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Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Matte Gold Holiday Wreath

Recently I was staying at the super posh Westin Oaks inside the Houston Galleria (yes, we stayed at a hotel connected to the mall…heaven!), and all the super high end retailers had their holiday displays. One in particular had the most gorgeous matte gold wreaths adorned with simple white ornaments and a silver beaded garland, and I became obsessed. It was so classy, simple and chic. I finally tracked down a similar wreath at a home décor store and it was $70 for just the gold wreath. No thanks!

Not one to be easily deterred, I got some inspiration when I thought about my beloved gold spray paint from True Value. I cannot emphasize how AMAZING this spray paint is—it is the most beautiful, true, bright gold I’ve ever seen in spray paint form. Right now it’s on sale for $2.99, so I need to go to my local True Value and stock up pronto. I’ve used it on metal, wood, plastic, and glass...and now on faux wreaths. I buy this stuff by the case. So, I decided to make my own matte gold wreath. The pictures don’t do it justice, y’all. It’s not shiny, but it is very gold and I love how it pops against my mirrors in the dining room.

DIY matte gold wreath- full tutorial and more DIY tutorials can be found at MonicaWantsIt.com

Let me break down this super easy process for you. While I used a matte gold spray paint, you could easily do this with a solid color, another metallic finish such as silver or copper, or you could layer a metallic color and finish it off with some Krylon Glitter Blast for lots of sparkle.

· I started with a basic 24” wreath (this could also work on garland), and I fluffed it to what I would want it to look like if I were to hang it as is.

· I did one light coat of gold over the whole wreath and let it dry about five minutes.

· Next I flipped it over so that the back was showing to make sure I got paint along the edges, which was especially important since I hung it against a mirror and it’d show part of the backside. Let it dry five minutes. Flip back over.

· Now is the part where you move branches around and spray paint into the branches/nooks/crannies to make sure you can’t see any green.

· Do this until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Let it dry completely for about an hour, then feel free to attach ornaments, garland, etc. I kept it simple and glam.

DIY matte gold wreath- full tutorial and more DIY tutorials can be found at MonicaWantsIt.com

DIY matte gold wreath- full tutorial and more DIY tutorials can be found at MonicaWantsIt.com

DIY matte gold wreath- full tutorial and more DIY tutorials can be found at MonicaWantsIt.com

Tips:

· While this is easy to do, it does take a little bit of time. It’s a lot of spray, dry, wait and repeat.

· The wreath may not look large, but all those little branches are tiny areas/spaces that need to be painted…so plan to use about one can of spray paint per wreath.

· This will take several coats and some shuffling of branches, but always make sure the wreath/garland is dry before moving on.

· Command Hooks and suction cups are two of my fave tools for hanging wreaths over items such as mirrors. I use the Command Hook on the wall and the suction cup on the mirror to ensure it stays in place. It’s all covered up with a wide satin ribbon and brooch.

· Metallic finishes tend to be very matte (yay!), so your wreath will not be sticky. Glossy spray paints tend to have a tacky finish for a while, so matte/satin finishes are recommended. If you use glitter, put a clear satin coat over it to help prevent the glitter from flaking off.

So, I know we all love spray paint in this DIY blog world, but remember you can use it for things besides furniture and knick knacks. It can be used to transform ordinary holiday décor to something totally custom and beautiful.

And if you want to see how I use spray paint to create custom high-end ornaments like the ones below, check out my post over on the True Value DIY Squad website.

DIY matte gold wreath- full tutorial and more DIY tutorials can be found at MonicaWantsIt.com

How do you use spray paint in your holiday décor?

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, the opinions read here are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY Monogram Glassware with Dremel Micro

Thank you Dremel for sponsoring this post! For more fun craft/DIY projects, please visit Dremel Weekends.

Everytime I go to Kirkland’s I fall in love with one of their monogram items, and I can never ever find the letter I need. I love monograms because it’s specific to the person and usually it’s in a beautiful font (I lurve fonts!) When I first got my Dremel Micro 8050, I was going to use it on wood to make a carved Christmas art piece (which I am still making and will share with you at a later time) because I thought that it’d be easy…OK, it’s because I am too chicken to work with glass.

I thought the glass would surely shatter or that the Dremel Micro would be hard to control, but I was SO wrong.

Dremel Micro Review & Tutorial: How to etch a monogram onto glass. Find lots of crafty tutorials at monicawantsit.com

So, just for you, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and conquer my fear of working with glass. And I can now proudly say I am no longer afraid of working with glass. Using the Dremel Micro 8050 felt like I was using a big pencil—it was easy to use, the light really helped me see what I was doing, and it’s one of those tools that you’ll get better and better at using once you get in a groove.

