with the covers were placed higher than the rest and the Corked Name Letter was placed at the back. 

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