DIY Gold Dipped Wine Glasses

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It may not be as exciting as Friday, but Wine Wednesday is also quite enjoyable! Before uncorking a bottle of your favorite vino, try glamming up your glasses with this simple DIY project.

“Simple” and “DIY” used in the same sentence, you ask? I’ll admit it, I’ve had numerous Pinterest fails, so I am sometimes wary of crafts that look too good to be true. However, this is not one of those projects. When my fiance came home from work and saw my made-over wine glasses sitting on the table, he was shocked at how well they turned out. He usually laughs at my silly crafts, but this is one that finally received his stamp of approval. The modern gold dipped look creates chic, sophisticated drinkwear that will add some shine to any bar cart.

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You will need:

  • Wine glasses (mine were $1 each from Dollar Tree)
  • Gold metallic spray paint (I used Krylon Short Cuts in Gold Leaf)
  • Clear acrylic sealer (I used Mod Podge)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Several sheets of newspaper

Begin by washing the wine glasses thoroughly. Once they are dry, tape the newspaper to the stem, covering the top of the glass and leaving the area you want to be gold exposed.

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Spray paint the exposed area, until it is evenly coated. Don’t spray too close or for too long because that will cause the paint to drip and not dry smoothly. Repeat on the other glasses and let dry for about 30 minutes. Once they are completely dry, spray one coat of the sealer; let dry for 15 minutes, then spray another coat. When it is dry to the touch, carefully peel off the tape to reveal a perfectly painted glass! Now drink up :)

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Going for Gold

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Happy Monday! It’s always hard getting back into the working routine after a relaxing weekend, but a positive environment can make it much easier. Get excited about being back at your desk with a bright notebook and cheerful coffee mug! I get a little too excited over school supplies, especially new notebooks and planners. When I saw this hot pink and gold notebook on sale at Home Goods, I couldn’t pass it up. Now I can’t wait to go take notes! Yes, I’m a big nerd…

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I am currently loving gold details and calligraphy on pretty much everything. My skills need a little fine tuning (okay, a lot), but I decided to give it a try and decorate a simple coffee mug from the dollar store. I used a gold paint pen to write “Enjoy today,” which is a phrase I came across on Pinterest and thought it was a good reminder to make every day count. My goal is to do one thing that I enjoy each day, whether that’s baking some cupcakes, treating myself to a new piece of clothing or a relaxing yoga class.

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For this DIY project, you only need a plain mug, paint pen and favorite quote. You can use the inspirational mug for your morning coffee or to hold writing utensils at your desk.

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DIY Striped Coffee Table

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After a successful kitchen table makeover I decided to tackle our boring coffee table. Most of the wood furniture in our house has a darker stain, so this light-colored table stuck out like a sore thumb. Instead of adding more dark wood to our living room and kitchen area, I wanted to brighten it up a bit. Since a solid white table would get dirty too fast, I scoured Pinterest for more ideas. I saw several patterned tables and thought that a striped style would add a chic, modern touch while also matching our simple furniture. stripe table v2To make the table, I removed the stain and sanded it until smooth (similar to the tutorial for the kitchen table). Then I spray painted the entire table white. After it dried, I measured the stripes and covered the sections that were to remain white with painter’s tape. To protect the bottom half of the table, I used painter’s tape to hang newspapers directly under the table top (picture a hula skirt of newspaper beginning at the top of the white rim). I sprayed one final coat of white paint to secure the tape and prevent the gray from bleeding underneath. Once this layer had dried I sprayed several coats of gray, until they were solid stripes. I removed the tape after the final coat had dried and the result was a brand new table!

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I wasn’t sure how to style the table, but I came across this tray at Target and knew it would work perfectly! The clear base allows the stripes to show through, but the white design adds an interesting detail. To add some color I bought pretty flowers and placed them in a simple clear vase. I’m also on the look out for some stylish coffee table books to place on the other side. Emily Schuman’s video about how to style a coffee table on Cupcakes and Cashmere was really helpful in visualizing the arrangements I wanted to create.

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Kitchen Table Makeover

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Moving in with my fiance meant acquiring some of his furniture that is far from stylish. After seven months in Vegas, we still hadn’t gotten around to buying a new kitchen table, so I decided to try a little DIY magic on a table that his parents had bought for him at a garage sale many years ago. It’s amazing what some sanding and staining can do. Intricate details that I thought were tacky now add charming character and the distressed wood (not in a trendy way…) now looks crisp and classy. Since we saved money by making over our table, I decided to splurge and buy some floral chairs from Target to complement the modern look.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 can Citristip
  • Plastic scraper
  • Orbital sander
  • Sand paper of varying grits (100, 120, 220)
  • Tack cloth
  • Newspapers
  • Brush or cloth
  • White spray paint (I used Valspar paint + primer,  about 3 cans)
  • Stain (I used Minwax Red Mahogany)
  • Polyurethane

