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Monday, August 26, 2013

Dollar Tree Spoon Mirror DIY

A few days ago I just the Dollar Tree Value Seekers club and in doing so have found a ton of inspiration on their site.  I saw this spoon mirror and new I wanted to recreate it:
Isn't it crazy that it's made from plastic spoons!!!
(No, I'm not being sponsored by them...I'm just a big fan of DT!)
Here's how mine turned out:
You can see our current hand-me down dinning chairs in the mirror. Those will be either getting a huge makeover or won't make the cut in the new house lol. Back to the mirror....isn't it cute??!!  It was not as time consuming as I thought it would be. The tricky party was breaking the spoons, but still leaving enough of the stick portion to be able to hold them on. 
What do you all think? Would you considering add a spoon mirror in your home?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dollar Tree Candle Stick Holder Makeover

Anyone that knows me, knows I'm kind of a Dollar Tree addict....I find tons of fun stuff there and love to use it for party planning, DIY & crafts, etc.  It's super cheap, so if a DIY doesn't turn out just right, you don't feel like it was a huge money waster. Apparently I could ramble on about DT for a while, but let's get on to the DIY:
-2 candle sticks
-Super Glue
-Spray Paint (I used Krylon Colormaster in Catalina Mist Satin)
I started with 2 simple clear candle stick holders:
I then glued them together some DT super glue:
Once the glue had time to dry, I spray painted them Catalina Mist (satin), which is a fun minty, light green:
The spray paint really made all the details on the piece pop...I just love it!!  What do you all think? Isn't this one of the easiest DIYs ever?!  If you give it a try, let me know how it goes :-)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Simple Candle Update

When getting married, you receive tons and tons of gifts...we loved and appreciated all the beautiful gifts.  I decided to take this one in particular, which I got from my sweet aunt and uncle as part of an amazing gift basket, and add a little more to it.  It's a simple candle with a little black ribbon bow.
I wanted to add a little something special to make it stand out in our new future home.  I took some silver flat head tacks (left over from the cork board update) and stuck them in around the bottom edge of the candle in a single row.  Here's how it looks now:
It's a very subtle difference, but adds a fun touch! This project is so simple, less than 5 minutes, and could be done is so many patterns and designs.  I want to try adding a chevron pattern to one as well. Have u tried adding pins or tacks into plain candles to add some interest?  How'd yours turn out?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It all comes back around

Yup, things around the Taylor house seem to always come back around.  When I went to college, my mom let me go to Target to pick out everything for my dorm room and I scored this adorable shiny silvery shower curtain. I used it all through college.  After college, it started it's second life as a fun side drape in my apartment window.  Then when I got married, it became a funky tablecloth.  Yup, that little shower curtain has seen many changes.  I finally decided to cut it up. No, don't worry. It's not going to it's final resting place yet...it's just starting another new life.  It's now the lovely cover for our cork board that's part of our family organization station.  So here she is in  all her new silvery glory.
As you can tell, it's not plain silver now. I spray painted some fun striped to make it more cohesive with the rest of the room where it will be.  I also added the awesome silver flat head tacks around the edge, which I think adds a fun touch.
Have u updated a cork board lately?  How'd you do it?  I'd love to hear all about it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Creating organization from chaos

Ok, so our routine around here is far from chaos, but hey-everyone has room for improvement when it comes to keeping your family organized whether it's a little family of 2 like ours or a larger family of 5 or so. I decided to start working on a family organization station, which I plan to put in our laundry/mud room.  I wanted it to be easily accessible, useful and still pretty. Here's what I've got going so far...
From left to right: DIY Mail organizer, word art, chalkboard buckets, a cork board, a menu planner and monthly calendar.
I so wish I had a picture of the mail organizer before. I got it at the thrift store for about $3. It was an outdated dark wood finished.  I simply painted it white and added chalkboard painted rectangles on the front of each section for even better organization. 
The art was on the entry table at our wedding ceremony and I just love it.  I got it at Marshalls during our engagement.
Next, I found these great chalkboard buckets in the $1 section at Target....score!! Got the cork board with a wedding gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Then I just printed the menu planner and calendar.  Did you know you can use dry erase markers on the glass in picture frames....works perfectly!!
Do you have a family organization station? If so, does it really help? Any tips?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gallery Wall, Take One

I have been so inspired by all the beautiful gallery walls I've seen online, my fav is definitely Young House Love's version that you can see here: http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/04/its-done-and-we-heart-it/
I decide to start working on one for when we move into our new home.  I purchased most of the frames at Dollar Tree and a few at Target.  They were either purchased gray or spray painted to match. Much like YHL's version, so far, I have tried to incorporate pretty prints, quotes and family pictures...I'm loving it, but it's definitely still got a ways to go.  Here's how it's looking:
In the top left there's a calendar with our wedding date circled, there's pictures of us, a drawing my bestie did of the hubs and I back in college on the bottom left and much more....
What do you think?  Do you have a gallery wall in your home?

Monday, August 19, 2013

How one vase got it's stripes...

My wedding florist came up with the great idea of making me a fake bouquet to use for my bridal portraits, which would #1 be cheaper than buying to real bouquets and #2 would give me a keepsake to save for ages. Perfection!  Well, I had been keeping the bouquet in a plain and simple clear dollar tree vase.  With thoughts of our new house swimming in my head, I immediately decided the boring vase needed to be more chic for our new place.  To me, this meant lovely little silver stripes. I got some spray paint from Michael's and even lucked out with finding painters tape at Dollar Tree. Love it when they have tons of craft stuff in stock!!!
I simply placed stripes on the vase with the painters tape and then sprayed the entire thing with silver.  I let it dry a few minutes and then removed the tape.  Waited for it to fully dry and then....viola. A fresh and updated display....
I just love the way the diamonds covering the stems shine through the clear stripes on the vase.  What do you think?  Have you tried a DIY like this?
PS: The black 'T' was one of the entry table decorations at our wedding ceremony and the tray was a thrift store find...it was originally bare bamboo, but I spray painted it white to make it go with our other décor. I think the white really makes it stand out!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Why have I been away so long.....

This year in particular, with work and everything, has gotten super busy!  It seems like 2013 is the biggest year of change this girls ever seen.  From getting married, a new job as Social Media Specialist at the company, moving to a new department, and finally the newest adventure.....buying our dream home.  We just closed on our house Friday and get to move into it in mid September...Soooo beyond excited!!

As life brings upon changes, this little piece of the internet may begin to change with it.  First, hopefully, with more posting.  Secondly, with the addition of some home décor DIY projects. I have already done tons to prepare for the big move...making a thrift bamboo tray a chic white, creating a family organization station, making a plain vase more fun with stripes, etc.  Hopefully, I can share all of these and more with you soon.  Just wanted to give anyone still tuning in a little update.