Thursday, September 8, 2011
Until next time,
Friday, August 26, 2011
I am going to wear the outfit below everyday this fall. I tracked down the Tory Burch flats in Chicago, and they are en route to Montgomery as I type! The only thing I am worried about is my huge thighs is those tight red jeans. Thanks goodness I invested in Abcuts. :)
This green dress keeps me up at night. I will buy this, oh yes I will. Mom, if you are reading this, possible gift for your favorite and only child.
This outfit was created with a date night in mind for Paul and I. Its a little bit country(Paul), and a little bit rock n roll(me). A perfect combo for dinner and drinks in the booming metropolis of Montgomery, AL.
And last, but not least, Game Day!! Roll Tide!!!!! I will always love the idea of a fabulous dress and heels. Parading from Gallettes to the stadium. Those were the days!! But reality has set in, and I am not a college girl anymore. Tear. So this is my laid back version of Game Day. Who knows, I might trade the flat boots in for a pair with killer heels.
Monday, August 22, 2011
This is what the mirror will look like on the back once it is out of the box. There is a layer of paint that has to be removed. Maybe two layers, it depends. Lay it out on a drop cloth outside near a hose. Lather the paint stripper on and let it sit for as long as you can! It makes the removal process much easier. Then you can begin the oh so fun process of removing the muck. Tip, do not use organic paint stripper. Get the real deal. Organic took forever to work!!
This was our first mistake. We used a metal scrapper(that's what the other blogs said to do), and it made TERRIBLE scratches all over that could be seen on the other side. Plastic scrappers did the same thing. Lesson learned. Like my awesome gloves?
Here is when I needed a little liquid courage to keep me going. I recommend doing this when it is cool outside. The heat only adds to my frustration!
Once you start removing the stripper and paint, you will begin to see a silver mirrored finish. We found that a very gentle sponge, LOTS of cloths, and a little elbow grease was the best method for removing the paint and stripper. This helped avoid the scratches. We did all of this on a drop cloth. It gets messy!
More beer. This is key. Once the mirror has been stripped of paint, wash it off with the hose and give it a good wipe down. Once it is clean spray the backside with the muric acid. The more you spray the more antique it looks. I sprayed more around the edges so it would look more authentic. Let the acid sit for 20-45 seconds and rinse with the hose. This stuff is no joke. Be careful and do not breathe it in your lungs! If you think you want more spots, spray again and rinse again until you get the desired effect.
This is a crappy shot of the mirror after the muric acid was applied. Trust me it looks cool. Rinse and wipe the mirror down until it is completely dry. Now you are ready for the final step. Spray paint! Spray the entire back with black spray paint. Let dry. You are almost done.
Mom and I had moved onto wine at this point. This is the second mirror we had done, and we were kind of over it.
Close up of mirror with black spray paint applied.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
LIMEY WING CHAIR
THE EXPOSED TACS ON THE UPHOLSTERY WERE MY FAVORITE PART
NOT NEW, BUT SO AMAZING. THE LEATHER IS LIKE BUTTER
MARBLE SCROLL LAMP
ELEGANT, YET HIP
Until next time,
Friday, July 8, 2011
Bradley...our favorite. J. Crew
Thursday, July 7, 2011
1. How to measure for a chandelier...
This one I knew by heart, but it is an amazing way to help figure the size chandelier you will need for you room. Add the width and the length of you room together, and that will give you a good gauge of the diameter you will need for your chandelier. Brilliant!!
2. How much paint do I need...
Typically a gallon of paint will cover 400 square feet of wall. Remember this is only a guide!!
3. How high off the dining table should your chandelier be...
Typically 36" from the bottom of the chandelier to the table top. Don't freak out if it is a few inches off, this is merely a guide.
4. How do I measure for my drapery rod...
I typically measure from outside moulding to outside moulding on the window, and add 8-10". If you don't have that much space on either side of your window try to have at least 2-3" of rod on either side of the window.
Hope these are as helpful to you as they are to me on a daily basis! Hope you guys are having a great week!! Check out my boss' new website that launched yesterday, www.ashleygilbreath.com. We have been working very hard making sure it is perfect. The portfolio has turned out amazing. There is also a link to our new blog. Become a fan, and receive 10% off your first purchase.
Until next time,