Dremel Micro Review & Tutorial: How to etch a monogram onto glass. Find lots of crafty tutorials at monicawantsit.com

I found lowball glasses at a thrift store, and since I have my new bar cart in the living room, I figured I’d etch a pair with our monogram. Now that I’ve got this project under my belt I want to use the Dremel Mirco to etch all the things!

Etched Monogrammed Glassware Supplies:

  • Glassware (clean/dry)
  • A print out of your design (I used a monogram I designed in Publisher sized to 1.7”)
  • Tape
  • Dremel Micro 8050 with silicone carbide tip (blue/green)
  • Safety goggles

Step 1: Print out your design, cut it down to size, and tape it to the inside of your glass. Make sure it’s straight and secure.

Dremel Micro Review & Tutorial: How to etch a monogram onto glass. Find lots of crafty tutorials at monicawantsit.com

Step 2: Get your Dremel Micro ready to go with the silicone carbide tip and set the speed to 25. Carefully start tracing your design. Rather than trying to trace your design all at once, do it in small passes. I found it easiest to go from left to right so I can see what I was doing. The built in light will help a lot.

Dremel Micro Review & Tutorial: How to etch a monogram onto glass. Find lots of crafty tutorials at monicawantsit.com

Step 3: After you finish tracing, carefully look over your design to make sure you didn’t miss any areas. Once you’re satisfied, remove your stencil and give your glass a quick wash to remove all the dust. If you remove the stencil and then find an area you’d like to etch more, just go ahead and very carefully etch some more.

Dremel Micro Review & Tutorial: How to etch a monogram onto glass. Find lots of crafty tutorials at monicawantsit.com

That’s pretty much it! At first you’ll be a bit nervous, but once you start that all melts away, I promise. I love that the Dremel Micro is cordless and packed with features: Light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.

The tool is only $89 at Amazon, Home Depot, or Lowe’s, and it’s fully compatible with other Dremel rotary tool accessories. This is my third Dremel product, and I cannot speak highly enough about them. We’ve used our Dremel to mortise hinges, get in tight spaces when installing flooring and we have a tiny piece to cut off, and even when carving pumpkins around Halloween.

This project is a great, affordable DIY gift idea! Just add some tissue paper, chocolate truffle balls, and it’s a beautiful, custom gift that you can whip up for under $5 and 20 minutes.

Dremel Micro Review & Tutorial: How to etch a monogram onto glass. Find lots of crafty tutorials at monicawantsit.com

Dremel Micro Review & Tutorial: How to etch a monogram onto glass. Find lots of crafty tutorials at monicawantsit.com

For more information and project ideas, please visit www.Dremel.com.

Do you own/use Dremel products?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Black, White & Gold Holiday Living Room Tour

I finally was able to spend sometime doing what I love...decorate! The living room is decorated in my favorite color palette of the moment: black, white & gold! I didn't want anything super traditional. This holiday decor is really me, and it makes me so happy! I'll shut up now and show you all WAY too many photos. There's a lot of super simple DIY's included in my decor, so I'll give you details along the way. I invested a lot of time in effort into the projects, decor, and photos, so I ask that if you like this post, please pin it on Pinterest and share on your social media channels. It makes me happy when my content gets shared. :)

The Mantle

 Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com 

Garland was $4 from Target (I love it!)

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

The stockings above are from Dollar Tree (circa 2011). I added striped ribbon, bows and mini chalkboards for a custom look.

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

The “art” on the mantle is made from canvases I bought super cheap from Michael’s. The gold dot art pieces were made with sheets of gold cardstock and a 1” hole punch + Glue Dots. The black & white art piece is made from wrapping paper from Michael’s and a faux taxidermy ornament from Walmart.

The candlesticks are a bit hard to photograph, so I moved them away from the mantle to get a better pic. The candlesticks are from Dollar Tree and to make them swanky I added gold metallic stripes using Scotch Expressions Tape that I bought at Target for about $4 a roll (a steal…it comes with 25 yards!)

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

The Bar Cart

Our living room is where we spend a LOT of time during the holidays, so I’m finally putting my Target bar cart to good use this holiday season.

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

The metallic gold polka dot glassware is from Home Goods, as are the ice buckets and gorgeous faux taxidermy.

The Christmas Tree

I love my Christmas tree! I avidly chose to stay away from silver in favor of white accents, and I am so happy I did. There are a few disco ball ornaments that help bounce light around, but other than that it stays true to the color palette. Flowers and large stars from Dollar Tree add a bit of flair.

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

 Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

I snagged the Jason Wu ornaments back when Neiman Marcus and Target partnered together in 2012, and I am THRILLED I bought 2 sets on clearance. Isn’t the ornament below gorgeous? It probably weighs about a pound, no joke.

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Tree topper is from the Martha Stewart Collection at The Home Depot.

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Other Details

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

My favorite thing to do with leftover ornaments is to stick them inside an apothecary jar—so easy!

