Friday, July 6, 2012

Transform an UGLY builders mirror into a GLORIOUS starfish mirror! A DIY starfish mirror tutorial :)

Good Afternoon! This is one of the little projects I did in the bathroom renovation at the Boardwalk condo. I turned a plain Jane, ugly mirror-framed mirror into an awesome STARFISH mirror! I can't tell you how many compliments I get about this mirror. It's awesome! It was a little work, and definitely a trial & error process, but I finally figured it out :) Here's a quick little gander at the finished product.
Giving the thumbs up because I'm super excited that this project is complete!
Here's a quick look at my inspiration pic with a hefty price tag of $2200. ouch!
To be honest, when I started the starfish mirror, I was thinking "now I TOTALLY get why this mirror costs $2200. It's alot of work! And A LOT of starfish!" Looking at that mirror now, I realize that there are probably about a thousand starfish on that mirror. I couldn't fit that many on mine, also, with all the layers of starfish, that mirror probably measures pretty deep. And I don't have that much space to work with. So I can't have that many layers. The bathroom faucet would get in the way. So, I ordered some starfish on eBay, between small and medium size, and I purchased some large starfish at a dollar store that we have here on Panama City Beach. With starfish and caulk in hand, I was ready to build myself a mirror!

Here's what I started with. A boring builders mirror with a mirror frame.

Next, I painted the frame of the mirror the same color as the wall. This will keep the mirror from reflecting the underside of the starfish and help hide the ugly mirror frame.

My original plan was to use caulk to hold the starfish together. The caulk would hold the starfish to the mirror, which is great.
Caulking the starfish
Then I started sticking them up on the frame

Then they started falling off. So I tried more caulk....

The extra caulk worked! For a while...... then they started to fall off again. The caulk held the starfish to the mirror REALLY well, once it was dry. I had to figure out a way to hold them to the mirror while they dried. Enter my friend, the hot glue gun. I started applying both caulk AND hot glue, and my problem was solved :)

Once I had my layer on the bottom, I didn't have to use caulk anymore. Hot glue works fine when gluing starfish to starfish. If you look closely on the right side of the mirror frame, you see that I had to remove parts of the legs of starfish. The funny thing is, up to this point, I had handled the starfish SO gently. Then it was time to remove parts of the legs. Let me tell you, you do NOT have to be gentle with starfish. Those guys are TOUGH! I had to cut it as much as possible with scissors, then bend it back and forth until it broke off :)

More layers on the mirror...
I had to use tape to hold some of the starfish on the bottom layer in place, with the weight of the new layer on top. I think that they started to slide because these were the few starfish that I didn't use hot glue on.
And THIS is what it looks like when you're done!!! If this was a piece for a mantle or entryway, I would add more layers. But for the bathroom, this worked just fine.

If anyone makes their own starfish mirror, PLEEEAAAAASSSSEEEEE post a link! I'd love to see what ya'll come up with :) I think my next starfish project will be an awesome wreath for the door, like this.....
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Have a FABULOUS weekend!!!! IhookedupwithHoHlamespice

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Adding coastal style using paint & accessories (cheap accesories)

Good Morning! I've been working on what I've nicknamed "The Jungle Condo" for a friend, trying to add some coastal cottage charm on a VERY limited budget ($200). My big plan to do this was to declutter, then lighten & brighten the place using paint, but to also bring in some nice coastal accessories. There was not ONE single coastal element in this condo. In fact, it was the complete opposite, loaded with fake green plants. And they were EVERYWHERE. I still see them in my dreams. And then Tarzan rescues me and tells me I'm his Jane. If you missed the first part of this project, the nailhead burlap bar stools, you should check it out. All of these elements bring the place together.

Here's what I had to work with. The side tables (2) were black, each with a black lamp. They were accessorized (each) with a set of cork coasters, fake green plants and some strange glass objects from Marshalls.
Not very inviting.... just cold and masculine. Seems very dated.

One of the numerous fake plant accents

And the other black side table with black lamp. The green plants on top of the TV armoire are staring at me.

I removed the current accessories and added some of my own. I found a few old paperback books in the condo, so I ripped off the covers and sides, and some extra pages so that only text shows. I simply tied 3 books together with jute (free project). I also added a starfish ($4) and a lovely mushroom coral ($6). I put a piece of driftwood that I found on the beach on the bottom shelf and wrapped the black lamp in jute ($5). I will post the tutorial on this later :)
Side table with coastal accessories. Now that's better :)

Adding coastal charm. And there's a sneak peak of the NEW old black lamp.
Although the coastal accents improved the table dramatically, I still needed more. It needed to be lighter. Enter my new BFF, Annie Sloan. In "Old White".
I love this chalk paint. Thanks again, Jeri!
After a couple coats of chalk paint, some distressing & waxing, I was ready to call it a day. With this part of the project anyway. And again, I was incredibly pleased with the results.
And the BIG reveal!

