DIY Windowpane Mirror

DIY Windowpane Mirror

Happy Monday!!!

This weekend Mark and I finally got around to hanging our latest project: our DIY Windowpane Mirror.

We started working on this about two weekends ago and had it ready to go in about a day and a half, but didn’t have the things we needed to hang it. We were out of town last weekend, so this weekend we decided to hang it.

We’ve been looking for a mirror of some sort to hang behind our couch in the living room on the big, blank wall. We had bought an arched mirror from Kirklands a few months ago, but once we got home it just didn’t look right so we returned it. I started looking at windowpane mirrors, but they were so expensive and I didn’t feel like spending that kind of money on something I felt like I could make myself for a lot cheaper. So, you guessed it, off to Home Depot we went.

You can easily use an old mirror from Goodwill if you can find one, but I didn’t feel like going on a hunt for a mirror so we just picked up this 48in x 36in slab of mirror from Home Depot (make sure you get the one without the beveled edge).

We measured out the pieces of wood we would need and Mark (I helped a little) set to work sawing the pieces at the saw station in Home Depot. For the angled edge on the outside frame, they have a little yellow box thing at the saw station that allows you to cut the edges. We did a 45 degree angle.

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You can choose whatever kind of frame design you want, I chose something pretty simple with just a few lines in it. You will need the four outside pieces to make the frame and then the inside pieces will all depend on how many panes you want. I wanted 12 boxes inside my mirror, so we did two long horizontal pieces and nine small vertical ones. There was a lot of math involved because you have to take into account the other wood pieces when finding the length you need to cut, so make sure you are aware that you will need to subtract those inches from the other pieces.

When we got home I started to paint the wood pieces. Front and back so no natural wood would show in the mirror’s reflection once they were glued on. I had leftover paint from when we refinished our coffee table , so I just used that. It is a mostly white, with a little cream color. I did two coats on the front, and just one on the back. When that was dry, I took an old rag and dipped it into the wood stain we had used for the coffee table top and dabbed off the excess. I gently rubbed it onto the wood pieces. If any spot was too dark I just kept rubbing until I lightened to how I wanted it. You really can’t mess it up. Mark kept saying he was so impressed with how I had done it, but I think he was highly under estimating how easy it was. I’m definitely not a very good painter.

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We used Gorilla wood glue to glue the frame to the mirror and liquid nails to glue the pieces onto the mirror front. I let it dry for about two weeks (you only have to let it dry for about 24 hours) and then we hung it.

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Hanging the mirror actually proved to be one of the hardest parts of this project. We screwed in some of these T straps on each of the four corners just for reinforcement. Then we screwed in some of these hangers on opposite sides of the mirror and drilled the nails into the wall (make sure you have the exact measurement on the wall as you have the two hangers on the frame).

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To hang the wreath on the mirror I took some burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I had laying around the house, looped it through this Smith & Hawkin Boxwood wreath from Target (why are boxwoods so expensive?!), and thumb tacked it to the back part of the frame before hanging the whole shabang on the wall.

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I think the total end price for this windowpane mirror was about $70 (without the wreath) which is a really good price considering windowpane mirrors are typically $200 at least. It would be even cheaper if you can find an old mirror instead of buying one from Home Depot (I’m just too impatient).

This window is one of my favorite projects we have done so far and makes our living room look a lot more open. So if you are feeling a little crafty, I suggest you give this mirror a whirl!

25 Cleaning Hacks

Cleaning Hacks

Hello, friends!!

I hope you’ve all been doing well. I know I haven’t been around a ton lately, but life has been really busy and Blonde to Boot took a back seat for awhile. I’m not going to lie, I’ve also lost some inspiration in coming up with new blog posts, so that hasn’t helped. I’m going to try and make a list of potential posts I can do and maybe that will spark some creativity. No one likes to read a boring blog!! So I apologize for the lack of content…hopefully things will pick up soon!

Some of y’all may find the subject of today’s post a total snooze, but it’s one of my favorite things to do…CLEAN!

I have been obsessed with cleaning ever since I can remember. We even have a picture of me on the kitchen floor when I was little with rubber gloves and some Ajax scrubbing the floor (I’m not sure how safe Ajax is for children haha I’m sure I was being supervised). I also asked for cleaning products for my birthday one year. Yes, it’s weird. But I find so much satisfaction in cleaning and organizing. As soon as a room gets messy in my house, I feel like my life is a mess. I realize this is ridiculous. But I feel like one messy room makes the entire house a disaster. I can only imagine my constant state of disarray once children come along and create a mess…or a thousand.

I try to tackle things one by one, whether it’s cleaning an entire room a week or maybe choose one task a week, like cleaning all the blinds or cleaning out the fridge. I find this makes things seem less overwhelming. The only frustrating part is nothing ever stays clean long in a house with two huge dogs…and Mark. But I feel a lot better when our main living spaces are kept clean (master bed/bath, living room and kitchen).

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot of different cleaning methods/hacks that have worked well and make the chore list seem a little less daunting. So today I am going to share my favorite cleaning tips with y’all and hopefully it will make your life easier in some capacity.

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1. Remove grime, sanitize, and rid your dishwasher of its musty odor with white vinegar. Simply place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher, make sure there are no other dishes in the dishwasher, and run through the longest cycle with the hottest water.

2. To kill germs and viruses on your kitchen sponge, microwave a damp sponge for two minutes and let cool. Make sure the sponge is wet or it will burn and really stink up your house.

3. Rub wax paper on faucet spouts and handles to prevent water spots and finger prints.

4. Clean your blinds with a long sock. Mix equal parts vinegar and water as a cleaning solution. Place sock over your hand and dip into mixture to wipe blinds clean.

