Just a Thought

Tomorrow!

Hi everybody! Remember a few days ago when I teased you about a project I have been working on for 32 hours just on the seat? Well, I finally finished it! I will show it to you tomorrow. Suns almost gone…so I won’t be able to take a good photo till tomorrow. If you remember, this is for a big Challenge I’m in. I can’t tell you until I post it on their site first.

Wishing you all a beautiful Sunday evening…Goodnight!

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Ingenious Kitchen Organization

Being organized is one of the first things we learn, yet we’re having trouble with it even as adults.Kitchen organization is one of the trickiest things, simply because there are so many little things you need to pay attention to.Cabinets and drawers are just not enough anymore. It’s time you considered a few more ingenious solutions.

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And now for that pantry…

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Seasons · Summer

Seahorse Bucket

Hi everyone! I am working on a project that I’m very proud of…or will be when finished! I needed to practice making a seahorse for the project. I think this little guy came out so cute….

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I had this little galvanized bucket…it seems like forever. I am pretty sure I picked it up at a craft store.

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So now I had to try my hand at drawing a seahorse. When I was satisfied with the drawing, I cut it out and pinned it on a piece of burlap, then cut it out!

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I had purchased these shells for another project…. I purchased them at Walmart.

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Don’t you love these shells…..so pretty…TIP Alert: I have a really fantastic tip that I just happened upon. Well you know how raveled the ends get with burlap, I tried spraying it with Rusoleum Clear Spray Sealer. It worked!!! The seahorse was so much easier to handle. It stiffened it up just a little bit, but I love how the ends aren’t raveling anymore. I then used ‘Goop’ to put the little guy on the pail. Then I decorated him with some shells…..So what do you think?

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Mercury Glass Tutorial

Hi everyone! This is the tutorial some of you have been waiting for! This tutorial is a simple method of taking any cheap glass vase, votive, or candlestick, and making it into a faux antique mercury glass piece. There are so many choices of clear glass vases at the dollar stores! Tons! For this tutorial you will need:

  • Rustoleum ‘Mirror Effect’ or Krylon “Looking Glass” spray paint.  Regular paint will not work
  • Spray Bottle-Must have a mist spray  Not spray or Jet filled with water
  • Newspaper, or something to protect your working surface.
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Gloves
  • And of course your glass piece

Step 1:

Be sure your glass piece is thoroughly cleaned inside and out. For a larger piece, where you can maneuver your hand inside the piece easily and spray, then you will spray inside piece. For smaller pieces, or for candle holders like I am doing ….I sprayed on the outside. There really is no difference in the  final result. dscn4363

I am using the Rustoleum Gold Mirror Effects on this one. I have done many silver ones but not the gold
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Step 2

Be sure to shake the can well. Mist your piece with water….remember ..it must be a fine mist spray to work properly. You want small beads of water to form on the glass surface. Then quickly you follow with a light spray onto your piece with the Mirror Effect spray paint. The water droplets won’t let the paint adhere to those places, and that creates the old mottled Mercury glass finish. Do not worry if some of the spray paint and water run down the sides to the bottom, that’s normal.

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Wait five minutes for the paint to dry , then very carefully dab away  any excess water and spray paint from the bottom with a paper towel, being careful not to hit the pieces sides. I’m spraying on the outside so I don’t have to do that step.

Step 3

I continued coating the piece first with a light mist spray of the water…then followed by a light spray of the paint.

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I continued doing this with 3-5 coats until it has reached your desired appearance. Do not get discouraged. It won’t look it’s best till you have a few coats of each on the piece.

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If your doing the insides of the glass, you can use some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to carefully remove the over spray on the outside. Doing the outside of a piece like I’m doing..I didn’t have to worry about it. Look at the plastic the piece is sitting on. Pretty isn’t it…hmm…another idea is brewing.

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What I noticed with this particular spray from Rustoleum….it’s not shiny like the silver ones I have done in the past. Very matte. Here are some others I have done in silver that came out wonderful!

Both these candlesticks were done in the silver on the outside.

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This is a lamp that was done on the outside:

 

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This one was done from the inside:

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Have fun now creating your own faux mercury glass. the votive s look so pretty with a candle inside.