How-to:

  1. Remove the finish. Move the table to a well ventilated area and place it on top of a tarp or cardboard to protect the surrounding areas. To strip the existing finish, I sprayed the table with Citristip and let it sit for an hour before scraping it off with a plastic scraping tool (read can for safety and detailed directions).
  2. Use an orbital sander to smooth the table, going with the grain. Do most of the initial sanding with 100-grit sandpaper, then step up to 150-grit and do a final pass with 220-grit. Wipe off the dust with a tack cloth.
  3. Cover the top of the table with newspapers, taping the edges with painters tape to create clean lines. Spray paint the base of the table; it may take a few coats.
  4. Remove newspaper before applying the wood stain. Apply stain with a brush or cloth, following the wood’s natural grain. Follow the directions on can to achieve desired result. Apply at least 2 coats. If the wood seems rough, sand between coats and remove dust with a tack cloth to smooth the surface.
  5. After the final coat of stain has thoroughly dried, apply polyurethane according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Apply at least four coats since a kitchen table should be durable. Let dry for 24 hours before using the table.

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DIY Honey Sugar Scrub

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It’s sandal season! No longer can you hide your unpainted toe nails and dry heels in the comfort of your cozy socks and boots. I noticed my feet could use a little lovin’ so I decided to make a foot scrub from some ingredients I already had in the house. After a little soak, scrub and painting, I’m now ready to sport my favorite new sandals!

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Honey Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then transfer into airtight container. Helpful hint: pour the olive oil first because it makes the honey pour from the measuring spoon much easier!

First, soak your feet for a few minutes in a mixture of warm water and vinegar, which helps soften the dead skin. Then scoop some of the sugar scrub out with your fingers and massage it in small circles on your feet, paying special attention to your toes and heels. After a minute or so, rinse with warm water and then dry your feet. Mine felt so much softer! I then massaged some lotion onto them to keep them moisturized.

Coral is my go-to color when it comes to nail polish. My favorite is Essie’s “Tart Deco.”

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How To Style a Bookshelf

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A bookshelf can be as fashionable as it is functional. It makes a statement about who you are, what you are passionate about and gives you a blank canvas to display your favorite things. The challenge is to create a shelf composition that is visually appealing and not too cluttered. There is an art to organizing the books and having the decorative items tell your story and share your interests and hobbies.

  1. Begin with a blank slate. Take everything off of the shelves and go through the collection of books and decor to see what you would like to keep.
  2. Embrace negative space. The shelves don’t have to be completely full and cluttered. It looks best when you don’t over-stuff them and leave some breathing room.
  3. To add some pretty patterns and colors, cover books that don’t match your color scheme or have seen better days with pretty paper. I found the chevron and polka dot wrapping paper, pictured below, at Target for only a few dollars!
  4. Mix it up. Have some of the books displayed vertically and others stacked horizontally. Vary the heights of decorative objects, such as tall and short candles or give a decorative bowl a boost by stacking it on top of a few horizontal books.
  5. Odd can be perfect. Don’t worry about having everything perfectly symmetrical and even. Creating balance on a book shelf involves placing items off center and grouping things in odd numbers. A collection of candles looks better when there are three of varying heights instead of two that are equal in size.
  6. Integrate books and decorative objects. A bookshelf is not just for storage; it is a backdrop for your favorite decorative items, such as photos, art, vases, meaningful knick-knacks, etc. This is a fun way to express yourself and share your passions and pursuits.

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Tuesday Trends

Happy Trendy Tuesday! From fashion to fishtails, below are five of my favorite trends right now.tag

We all know how important first impressions are, so the wrapping on a gift can be just as memorable as the present itself. These printable gift tags from Anna and Blue Paperie definitely dress to impress. The basic brown paper with the pale pink ribbon and black and white string creates a fun look that is almost too cute to open!

fishtail

This is why I wish I had long, thick hair. The undone fishtail braid that transitions to a normal braid looks both effortless and stylish.

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It’s not news that chevron is popular right now, but I love the rustic look of this DIY dresser from Shanelle Marie. I’ve been staining and painting a lot of our furniture lately and I want to give this design a try on my next piece. It’s modern, yet has the country charm I am hoping to fill my house with.

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I love this cozy, feminine outfit. The pastel pink contrasts with the studded details and metal accessories to create a girly, yet edgy look. The winter white jeans complete the sweet, “sugar plum fairy” ensemble.

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I’ve been loving antler accessories, whether it’s home decor or jewelry. This necklace from MADE in Jackson Hole, Wyo. would be a great everyday necklace because it would go with anything. They sell other unique, handmade items as well.