Upcycled Candlesticks

I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend! It was so nice to have a 3-day weekend just to spend around here and not have to do too much. Since I had a little extra time on my hands I finally was able to tackle a small project I have been planning since I spotted these candlesticks in a thrift store down the street. This is probably the easiest craft you will ever find so brace yourself.

I got the idea after I did this little dessert stand project here. All you need is some spray paint and a few cheap candlesticks!

Black painted candlesticks

Not super interesting, but I saw their potential 🙂 …I think I spent $3 on both of them so not only is this an easy project, but it’s easy on your wallet too!

All you need to do is spray paint them with Frosted Glass paint (after they’re clean and dry of course), let them dry an hour or so (I let them sit a little longer just to be sure, but I’m sure they’d be fine in 20 mins as long as the coat isn’t super thick), then spray paint them in the fun color of your choice!

I went with classic black paint since it will match everything, but it’d be fun to do some cute neon colors for the summer… I’ll have to go pick some fun colors up and do more of this 🙂 Candles everywhere!!

Roundup | some Blue for you

I love the color blue. It’s always been my “favorite” color even though I go through phases of pinks and different shades of blues… well, here’s one blue that always is a favorite (and even Patriotic for weekends like these!). I would love to figure out a way to incorporate indigo into my apartment!

Happy Friday and Memorial Day weekend!!

Wednesday Roundup | Easter Time!

Easter is such a fun time for crafts. There are just so many adorable ideas out there, it’s hard to decide which ones to try! Since I was home this past week, I got to dye Easter eggs with my little sister. It was a blast since neither of us have dyed eggs in years…and I don’t think an Easter is complete without a few real dyed eggs.

easter egg dyeing

The only downside to the egg dyeing party was that we only had 6 eggs in the house and we couldn’t find any good rubber bands. We did the best we could, though… 🙂

While at Wal Mart the other night, I picked up some crochet thread, water balloons, and liquid starch so I could do this fun craft I’ve been dying to try. It was much messier and more time consuming than I thought it would be, but I think the end result was worth it!

Here are some other DIY ideas to try for Easter. Hope you enjoy!

Easter DIY Ideas

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Flirtin’ with the Curtains

We have a large span of windows in our living room – 168 inches to be exact (14 feet!). We spent a lot of time deliberating how to make curtains work in our living room since the mini-blinds remind me of a rather dreary college dorm. Also, our apartment’s moulding is a nursery school blue: the baseboards, the frames around doors and closets…yes, blue everywhere. Curtains would be nice 🙂

We shopped around for a while online, went to Wal-Mart, Target, TJ Maxx (you never know what you’ll find), but finally decided to make the trek to Ikea. Ikea’s about 45 mins away from us but the trip is always worth it! My husband and I always make a fun date out of it when we go there.

In order to have enough curtains to cover our 3 big windows, we had to buy two sets of 98 inchers which are hard to find elswhere. But Ikea sold the ones we wanted for $24.99/set. Then we got 2 sets of curtain rods (these were $10 each), ditched the dinky rod ends that came with the set and snagged a bigger pair.

The curtains are just barely long enough (we have 9.5 ft. ceilings) but they do the job.

Picture time!

Setting up Ikea Curtains

We thought the process of setting them up would be tricky, but it went rather smoothly!

wrinkled curtains

They were a little wrinkled coming out of the package but after struggling to iron one big curtain for over half an hour (it’s a long process!), I gave up and sprayed some water on them to see if they would unwrinkle with a little gravity.

The next day they looked a lot better, but having them completely closed reminded me of a sketchy funeral home (“Whoa! It’s wicked dahk in hyeah!” Colby yelled one morning) so we tried this:

Ikea curtains hung

Now it feels more homey and now we can wave to our friends at Miguel Angel Barber Shop!

views outside our window

Did you notice the lantern on our coffee table? Yeah, we got that when we bought our curtains, along with a mirror. And a plant. And hangers. Oh and chocolate and a hot dog. That place is dangerous.

Ikea Candle Lantern

Wednesday Round-up: This week’s good eats

This week so far has been a lot of cooking. All new recipes, too!  I decided today I’d dedicate my Wednesday post to the great recipes I’ve found in the past couple days.

Monday: I already posted about the pork chops we made Monday night, but I’m sharing again, just because:)

 

Tuesday: We had a nice big hunk of salmon in our fridge so I found this delicious recipe: Real Simple‘s Salmon with Dijon Dill Sauce. YUM! This was surprisingly quick and easy, so this one I highly recommend!

 

Wednesday: Decided to go simple last night since I was having friends over and my husband made a spaghetti casserole I found on Taste of Home. We used this recipe, modified it a bit based on what we had in the cupboard, added a little extra cheese on top, and loved it! Prep time was basically cooking the noodles and mixing everything in the pan and bake time was 30-45 mins.  My friends hadn’t even heard of spaghetti casserole and thought it was good–something they will try themselves.

 

Any other good recipes that are easy enough to do on weekday nights? I’d love your ideas! I’m really into “30mins or less” recipes as you can tell.

Wednesday Round-up: Mason Jar Lovin’

I have a big love for Mason jars (come on, who doesn’t?). I used them in my wedding, I have lots sitting around my house just waiting to be repurposed… and hopefully I’ll get around to using some of these ideas myself soon!

For today’s round-up, I couldn’t resist posting these adorable ideas.

Mason Jar decorating ideas

1. Floating Candle Jars

2. Clear Glass Ball Cluster Swag

3. Floating Vase

4. Soap Dispenser

5. Picture Displays

6. Picture Frame (with Olive Oil)

Click here for many more ideas (50 to be exact)!

Any of you have any other favorite ways to use mason jars?