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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!!

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All These Angels!

I received a big surprise in my mailbox today! Remember when I showed the ‘Angel Wings’ Tutorial? I had asked if anyone made angels….well Feisty Frog sent me some beautiful ones that she handcrafted! These are just some of them!

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Thank you so much for sending me your pics of all these awesome angels! You are one creative lady!!! Check out her blog at: http://deweyhop.wordpress.com/

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!!!

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Before and Afters

I was looking around the internet and I found some of the most clever ‘before and afters’

You will not believe the difference in these…

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To This:

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What a difference…so light and airy!

Before: Office Features

The home included the bones of an amazing office when the homeowners moved in. This built-in unit, while large and sturdy, was in need of an update. More wood paneling was removed from the home for this process, and additional gray paint was added to the docket.

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After: Shades of Gray

The built-in floor-to-ceiling shelves and cabinets were standouts for storage—they just needed a fresh face. Two shades of chalk-finish paint gave the wall a graphic, attention-grabbing quality. Painting the backs of the shelves showcases the room’s colorful and unique accessories.

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Boys Room

The first-floor bedroom wasn’t fit for a little prince. Oak paneling in the boy’s room had to go, as did the funky baby blue and cream floor tiles.

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After: Space-Age Style

Oak paneling and rooster wallpaper in the little boy’s room was replaced with serene gray walls enlivened with black triangle decals. The Sputnik-style chandelier fosters a fun midcentury modern mood. The playful feeling gets a boost from a pop of orange introduced via an upholstered headboard

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Child’s Play

The second-floor bedroom was reimagined as a playroom. The homeowners laid luxury vinyl tile over the existing ’60s floor tile, painted the wainscoting white, and gave the kids a huge canvas for artwork, spelling practice, and math problems by dressing the walls with black chalkboard paint. Three-dimensional art hangs on the wall inside chalkboard frame

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Cottage Dreams

A pink house-shape headboard, complete with roof and chimney, was built with fun fabrics to add playfulness to this little girl’s room. The fabrics were tacked to the wall with a nail, then liquid starch was poured into a paint pan and lightly rolled over the fabrics. Liquid starch dries overnight and peels off without gouging or scraping when it’s time for a change of scenery. Bands of gray ribbon, also secured with starch, outline the roof.

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Bathroom Beauty

The contemporary yet rustic powder room vanity was built using a flea market dresser and stylish vessel sink. The top two drawers were removed to accommodate the plumbing, and the drawer faces were reattached with wood glue.

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Cool Revivals

The home office imbued with rustic charm thanks to salvaged wood paneling from an old barn, was a long renovation project for the homeowners. You can now buy wood paneling with adhesive  backing, but this project was done before that product was widely available. The chairs were spotted in a dumpster at a local restaurant, which had discarded them as part of a remodel. The homeowners snagged them and added modern appeal with two shades of decorative chalk-finish paint and gold-dipped legs.

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Before: Wall Refresh

Dated ’60s wallpaper cloaked most of the house. The homeowners dutifully stripped off the old wall treatment throughout. Their secret recipe for wallpaper removal? Hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle.

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After: Painted Beauty

The kitchen’s existing banquette and leather cushions were still in good shape. But to separate the table from the benches the homeowners gave the seats a kicky new coat of cobalt blue paint. Charcoal gray walls, white window trim, and quirky wall decor completed the modern update.

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Dining Masterpiece

For a dose of pattern, a black-on-white geometric design was added to a dining room wall. The motif was drawn with a yardstick and pencil then the lines were traced over with black paint using a small brush. The dining room chandelier was built by the homeowners: The couple threaded the cords of five light sockets through a salvaged board and hung it by a chain.

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I hope you enjoyed these transformations.

 

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That’s So Simple

Have you ever happened upon something on the internet and said to yourself …that’s so simple,” why didn’t I think of that”???

I have said that many of times. Simple solutions for yourself in your home. After seeing these photos, I know many of you are going to be thinking…”why didn’t I think of that?”

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Just a few months ago, this was me under the sinks in bath and kitchen remodel…I said it on that one for sure…

Ironing Board Back Saver

Working under the sink on your back isn’t exactly comfortable, especially when the sharp cabinet edge cuts into your shoulder blades. Make it more comfortable by lying on an ironing board. Set one end of the board inside the cabinet and support the other end with a scrap piece of 2×4. It won’t make the repair any easier, but it’s definitely easier on your back.

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Instant Kitchen Cabinet Organizer

A metal file organizer is perfect for storing baking sheets, cutting boards and pan lids. You can pick one up for a buck at a dollar store. To keep the organizer from sliding around, use rubber shelf liner or attach hook-and-loop tape to the cabinet base and the bottom of the organizer.

