Monday, June 7, 2010

Playing Catch up!

I have embarked on quite a few projects the last couple weeks….this comes after I have accumulated the supplies for lots of projects and got too busy to do them. I am now out of school, so I am getting down to business and working on the projects. First up, the bejeweled mirror!
I mixed a little purple and silver paint and brushed it on with a foam brush. Once it had dried I hot glued on the jewels that I picked up from SAS for $0.99/bag! When I bought the frame, it was just a plain wood frame…nothing inside. So I went on the hunt for mirror tiles. After checking Lowe's and Home Depot, I decided to hit up Goodwill. Oh how I love Goodwill! I found a box of 6 tiles for $4.99, but WAIT, they were 50% off! So I bought a glass cutter, covered my work space, got gloves, measured the mirror and cut the mirror down to size. Then I just used epoxy to glue it into the frame. I screwed in a couple eye hooks, attached some wire, and it's done!

Next up, the jewelry organization courtesy of Real Simple. I found the frame at Savers on Memorial Day and I wish I would have taken a picture of the whole thing before because the picture in it was, in the nicest way possible, tacky. So I went to work deconstructing the picture, peeling off the paper backing, taking out all the staples, removing the picture and glass. I got lucky and the cardboard in the picture was still usable, so I cut cork board to fit. I actually did two layers of cork which I think worked best. Then I covered it with velvet and used the glue gun to affix it to the back. I put the velvet covered cork in the frame and one of my all-time favorite tools (the staple gun) finished the job!

I used straight pins and hung some of my necklaces and bracelets and it's good to go!

I also found a towel holder at Goodwill on Memorial Day. A coat of paint and it has been repurposed into a jewelry holder as well!

It works for now, but I'm still on the hunt for a vintage looking bust that I could stack on some old books to hold a few special necklaces. I've been searching and Craigslist as well as searching in store at Goodwill and Savers. But for now, this does the job and is rather cute if I do say so myself.

There are quite a few other projects that have been accumulating that I hope to get to over the summer. Next up, framing the bathroom mirror (hopefully)!

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