DIY Floor Mirror

DIY Floor Mirror

Want to learn how to create your very own floor mirror for the fraction of the cost? Please keep reading!

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                                             DIY Floor Mirror= $125                               Amazon= $485                

                                            Total Time: 2 weeks (we got a little side-tracked)

 

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So for Valentine’s day, as most couples are going out to dinner, we decided we would do a project together.  We were browsing the molding aisle at Home Depot  (Our second home) and we found molding that sparked our fancy!

Prior to us tackling this DIY project Jimmy and I searched on numerous sites to buy a floor mirror. However, nothing sparked our interest or if it did it was very expensive. The mirrors would range from $500 to $700, but only one we came across that was close to being reasonable. Amazon was selling a white wash antique mirror for $485 (see above picture).

We were inspired to tackle another DIY project. We’ve had this frameless mirror for as long as we can remember. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a little too plain for a glam room and it should have some oh… I don’t know GLAM!

 

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We decided to simply attach the molding to the mirror. This would be our chance to have a  floor mirror for the dressing room.

Keep in mind this project entails molding pieces that range anywhere from $15-$20+ for 6ft, and we needed three pieces to make a single rectangle around the perimeter. (Note: this is not a cheap DIY project).

After pieces were laid out on our desired pattern, it was time to start cutting.

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The fancy molding was actually crown, which meant the edges were angled and not straight. We wanted the trim to line up flush with the edge of the mirror, so we ripped it down with the table saw.

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Once those pieces were all ripped, it was time to make the angled cuts. Simple stuff—45° the whole time.

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We worked our way around the mirror, piece by piece.

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Then it was time for the next row—because we have a frameless mirror the mirror was set back too far. So we improvised and used a peg board (which we already had) you can use anything similar to raise the mirror an 1/8″.
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We used Elmer’s wood glue and a nail gun to secure the MDF and Pegboard together.
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Note: (The MDF board should only be cut once you have measured the total length and width of the mirror + molding.)
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We secured the molding (which consisted of three different types) with wood glue and the air gun. #Protip you may want to invest in a few C-clamps, this will help to keep the molding tightly secure.
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Finally, it was time to fill the nail holes and seams. We did this with the Elmers wood glue because the gaps were very tight and didn’t need much filler.
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Once dried, we used sanding paper to get everything nice and smooth.
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Once the sanding was completed we used the air gun (or you can use a vacuum) to clean the shavings off of the mirror.
After that, it was time to paint! Remember to use your painters’ tape!!
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We applied a couple coats of Simply White by Benjamin Moore Satin.
 
Once the mirror was dried we applied a few more coats, three to be exact.
At last, everything was done and below is a picture of our special new floor mirror in the GLAM room…
We don’t think $125 was a bad investment to get this type of detail… big floor mirrors in a similar style are sold for a whole lot more.
 
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How To Clean Your REFRIGERATOR

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Have you been wondering how to best clean your refrigerator? How about using vinegar? It’s one of those cleaning solutions most of us always have on hand, so it is a great tool to turn to when it comes to cleaning the fridge.

LET’S EVALUATE THE STICKY SITUATION

You’ve let the mess in your fridge get the best of you. It can happen to anyone.  Things get busy and things like cleaning the shower or heck–even the waffle maker–go by the way-side.

DID YOU KNOW?

Believe it or not, a messy fridge is also costing you money.  When our refrigerators become so full that we can no longer find anything, we are in serious danger of wasting a lot of food, from forgotten leftovers hidden behind the milk to produce that goes bad before we remember it is there, to condiments that have been expired for years still taking up space.

And it’s not just the food waste taking a bite out of your budget.  Surprisingly, your fridge can increase your energy bill by a LOT.  Peak efficiency requires plenty of air circulation, clean coils, and clean seals that are tight and working properly. You can boost the efficiency of your fridge and lower your energy costs simply by keeping things clean.

If it’s not already, your refrigerator should definitely be added to your regular cleaning list. Your weekly fridge duties should include wiping down the surfaces, disinfecting the door handle, and carefully rotating food as it gets older to prevent spoilage. Food should be properly stored in covered, clear glass containers that can be easily identified and cleaned. Wipe off lids, put a paper towel under items that are likely to drip, and pay attention to dates and ages.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Step 1- Take out all the food. If you’re worried about spoiling, store the perishables in a cooler while you clean.

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Step 2- Mix your hot/warm water, baking soda and vinegar into your spray bottle and spray away. Use the dish brush to get into the crevasses. For tougher set-in stains try pouring a small amount of undiluted vinegar onto that spot and letting it sit for a few minutes.

Step 3- Make sure everything is dried before placing the food back. This is a great time to discard all food items that have spoiled or you do not see yourself eating.

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Taking care to organize your fridge and deep clean it every season can ensure you have plenty of extra storage space. You’ll save money because you won’t be re-buying things you didn’t realize you had buried in the back of the fridge. Plus, your fridge will work more efficiently and be more cost-effective.

