Monday, September 24, 2012

Glitter Key {How to}

Here is the scoop on why I am doing this very easy key project.  I have 3 keys on my key ring.  See below. 

Our car key, which is obvious because of its shape and 2 house keys.  1 to the front door and 1 for our detached garage.  Those 2 house keys look exactly the same.  When we come home and I try to unlock the door, I always put the wrong key in.  So I thought I needed a quick way to make the two keys different.  I love glitter and bling, so why not add some glitter to the key.

Here is what you need.

Take your key and apply the Mod Podge.

Add your glitter.

Tap off the excess glitter and let dry.  Then add more Mod Podge to seal the glitter.

That is it.  Here is the final product again.

I won't confuse what key goes to the front door now. I love it. Quick, Easy and it looks good. 

This is the only project that I did today that actually worked out.  Other projects I attempted to do either took longer than expected, I didn't have a tool I needed or something just went wrong and I don't know how to fix it. 

Have you ever had a day like that?  Tomorrow is going to be a good day though.  Maybe I can finish up some more projects to show you.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Crystal Chandelier {How to make it}

Before I get into how I made the crystal chandelier that was part of the mudroom reveal, I would like to say that I am very happy that I have gotten so many positive comments on the mudroom. 

I am also thrilled that I have several new followers because of the reveal.  Thanks for following.  I don't post as much as I should right now, but things are changing with my work schedule and I will be able to blog more frequently here soon.  With this change, I will be starting 2 other blogs as well.  When those blogs are up and running, you guys will be the first to know about them.

Hopefully this weekend, I will be able to finish up the bedroom and be able to do a bedroom reveal and have some tutorial posts.  So stay tuned for all that.

Now onto this chandelier. 

I need to start off by saying that I am still new to blogging and it is still hard for me to remember that I need to take more pictures of projects as they are happening.  With that said, I don't have any pictures of the chandelier steps.  I apologize, but this is a really simple project.  Most of the projects I do are very simple.  Complicated projects aren't my thing.

I started out with this wreath form from Hobby Lobby.

12" Box Style Wreath Frame
Then I spray painted it white.
I purchased 30 feet of clear octagon acrylic bead strands at shopwildthings.  They look like this.
I also purchased these crystal acrylic pendants from shopwildthings.
I decided to alternate between 2 different lengths of strands for the chandelier.  I went with strands of 5 beads and a pendant and 7 beads and a pendant.
Attach each strand to the wreath form. The time consuming part is just attaching them to the form.  I didn't have anything to hang the form onto.  It would have probably been easier to have it hanging on another light fixture or something.  I was just sitting on the floor attaching each strand until it was completely full.
Finally, we removed the glass shade that was on our old crappy light fixture.  (I tried to find a picture of this type of light fixture with no luck, lesson learned on taking the appropriate pictures for a tutorial)  My husband came up with some way to attach the form to the light fixture with brackets that look like this.
Here is a shot from underneath the light fixture.  It is a better way of seeing how the wreath form is attached with the brackets.
That is it.  Very easy.  I think it looks pretty good and it cost less than $50.
I promise all the rest of my tutorials will have pictures of the steps.  Thanks again to all my new followers and be on the look out for the bedroom reveal here soon.
Until next time...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Modern Baroque Mudroom {Dog's Room} Reveal

Finally, the day has come to show this room reveal.  After about 9 months of slowly changing this room over from just a crappy storage room to a room with some style, it is finally done.

Here is what the room looked like before.

The room was quite hideous.  This wallpaper, the wood trim and floors are really not my style.  (No offense to my sister-in-law if she is reading for picking out these things.)  You could see all of our clutter and there was no organization what so ever.
But all of that is gone now and here is what it looks like now.


Here are the doggy steps that allow the dogs to get up on the window seat.  See this post about the window seat.  The chevron toy box was made by my husband (tutorial coming soon).

I made this chandelier myself (tutorial coming soon).

Believe it or not these are fabric covered candles.  A really simple project.  I just cut left over chevron fabric the size of the candles and used Mod Podge to glue it to the candle.  I don't burn my decorative candles so I thought that was a fine idea.

Here is a source list if you are interested.

Wallpaper - Black and White Damask American Blinds

Trim Color - Dark Kettle Black in Satin from Lowe's
Door Color - Panama Rose in High Gloss from Lowe's

Floor - Mod Zebra II, Filigreed, Dashed Off Jailbird, Road to Damaskus (no longer available), Feelin' Groovy in Pink & Black from

Furniture -            2 1x5 Expedits,
                  1 2x4 Expedit (we altered by taking the sides off   and attaching to the 1x5 Expedits)
                  Malm Dresser
                  2 Pax Wardrobes (19")
                  1 Pax Wardrobe (39")
                  4 Pax Ballstad Doors (Cut for crates see this post)

Accessories - Frames, vases and candlesticks Hobby Lobby

If I missed something that you might be interested in, let me know and I will let you know where it came from.

Other posts about this room can be found here, here, here and here.

I know this style isn't for everyone.  My husband thinks there are far to many prints in this room, but I really like it.  I have unique style I guess.  I hope you like it, but if not that is OK too.  Your style probably isn't my thing either.  That is the great thing about interior design. 

1 room down 5 more to go.  Until next time...

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