I put the driftwood on the lower shelf of the other side table and replaced it with an awesome Sea Fan from a small shell shop in Panama City Beach. This GORGEOUS sea fan was only $6! I am going to go back and buy quite a few more to frame and use as wall art, and to attach to glass bottles using wax, creating AWESOME accessories! And just in case you forgot, here's the complete side table next to one that I STILL have to paint :-/
Before (kind of) & After
Hopefully I've been able to share some inspiration. The total cost of accessories in this project was:
  • starfish: $4
  • Sea Fan: $6
  • Jute for lamp: $5
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: $37 (which I used for 2 side tables, 2 square block coffee tables & 4 bar stools. So, the real cost of the amount of paint used in this project was more like $7)
Total Cost per table: $22*

**Remember, this estimate does not include time spent on the project, or all of the blood, sweat & tears. HOWEVER, being in a gulf front condo in the beautiful Florida Panhandle, & being able to walk out on the balcony and enjoy the view DOES make it a little bit easier ;-)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The burlap nailhead bar stool project

On Monday I got a text from a friend, Jason, who owns a growing vacation rental property company in Panama City Beach. He had just acquired a new client, and the condo needed some work. To say that my life is unbelievably hectic right now would be the understatement of the century. So OF COURSE I said yes to taking on yet another project.

When I walked into the condo, the first thing I noticed was a whole lot of clutter, greenery and cheap looking accents. There was not a single coastal element in the entire condo. I knew that with a virtually non-existent budget, the element that would make the biggest impact would be paint. There was a lot of black, masculine, furniture. One of the first rules of design in coastal style is "lighten & brighten". I decided to take on the bar stools and table. Wowzers. I'll go ahead and show you the before and after of the bar stools. Check this out.

And here's the before picture of the table and chairs set

soooooo much clutter. Way too much furniture (I removed an accent chair), and the outdated shelf in the background was useless. Just stuffed with clutter.

The whole set. Very dark and masculine.

I've been wanting to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and I FINALLY had the opportunity! And wow. When they say it's the best paint in the world, they're not kidding. You do not have to sand, prime, or anything. And it adheres to wood, metal, glass...... it was perfect for this project.

So I made a trip over to Shabby Coast Cottage on Hwy 30-A and bought some chalk paint from my new, super talented friend Jeri. 

My first stroke of chalk paint. I'm addicted and will never use anything else for painting furniture

The bar stool after one coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint

After painting the bar stools white and distressing them, I reupholstered them with burlap.

Reupholstering the black leather with burlap and applying the nailhead trim
AND, here you go. The before & afters! I am so pleased with the new burlap nailhead bar stools. They look so luxurious, and only cost about $15 per chair (paint, fabric, & nailheads). Enjoy!

I am THRILLED with the results :)

Tip Junkie handmade projects

shabby creek cottage

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hate is a strong word. But I HATED this bathroom.

Yep, you heard me. I said the "H" word. And I absolutely meant it. I absolutely dreaded this bathroom remodel and put it off until the end of the project. Then I couldn't avoid it anymore, it had to be done. So I decided to go with the 'ol board and batten treatment again.

My problems with this bathroom were:
  1. The bathroom is VERY small
  2. There was barely enough room on the wall to hang a towel bar. 
  3. Ugly standard builders mirror
Here's the lovely bathroom BEFORE:

The super tiny bathroom with a non-matching toilet seat and navajo white walls

Walls painted white and there's that LOVELY builders mirror! Gross.

 Here's a shot of one of the few walls in the bathroom. Large enough to fit a robe hook.

Awesomely spacious bathroom vanity featuring that awesome mirror 


After painting the bathroom white, I painted the top third of it a nice blue color, then started installing the horizontal boards for the board & batten. After the horizontal boards were in place and trimmed out with cove molding, I installed my vertical "battens" (aka lattice strips from Home Depot).

Painting the blue. I also installed a curved hotel shower rod to provide more arm room in the shower. I also like the shape it brings to a very square bathroom. I also decided to keep it neutral, clean and crisp with a white shower curtain from World Market

Because of the limited amount of space in the bathroom, I utilized as many wall storage/display opportunities as possible. Here, I added a 4" shelf above the toilet to creatively display things

The other wall with the super tiny towel bar that will fit one towel

a little blurry (sorry).  Installing the vertical lattice strips. It already looks a billion times better. The ledge on top of the horizontal boards will provide some additional cool factor

Installing the battens and cove molding on the boards. Just need to paint :)

The teenie tiny baby wall getting some love

Installing boards around the medicine cabinet and mirror. I painted the cheap mirror frame around the mirror. It looks so much better like that. But that's not enough.....

Finally, it was time to caulk and paint the board & batten white, accessorize, and finish this project!

I decided to take down the towel bar. It was pretty useless. This condo sleeps 4-6 people. So one tiny towel bar was one of the dumbest things I had ever seen. So......


 HOOKS!!!! I looooove hooks! They made this wall FUNCTIONAL by utilizing vertical storage space! Now there will be no excuse to throw towels on the floor.


 A close-up of my awesome hooks and wall art. A $1 starfish and a $6 wood sign that I got from Beall's Outlet



 Painted and caulked.... it's finally coming together!


 I decorated my ledge with 2 starfish with Sea Fans behind them, and a little driftwood sailboat. And you can see my favorite feature peaking out from the side of the picture.... the Starfish Mirror!


 The starfish mirror was a fun little DIY project that was inspired by a $1500 mirror that I saw on pinterest. I am THRILLED with the way it turned out. It was definitely a trial and error process.

Giving myself the thumbs up, because this little DIY project is officially DONE!!!

I guess that the lesson I learned here is to take those absolutely horrible spaces and OWN THEM. Push through the creativity block and just DO, then everything starts coming together. I no longer hate this bathroom. In fact, it is now a comfortable, relaxing, coastal space that I have fallen in love with. Cheers, everyone!