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DIY Door Mirror Update for $13!

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Hello everyone!!! It has been a while and today I’m going to share a DIY door mirror makeover. I’m sure you know about those simple budget-friendly mirrors that you can get from Walmart or Target.

I actually bought my mirror from Lowes, but it’s not available online, so here is a photo from Target.

So, how did I bring new life to this cheap and simple mirror? Read on……….


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The materials I used for this DOOR MIRROR MAKEOVER are as follows.

DOOR MIRROR MAKEOVER STEP 1: Spray paint mirror frame

I wanted the mirror, which had a white frame, to match stained trim. So I used several coats of the spray paint (FYI – I only painted the frame of the mirror. I covered the surface of the mirror with some old store circular/newspaper and some masking tape to hold things down)

DOOR MIRROR MAKEOVER STEP 2: Cut the wood trim

I really did not want a wide frame around the mirror because it was to be placed in my entry way. I was so happy I found this really cool trim at Lowes. I cut the trim with a miter box to match the dimensions of the mirror.

DOOR MIRROR MAKEOVER STEP 3: Stain the wood trim

I stained the wood trim using one coat of this shade of Mixwax stain. I used a old brush and several old/torn socks to apply the stain and wipe any excess as I went along. Make sure you have disposable gloves on for this step. I have used wood stain several times without gloves, and it can get sticky and gooey on your hands and hard to wash off.

DOOR MIRROR MAKEOVER STEP 4: Glue the stained wood trim to the mirror frame

In this step, I applied glue all around the frame. Then carefully placed the stained wood trim pieces on the frame sides. I placed items on the trim as weights to help the <a href=”http:// ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>E600 glue adhere better. I let it dry for over 24 hours and my mirror was ready for hanging.

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DOOR MIRROR MAKEOVER STEP 5: Hang mirror

The thing that sucks most about these simple mirrors is that they are REALLY simple. They come as plain as can be, without wall hooks, door hanger or anything that will help you hang it on a door! So to resolve this issue, I simple used 8 strips of 3M wall hanging strips. These things are a life saver! Could be a bit pricey, but it’s well worth with.

Other details:

Q: How long did it take to complete this project?

A: You can complete this DOOR MIRROR MAKEOVER in about a few days (for spray paint, stain and glue to dry)

Q: How much did it cost you to complete this project?

A: I had most of the materials on hand, expect for the wood trim, which was $2.99 per 6′ cut, and I used 2 for a total of $6.36 (tax incl.)

Q: What is the level of difficulty for this project?

A: Easy – medium. It could be tasking for someone who is not used to using a miter box or have never used wood stain before. Always do your research to find out how to use or do things on Youtube. Yes, YouTube is a really good resource, especially when you’re not sure of what your doing.




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5 Must-Have Decor Elements for Your Living Room

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When it comes to home décor, there are certain must-haves in every room. Today’s post will focus on one of the most important rooms in a home, the living room. The must-haves for living spaces are throw pillows, floor-length curtains, decorative area rugs, wall art and table accents.

Must-Have Decor Element #1 – Pillows

Use pillows to add texture and dimension to your sofa. Use solid colored fabrics or mix things up with prints that complement each other.

Are you tired of the tired, one-design-for-all, sorry and boring pillows that come packaged with your sofa from the furniture store? Don’t throw them away! Update them by simply covering them with a pillow cover. You can make removable DIY throw pillow covers like I did sometime ago or get some pillow covers online here  or here. Pillow covers are so much easier to maintain in the long run because they can be removed for laundering or changed for seasonal decor or to match your mood.

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Vincent Navy Woven 20" Square Decorative Pillow

Life Styles Beige Tassel Border 18" Square Throw Pillow

Must-Have Decor Element #2 – Curtains

This is is by far my favorite place to shop for curtains. Curtains add some pizzazz to your living space. However, putting up curtains can be tricky. It is very important to find the right fabric, in terms of opacity (how much light comes through), how the fabric print complement other decor patterns of items you already own and the length. I recommend 84″ length curtains for living spaces if you want toplay things safe, but the ceiling to floor look is breathtaking and romantic. Just make sure to measure the lenght of your walls before you start shopping. Take a look at the image below for some curtain hanging do’s and don’ts from Apartment Therapy.

