Shabby Chic Window Mirrow

Recently my dad has made some improvements around the house which has left us with a garage filled with used odds and ends waiting to be thrown out. Some of the many things that can be found in our garage are old windows. I’d been thinking about how awesome they were and what I could turn them into.

Then it hit me, I needed a shabby chic window mirror.

Here are some photos that I took along the way.

I started the process by cleaning and repainting the window.

Once the frame was completely dry, in order to make it look shabby chic, I used sand paper to remove some of the paint so that the wood was visible.

Once the entire window was painted and had been sanded, I measured the glass and set out to the local hardware store to get a mirror custom cut to fit into my window and some strong glue.

The next step was to glue the mirror to the glass inside the window.

I used liquid nails since it was one of the only glues I could find that worked well with mirrors. After I put the glue on the glass, I carefully laid the mirror inside the frame.

Once the glue dried, I took a caulk gun and caulked around the edges of the mirror to fill in any cracks. This step is also helpful to prevent anyone cleaning the mirror later from getting cut.

All that was left to do was readjust the cross hares and hang up my new creation!

And there you have it! One fairly easy to make chabby chic mirror. For more information, or if you have any questions about my method, feel free to leave me a comment.


Lace Dress

Recently I was asked to be a bridesmaid in my friend Rachel’s wedding. The bride decided fairly quickly on the color teal and a vintage theme. I was on quite a tight budget at the time but I really wanted to find a dress that fit the theme.

After countless hours of searching for the perfect color and price to fit my budget, I made the joke that I’d probably be better off just make my own dress.

One thrift store and few boxes of dye later, I decided I’d take my chances.

I found this cream lace dress with an embellished neckline for $14 at thrift store in Chattanooga, TN.

Once I had cut off all of the embellishments, I was ready to dye the dress. I bought 3 boxes of dye just for good measure. I filled my sink with scalding hot water, laundry detergent, and few teaspoons of salt.

About 30 minutes later I washed one of the sleeves off and realized it was going to be a while.

It took three attempts at dying the dress to get the desired color.

After the brides approval, of course, I walked down the isle in my new creation!

Three Dimensional Magazine Letters

Recently, while at the mall, I was looking in Earthbound and saw these three dimensional letters made from magazine pages. I thought to myself, “that’s easy enough!” So, I decided to make my very own magazine letter for a special friend.

Magazine Letter

Things you’ll need: Magazines to cut up for your strips, mod podge to use as glue and a paint brush. Here are a few pictures to show you my process. If you have any questions on the method just leave me a comment!

Use the paintbrush to roll your strips

I realized very soon after I’d started that the paper was way too thin to roll by hand. Helpful hint: Use a very small paintbrush to wrap your magazine strips around.

Glue the roll

Once you’ve made quite a few rolls made from your magazine strips, you’re ready to begin making your letter. You’ll need to choose a letter and cut two identical letters from a magazine. (I used the cover from my friends favorite album.) Get creative, spice it up!

Once you have your two letter pieces you can begin to glue your rolls together.

Continue until you have rows long enough to cover the width of your letter. Once your rows are long enough, you can glue them onto your letters.

Glue your magazinge rows onto your letter

Continue until you’ve covered your entire letter with rows or magazine rolls. When I finished I completely cover my three dimensional letter with mod podge just to ensure it would stay together.

Here is another picture of my finished letter.

Three Dimensional Magazine Letter

If you choose to make your own 3D letter, be forewarned…this is quite the tedious craft. Don’t give up once you’ve started…I’d love to see your finished product!