Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DIY Table Runner

I really wanted a table runner that went the entire length of my [rather long] table; however, I really didn't want to spend a lot of money [big surprise, I know...]. So this is my simple but really pretty solution: a DIY table runner using [drum roll please...] more drop cloths!
 Here's how I made it: [but it's so easy I'm not sure you need instructions]
1. First, I decided how wide I wanted it and then added 2 inches for my hem and cut a strip that wide from my drop cloth.
2. Then I had a really long strip of fabric, so I measured how long I wanted it [I made mine the same length as my table cloth].
3. Next I turned down my 1" hem on each side and ironed them well [you'll see why on step #5].
4. Then I selected what I wanted to write [this is for Christmas, so I selected a couple of my favorite Christmas scriptures, but you can use quotes, song lyrics, poems... soooo many possibilities!], I then grabbed a silver sharpie and started writing [very, very carefully!].
5. Aaaand that's all. I was super lazy and didn't actually sew it [yet]. I will. I promise. [If I don't, I really meant to.] But for now, it's beautiful just as it is :)

And that's all! I have a beautiful table runner and I used stuff from around my house so it cost me $0. But if you had to go buy a drop cloth and sharpie it might cost somewhere around $12, and then you would have alot of fabric left over for more awesome projects!

* Like those Mercury Glass containers? Check out that tutorial too!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Words of Wisdom: Faith

I'm not up for a Monday [P]inspiration post just yet, so I'm just going to share this instead. Even on the darkest of days I have a light, and am so thankful for the hope that my faith provides.

[If you want to know more about that faith, feel free to email me- I'd love to tell you about it!]

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Letter DIY [super easy]

Here's a quick, simple DIY project that can make a big impact on your holiday decor.

Here's how you do it:
  1. Just purchase inexpensive papier-mache letters from a craft store [I chose to say Noel... my son said I need to purchase an F for next year to say No Elf ;)].
  2. Then spray the entire letter white.
  3. Then take one of these inexpensive ornaments [you can purchase a pack of like 20 for $1 or something!] and lay it on your letter in an interesting location...

And spray silver spray paint over the top of the ornament [don't let it move!].
Then, as your paint is still wet sprinkle glitter over the top!
And that's it! What a big space you can fill for very, very little $$! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Words of Wisdom: What's Important

Love this-  it's just so true. What a great reminder [especially with Christmas coming up...]
As parents we need to stop staring at all of our technology and look up at those beautiful blessings who are standing before us [and I'm talking to myself here!].

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to make [even better] Mercury Glass

Yes, I know… a Mercury Glass tutorial… surely every DIY blog has one by now, right?! [Yes. Yes they do.] I can assure you, if that is all I had to offer you today then I would simply link you up with Martha Stewart’s tutorial and call it a day! But NO!! Not here. Not today. Today I’m super excited because I took the typical tutorial and [in the words of Paula Abdul during her American Idol days] “made it my own!” [too much?!]
Sooo, anyway- here are the details: I wanted a richer two-dimensional look like the beautiful glass that I find in stores.

And I think I got it :) Here's how:

Materials you'll need:
Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint
Gold metallic spray paint
Spray bottle with water
tape & newspaper
rough cloth soaked in vinegar

I went and purchased all of these glass vases from Goodwill for $0.99 each.
Then I taped off the outside because you don’t want any paint on the outside.

Next, spray the inside of each vase with water [just one or two spritz’ is enough].

Then, right away spray the Looking Glass Paint over the water. You’ll want to do two or three very light coats of the spray paint [you’ll only need to spray the water for the first coat, though].

Be sure to let it dry completely before moving onto this next step [I did it the next day]. Now, it's all dry- right?! Good- now spray one light, quick coat of gold right over the silver.

Let it dry partially [only about 5 minutes] then take a rough cloth with vinegar on it and rub/scratch off bits of the paint to create an even more mottled effect.

Now. You could be done. Here’s what it would look like if you stopped here [the one on the right side]. Yes, it's very beautiful. But too gold for my table because I’ve got more of a silvery Christmas thing happening. So- I added one more step to get it to look like the one on the left.
Here’s a side by side comparison so you can decide whether or not to proceed…

 The final step [should you choose to accept it] is really, really super quick.
Just spritz the inside with one more shot of water and immediately follow it with one quick, light spray of the Looking Glass Paint. Then you’re done!
I just love the mottled gold and silver tones.
And when lit up at night they are GORGEOUS.

 Not bad considering that if you had to go buy the paint and all the vases... you still would only spend $26!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday [P]inspiration: Simple & Affordable Christmas Decor

When I swept the floor I had a dustpan filled with [fake] pine needles and glitter- which can mean only one thing: Christmas Decorations are underway in the Salvage Savvy household!! I just love, love [love] Christmas and today I'm sharing some simple and affordable [but gorgeous] ideas to fill your home with Christmas cheer! [No individual comments on the photos today... sorry... unless you skip them anyway, then "you're welcome!"]






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