  • For added protection add a thin coat of ultra cover 2x matte clear to the painted side
  • For enhanced reflectivity, add a thick coat of ultra cover 2x flat black to the painted side. This gives you that blackened background

If you have any questions at all…don’t hesitate to ask. And…I would really love to see your creations when your finished…Thank you for looking!

You can purchase the silver mirror effect here if you can’t find it: Through Amazon…best price.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FMRXJW2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=kelleysdiy_kelleysdiy00-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00FMRXJW2&linkId=36dd257877b2e33360302174c3ea6b4f

Also the gold here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KG7IL8O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=kelleysdiy_kelleysdiy00-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01KG7IL8O&linkId=f0252b3cc10e5b1d31f69fbdef13fd8a

Thank you for looking!

Home · Organize & Tips

Cool Hacks For Home

  1. You can make inexpensive vodka taste like the expensive ones by doing one trick. Take your Britta, or any other water filter pitcher,  and pour your cheap vodka into it…it will filter out all the crud that makes the difference in cheap and expensive.You won’t tell the difference
  2. If you need to take a break from painting…wrap tray, roller, brush in a plastic bag and put in fridge.
  3. Pitching Machine for home use: Practice hitting wiffle balls with this pitching machine. Take your leaf blower ..Place a T Joint on to the leaf blower.Secure with duct tape.  Then take a 2′ pipe and stick it into the T Joint for the ‘muzzel’ . Then stick a pipe and put onto the top of the T Joint for the ‘loader’.Set the pitching machine on a table, on top of pillows or bean bags to adjust the machine to shoot up slightly. There you go. Turn on the blower, load the balls…watch them go.
  4. Take a clean empty wine bottle, fill with water, stick neck down into the soil of a potted plant. This will water plant when thirsty.
  5. Keep your lint from the dryer. You can stuff it into a empty toilet paper roll and use as a fire starter for your fire pit.
  6. To brighten your teeth…Mix baking soda and lemon juice in a small bowl. Take a Q Tip and dip it in the mixture and apply it to your teeth.
  7. Want to make a really fun and easy fort for your children? All you need is some tape, a box fan and a sheet. Fold the sheet in half lengthwise. Place the top of the sheet on top of the box fan and tape it toward the back. With the box fan sitting on the sheet, turn on the fan, and it makes a marshmallow like tunnel…Just be sure the children are old enough not to put fingers inside fan.
  8. Upset Stomach? Eat a piece of burnt toast, and soothe stomach acid, and no more tummy ache.
  9. Baking soda removes wine spills
  10. Elevating you monitor a bit will give you better posture.
  11. Homemade wax hair removal. 1 cup sugar 2 TBSP Lemon Juice, 2 TBSP of water. Bring to boil stirring constantly. Once it has the consistency of honey, remove from heat, let cool 15 minutes, and there you go. Doesn’t work on real coarse hair. Great for Brazilian waxing.
  12. Get Pills off  sweaters, even wool sweaters….Try rubbing your sweater with a pumice stone. It removes the pills fast.
  13. Ground coffee is a great pick -me- up for you garden also!
  14. If you have washed your sweater and it shrunk, here is a great hack. Fill sink with water. Add hair conditioner and let it soak. Wring out. And lay flat on a towel. The conditioner softens the fibers, which you can stretch it back to original size without ruining sweater.
  15. Make hard boiled eggs easier to peel when cooked. Add baking soda to the water before boiling.
  16. Do you sit all day at work or home. Replace uncomfortable office chairs with a large fitness ball. Not only will it be comfortable, but good workout for your abs.
  17. Don;t have a Pan ini press? Take 2 frying pans, one larger then the other. Place the larger one on the heat and spray with cooking oil. Place your sandwich in the hot pan. Take your smaller pan, and place on top of sandwich. Then take something heavy, like a bag of sugar or flour, and place on smaller pan.  Cook 2 minutes on medium heat. Then flip your sandwich over with spatula, and cook another 2 minutes. There you go…a Pan ini sandwich.

Well there you go….some cool hacks!!