5 Faux Finishes…

… Your expensive interior designer never told you about!

Ok, not that I have ever had an “expensive interior designer, but I am sure if I hired one, they wouldn’t be into the DIY, make it look like it cost $5000 on a $50 budget, etc etc. I feel like those are only things that happen on HGTV. So with a little pinning, and some research I found some really cool ways you can spice up a room in your house on a budget, which is going to come in handy when David and I move in to our new place in a few months (more on that as is progresses)

1. Beadboard upgrades!


I know, I know beadboard is all the rage in that rustic shabby chic design craze right now, but who wants to break the bank and spend all that time hanging beadboard, when you can get the same effect with a roll of wall paper! Im not even kidding! You can get it at Lowes on the cheap, like as low as $15 a roll.


And some are even designed to be painted over so you can have some color besides white, but… alas, I am a traditionalist, and I enjoy the coastal coolness of a nice white bead board. I especially love it on cabinets, buuut im not sure the wallpaper is your best bet on that one, however… if you’re brave enough to try, give me a shout and let me know how that worked. 

2. Concrete Countertops
No, I do not want you to go out and have someone pour you custom made countertops to fit your existing kitchen, while that may be somewhat cheaper than the nicer stone options, its still not super cheap, but you know what is…. ARDEX overlawys, orginally used to refinish floors, this blogger shows you how to apply it on top of an existing ugly countertop to get those to-die-for concrete surfaces with a little elbow grease and DIY.

3. Mercury Glass
If you’re ever on pinterest, I know you have seen this one, but I still really love it and its such a cheap alternative to BUYING an antique mercury glass piece. These Pottery Barn lamps are over $250. I mean, most lamps from there are expensive, but you could buy a glass lamp from Ikea for like $20 or $30 and do thsi faux finish and only spend like 10-15% of the original cost. So much more cost effective!

mercury-glass-lamp-burlap-shadeThis blog has an awesome tutorial and list of what you need, I have tried this before, because I had some of the looking glass spray pint left from another project, and once you get the hang of it, it definitely works, but dont be mad if you have to doa  couple trial runs first. I’d try your luck with some dollar tree glass votives to test first. But I think hers turned out really awesome! 

4. The Industrial Faux Finish


Sometimes, we think that to get that rustic old look you have to be willing to go out hunting in antique shops, or thrift stores for that perfect find, but sometimes all you need is a little paint. This blogger created an industrial rusted faux finish on some paper mache letters, and it looks so cool! Imagine all the different things you could put this finish on to get those rustic accent pieces for your home!


5. Through the looking glass!
This isnt really a faux finish, but its a great way to spice up the same old pice of furniture time and time again. Add a glass top and frame it out, OR buy a table that already has glass a glass top and place a decorative paper underneath, you can give it TONS of different looks with minimal effort and its a great way to add some extra pizzaz to your holiday decor, throughout the year!


So! get to gettin and jazz up your home on the cheap, especially during these cold winter months before the outdoors start calling and your knee deep in landscaping, deck refinishing, garden planting, and every other outdoor project that you do to prep for summer!





Mirror Mirror on the Wall

I have decided I am now obsessed with mirrors. Mirror glass, framed mirrors, circular mirrors, square mirrors, ALL MIRRORS! So remember how I told you about my little toilet paper roll craft that I had hanging over my sofa? …this little gem:

So, all was fine and good for like 3 or 4 days and then I realized that my obsession with hot glue does not a good wall decor make. Soooo, needless to say I returned home from work one day to find mirror on the floor and remnants of toilet paper rolls swinging from the nails in the wall. At that point I decided I was over that little craft project and then decided I was going to see what I could do with the mirrors that I had used for the aforementioned project. TADAAAAA, here is what I found, its like the best thing ever, well in my opinion, I don’t really care what you think because I am the one who will be looking at it and enjoying the luxury it will bring to my den. So, here are some ideas I found on Pinterest for this little mirror collage, and when I am able to collect an obscene amount of mirrors and old frames, I will post and let you know how this turned out for me! But anyway, here are some ideas I found for some pinspiration!

I like and DONT like at the same time how these are all the same color and the same color as the wall, but I also like ones that have different color and textures of frames because I gives you lots to look at, like this arrangement of mirrors!
I think there is just so much to look at with this, and there are not a ton of different colors, they are all very similar, but I think it just adds a little something extra to have the different thinks, and I love how some of them are in matted picture frames AND how they are layered on top of each other to give that awesome depth!

Another option would be unframed mirrors, like the one shown below, So then you could play with shapes and wouldn’t have to worry about either painting frames or finding matching frames, which might makes things a little more simple, who knows.
 I also like this one with the different heights, etc and the shelves on the wall, but I don’t think I can hang shelves on my wall so that is unfortunate. But, nonetheless, I think it looks really awesome, so I will share it for people who are interested in maybe doing something like this and they CAN hang  a shelf on their wall.

Additionally, I like just a random assortment of mirrors and frames in no particular pattern or organization, which I am thinking will look best with the current decor of my apartment. So, something similar to the ones below:  Needless to say I have a lot of inspiration to pull from and I might make another trek to the flea market or something on Saturdday morning and see if I can find some old frames, etc. We shall see. It also depends on the fundage because it IIIIS the end of the month and bills are due so it might be a while before you see my rendition of some sort of mirror collage on here. Wish me luck as I go on the hunt for the mirrors and frames!