Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Master Bathroom Mirror Spray Paint Tutorial

Today I am sharing another spray paint project with you... if you follow my blog, you know that I have been working on redecorating and updating the Master Bathroom. I am going to share how I updated the mirror in our bathroom and how I changed the color of it from silver to white with a can of spray paint!

I purchased this beaded silver mirror from Target for $40. I could not find a white mirror in the large size that I needed for the bathroom, so I decided to spray paint it white!


First, apply painters tape all around the mirror.


Then tape over the mirror some large white paper... I used some oversized white paper that my daughter had painted on.


Since you are going to want to be able to paint the SIDES of the mirror as well as the front of the mirror, you'll want to prop the mirror up on something. I used plastic cups, because I had a lot of them and I didn't care if they got ruined... I could just throw them away after I finished spray painting the frame. Easy peasy!


Here is what the mirror looked like after I propped it up on top of the red plastic cups.


I did about 4 coats, letting them dry a good half hour in-between coats. Make sure you have a can of white spray paint that is FULL, if the can starts to get empty it will start splattering out and it won't give the mirror an even finish. Also, make sure you don't spray too much white paint or it'll pool into puddles on the frame which will also result in an uneven finish. I used a white satin finish... you could use a flat or glossy finish. This is what the frame looked like after the first coat.


Here is the finished mirror after 4 coats of white satin spray paint. Doesn't it look fab? If any of the white paint does somehow get on the mirror, you should be able to get it off by scraping it with your nail, or you can try to get it off with an exact knife (scrape gently, though!).

The last time I hung something, it was over our toilet and it fell off and cracked the tank of the toilet! I leave hanging 'heavy' items to Brian now... :) Here is what the frame looked like after he hung it up in our Master Bathroom! I love how chic and trendy it looks... our mirror before this one was a HUGE sheet mirror... no frame on it, nothing... I've been wanting to have a 'frame' around our mirror for awhile now! Even Autumn went 'ooohh' and 'ahhh' when she walked in the bathroom the next morning. I think everyones reflection always looks better in a pretty frame, right?!

I am so pleased with this mirror, that I can't wait to do something similar in our hall bathroom!! I don't have a whole lot left in this bathroom...

Here is the list of what remains for our Master Bathroom:

  • Paint Vanity WHITE (if you have any tips PLEASE send them my way, never done this before)
  • New Knobs for the Vanity (I've already picked these out at Lowes)
  • New Faucet (the one we have now is an antique! who uses clear knobs these days?!)
  • Towel Ring near Sink (so we can dry our hands off BY the sink)

THAT'S IT!! Then... I'll probably move on to updating/redecorating our Hall Bath!! I have a lot of other areas in the home that I plan to start on/finish, too... It will be nice to be DONE with this Master Bathroom (sooner or later).

AND, when I get this bathroom done... I cannot wait to show you before and after photos... it is really something, trust me!!! Before and after photos are always my fave, so stay TUNED!

Check out the other projects I have completed in our Master Bathroom below:
Personalized Towel Hook Holder with Pottery Barn Towels, click HERE

Decorating with Shelves and Baskets, click HERE
Monogrammed Canvas, click HERE

Gold Dipped Basket, click HERE

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Destin Trip, Fourth Day and Curly Crafty Mom's Meal Plan, Week 23

On our fourth day in Destin, it was RAINING when we woke up... with no sun peaking out of the clouds. Brian and Nathan were going to go parasailing, but it was canceled... I was a little glad, I don't know if I like the idea of my little boy up that high on a parachute. We decided that it would be a great day to check out the Baytowne Wharf for a little shopping, bites to eat and if the weather allowed us... some zip lining and climbing for the boys! I love this photo of my and my little girl! She is getting SO big lately, I want her to stop growing so fast...


Here are the kids standing in front of the lake at Baytowne Wharf, somehow I got them to both cooperate with a smile. (I bribed them with promises of ice cream!)


The Baytowne Wharf water tower


The walkway was so pretty, there were shells crushed into the concrete path. Of course, I had to take a footsie selfie (is that what you call those?!).


My GOODNESS it is humid in Florida... and, I thought we had some major humidity in St. Louie! Humidity doesn't go well with my hair (I almost rethought our professional pics, worrying my hair would turn into a fuzz ball!), but aren't these natural curls on Autumn just perfect?!


I thought this courtyard was beautiful, so why not take a photo of my beautiful girl in it?


