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Gold Leaf Mirror DIY

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So the story is that the mirror above my fireplace has a very nice shape but its flat black color was not wowing me anymore.  I wanted something that felt a bit more special.  Cue the gold leaf.  Now I will not mince words.  Gold leafing something is big pain in the butt.  While not difficult to use, it can be pretty annoying.  Just when one thinks they have gold leaf under control, gold leaf lets you know it can never really be tamed.  As this was not my first rodeo with gold leaf, I was aware of that and chose to proceed despite this knowledge.  The thing is, if you want to make something a brilliant and shiny gold, there is no replacement.  I have not met a can of gold spray paint that even comes close to its beauty.  And I have met ever so many cans of spray paint.

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What you’ll need:

gold leaf sheets

gold leaf spray adhesive

gold leaf spray sealer

– gold spray paint

– foam brush or paint brush

-newspaper and tape

What you’ll do:

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1.  I started by covering most of my mirror with kraft paper (newspaper would be fine too) and taping as close to the edges with tape as I could.  Sometimes when I am just spray painting mirrors, I don’t bother with this as paint is easily removed with windex and being scraped with a straight edge.  I was worried about the adhesive getting on the mirror though and even though it took longer than I wanted it to, I ended up being glad I did this.  You will most likely still have to clean the mirror off at the end.

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2.  Then, I spray painted it gold.  I did this so that if there were places that didn’t get completely gold leafed (and there were plenty of those), it wouldn’t show too much cause of the gold spray paint being underneath.  I left this dry over night since I would be adding over the top of it and I wanted it to set.  I doubt this was necessary but I was feeling extra cautious.

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3.  Gold leaf time!  I cut my gold leaf sheets in half as half of a sheet was all I needed for each section and I didn’t want to be wasteful.  Because it is so thin, it is difficult to control and very difficult to move around so when working with gold leaf, you must be fast, controlled and deliberate.  Spray your adhesive to a small area.  Using the tissue on top of it, pick up the gold leaf sheet and place it gold down onto the adhesive where you want it to go.  Use your fingers to smooth it to the mirror while the tissue is still on.  Then remove the tissue and use a brush to smooth it the rest of the way down along both sides.  I used my foot to separate the bottom of the mirror from the drop cloth so I could push the leaf all the way around.  You may have missed sections in your application so use the bits that are most likely stuck to your fingers to push into empty areas and smooth.  You can add in sections at any time with a bit more adhesive.  No biggie.  The key to this operation is not to let your hands get sticky.  Once your fingers get sticky, you are done for.  That’s why you need your brush.  Once you do a few sections, you will develop your own strategies.

gold leaf mirror contrast | Two Delighted

Note the shininess difference between the spray paint and the leaf on the left.  That’s pretty significant.

4.  After letting dry for recommended amount of time, spray it down with sealer to make sure everything stays put.  No matter how much you seal it, small pieces of gold will still flake off.

5.  Remove your paper and clean up spot around the edge that got sprayed with windex and a straight edge razor.  Just spray and scrape and wipe.

There you have it.

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I think the mirror stands out now much more than it used to and doesn’t look so dull.  What do y’all think?  Have you ever attempted to tame the gold leaf?

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How to Make a Magnolia Garland for Free

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I always have a bit of an ethical conundrum when I go to throw a party.  I feel like I need to make some kind of signage or garland out of paper for decor and then I feel bad about the paper that I’ve used for only one event.  Obviously I recycle it afterwards, but there is still a bit of guilt.  For Megan’s engagement party, I decided to cut down on the paper and garlands and streamers by just using some flowers and greenery.  The greenery in question is actually just stolen magnolia leaves from a nearby (HUGE) magnolia tree.  Which means that not only were the leaves free, but also pretty darn eco-friendly because honestly they were just going to fall off anyway.  That is a win win.

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Materials:

  • Gather a bunch of pretty leaves from a large tree.  Don’t be scared to forage outside of your yard.  Just be sure to ask for permission (or be extra sneaky.)
  • Rope.  We happened to have some old rope laying around that Corey uses to clean off the roof (don’t ask) but you can buy some for super cheap at the Home Depot or Lowes.
  • Floral Wire

Directions:

  1. Wash off the leaves so you don’t feel gross about putting them near your food.  Gather three or four leaves together and tie them by the stems with the floral wire.
  2. Tie the gathered leaves to the end of the rope to start your garland.  Then repeat with additional groups of leaves, being sure to hide the rope and twine as you go, and alternate direction so the garland looks natural.
  3. Once the garland is the desired length, cut the rope, and tie a final set of leaves in the opposite direction to hide the floral wire.
  4. Be amazed at your genius.

XO,

Colleen

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Blood Splatter Napkins DIY

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It has kind of been killing me that we haven’t been able to do a Halloween DIY this year so I decided to throw one together in literally 5 minutes the other night with some things I already had with the addition of white napkins I picked up at Target.  You will notice by the pronounced fold in them that I did not wash them before I did the DIY because I was being lazy.  I would recommend that if y’all try this, you do not follow my lead.  Anyways, if you guys are having friends over for Halloween and looking for a last minute idea to spruce up the table setting, this is it.  I used black paint instead of red for the “blood” because I thought it looked more sophisticated and less gory that way.  But red would probably be more realistic if that is what you are going for.

Blood Splatter Napkins diy blog copy What you’ll need:

– napkins

– black craft paint

– textile medium (can be picked up at any hobby/art store)

– a paintbrush

What you’ll do:

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1.  Mix up your paint for use on fabric.  The rule is one part fabric medium to two parts paint.  I eyeballed it.  Then mix it all in with your paint brush.  After that, spray or drop a bit of water in at a time so you have a very thin paint in some areas and thicker in the middle.

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2.  Take your paint brush and load it with thin paint and start splattering by shaking paint onto your napkin.  You can paint on thicker paint for darker areas.  Just do it however you think looks good.

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3.  Paint your hand thickly with paint.

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4.  Before it has a chance to dry at all on your hand, bring it down in the middle of the napkin and smear downward using your other hand to hold the top of the napkin.  When you do this step, be sure to pay attention to where you will be folding the napkin so the hand will be visible.

Let dry and you are good to go.  I would also wash these puppies by themselves for the first time so black paint doesn’t bleed on your clothes.  The textile medium helps hold the paint on and I have used it before with success but you can never be too careful.

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