Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This morning I decided I wanted to do something new with my nails. I had heard through the grapevine that you could use rubbing alcohol to transfer news print onto surfaces. Here goes!

To begin, I applied a clear coat to protect my natural nails.

Once the clear coat had dried, I then applied a coat of light gray. I chose a light gray so that the nails would actually look like a newspaper.

Tip: If you’re going to try this, make sure before starting another step that your nails have completely tried.

I thought at this point, I should go ahead and have newspaper pieces cut out and ready to use. This is the one time I’ll deter recycling, it’s best to start with a fresh piece for each nail.

Once my nails were completely dried, I dipped my finger in rubbing alcohol. You should leave your finger in the rubbing alcohol for about 5 seconds.

Immediately after dipping my nail in the rubbing alcohol, I placed a piece of newsprint on the nail. I found that 15 seconds was a nice time frame for holding the print on your nail.

Tip: This step works much better if your nail is dripping wet! When I first tried this look, I shook the alcohol off and then held the newspaper to it. Sadly, the newspaper stuck to my nail…wah wah.

After 15 seconds had passed, I pealed off the newsprint and viola!

I quite literally had the news at my finger tips!

Try out this look! It’s very fun and looks awesome!


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!