This next one I know..

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Free Funnels

Use common plastic bottles for largemouth or very-fine funnels instead of store-bought ones. These funnels are disposable/recyclable when no longer needed. When you find an unusual bottle, cut the top off and store it for future use. Keep your collection in a box in the garage.

I really like this next one…definitely going to do..

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Easy-to-Remove Garbage Bags

Getting a full garbage bag out of the can is always difficult because of the vacuum seal that forms between the bag and the can. Solve the problem by drilling holes in the side of the garbage can near the bottom. The air in the bottom of the can escapes through the holes, and the trash bag slides out with ease.

I also do this next one after tiring of trying to battle the end.

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Easier Tape Wrangling

Tired of trying to find the end (the start) of the tape roll every time you use it? You can fold the end over, but then you have to cut off a chunk each time. Here’s a better solution: Stick a paper clip to the end of the roll right after you tear off a piece. It makes finding the tape end a lot easier and you don’t waste any tape. This works great with any kind of tape, but it’s really helpful with duct, masking and packing tape.

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Duct Tape Drink Holder

Keep a roll of duct tape on the center floorboard in your vehicle. It works great as a cup holder and it’s just sticky enough to stay put. When you need the roll, you’ll know right where to find it.

 

 

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Picture-Hanging Perfection

When you’re hanging a group of pictures, it can be hard to visualize exactly where everything should go. Try this next time: Lay them all out on the floor and get them arranged just how you like them. Then flip them over and make a little diagram of your grouping. Measure the distance of each picture’s hanger from the adjacent walls, and jot it down on your diagram. Transfer those hanger locations to the wall and you’ll have a perfect grouping every time.

 

Ice Cube Caulk Tool

An easy way to tool caulk is to take an ice cube and run it down the caulk line, applying steady pressure. The film of water that forms between the ice cube and the caulk makes a smooth, professional finish, and you can melt the cube in your hand to get any bead shape you want.

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Mini Seed Starters

If you like to grow plants from seed, here’s a great use for the clear plastic containers tomatoes and other produce come in. Make them into mini greenhouses! The containers have holes for air and drainage, so all you need to do is add soil and plant the seeds. When the seedlings grow tall, leave the lid open until it’s time to transplant them into the garden. You can reuse the containers year after year.

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Defuzz Your Window Screens

If you live around a lot of cottonwood trees, and getting the “fuzz” off your window screens each year is a chore you dread, use a lint roller. Just do a few swipes across the screen surface and the fuzz comes right off. It works on spider webs and other debris, too. To clean high screens without using a ladder, duct-tape the lint roller to a pole.

This next one….wonderful idea!!!

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BBQ Tool Organizer

If you’re tired of your grilling tools taking up valuable space on your grill’s side trays, here’s the perfect solution: Screw hooks to the underside of your deck railing. Now you can hang each tool on its own hook. It’s a great way to keep the tools out of the way, yet right where you need them.

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Metal Shavings Collector

A simple way to keep metal fragments and shavings from flying all over when you’re drilling is to put a magnet next to the bit. This keeps metal pieces off the floor, your vise and your body. However, you still need to wear eye protection. When you’re done, just clean off the magnet over a trash can.

I thought this was a great collection….thank you for stopping by!

 

Fun & Easy DIY · Home · Home Decor

Rag Rug

Hi there! I am finally done with this rug!! A friend asked if I would make her one for her bedroom. Of course, I have nothing else to do …right?!

This is a really easy craft, even your kids could help you.You only need 3 things…

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You can purchase these non skid rug helpers at home improvement stores, craft stores, Walmart…very inexpensive. Three different colors, 1 yrd each.of a lightweight, almost sheer poly. Be sure it has some stretch to it. You can use any kind of fabric…this is just what I used. You can use one of these hook tools, crochet hook,  or any kind you have.Here’s how I did it.

First you need to make long 1 1/2″ strips using all the material. Then you need to make 6″ strips. You can do this by wrapping it around something 6″…I used a book. Try a picture frame,etc. Keep wrapping around and around and around. When you come to the end of the strip, cut each end….like making a pom pom..

Starting from one corner, go inside down  into one opening, then back up in the next opening…

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It will look like this:

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Pull each end tight and tie a knot:

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This took hours and hours. Do this while watching a movie…every night for  a couple of weeks.

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It is very easy to do, just a bit time consuming…but I think it’s worth it!

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The happy look on her face  was so worth the effort.