Monthly Archives: August 2014

DIY Sunburst Mirror – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo everyone! The work week is moving right along and things have been busy with regular events, planning for vacation and my wilton cake decorating course. But I’m still moving forward with my bedroom update little by little and for $0 of course. I’m over the moon to finally have a sunburst mirror; I’ve been crushing on them for a while now.

DIY Sunburst mirror

I love the color of my bedroom walls; it’s light and happy and feels fresh and open. But the accent colors I chose were more out of frugality than anything else. A couple years ago after I had the apartment painted but before the TV was mounted on the living room wall I bought some art to hang behind the TV. My first attempt at decorating a space…. Sorry, no before pics, I didn’t think to take pictures back then. But then my youngest started walking and it just made sense to mount the TV so I didn’t have to worry about it falling. That meant the artwork had to come down and my thriftiness wouldn’t let me tuck it away in a closet someplace. At the same time I’d decided to make an upholstered headboard and thought the artwork would look perfect above it, and it did. So I used it as my inspiration piece and attempted to decorate the room around it.

geometric art, marshalls

As you can see from the picture that meant red and brown would be some of the rooms accent colors, fast forward a couple years and I’m ready for a change so I decided to go with a softer, girlier (is that even a word?) color in here. Can you guess what my new accent color is…? It’s pink! I found a fabulous piece of fabric at Fabric.com that I’m going to use to reupholster the bench at the foot of the bed and a couple other pieces around the room. Now this is where the sunburst mirror comes in, it’s going to take center stage above the bed. While I did DIY the sunburst mirror I can’t take take credit for the how to. For full directions please check out Kayla’s post here. I’d been scouring the web for months looking for easy directions that required minimal supplies and hers was definitely that!! A little information before we move on, I purchased the supplies for this project months ago because it’d been on my to do list for a while. So it’s still a $0 project since I already had all the supplies on hand.

Supplies;

  • 16 wood shims
  • small mirror
  • paint
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • small piece of string or ribbon

I started by painting all the shims

painted shims

 next I attached the shims to each other one layer at a time

DIY Sunburst mirror instructions

once it was completely dry I attached some string to hang it with and glued on the mirror

Hang up a starburst mirror

I love the way it came out and the fact that it’s white means it’ll go with the next color I decide to try in here. Not anytime soon though, I’m going to enjoy pink for a while.

Let’s have a look at my Sunburst Mirror.

DIY Starburst mirror

The room already has a totally different feel. I want to LOVE this room redo when I’m done so I want to think about function, comfort and how it looks. In typical me fashion, I mean I’m still redoing the living room… That has been an evolution, you can read about the paint job here, the gallery wall here and the toy organization here.

But when I look at this simple DIY sunburst mirror it has me smiling from ear to ear.

geometric art, marshalls, before  DIY Starburst mirror

I’m two weeks into my financial fast challenge and I love crossing projects of my to do list for $0. I’ve seen some great mirrors in blog land, a lot of rope and sisal being used. Sunburst mirrors have been everywhere but I don’t mind being late to the trend. I found some supplies in my craft stash that I want to use for next weeks project.

Bedroom Mirror Update – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo! Can you believe summer is almost over?? It blows my mind that my son goes back to school in four weeks; it feels like it was just Memorial Day. While I am sad at the thought of saying goodbye to lazy weekdays and weekends out enjoying the beautiful weather I have to admit I’m EXCITED about Fall and the holidays that follow. I LOVE Christmas, probably almost as much as the kids so no tears here. I have a ton of ideas for the upcoming Holiday season. Now, this week marks the start of my financial fast challenge and my first $0 project. I’ve wanted to give my bedroom a quick update by switching out the current accessories and color which happens to be red for something softer. When I was looking for fabric to re-upholster the ottoman I found a beautiful print that I plan to incorporate in the bedroom, more on that later. The wall above my dresser was in need of some decor and since this is a $0 challenge I had to find something I already owned to fill the space. I rummaged through my storage space and found an old gold mirror that just needed a little love. I ran to my paltry collection of spray paints and grabbed a can of Krylon Metallic Silver. I’m a gluten for details so I decided to use silver to match the curtain rods and outlet covers in the room.

updated bedroom mirror

I cleaned the mirror off and let it dry while I gathered my supplies. I taped off the glass with my frog tape and covered the center with a plastic bag.

