Thursday, June 27, 2013

Take a Look at Me Nowwwww!!!!!

No, I'm not talking about the Phil Collins song...

... I'm talking about my parents' master bedroom.

You may remember a few months ago, 
when my dad and I built a custom headboard for my parents' room.

The headboard turned out great - and so did the rest of the room!
But, we were missing ONE tiny thing...
a decorative mirror above the bed.

Well, three months later...
We found one.

It's a rustic, gorgeous shade of gray.

The mirror was $59.99 at Garden Ridge.

It makes a difference in the room.
Take a look at it now!



What do you think?
Was the mirror a good choice?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rustic Necklace Holder

I have about 530 million necklaces.
Okay, maybe just 30... but it feels like 530 million!

 When I left Green Bay, I left my homemade jewelry hanger there too.
(I sold most of my things - and gave the rest to Goodwill.)

I needed to make a new holder for my necklaces!

Luckily, my dad has a LOT of old wood in his workshop.
I was on a mission to make a "rustic" necklace holder - for NOT a lot of money!!!

I found a REALLY cool piece of wood - slanted on one side!
 I cleaned it using a bucket of water and 1/4 cup of bleach.
I gently wiped the front and back with a damp rag.
Then, I let the wood dry.

I needed a way to hang the necklace holder on the wall.
So, my dad used a table saw to cut an angle on another (smaller) piece of wood.

We attached it with nails.

My dad also attached another (smaller) piece of wood on the bottom.
That way, the necklace holder will hang flat on the wall.

I found these cool knobs at Hobby Lobby.
I wanted to use them to hang the necklaces on.  

My dad drilled holes into the wood - so I could screw the knobs in place. 

We evenly spaced out the holes. 

My dad had some white paint in the garage... 
so I decided to use a "whitewash" technique on the wood.

I mixed 1 cup of white paint with 1/2 cup of water.

I lightly wiped the paint mixture over the wood.

Then, I let it dry.

Time to screw in the knobs!

Since my bedroom is a tan, white, gray and yellow...
I found knobs in those same colors.

I added a POP of color with the turquoise knob. 

Time to hang it on the wall!
(I used two nails.)


I think it works great.
And - it looks pretty good next to my earring holder.

All in all...
 This entire project only cost me $12.
The wood was free.
The paint was free.
The only thing I paid for were the knobs at Hobby Lobby.
Luckily, I bought them on a day when they were 50% OFF.

Kudos to my dad for helping me with another project!
I love it!