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Vintage Car Poster DIY 09.21.15

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One of my favorite decor pieces in Luke’s toddler room is the vintage car poster above his bed.  I couldn’t find a ready to buy car art in the size and look I had in mind, so I set to print one out myself.  

If you’re interested in printing and framing one in the same manner, here’s what you need:

A printable image – rounded wood moulding – two eye hooks – ribbon for hanging – black spray paint – staple gun.

I obtained the image from Shutterstock and resized it to the size I wanted.  When you purchase the image, make sure the resolution is high enough to allow for printing at the size you desire.

The poster above his bed is a 26×34.  I had this printed on Vinyl paper, which is thick and sturdy, allowing me to staple it to the wood trim and hang without framing it.  

After I got my print, I went to home depot and got them to cut me two pieces of rounded moulding two inches wider than my print size.  I then painted them in black and stapled the print to the back.  

Finally, I attached the eye hooks to the wood trim, hooked a ribbon through them and hung it above his bed. It turned out really nice! 

 

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Revamping an Old Mirror 11.20.14

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I have been wanting to buy a mirror to place above the dresser in our bedroom for a while now. But a couple months ago, as I was clearing out some clutter in the basement, I found this old mirror my husband bought before we got married.

As you can see, it was pretty beat up! So I thought hey, why not give it a new look that goes with our bedroom and save a few hundred dollars on a new mirror. It was totally worth it! A little black paint and some gold leaf glam and voila. This mirror revamp DIY cost me all of $35 and a couple days!

I thought I’d share with you what I did to get it from drab to fab.

Sanding paper

Black spray paint

Gold foil kit

Gliding gloves

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Monogram Ornament – DIY 12.09.13

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Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a great weekend.  In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to share a personalized monogram ornament DIY with you. If you want to add a touch of fancy to your tree, this gold foil ornament should do the trick. Here are the steps:

1. Apply a base coat to your ornament to seal any pores.

2. Once it dries (5 minutes), apply a gold foil adhesive. Read adhesive instructions on how long to wait before applying the gold foil. I had to wait half an hour for the adhesive to become sticky enough.

3. Lay the golf foil paper on top of the ornament and make sure it is centered so that you have enough gold foil sheet to cover all the sides. Make sure to wear gloves if you don’t want the golf foil to stick to your fingers!

4. Use a sponge brush to press the gold foil into the ornament and remove all excess gold foil paper. 

5. Apply a gold foil sealant to your ornament and wait till it completely dries. You should not see any sealant residue on the ornament once it completely dries.

6. Finally, I chose the letter L (for my son’s name) stencil, and used acrylic white paint to paint it on. This part is a little tricky because you can’t tape the stencil to the surface without ruining the gold foil. Make sure you hold it really tight in place while you’re painting so it doesn’t shift around.

And voila, you have a fabulous ornament to adore your tree with! 

This is my first DIY on the blog and I really enjoyed putting it together for you guys! I hope you enjoyed it as well!

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