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Faux Metal Letter

November 14, 2013 in Gettin' Crafty, Living Room

A 2′ tall metal D?! Faux real?!  No, not really. It’s paper mache… but it looks pretty real to me!

On Sunday I shared a new crafty product with you that I snagged at JoAnns over the weekend. I made a Faux Letterpress Block… which truth be told… was my practice for THIS project!

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I started with the following supplies:

 

  • Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Hematite – $4.79 with coupon
  • Metallic Acrylic Paint – $1.99
  • 23.5″ Paper Mache Letter D from JoAnns – $6 with coupon!

I‘ve been on the hunt for old, metal letter D’s for-evah!  You see, both me and the Big Guy have D names… so it’s pretty obvious. He’s a D. I’m a D. We’re D’s.

The process was pretty simple. So simple in fact that I forgot to take my typical step-by-steps. Eep. Forgive me?

I started by painting the giant D with the metallic silver acrylic paint.

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Then using the same technique as the Faux Letterpress Block, I applied the Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Hematite. I used a mixed bag of applying by hand, with a brush in the crevices and with a touch of water added to help blend. The rub is wax-based and dries very quickly. After a couple minutes, I ran over it lightly with a rag to buff… and tuh-dah! Done!

Faux Metal Letter D

 

At the store, I was bummed about my letter’s imperfections… but once I started to apply the metallic rub, I LOVED them. They started to take on the look of welded joints! Extra texture galore!

I’ll keep hunting for metal D’s… but in the meantime, this one will keep me smiling!

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Tripod Lamp – Yes Please!

April 22, 2013 in Building and Repurposing, Gettin' Crafty, Living Room

For my 30th (gasp, did I just admit that) birthday, the Big Guy completely, TOTALLY surprised me. I never saw this gift coming, but I love it oh. so. much.  He’d probably rather hide in the wings and not get credit, but I must give credit where credit is due. He’s the whole reason why my amazingly AWESOME tripod lamp is now sitting in my living room.

Yes – I love lamp. THIS Lamp.

I’ve loved tripod lamps fo-eva… but you know THIS GIRL wasn’t going to shell out hundreds to buy one from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. I mentioned to Big Guy sometime last year that I was on the lookout for a tripod that I could make into a floor lamp. Unbeknownst to me, he started hunting! Several lost eBay auctions later, he scored one!!! …and then completely surprised me on my birthday!

Tripod Lamp

He did the dirty work… making the lamp was the easy part! My tripod has a round opening at the top… and I’ve been hoarding holding onto a lamp kit for a while. (shocker)  It just might be the easiest lamp kit ever… Just unwrap the cork until you have the diameter you need. That’s it!

I fed the cord through the hole, slapped a shade on it, plugged it in and sat back with a big smile on my face. I LOVE LAMP.

…and what’s a lamp-lovin’ blog post without a canine-clad-collage. (self-awarded two gold stars for that alliteration!)

Tripod Lamp Collage

Sorry ceiling fan light… You’re so 2010. I’m moving on… to my tripod lamp.

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Milk Crate Shoe Organizer

April 8, 2013 in Bedrooms, Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Living Room

I’m on a milk crate roll!  First the milk crate wine caddy, then the milk crate dog bed… and now, a milk crate shoe organizer!

Milk Crate Shoe Organizer

Confession – I may… or may not… be hoarding a stack of milk crates in my shed. Ok, maybe that was a non-committal confession, but the first (half) step is admitting you (may or may not) have a problem, right!?!

Today’s post will be short and sweet… less babble, more pictures. Sound good? Yeah, I thought so.

I had this idea over the weekend and in a matter of minutes, realized it was PERFECT for what I needed!

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And for those of you with elephant memory, you might have noticed that my antique armoire has been replaced with a pie safe. My Mom brought it up this weekend for me to use. She’s owned it since the early 90′s… and as it was born in the 90′s – it of COURSE started out with heart cut-outs! My Mom gave it a facelift a couple years back and swapped the hearts for squares. (…and she’s given me permission to give it an updo! So stay tuned for that!)

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