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Must-Have Decor Element #3 – Area Rugs

There are several things to consider when buying rugs. Decor experts recommend that rugs should be priority on your decor list of items because your options might be limited in terms of color, print, and cost compare to other items on your list. Your living room should be decorated around your rug, and then build up. Your choice of rug should also depend on use and traffic in your home. Choose what would work best for your family. Consider the rug fabric if you have young children and/or pets.

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Area rugs work best on hard surface floors, such as wood floors. Don’t forget to add rug padding if your area rug is on the thin side. On the other hand, cushioned rug pads are a must to help reduce wear and tear, and keep your rug from slipping and shifting. Get some tips here for how to arrange furniture on area rugs.

Chandra Satara Gray and Ivory Wool Area Rug

Chandra Lima LIM25709 Beige and Gray Wool Area Rug

Must-Have Decor Element #4 – Table Accents

Can you imagine having a coffee table without any decor accents? Meh! Decor accents are fun and add dimension to any flat surface. Mix items of different heights and shapes for a cohesive, balanced look.

Uttermost Devi 16 1/4" High Stainless Steel Tube Sculpture

Highland 15" High Mango Wooden Honeycomb Orb Sculpture

Layers of Meaning Stainless Steel TrayPeony, Aeonium and Baby's Breath 10"H Faux Flowers in Vase

Must-Have Decor Element #5 – Wall Art

Plain walls aren’t cool either. Especially white ones.  Bring attention to your walls by adding wall art and cool wall hanging.  Choose from metal, wood, canvases, mirrors, art prints, photo frames, and vinyls to decorate your walls. You can also play with colors, shapes and different styles of art, such as modern, shabby chic, contemporary, vintage, etc.

'Old World Map Blue' Framed Graphic Art Print on Wrapped Canvas

 

Albright Gold Metal 39 3/4" x 40" Wall Art

Headlights 53" Wide Framed Giclee Wall Art

Want some help with hanging wall art, take a look at some hints from Shutterfly. Also, you don’t always need a large wall art. You can hang up a mix of smaller pieces to make a gallery wall and have fun!

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I’m adding a bonus image! I found this absolutely gorgeous smoke green (looks like powder blue) coffee table at Target. I’m still drooling over it…….wow! It’s such an eye candy. I have to say though, having a coffee table is not ideal when you have little kids. My boys WILL stand on it and jump unto the couch. Mom of young kids decor issue…smh

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Headlights 53" Wide Framed Giclee Wall Art

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DIY Budget-Friendly Fall Decor

Last week, 2 of my kiddos were sick and would not be allowed back in school until they had been fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Sure, I was home with sick kids but the weather was great! It was 68 – 79 degrees and that meant we could spend some time outside. I’m a natural lover of the outdoors and I don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the sun, fresh air and the freedom found in nature. And it felt good!

With that said, after spending some time indoors after breakfast, we headed to the backyard. The boys brought their soccer balls with them to play with. As I sat on the deck steps and watched them, I could not help but admire the shape of the leafless trees outside our yard. After sitting for a while, I decided to get up and play the kids. As I played with them, I noticed some long stemmed twigs on the ground and immediately thought about gathering some for a vase. The kids joined me after I picked up a few and It was a fun five-minute activity for us. As we gathered the twigs, they asked if they were good and long enough.

Our Yard


And that’s it! Instant beauty. What do you all think? Leave me a comment.

DIY Home Decor

Budget-Friendly Fall Decor

Last week, 2 of my kiddos were sick and would not be allowed back in school until they had been fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Sure, I was home with sick kids but the weather was great! It was 68 – 79 degrees and that meant we could spend some time outside. I’m a natural lover of the outdoors and I don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the sun, fresh air and the freedom found in nature. And it felt good!