5. Place a sheet of tinfoil at the bottom of your oven to catch any drips that may burn on the bottom. Change out foil, as needed.

6. Fill a Scotchbrite dishwand with half parts vinegar, half dish soap and keep in your shower to scrub walls when needed.

Keep a Scotch Brite dishwand in the shower filled with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 dishwashing detergent.

7. Wash floor and ceiling vents in the dishwasher. Make sure they are metal, not wood or plastic. Place on bottom rack or dishwasher without overlapping. Run through shortest cycle with NO dish soap/detergent (this is harsh on your vents). Dry immediately when done, don’t let them air dry or they could rust.

8. Lint roll your lamp shades to remove dust/debris.

9. Use nail polish remover to remove stains on the rubber sides of your tennis shoes.

10. Slip a fuzzy sock over the Swiffer head to avoid buying the pads. Keep a few fuzzy socks on hand to switch out during mopping if you are mopping a large space. Just wash in the laundry after using.

11. Use velcro strips to keep rugs from sliding all over the place (my dogs are super guilty of rearranging my rugs).

12. Clean your coffee maker by running 3 parts water with one part vinegar through. Then run cold water through two times to remove any left over vinegar. (This does make your house smell of vinegar for a little bit, but at least you have clean coffee!)

13. Remove stain rings from toilets by snipping off part of a Magic Eraser sponge and letting it sit in the toilet overnight.

14. A razor can help remove lint and paint from clothing. Make sure it’s a sharp one.

15. Use a coffee filter to wipe tv screens and computer monitors.

16. Remove water ring marks from wood furniture by blow drying it. Hold the dryer close to the furniture until the water ring disappears. Rub olive oil on the spot afterward to recondition the wood.

17. Clean wood cutting boards with salt and lemon. Just rub coarse salt on the cutting board with a lemon cut in half. This combo kills any germs hiding in the wood grain! Just rinse clean :)

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18. Hydrogen Peroxide is a great cleaning agent. Soak toothbrushes in it it kills germs (great for when you are sick), wipe out your refrigerator with it (great for places where you store food), put a 1/2 cup in the toilet bowl and scrub clean to kill germs. You can also add it to your laundry when you wash your whites, great for removing stains.

19. Place your toilet bowl brush in between the toilet and the seat lid to dry after scrubbing your toilet. Let it dry for a few minutes before putting it back in the brush holder and sitting in its own filthy water.

20. Use newspaper to wash glass instead of paper towels. This helps avoid streaks!

21. Use toothpaste to clean your engagement/wedding ring. It really makes it sparkle.

22. Polish your stainless steel appliances with a paste made from a mix of water and cream of tartar.

23. Use an old pillowcase to clean fan blades. This ensures the dust is kept inside and doesn’t fall all over the place. It always grosses me out to see the clumps of dust that fall from the fan when I clean it. Yuck.

24. Clean you mattress by lightly spritzing it with vodka, and let it air dry. The alcohol helps kill the bacteria. You can also sprinkle baking soda on it and vacuum it up, but this seems more messy to me.

25. Line your paint trays with aluminum foil to make for easy cleanup when painting.

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So, moral of the story…baking soda, vinegar and lemons are your best friend when it comes to household cleaning. You can basically use them for everything.

DIY Framed Mirror

DIY Framed Mirror

Last week I shared our newly painted downstairs bathroom. We had ripped off the slab of mirror from the wall and I ended up framing it and sticking it back up on the wall instead of buying a whole new mirror – partly because that obviously would cost more money, and partly because it was such a strangely sized mirror (like 2 or 3 inches from a perfect square) I wasn’t sure I’d find one to cover the dry wall we had ripped off in the process of taking the mirror down. I had always wanted to frame the mirrors in our master bathroom anyway and figured this would be good practice.

We went to Home Depot (no surprise there) and got a few supplies.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

4 Wood Rosette Blocks

4 pieces of decorative moulding (I believe ours was technically door moulding)

1 tube Liquid Nails

1 tube Loctite Mirror Adhesive

Paint (of your choosing)

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You will obviously want to start by measuring your mirror first so you know what length moulding you need to frame it with (don’t forget to take into account the size of the rosette blocks). After we had all our supplies I started by painting the rosette blocks and moulding. They were primed white when we bought them, but I wanted to paint them a cream color since we had it left over from refinishing our coffee table. Make sure you paint the backs of the wood pieces also or else you will see the white primer or natural wood through the mirror’s reflection once you glue them on the mirror.

After the pieces were painted and dry, I took the liquid nails and glued them straight onto the mirror. Make sure you don’t get it near the edge of the wood piece or again you will see the glue in the reflection (liquid nails comes in white and clear, but I didn’t want to risk seeing dry glue so I used it sparingly).

I then used some white caulk to fill in any small gaps between the rosette block and moulding. Since the caulk matched the paint color I didn’t have to paint over the caulk, but if you choose a different color you will have to paint over the caulk once it has dried.

I let the glue dry for a good 24 hours before we adhered it to the dry wall. Since the mirror had BIG blobs of the Loctite glue on it when we pulled it off the wall, we decided the professionals probably knew what they were doing, so we copied them and made about 5 huge blobs of Loctite glue on the back of the mirror (in each corner and in the center) and pushed it against the wall. We rested the mirror on the countertop lip so it had support and didn’t slide down the wall.

And just like that we had a new mirror!!

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This ended up being a really inexpensive way to fancy up our mirror and it really makes a difference in the feel of the bathroom. I will definitely be doing this in our master bathroom…in due time.