Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easy Silver Dipped Organization Using Liquid Gilding

Hi! So sorry if you went looking for a post here yesterday. I'm still trying to get back on track after the crazy last few weeks. I have a super easy project that will take less than 10 minutes if you don't include dry time: a Silver dipped plant pot that I use for organization!!


I'm still trying to reclaim my office. I actually can make it to my desk (such that it is) and we can see a little of the top. To help make myself excited about organizing, I decided to dress things up a little.

I've been using these adorable Skrurar plant pots from Ikea to hold pencils and paint brushes. But let's face it, when you have white walls, you need to add a little bit of accent to anything else that's white.

So I took some liquid gilding in silver and started brushing it on! Since there are already grooves to delineate the sections of the pot, I didn't even bother taping it off--I just started painting. It really is a quick project. You could use regular paint, but I'm really digging the metallic look, aren't you?


I'm already more excited about this storage option! Don't you find pretty organization to be inspiring?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Awesome Fall Projects!

If you're looking for some quick fall inspiration, here are a few that you can find here at Architecture of a Mom. Keep posted over the next few weeks for even more inspiration!





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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-08-25

It's menu planning time!


Tomorrow, I officially have a First Grader. I told her today that she needed to stop getting bigger. She matter-of-factly told me that people get bigger--that's just the way it is. Yeah, I think she's growing up.

I just want normal around here. Between an unforeseen trip to Mississippi because of a funeral, back to school preparations, and two accidents beating up my van (seriously--two accidents in 10 days where we were sitting still both times! Obviously not our fault). Let's hope this menu plan helps--it really can't hurt!

Here's the plan

Monday: hot dogs, corn, fruit
Tuesday:  Crockpot Chili, bread, fruit


Wednesday: Grilled Pork Chops,  Juiced up Carrots, Tater tots, Bread


Thursday: Beef & noodles, Fruit
Friday: Hamburgers, Fruit
Saturday: Out to Eat
Sunday: Leftovers


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lovely Curvaceous Blue Lamp


Once upon a time,  there was a beautiful, amazingly curvaceous...lamp. It was languishing in a yard sale, just waiting to be snapped up by someone who loved it. Yes, it was dark 70's brown. Yes, it had brass, but it was all dirty and tarnished. But it was funky and cool and just waiting for a second chance.


I mean, just look at this texture!


And then it came home with me...and I spray painted it blue.

Except the blue looked more like purple.

Don't you hate it when you've been sucked in by a lie? Especially a lie on a spray paint lid.

And I didn't take a picture because I was so upset. I like purple, but not perwinkle blue-purple. I felt like I had brought the lamp straight from the 70's and dumped it in a different era, but it wasn't today. So the lamp was abandoned again...for a few days while I brainstormed a solution.

I took some Americana Decor Chalky Finish clear wax and mixed it with some green craft paint in a 2:1 ratio and brushed it on, and then wiped it off to neutralize the purple. Once the green made me feel a little better, I used liquid gilding to paint the tarnished 70's brass silver, and to create an accent band on some of the wood. 


Then I coated everything with a coat of brown Americana Decor Chalky Finish wax and wiped it off to give it an antiqued look. I love how the brown wax adds dimension to the silver gilding!


I love how it turned out, especially since it was almost a craft fail. 


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