Friday, 15 February 2013

D.I.Y How To Update An Old Mirror Cheaply

How to make this:

 From this:

 What you will need:

A mirror  (I've seen some really nice cheap ones on eBay)

Emulsion (any colour, use left over paint or buy a test post as it is only needed for a small area)
I had some left over from a paint tester I used in my nephews room you can buy the same colour here

I bought this mirror in a charity shop for £3.99, I was lucky to find this but I'm sure you could find a similar one somewhere. the pictures are terrible but it was painted with primer paint, which was a pale green (yuck!).

Before you buy a mirror make sure that the glass is in good condition, I.e no cracks.

wash the frame with a non abrasive sponge and some soapy water.
Put masking tape round the mirror so you don't splash paint on the mirror.

Then apply 1 coat of your paint, try to get all areas covered and then leave for about 2 hours until re-painting. You could use spray paint, but I have found that it chips more easily and that you have a better choice of colours with emulsions.

 I found some star shaped fairy lights with suction cups on the back so I stuck them round my mirror to make it look like the mirrors you see in dressing rooms! I don't know where mine came from but you could buy some ordinary fairy lights or led's that run of a battery and attach them to suction cups like these:

Monday, 4 February 2013

D.I.Y How To Make / Up - Cycle A Notice Board / Chalk Board / Jewellery Holder Out Of An Old Window:

In this tutorial I will show you how to make this:

From this:

What you will need: 

A window with 3 or more split sections depending on what you want it to be.
 (I actually used a cupboard door) 
you might have one lying around if your dad is wood hoarder, you could probably find one at the tip or have a look on free-cycle.

Cork board (I up-cycled an old cork board)


I found an old cupboard door in my dads garage and thought I could make something useful out of it. 
You will first need to get the glass out - make sure you wear protective gloves and are careful about where you put the glass afterwards.

For the chalk board I used a picture that I took out of an old frame which was printed onto MDF.
 The good thing about using an old window is that its easy for you to put things into the slots where the glass should have gone so you don't need to cut any holes. 
I then painted 2 coats of chalk board paint onto it.

wait 2 hours between painting each coat.

For the cork board I already had one spare so I re-cut it  using a Stanley knife and placed it in with the chalk board, after these were both in I stapled the edges with a staple gun.

Square chicken wire is really good for hanging jewellery of because it doesn't slip like it would with round chicken wire so you can stick more jewellery on, I moulded the edges to fit the frame exactly by pushing the edges of the wire in with a pair of pliers.

Excuse the very chipped nail varnish :)

I then used a staple gun to fix the wire in place.

I then flattened the staples with a hammer to make them hold the wire tighter.

I turned a kitchen door pull upside down and screwed it into the wood to act as a chalk holder for the chalk board.

First drill to holes in the wood making sure that they are level and that they will fit the drawer pull.

 In the first pictures you can see that there was an old door knob on it, I took this off and replaced it with too brass hooks which I use to hang my rings. 


A new shabby chic piece of useful furniture which would have otherwise been chucked on the fire, it's also made me have a sort through my jewellery!

Tip: Before you use your chalk board rub a piece of chalk across it to prime it before use.

Hopefully now I've completely finished my exams I will be able to do better posts like this more often!

Thanks, Rose xo

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Outfit Inspiration #2

Skirt and Jumper (New Jw Anderson X topshop) Shoes: Asos Accuse, Bag: Zara, Bowler Hat: Topshop, Rings: Topshop, Lipstick: Nars.

I'm loving the new Jw Anderson x topshop collection, I cant wait for it to hit the shops I doubt ill be able to afford anything but you never know, I might stumble across a leprechaun, hold him ransom and receive some gold in return (movie 43 reference, also might i add that film was one huge pile of crap although I did laugh at at parts but laughed at it as someone would laugh at Planet 9 from out of space.) 

anyway, I really like the pleats in the skirt above, the collection includes a longer one but I'm a slut so the shorter the better ;)

The Asos shoes, I love the cutout detailing and I think these would look really cool with some knee high socks.

The Zara bag, I like the simplicity of the bag, I think its good it has a longer strap as well and the studs add some edginess.

Bowler Hat: I really want one of these hats but its hard to find one that doesn't look really naff but doesn't look too serious I think this is perfect.

Rose xo

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