bedroom mirror update - frog tape   bedroom mirror update - protect glass

Then I gave the mirror two coats with my BIN Zinsser primer in white, waiting a couple minutes in between coats.

bedroom mirror update - primed

Then it got two coats with the Krylon, again waiting a few minutes between coats. I left it outside for about an hour to dry completely. I looked it over to make sure I’d covered every nook and cranny as well as the edges and realized the gold was still showing through in some spots. I gave it another coat paying attention to those spots but not overspraying. I hate drips and run offs. You can read my post about spray painting for tips and suggestions to avoid run offs. I left it outside for an hour before bringing it in and gave it another couple hours dry time before hanging it up.

Let’s take a look at the before and after….

bedroom mirror update - before  updated bedroom mirror

      I love the way the mirror came out and it looks great above my dresser.

Frugal Friday – Financial Fast

Hi-Lo everyone! How was your week? As most of you know, I’ve been working on a money saving series entitled Frugal Fridays for a few weeks now. Where I share some of the things I do in my own home to save money. This week I’d like to talk about financial fasting, which is basically only buying necessities for a defined amount of time, usually 21-30 days. When I go on a financial fast I choose not to spend “lunch money” for a month. I have a good handle on budgeting and take my own breakfast and lunch to work most days but still buy food about twice a week and grab an occasional snack from the vending machine or an ice cream cone (yes, Mr. Softee comes to my office!!) During my financial fast I brown bag it for the entire month, breakfast, lunch and snacks. But I’d like to try craft and DIY purchases this time around. Which means a month without Target, Michael’s, Marshall’s and Home Depot.

So you may be asking what motivated me to add craft supplies to my financial fast? This very simple, very honest, very real quote I found on Pinterest.

Frugal Friday's Financial Fast

I love crafting, creating, organizing and blogging. But most of the time I usually end up buying something for every project or idea that pops into my head. Sometimes it may be something as simple as a piece of scrapbook paper or a shelf organizer and other times it could be something like a piece of furniture. The problem is I already have a stash of scrapbook paper and other supplies in my craft closet, I even have a few pieces of furniture stored at my parents house that I could try using. Now don’t get me wrong, I recycle and up-cycle a bunch of stuff but I probably could even more than I do now. So I decided to challenge myself to see how many projects I could pull of using the items I already have in my home. Now this challenge is twofold, I’m hoping to embrace simplicity but also clear up some space. I’ve been accumulating a stash of supplies, fabric, embellishments, jars and stuff with the idea; I’ll use it one day. But I don’t want to keep accumulating stuff, I’m hoping to live a simpler life with less stuff.

I’m challenging myself to this financial fast so i came up with a couple ideas to help me complete it;

Use what you already have – This is a crucial part of the financial fast. How many of us are guilty of forgetting about all the goodies we already have in our craft stash? What’s really at the bottom of that bin, the storage container or closet? Guilty here, so I’m going to start by pulling everything out and reacquainting myself with what I already have.

Start with what you have, not what you think you need – This sounds a lot like the first one but it’s pretty different. Let me explain it like this, a project for me usually begins as an idea, then it becomes an image in my head of the finished product. I think about everything and write notes, lists and sometimes sketch small drawings.  Then it’s supply time, some come from my own craft closet and some I purchase. I realized in order to stay on track I need to step back and think about what I’m trying to accomplish. Instead of picturing the finished product in my head I should let my supplies inspire the end result of the project.

This is about simplicity not money – The idea is something I’m working towards. I’m good at following a budget and the key is my envelope system. When the cash is gone, the spending stops until I put more money in the envelope. My spending isn’t a big deal but I really don’t have to spend all my Craft/DIY money all the time. Not to mention that I usually have another idea and list ready before it’s even replenished. Now like I said at the beginning of this post I love crafting, creating, organizing and decorating my home. But the bottom line is just because there’s money in the envelope for it, it doesn’t mean I need to spend it. I want to try and adopt the simplicity phrase in all aspects of my life and I feel like crafting and DIY’ing is a good place to start. For the next 30 days I plan to accomplish every project using the supplies I already have on hand.

Check back in 30 days to see how I did with the Financial Fast and for a recap of the projects I was able to complete with a $0 investment.