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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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a simple [sexy] mantel

Geez, when I started this week I had no intention of writing so many Christmas-related posts.  Sorry if you’re getting sick of them!  I think I am almost to that point too and tomorrow will probably be the last one.

So I decided to get out of my comfort zone this year and try my hand at decorating our mantel.  I have never done this before; usually I just duck tape our stockings up by the fireplace and call it good [I am sort of kidding].  Since I’m now “blogging” I figured it was time to push myself and see what I got.

And what I “got” was this sexy mantel

simple+sexy mantel

With the exception of the bright red wood floral wreath [Target $35], everything else was grabbed from various places around the house. 

sexy mantel with red wreath close up

sexy mantel with red wreath

When I decide to get out of my comfort zone, I really mean it!  How many people think of zebra rugs as a Christmas decoration?

sexy mantel zebra rug

I grabbed this from the hallway leading to the garage.

 

sexy mantel boxwood ball decor[see my boy's reflection?]

I stole these two faux boxwood orbs from the living room, as I was not feeling them in there.  I think they’re just perfect on our Christmas mantel though.  I attached these to the mantel with…get ready for it…duck tape!!  If you look hard enough you can see it.  The tiny pom pom fringe and all the ribbon you see have been shoved in our Christmas wrapping paper box for the past 4 years!   It all came from Costco and it just never seems to end!

Last but not least is my craigslist mirror [a heavy beveled beast of $25 loveliness] that I sprayed gloss black.

Now that I’ve babbled enough, I will “zip it” and let you simply….enjoy. 

sexy mantel aerial shot

sexy mantel living room panoramic

craft supply decorated tree // salt dough “mercury glass” ornaments

sexy mantel sons reflection[I was busy clicking away on my camera when I captured this sweet reflection of my little guy playing on his wii].

sexy mantel with kids' christmas tree

So there is my first official Christmas mantel!  I think I have one more Christmas post in me until I’ve hit overload.  

simple+sexy mantel

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decorating a Christmas tree with craft supplies

No, it’s not what you’re thinking!  I didn’t go absolutely bonkers and throw some glue sticks, yarn spools or rolls of washi tape onto our tree.  I did however deplete my stash of jute rope and scrap pieces of black pom pom fringe!

craft supply christmas tree

After making a huge batch of salt dough ornaments with the kiddos this past weekend, I was motivated to keep their Christmas tree simple and spend $zero decorating it.  Well, that didn’t happen…I wound up spending $3!  :-)   The only thing I purchased for their tree was the Frosty Snowman top hat I found for $3 at Target.

craft supply christmas tree frosty top hat

I love how this looks and enjoy something a bit different than the expected star or angel. [ Although sometimes I swear it looks like “Cousin It.”]

After the kids and I hung all the ornaments we made I asked them, “Do you want to help Mama finish decorating your tree?”  My daughter excitedly said, “Yeah, Mama!  Let’s get out the Christmas stuff in the garage!!”  My son said, “I be outside in the sand box Mama.”  Yep that’s about right.

So my daughter [aka, future DIY'er and maker of all things glittery] and I dashed to the garage and grabbed box after box of Christmas decorations.  Nothing quite felt right for their tree so I told her, “Let’s use stuff Mama has laying around to decorate your tree.”  I got the deer-caught-in-the-headlights stare for a few seconds then she shrugged her shoulders and said, “OK.”  I got my scrap craft box out and we rummaged through it to see what we could find.  I grabbed some jute rope and b+w chevron tape, while she grabbed remnants of black pom pom fringe I used on her drapes.

Here is what us girls came up with…

craft supply christmas tree2

craft supply christmas tree star

I never thought I’d use black anything on a Christmas tree, but I must admit that I am liking it!  The same can be said for the jute rope.  The tree was a bit gothic looking at this point so I added the small red glass ball ornaments to add some vibrant color.

 

craft supply christmas tree skirt

Instead of a typical tree skirt, I just grabbed our IKEA blanket [which EVERY blogger seems to have] and threw it under the tree.

tree2

I have been hanging onto this b+w chevron tape [why is this stuff called tape?  it's fabric!!] for just the right project.  Instead of letting this stuff sit and sit in my garage I cut it into strips and made bows for the tree.

craft supply christmas tree topped with frosty hat

And there you have it!  A Christmas tree trimmed with on-hand craft supplies that cost all of $3!  What would you throw onto your Christmas tree?

craft supply christmas tree

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