16 November 2013

Update of Corner Chair

Remember my exciting find a few weeks months ago!? My beautiful corner chair! :-) 

Well, thanks to fall & wintry weather (read: less than 80 degrees) I was inspired to work in the garage and this was my first project (yes - there are many projects awaiting me). I wiped it down with a soft cloth when I bought it so it didn't have any more cobwebs, but it desperately needed cleaning. Mom suggested Murphy's Oil and great news, she had some in her basement! She said just put some on a cloth and wipe it down but the instructions said to dilute it so I kinda did both. I had a regular old towel as my cleaning rag and this was so dirty the whole rag soon became covered in grime.... But the chair was so much cleaner!

Before cleaning.

Again, before cleaning.

The leather has to be original as do the nail heads and I wanted to keep both.

I know this is hard to see - maybe I need an update of the update! Anyway, I wiped the chair down multiple times with Murphy's Oil and cleaned the leather. This chair isn't ready for anyone to sit on it - but it looks so nice in my dining room! 

13 November 2013

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

I wanted to try the coffee grounds / steel wool / vinegar staining trick... And I have to say, it worked! It took several days and a couple of coats for it to really saturate, but how neat!

Final stain.

This cut-out was my first Silhouette project. Very fun!

From Wallflower to Christmas decor

If you like "smell good" stuff - you are probably familiar with Bath & Body Works Wallflowers. I love them! I noticed though, that they were shaped like Christmas lightbulbs (ya know, the old ones!) and so I stared at them until I had an idea (yes, it happens - can you relate?!). One of the easiest crafts is to glitterize glass and these would be perfect for a lil sparkle!

My collection. Every time for the past year that I swapped out Wallflowers I popped out the diffuser stick, rinsed them out, and stored them until now. 


This is the key to the glitter palooza. Squirt enough into the Wallflowers to completely coat the inside and put the leftover back into the bottle. DO NOT LEAVE LIQUID IN THE WALLFLOWER!

I had a lot of glitter to choose from!:)

And, I decided to go with a pink & red color scheme. 

Use a piece of scrap paper to make a funnel to get in the glitter. Swirl it around until the whole inside is covered in glitter. Like the liquid, put any excess back in the original container. 

And, a few pieces of the nearly finished product. To make them look like bulbs, I covered the top with aluminum foil. ;-)

I couldn't wait to show them off..... So, yes, I have a Manhattan depression glass bowl full of homemade Christmas light bulbs!

This was a very quick project (save the whole remembering to recycle each Wallflower over the course of the past year). I'd say I was finished in under an hour, and I definitely recommend being at a sink because if you get the floor wax on your hands, it starts hardening quickly. But it's a fun project - try it on ornaments or glass bottles!