Here’s my first cliff hanger post. All part of my wily attempt to get you fine readers back for another day. Or… poor time management. I’ll let you decide. (Technically, I could also blame Hurricane Sandy for eliminating all the supplies in our basement since I keep going down there to grab something and realize… nope, gone.)
First, a little peek behind the curtain on this one. Bear with me as my motives are odd. Recently I threw my hat in for a blog contest, Creating with the Stars. Trust me, you would have heard if Ciburbanity had been chosen! Sure, I was disappointed, but what the contest did for me was open my eyes to all the amazing bloggers out there who aren’t simply using Pinterest as a springboard, but they’re inventing and creating and imagining their own incredible projects. From scratch. Like this:
So I’m trying to challenge myself to create more and copy less. Which means raiding the garage, basement, and craft closet for any supplies that might come in handy. Temperatures were in the 50s yesterday so I euphorically reached to my spray paint shelf.
I love the look of antique mirror, but it requires some major chemicals, etc. that I’m always a little cautious to tackle. But there are ways of faking it. I was faking it with a pane of glass, but you can also use a glass jar or a bowl. Mist your surface with a tiny bit of water and then spray over this with your mirror spray paint.
Let it dry for a few minutes and carefully dab the excess water away with a paper towel. Repeat the process. I did this about 5 times until I couldn’t really see the writing through my glass. Mirror portion of this create-not-copy project, done.
Next for the frame. We had some 1.5″ scrap wood that could be perfect. Here’s my precision method for working out dimensions.
I cut the wood down to size (I’ll miter the corners to 45% last).
And here’s where the cliff-hanger begins. I loved the look of the stain I made for this DIY height chart– vinegar and steel wool- but it takes a few days to set up. A few days I wasn’t banking on, because I thought we still had stain (any stain!) in the basement.
So… stay tuned for the big reveal later in the week when the steel wool and vinegar can get their activation on!
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