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Repurposing: From Hangers to Picture Frames

If you’ve been touring around the blogosphere the past few days, you may have stumbled upon a few posts about the southern California fires.  As you may know, I live in SoCal.  I was within a few miles of at least 3 of the raging fires that were burning simultaneously.  It was one of the most raw, terrifying experiences I’ve had in quite some time.  And boy, I’ve had a few in my life!

The community I live in was evacuated and one of the most sobering things I experienced was deciding what to pack and save in case our house burned down.  Our evacuation order lasted 2 1/2 days and I’ve never been so happy to see our house as the day we returned.  Our driveway was covered with ash and while hosing off our patio I noticed the water was black!

20140514_115835 view from the parking lot of my daughter’s school Wednesday

20140514_112543Poinsettia fire [apx 1 mile from my daughter's school]. You can see one of the five helicopters that was battling this fire in this picture.

20140514_13391820140514_164737these pictures were taken from our house and are of two separate fires.  The fire in the above picture was the one that forced us to evacuate.

My family and I were safe at a friend’s house while over 2,000 firefighters were out in miserably high temperatures battling these fires.  I am beyond proud and so very thankful.  These men and women kick ass!

Life must go on though and things have returned back to normal.  So while I was unpacking our suitcases and the countless pictures I grabbed, a DIY-light bulb moment went off and this is the simple idea I came up with…

from trouser clamps to hanging picture displaysAll you need for this project are materials most of us already have in our homes.

trouser clamps become hanging picture displaystrouser clamps / glue stick / scissors / card stock / b+w print outs or copies of any pictures

I photocopied a ceramic tile of my kids’ handprints and trimmed off the excess.  Next rub the back of the paper with your glue stick.  Apply to any card stock [mine was given to me by my daughter's teacher and measures 8.5" x 11"]  You can use a manilla folder and cut to the same size.  You do need to use a card stock for these, as regular paper is so thin it will curl.  [duh!]

I made three [the "love" script I did myself with a Sharpie marker on an envelope] and the abstract b+w was a print out from a free clip art website.  Total cost:  FREE!

Next slip your picture in between the clamps and hang on the wall!  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

hanging picture displays made from trouser clamps

creating hanging picture frames from trouser hangersclamps for pants become hanging picture displayspicture frames made from trouser hangersturn trouser clamps into hanging picture framesclamps for pants become hanging picture displaysHave you repurposed anything lately?  Share and I’ll happily showcase it for you!

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DIY: martini table

I have always liked the look of a martini side table.

 

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brass hourglass

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The sticker-shock on some of these beauties is pretty intense.  As you might know by now, I try to re create most of my favorite looks for dirt cheap and this project is no exception.

make an easy diy martini side table using planters and saucers

While it’s not an exact match, it costs a fraction of the original and is made from items you probably have on hand.

diy martini side table made from planters

All of our planters are currently being used for their intended purposes around the backyard so I picked up two new ones at HD for $5.97 each.  They are 12″ in diameter. I also grabbed two clay saucers also 12′” in diameter.

make an easy martini side table with planters

Break out the Gorilla!

make a martini side table using planters

I ran a pretty thick line of glue around the bottom.  As you can see my planters have these bumps on the bottom which “interlocked” when I put the other planter on top of this one.

diy an easy martini side table using planter

Set your other planter on top of this one and make sure it’s centered.  Place something heavy inside to really set the glue properly.

make a simple martini side table using planters

Once the glue was dry, I gave the entire piece a couple coats of black acrylic paint with my new fav stuff!

easy diy martini side table using planters

No need to spray the inside of your planters as you won’t see them.  Be sure to spray the inside of one saucer and the bottom of the other.  One will be the base to add some stability and the other will be the top.

make an easy diy martini side table

Voila!  In a matter of two hours [dry time for the glue] you now have a new side table.

make an easy diy martini side table using planters

diy an easy martini inspired side table

I also had the idea of adding some handles to the top saucer so I could remove it and serve drinks to guests!  You can also use the top planter as storage for entertaining items that you don’t always want to see [ie, napkins, silverware, cups, etc.]  The possibilities are endless!

diy an easy martini shaped side table

I might make a few more but use planters in varying sizes.  You’re only limited by your imagination.

make an easy diy martini side table using planters and saucers

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DIY: Nate Berkus Inspired Mirror

diy black and white chevron mirror

Ready for another crazy DIY?!?  Would you believe me if I told you this mirror is made of the following:  $1 plastic plate charger / an old shoelace / a mirror tile from IKEA* / Sharpie marker / Paint Pen.  I only spent $1.00 on this project and that was for buying the plastic charger!  Everything else was found on a treasure hunt in my garage.  [*I checked IKEA’s website for these mirror tiles and do not see them for sale.  I did however see that Hobby Lobby has craft mirrors for $3.99]

I picked up a gold plastic plate charger at Michael’s and glued the mirror tile onto it using Gorilla Glue.  I was a little heavy-handed with the glue and the next morning I had foam leaking out everywhere!

diy black and white chevron mirror using plate charger

diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

After I chipped off most of the crunchy glue boogers I was left with this ugliness and the dilemma of how the hell to make it look decent.  Let the garage rummaging begin!

black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

First off, I found this old shoelace in some dusty corner of the garage and covered up the messy glue residue.

diy a black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

This is loooongest shoelace I’ve ever seen, but I’m sure glad we had it on hand.  I thought about leaving it as is, but pushed myself to make it something gorgeous.  So out came the black Sharpie!

make a diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

make your own diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

I love chevron, especially black+white chevron.  So…a chevron mirror I was to have!   I free handed this ENTIRE design, but it’s easy if you let any fear or hesitation go.  I started with a zig zag pattern around the edge, then filled the lines in a bit to give them more weight.

diy your own black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

Once that was done, I brought out my white Painty pen and added now a white zig zag adjacent to the black one.  I kept repeating this process…

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

Black zig zags

make a diy black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

Then white zig zags

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate charger

make a diy black and white chevron accent mirror using a plate charger

Almost done!

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers diy

Once my zig zags reached the shoelace I simply colored in the triangles and it was done!

making a diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers diy

I took these pictures at night thus explaining the yellowish tone to the pictures.

diy a black and white chevron accent mirror using plate chargers

AND HERE SHE IS!

diy your own black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

I decided it looked best in our master bathroom on top of the chunky shelves I recently made [stay tuned for that tutorial!].

black and white diy chevron mirror using a plate charger

making diy black and white chevron accent mirror using a plate charger

I would say this mirror took about 1-2 hours to make, not including glue drying time.  It’s such a fun project and I think the results are pretty amazing.

diy black and white chevron mirror

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