Most importantly, though, having a clean fridge will help keep your family healthy and safe!

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DIY Glitter Vase

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Here is another easy craft idea for a great DIY glitter vase!  This is perfect for gifting a simple bouquet of flowers, or even as a fun new way to store you wine corks! We just love a good craft session with a glass of wine.

 Materials Needed: 

  • Glass Vase (I got mine at the dollar store!)
  • Painters Tape
  • Crystal Clear Sealer
  • Glitter in the color of your choice
  • Rhinestones (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush

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Step 1:

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Take your masking tape and carefully tape even lines around your glass. Vary the height of the lines for visual interest. You don’t have to do lines if you don’t want to – feel free to mix it up by putting polka dots, triangles, zig-zags, you name it!  Any design can work on this easy craft idea! Just keep in mind that whatever the tape is covering will be clear glass!

Step 2:

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With your foam brush lightly lather the vase with Mod Podge. Next take the glitter and sprinkle all over the vase where you placed the glue. #ProTip, we used a paper plate while doing this step, by doing so, it was much easier to clean-up. Also, you can easily place the access glitter back in the container!

Step 3:

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To seal the glitter and to provide additional shine, use  Krylon Crystal Clear.

Step 4: Optional***

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You can add rhinestones to the flower petals to add that extra bit of glam to your flowers.

Simple and easy just the way we like it!  

 

 

 

 

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Where To Buy Affordable Furniture, Appliances & Decor

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After our  home renovations were coming close to the end, we needed to start buying furniture, light fixtures, and decor. Obviously, we love to DIY a lot of our own decor and furniture whenever we can, but making a couch is a bit difficult. Don’t you think ?

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So first things first, highly recommend creating an Ebates account, like YESTERDAY! This is not an advertising ploy of any sorts. If you never heard of them, Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online cash back shopping. Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online.

If you want to join for FREE use this Ebates link and start to get paid for shopping on all of your favorite sites.

Below is a list of our favorite sites we used:

  • Amazon
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Target
  • Lighting Direct
  • Macy’s
  •  Bobs Discount Furniture (AMAZING Deals, purchased our Dining Room Set and Couch)
  • ESaleRugs
  •  Sears
  • Home Depot
  • Ikea
  • Michael’s
  • Christmas Tree Shop

Best part about these sites we used, it was all done through Ebates and we received a nice check in the mail! Which we obviously used to buy more furniture & decor 🙂

Happy Shopping!!!

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How to Install Affordable Cabinet Lighting

 

How To Install Yourself Both Under & Over Cabinet Lighting:

Save those holiday lights! Keep reading on how to install EASY and CHEAP  cabinet lighting in your kitchen, yourself!

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For the above cabinet lighting, we used LED white holiday lights (as seen in the above picture) and synced it on a timer. Wentop 10M 33FT 100 LED Fairy String Lights Christmas Wedding Party Xmas Decoration White

Below cabinet lighting we used S&G LED Under Cabinet Light $58.99

This has dimmable capabilities!

This lighting kit comes with sticky’s that are perfect for installing the lighting exactly where you want them.

That’s it my friends, it’s that SIMPLE! This simple project can instantly transform your kitchen to the brighter side 😉

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#TBT Powder Room Transformation

Happy Thursday Everyone!

In honor of #tbt, we wanted you to see how our powder room transformed.

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Jimmy and his dad completely demolished this bathroom! Below please find items used to design our bathroom.

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Coffee Table Ensemble

Happy Friday!

So today I was able to go shopping at my local Michael’s Craft Store to shop for ideas and purchase products for my coffee table. Jimmy and I moved into our home mid-September and slowly but surely we have been purchasing furniture and decor for our home.

Typically, I like to search my beloved PINTEREST for inspiration and ideas before heading to any home decor or craft store. I’ll post my story board/mood board I created when we were designing our house. Highly recommend this process, can’t tell you all how many times we’ve changed our minds on how this house would be designed.

Below, you will see what I purchased for the coffee table. If your into the rustic decor than keep reading!

Use Promo Code:40JAN6 40% of any one product

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For a direct link to one of the products I was able to find online from Michael’s please see below!


Ashland® Classic Traditions™ Small Potted Boxwood Item# 10128908

 

 

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Painting Interior Doors Black

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Bold, black paint can turn any entrance, hallway or closet door into an architectural statement. See how to make a black door work in your own interior space.

In our main entrance, we have a tiny “mud room” if you will, with the original french door that had accumulated many years and layers of white paint. It needed a makeover badly! This would be the first thing guests would see in our home. 

Go ahead go buy your black paint and be bold, we dare you!

Door Color: Black suede flat by Behr

Wall Color: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore (Absolutely love this color)

#Protip 1  If your room is white or draws a lot of light, a matte finish is a better option. Matte black also provides an earthier vibe so it matches up well with wood paneling.

#Protip 2 French doors are a great place to start with a coat of black paint. The color creates contrast around the window panes, highlighting the architectural beauty of this style.

 

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