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

I lusted after this Pottery Barn pillow cover last year and it sold out. I snagged it this year and am SO. IN. LOVE.

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

This clearance monogrammed tray from Kirkland’s is great for drinks or for a candle inside a vase:

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

We got a pair of recliners from Home Decorators Collection, and they were the best investment we’ve made recently. A luxe blanket from Home Goods and a pillow from Target make this a great spot to snuggle up and watch TV. My ultimate goal with any decor I put in my house is to create an elegant, beautiful, but COMFY place to lounge—as evidenced below.

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

The Pooch

You all know how much I adore my dog, and he loves to pose for you all, so here are Pee Wee’s 2014 holiday pics. Yes, he’s a boy dog…I couldn’t resist adding some sparkle. (I’m a bad fur mom!)

Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com Black, white & gold modern & chic holiday decor. For more DIY decor ideas, head over to monicawantsit.com

Hope you all enjoyed my 2014 living room holiday tour! I’ll put the finishes touching on my dining room and will hopefully have that up early next week. For now, enjoy the pics above. If you have any questions on sources for decor, etc., please leave them in the comments and I will respond. :)

Have you put up your holiday decorations yet?

Linking up this post to: Marvelous Mommy, The DIY Dreamer, Not Just a Housewife, Skip to My Lou, DIY ShowOff, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Home Stories A to Z.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Add Holiday Sparkle to Your Home & Floors

Thanks to a partnership with Bona, I was given a very needed kick in the rear to break out the holiday decor. Today I'll be providing you with three DIY decor/craft ideas that will add a custom, festive, chic look to your holiday decor in under 10 minutes per project, plus it’s also a sneak peek as to what I’ve been working on the past week or so. Think of this as a mini-holiday bootcamp. Plus, I’ll also tell you about the awesome Bona Hardwood Floor Mop that will make cleaning your hardwood floors so easy this holiday season. Hope you enjoy these BonaFide Holiday Tips!

DIY Idea #1: Upcycle Ornaments with Washi Tape

I love decorating my dining room, and ever since I snagged a white Christmas tree on clearance last year, I’ve been looking forward to decking it out for the Christmas holiday. To save money, I decided to reuse some plain ornaments I bought. They looked a little plain for my glam tree, so I used some decorative washi tape to class them up a bit. The great thing about using decorative tape is that it’s NOT permanent, so you can easily switch up the look from year-to-year.

Affordable ways to DIY holiday decor to add sparkle to your holiday. Check out more crafty ideas at monicawantsit.com.

DIY Idea #2: Create “Custom” Stockings with Ribbon & Glue Dots

I’ve had these simple white dollar store stockings since 2011, and I was so tempted to buy new stockings this year for my black/white/gold Kate Spade inspired decor theme. To save money, I used some ribbon remnants I had on hand and some Glue Dots to add a festive touch to the stocking cuff. Some simple chalkboard placecards serve as nametags for the stockings, and a simple bow adds a bit of sparkle.

Affordable ways to DIY holiday decor to add sparkle to your holiday. Check out more crafty ideas at monicawantsit.com.

DIY Idea #3: Flowers on Trees

We all love ornaments and snowflakes, but this year I added some gorgeous faux florals. I bought some $1 bunches of flowers and using my heavy duty scissors (thick enough to cut a wire) I cut them down to individual stems and placed them on my tree. The contrast between round, shiny, glittery ornaments and velvety flowers adds depth and texture to my holiday tree.

Affordable ways to DIY holiday decor to add sparkle to your holiday. Check out more crafty ideas at monicawantsit.com.

With all of the decor I use in the various rooms of my house, I get glitter and dust ALL over my dark hardwood floors that show every little bit of dust. Luckily, using the Bona Hardwood Floor Mop makes clean up a snap. The mop has a built-in container and spray handle so you can easily spray, mop, and move on with your day. It leaves no residue, it’s non-toxic, and GREENGUARD certified.

Bona Hardwood Floor Mop review: keep your house clean and inviting this holiday season.

As you can tell, my holiday decor isn’t the only thing sparkling this holiday season because now my floors are (and will continue to be) sparkling clean, too. The mop is also easy to maneuver into tight corners as you can see below. If you have hardwood floors in your home, you need this Bona Hardwood Floor Mop. You can find it at most major retailers, and you can also save $3 by printing a coupon online by heading to the Bona website.

Bona Hardwood Floor Mop review: keep your house clean and inviting this holiday season.

To help get one of you in the holiday spirit, I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card that you can use to buy a Bona mop! You can enter using the widget below and by leaving a comment that answers this question:

How would a Bona mop help YOU keep your home clean and inviting for the holidays?

Good luck! Contest ends on December 8 at 11:59 PM CST. To see the full reveal of all my holiday decor, come back later this week! I can’t wait to show you all! :)

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