Home Decor: Nailhead Trim Multipanel Mirror.

So I am going to make a confession to you all, I am obsessed with Pottery Barn. It all started when I was little and would hoard my mother’s Pottery Barn catalogs under my bed like a young boy hoards Hustler magazines. I would create little ink stars on all the items I would use to create my dream bedroom that was a mix between unicorn princess fluff and anything Jane Austen would describe in her books. Well not much has changed except for the abundance of power tools my husband and I now own so I am able to recreate things I like when I don’t have the funds to purchase my starred items.

One of the current PB obsessions I’ve been having is the Eagan Multipanel Small Mirror. I thought it would be a perfect piece on one of our townhouse walls since we have vaulted ceilings and the walls can end up looking a bit bare. The only problem I had with the PB version was that it’s a bit plain and I want everything on the walls to look like art. I wanted something similar but with the feeling of an old trunk used to travel on the train. Think vintage luxury. Here is what I came up with for around $15…

Nailhead Trim Multipanel Mirror D.I.Y.

Nailhead Trim Multipanel Mirror D.I.Y.

Please note that the mirrors aren’t frosted. I blurred them in photoshop so you wouldn’t see how messy our home looks in the reflection (I’m going to clean as soon as I finish this post).

Supplies I Used:

  • 1/8″- 2′ x 4′ piece of hardboard from Menards ($2.39)
  • 9 framed mirrors size 8.5″ x 6.5″ from the Dollar Tree ($9)
  • flat black spray paint ($1)
  • 200 pack steel brass-plated flat-headed thumb tacks from Home Depot ($3.51)
  • glue (I used E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive, I buy the large tubes from Fleet Farm)
  • saw
The framed mirrors already had a really pretty gold detail around them.

The framed mirrors already had a really pretty gold detail around them.

I started by pulling all the extras off the back of the picture frames (the moveable part that helps the frames stand up on their own, any staples, and any picture hangers). Then I made my measurements on the board to know how small to cut it.

Cut it down to 21" x 28".

Cut it down to 21″ x 28.”

My husband sawed off the excess board using a saw hooked up to our air compressor. We trimmed it down to 21″ x 28.” This allowed a one inch space between each frame.

Flat black spray paint.

Flat black spray paint.

I spray painted the board outside using a dollar can of flat black spray paint. I wasn’t worried about perfection because I liked that old, washed out look.

Glue and frames.

Glue and frames.

This picture is a bit blurry but this shows how it looked after I used my E6000 industrial strength adhesive to glue the framed mirrors on the painted board with 1″ in between each frame.

'Nailhead trim' detail.

‘Nailhead trim’ detail.

Once the glue was dry I pushed in (with help from my husband) the thumbtacks, spacing them 1/2″ apart. Again, I wasn’t worried about perfection. I did not blur the middle far right framed mirror so you could see for yourself the mirrors aren’t frosted and also my house collects dust at a rapid pace. My husband used a staple gun to add picture hanging wire to the back to finish the project. I hung up my multipanel mirror creation and now I’m wanting to make 1 (or 3) more to hang next to this one.

I hope you enjoy this diy!

 

 

Happy Hour: Cozy Sweater White Russian.

I love fall time. Love, love, love and love it. The only drawback to fall this year is the fact that red wine (my other love) seems to make my allergies double. My husband and I decided to get creative with our living room mini bar (that I made out of an old bakers rake we resurrected from the thrift store, comment if you’d like to see the diy!). Our first collective creation: the Cozy Sweater White Russian. It is a gluten free, dairy free, cinnamon and spice, everything nice White Russian. It’s as if you melted a powdered sugar donut fresh from the bakery into an iced pumpkin spice latte all while wearing a soft cashmere blend sweater at the same time.

Cozy Sweater White Russian Recipe.

Cozy Sweater White Russian Recipe.

Recipe:

  • .5 shot Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist
  • 1-1.5 shot Kahlua
  • splash of pumpkin pie spice coffee creamer (International Delight is the best)
  • milk of your choice, about 6 ounces (I use almond and my husband couldn’t tell the difference)
  • ice if you’d like

Just stir it all together in a nice glass whilst wearing fuzzy socks, preferably in front of a fireplace after a day of pumpkin carving or any other wondrous fall activity. Also, I know this photo looks different than my usual. Night photos turn out much differently than daytime photos and our attachable flash is currently drying out after falling into a bucket of paint water…such is life!

Let me know if you tried this drink and you liked it, cheers!

 

Early Holiday Gift Ideas For Him.

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It’s almost that time of year again! I’m literally itching to set up the Christmas tree (and yes, I know I just posted about Halloween decor but I LOVE the holidays), Neiman Marcus’ 2014 Christmas Book came out (if wishes were fishes am I right?), and I want to fill the house with scents of fresh pine. With that said, I have made it my mission to have the least stressful holiday ever this year. I will drink and be merry with my cranberry vodkas, I will have silent nights of luxury in my cashmere leggings, and I will finish my shopping early! I thought I would create my own personal wish list for him to inspire myself as well as others. Here are my picks as of right now for the ho-ho-holidays…
  • Cashmere scarf (they never go out of style, especially one in neutrals)
  • Aftershave lotion (Dolce & Gabbana the one smells amazing)
  • Men’s Ugg slippers (my husband lives in these when he’s not at work)
  • A leather wallet (loving the camo by Paul Smith)
  • Italian cashmere slim fit sweaters (it’s as if he’s wearing a hug from you wherever he goes)
  • Slim fit sweatpants (for his last minute jaunts to deliver the RedBox before it’s too late)
  • A luxury watch (Cartier or Rolex anyone?)

But in the end of all these ideas it all comes down to the watch and what goes with the watch. Designer watches seem to start around $3,500 and go up to the price of a small island. Lately I’ve been perusing an auction site called Invaluable. My husband and brother like to accumulate fine watches. Luckily this site has it set to were you can bid on the watch of your dreams with pretty much any luxury designer brand available. Personally my husband loves watches with roman numerals, croc embossed leather, and stainless steel so the large Cartier 18k Santos watch would be the perfect pick. I could see him wearing this Cartier as he’s in his cashmere sweater, slim fit sweatpants, Ugg slippers, and scarf as we’re lounging about on a snow filled day sipping sugar cookie lattes. It would be the perfect time piece in his stocking! Now if only he could fit a pair of Louboutins in mine…

What kind of watch would you get your significant other?