Looking glass, looking glass what do you see?

When I picked out the…muse for our master bedroom at the new house one of the key components was the mercury glass lamps on the bed side tables. I have been oogling all different kinds of mercury glass lamps for a while, from pottery barn, west elm, and a few other places, and I just couldnt justify spending a few hundred bucks on a light for the bedroom, so I took to the internet to see what kind of solution I could come up with. I remembered seeing several pins about making your own mercury glass and since I already had that looking glass mirror spray I figured it would be pretty easy.

Once I found my tutorial the next step was to find the perfect cheap glass lamps to deface. last year I did a post about tinting my glass lamp in my bedroom and I made it orange. Well, Since it was only covered with mod podge and food color, David’s contribution to this project was to use nail polish remover and hot water to return the lamp to its original clear glory.

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It took a little elbow grease but he was able to get all the orange off. Then, I was on the hunt for lamp #2. I was determined to have matching lamps from IKEA and went to pick up another of these $22 glass lamps, but they were all sold out and on back order. Glass is clearly all the rage. So, I decided to pick up a smaller version and if I absolutely hated the size proportions, then I could use that lamp somewhere else and keep looking or wait until the larger ones were back in stock. Then on the way out of IKEA, as always we stopped by the AS-IS bin to see what we could score. It was definitely a win! I got this awesome lamp for 50% off and it was GORGEOUS! and I love it.

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See! So pretty! So, all you need for this little craft project is some Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint (I got mine at Wal Mart, I always have trouble finding it at Michael’s) and a mixture of water and vinegar. Spray a light even coat of the spray paint on each lamp base (you will probably have to do a few layers) But after each layer you want to flick a little bit of the water mixture on the paint, it dries pretty quickly so anything longer than 5 minutes really starts to diminish the effect (known from personal experience)

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The picture above is my lamp with several layers of paint on it. After the first few layers it was almost completely see-through with the light on, so that didnt work. once you splatter the water all over the lamp, use a damp rag to dab it off. DO NOT RUB, just dab up the water.

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This will start to remove the finish. If you are having issues with the paint coming up, try adding more of the vinegar because the acidity is what eats through the paint. You want to repeat this process for every layer of pain that you do, I did about 4 or 5. I was pretty satisfied with the outcome, however after purchasing a few other mercury glass bits and pieces for the room, I think I really would have liked it a lot more if I did a light layer of gold underneath, since most mercury glass pieces seem to have a gold undertone. I am probably going to strip it down and try again with the gold, so I will keep you posted on the results! But here is how they look in the room for now!

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Headboard Reborn

First new house project! Wahoo! I am sure you all remember this little gem from my old apartment…

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Well, since my Dad helped me to make it before I moved out last year I really wasn’t ready to give it up when David and I bought the new house and I was trying to transition into my new love for gender neutral design. And, in case you haven’t noticed…. the teal and orange really wasn’t going to cut it. So, after we decided on our somewhat neutral color palette it was time to decide the course of action. I had previously decided that the little lattice pieces were to be no more, and David was strangely sad about this, apparently he had grown rather fond of those decorative pieces of PVC cutouts. Oh well! So, I decided the best course of action was to make something more… plush to go inside the little squares, so I decided to make upholstered inserts. Once we decided on a wall color, the decision was made to keep the headboard in the same color family so we went about 4 shades darker, and decided to use that for the headboard color. I also spent an obscene amount of time with my mom, aunt, and future sister in law debating over the many fabric options at a store that was having a 50% off sale on their entire stock of merchandise.

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WIN. After looking at what seemed like a bajillion different options and holding up paint swatches and pillows in the store, and texting pictures home to David, we finally decided on this one.

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I was actually surprised that David liked it, but even more surprised he liked it when I got home and he realized the pattern on it was raised of the fabric. What can I say? I have pretty impeccable taste. OR I am just really good at reading David’s mind. Either way, snaps to me. So once we had all the parts and pieces we got to work, I had to scrape the little lattice pieces out of the centers because they were super glued inside, but luckily, we were planning to cover the squares anyways so any mishaps of the process were going to be covered.

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Once we got those removed it was time for a few coats of KILZ to cover up the teal, which was a much harder task that I could have imagined. It seemed to be a pretty… potent color.

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Once we got it all covered we did a rough sand and then began applying the final color, I think we used 2 or 3 coats of this, just to make sure we got all the nooks and crannies covered and that everything was evenly covered. Once we got it painted we let it dry for about 24 hours before we moved on with everything else. Once everything dried, we moved on to making the inserts.

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For those we used thing boards trimmed fit inside the squares, I think we made it about 1/4 inch smaller so that once the badding and fabric were trapped onto the board, it would fit snugly inside. We also used thick foam inserts to make them a little more plush, so we started out by attaching the foam to the boards with liquid nails (probably not the best method, but we didn’t plan for this part, so we had to work with what we had, improvisation is the name of the game!) We let those sit for about 3o – 45 minutes and then came back  to wrap them with the badding and fabric.

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Once the fabric was laid out face down I pulled the edges up and around the back of the board and david stapled them down. We did the two short edges first, then the corners, then the long edges.

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To make the corners, you need to tuck the fabric down, like you’re wrapping a present, then trim off the extra, and pull the bottom flap up to the back of the board and fasten into place.

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Once all the corners are done, fasten the long edges, and then trim off the excess fabric. Then we put liquid nails into all of the insert holes and placed the padded boards inside.

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Once we got this done we let them site for 30-45 minutes to dry, and then we applied a quick spray of scotch guard to it.

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Then we had it all ready to hang on the wall in our bedroom. The hardest thing about this headboard is that its more of a… floating design so it kind of has to be rigged up on the wall. But, we left that project for my Dad and once he got it up there, I put my touch on it by re allocating some throw pillows from the den in my apartment to the master bed, and viola! Our quaint and relaxing master suite is underway!

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