A second life for a vintage mirror


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Painted wood mirror - vintage lavender and olive
Painted wood mirror - vintage lavender and olive
Raw wood mirror
Raw wood mirror

Supplies

  • acrylic paint and a brush
  • a fabric coupon (35 x 35 cm)
  • a lace ribbon
  • a purple satin ribbon
  • needle and thread to sew the cover

 

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Here's a craft project that I made last month, with lavender and olive inspirations. I found this mirror and decided to give it a new look using paint and a fabric coupon, in order to make it more "shabby chic".

 

I had this cute fabric coupon with lavender and olive pattern so I made a cover for the storage box below the mirror. I took the same colors to paint the mirror with acrylic paint.

 

First I cleaned the mirror with a damp cloth to remove dust and I prepared my colors to paint the mirror. I made my own colors using white paint and adding shades of blue and red to make the lavender color. For the olive color I blended white, dark green and grey.

I applied two layers of olive green paint before painting the edges of the mirror with lavender paint. Once the paint dries, I highlighted the carved details with a white line and then I added a little bit of olive green on it (see below).

 

Finally, I sewed a cover with the lavender and olive fabric coupon, and I added a lace ribbon to create a fine border and give the mirror a more romantic look.

In order to maintain the cover inside the storage box I sewed a ribbon on each end of the cover to attach both ribbons behind the mirror.

Hand sewn slipcover - vintage lavender and olive plus lacework
Hand sewn slipcover - vintage lavender and olive plus lacework

What do you think about this new look ? Don't hesitate to leave comments.

See you soon !

 

Both from mediterranean origin, lavender and olive are often associated  in decoration as well as in cosmetics. Have a look at a selection of pictures on my Pinterest.




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Brazilian bracelets


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My homemade Brazilian bracelet - Hipanema inspired
My homemade Brazilian bracelet - Hipanema inspired
My homemade bracelets
My homemade bracelets

 

It's been a long time since I worn Brazilian bracelets back in the 90's when I was at school. But the Brazilian bracelets at that time were quite different because we used to knot them to the wrist and it was impossible to take them off. I remember that I worn mines until the very last day when I had to cut them and put them to garbage because they were too damaged.

 

But today the craft shops got all you need to make a perfect "pro" bracelet with cool clasp and the embroidery threads are so beautiful. Now it's possible to change your bracelet everyday and match it with your outfit.

 

For the Brazilian bracelet I made, I used clasps that you need to pinch, which avoids making a knot after weaving. To secure the bracelet, you can use simple flat pliers. Then you just have to add the "spring rings" clasps. 

I had fun weaving a few bracelets with seed beads and embroidery thread. It allowed me to try the DMC metallic embroidery threads. I chose the "Light Gold" thread for the Brazilian woven bracelet on the main photo (above), and the  "Dark Gold" thread as a basis for my pearl bracelet. The metallic embroidery thread is to be matched with other standards threads, and I don't recommend you to weave a bracelet with a majority of metal thread. I tried and it is not very comfortable to wear, it tends to sting the skin.

On Pinterest, I selected a set of pictures of Brazilian bracelets, I find all super nice, of course there is the Hipanema brand. I think this brand has completely revived this type of bracelets. And when you do not necessarily have the means to buy an original Hipanema bracelet, you can have fun making one by yourself with a little equipment.

You can find DIY on most fashion blogs or creative blogs so I'm not going to propose a DIY here, unless I find something original to show you  ;-)
 
In the meantime I let you admire the photos on my Pinterest and feel free to leave comments and share your creations on facebook or twitter. 

See you soon!

 




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Gold table vase


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Homemade table vase
Homemade table vase

Supplies

  • 1 small fruit juice glass bottle
  • 1 pot of transparent paint for glass Vitrea160 N°61 "Shimmer bright orange"
  • 1 pot of glass paint Marabu GlasART N°586 (glittery gold)
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 gold ribbon
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 pot of brush cleaner Marabu Reiniger

Make a pretty table vase with a small glass bottle. That vase will look beautiful on your table and it will highlight your cut flowers. For the photo I used Alstroemeria flowers (Lily of the Incas) purchased from Marks & Spencer.

 

To make this vase at home: 

 

1. Apply a layer of Vitrea160 # 61 "Shimmer bright orange" on the small glass bottle and leave to dry for about 2 hours

2. Apply a second layer of Vitrea160 # 61 "Shimmer bright orange" and leave to dry for 24 hours

3. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 160 ° C / 325 ° F and then leave to cool

4. Apply a layer of Marabu GlasART No. 586 and leave to dry for 24 hours

5. Cut about 40cm of ribbon and form a knot around the neck

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