With that said, after spending some time indoors after breakfast, we headed to the backyard. The boys brought their soccer balls with them to play with. As I sat on the deck steps and watched them, I could not help but admire the shape of the leafless trees outside our yard. After sitting for a while, I decided to get up and play the kids. As I played with them, I noticed some long stemmed twigs on the ground and immediately thought about gathering some for a vase. The kids joined me after I picked up a few and It was a fun five-minute activity for us. As we gathered the twigs, they asked if they were good and long enough.

Our Yard


And that’s it! Instant beauty. What do you all think? Leave me a comment.

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How to Customize your Throw Pillows with a Sharpie | DIY

Any home décor enthusiast will tell you that throw pillows can easily add some pizzazz to your living space. It can add color and texture to a boring sofa. I personally love pillows and think they can be a playful addition to your home. A blank sofa without pillows is just blah! In my home, my kiddos don’t let my pillows rest. I’m constantly asking them to stop touching, throwing or stepping on my throw pillows. Yep!, somehow my pillows make it to the floor and then get stepped on. Mind you these pillows have come a long way. They are the boring generic pillows that are sold with sofa sets from your local furniture store. What I’ve done to bring life to them is to cover them with removable pillow covers. I bought some home decor fabric from Joann Fabrics and DIY-ed some 18” x 18” throw pillow covers to cover up my hideous one-design-for-all pillows. 

There’s nothing wrong with covering up your pillows with home décor fabric, but now you step things up a notch and customize your throw pillows. You can draw on plain fabric to make your pillows look exactly the way you envision.

Inspiration pillows from http://www.bhg.com

As you can imagine, I had to try this great idea out the same day I saw the post on bhg.com. So when I the kiddos had gone to bed, I embark on this customized pillow journey. I used a light colored pillow cover I had and I decided to write a phrase rather than draw a pattern. I chose “HEY love” because it’s playful and flirty, hehe. I used a pencil, fine-point and regular point permanent markers. I initially drafted the phrase in pencil, traced it with the fine point and went over the letters with the regular point marker. The next thing I did was to make the polka dots with the bronze marker.

So here it is….

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So there you have it! I hope I have inspired you to make your own custom throw pillows.

Share your thoughts and don’t hesitate to share.

Xoxo,

Abi

DIY Home Decor

How to Customize your Throw Pillows with a Sharpie

Any home décor enthusiast will tell you that throw pillows can easily add some pizzazz to your living space. It can add color and texture to a boring sofa. I personally love pillows and think they can be a playful addition to your home. A blank sofa without pillows is just blah! In my home, my kiddos don’t let my pillows rest. I’m constantly asking them to stop touching, throwing or stepping on my throw pillows. Yep!, somehow my pillows make it to the floor and then get stepped on. Mind you these pillows have come a long way. They are the boring generic pillows that are sold with sofa sets from your local furniture store. What I’ve done to bring life to them is to cover them with removable pillow covers. I bought some home decor fabric from Joann Fabrics and DIY-ed some 18” x 18” throw pillow covers to cover up my hideous one-design-for-all pillows. 

There’s nothing wrong with covering up your pillows with home décor fabric, but now you step things up a notch and customize your throw pillows. You can draw on plain fabric to make your pillows look exactly the way you envision.

Inspiration pillows from http://www.bhg.com

As you can imagine, I had to try this great idea out the same day I saw the post on bhg.com. So when I the kiddos had gone to bed, I embark on this customized pillow journey. I used a light colored pillow cover I had and I decided to write a phrase rather than draw a pattern. I chose “HEY love” because it’s playful and flirty, hehe. I used a pencil, fine-point and regular point permanent markers. I initially drafted the phrase in pencil, traced it with the fine point and went over the letters with the regular point marker. The next thing I did was to make the polka dots with the bronze marker.

So here it is….

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So there you have it! I hope I have inspired you to make your own custom throw pillows.

Share your thoughts and don’t hesitate to share.

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