The weather was kind of iffy that entire morning... it would sprinkle, POUR... stop... and, do it all over again. While it was POURING, we went into the arcade and checked out the huge laser maze. Nathan loved it! Brian tried it and got a rug burn that was SO bad we needed to get the neosporin out. LOL. Poor hubby!


Then... the highlight of the ENTIRE trip happened for Nathan. Seriously, this is what he wanted to write on his card to his teacher when I asked him what his favorite part of the trip was... It was winning 1,000 tickets in the arcade on the bass game! Uhhh, what?! Then, of course we left the prize he got with it (a ball shooter gun) at the restaurant and Brian had to go back and get it after the kids were in bed! Brian said the Baytowne Wharf is a happening place at night, that it was busier than Downtown Disney! I find that hard to believe, but I believe him!


I love to take detail shots... I saw these dew drops on this rope and had to get a detail shot. So pretty.


So, it stayed dry enough for the boys to do something wild and crazy. Zip lining!!! Zip lining looks so, so fun to me... but, I am too scared to try it! I have a horrible fear of heights! This zip line would be perfect for the beginner, because unlike the zip lines that are in Colorado that go over cliffs and valleys and who knows what else, this one just goes across the lake and back.


My crazy boy on the platform. I thought Brian would go first, but oh no... Nathan wanted to go first!

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And, away he goes!


Brian on the platform... he looks a little nervous, doesn't he? heehee!!!


Brian waving to me from the zip line! Crazy man!


My zip line champion!

Oh no... We did a little shopping at the American Doll Store... She was so excited about shopping for souvenirs for Caroline and Saige!

Autumn was excited to see an American Doll store, unfortunately... Mommy's pocket book was not so happy. lol.


There was SO much to buy inside the store... look at this table full of little shoes!! Look at the tiny little crocs!


While in the store, I let Autumn buy a pair of shoes and a princess gown for her doll. Then, I let her get two 'goody' bags that had who knows what in them for $6 and $8 each.


The outfits in the goody bags were kind of funny (aren't they always?)... I wish I had taken a better detail shot of them, but she got an astronaut/space type outfit and a crocheted dress type outfit.

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Autumn got to do this fun little climbing/obstacle course thing... she really loved it!


They had the cutest playground, it was really big and had the coolest wooden playhouse! Autumn spent a lot of time playing there.


Nathan got to do this climbing thing... I can't remember the name of it, but it looked really neat!

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Nathan and Brian and the top and Nathan walking across the platform to ring the bell.

After we had lunch at Roberto's (a pizza place in Baytowne Wharf) we headed back to the hotel to rest a little... but, we had PROFESSIONAL photos with Old Man and the Sea during the Magic Hour that night, so we spent a lot of time primping for photos!


Here are a couple of photos that are out of order... this is Nathan at our breakfast table. We enjoyed a HOT breakfast buffet (they also had made to order omelets and waffles) every morning with our Family Fun package. Yum, yum! I miss this!


And, this was what the outside pool area looked like after breakfast that morning. Look at that sad pool with all of the closed umbrellas. Go away rain!

I only have one more Destin post that I will do later this week and it is from our last day and is a short and sweet one. If you are planning a trip to Destin and have any questions, shoot them my way!

Are you ready for the meal plan for this week? I am only cooking THREE days out of seven this week, how awesome is that?

Menu Plan for Week of July 20, 2014:

Sunday - Spaghetti, Salad and Homemade Rolls
Doesn't this simple meal look so, so good?! This is the photo from the last time we had it for dinner! YUM!

Monday - Bourbon Chicken with Rice, recipe HERE
My second week of meal planning, tonight I made Bourbon Chicken with white rice. The kids always gobble this up, it is one of their favorite meals I make. Link to recipe and to the rest of my eats for the week in my profile or curlycraftymom.com
We haven't had bourbon chicken in over a month, what is wrong with that?! So, we'll definitely have it this week!

Tuesday - Dinner Out

The kids are going to be at my parents house for a little slumber party, so Brian and I plan to catch a film and dinner at The Five Star!

Wednesday - Dinner Out

We are going to be at SIX FLAGS, so of course some unhealthy yet tasty dinner will be in our bellies that evening!

Thursday - Skillet Breakfast Nachos, recipe HERE

This was really popular with the kids, so why not put it on the dinner menu this week... we had it one other time and it was so good! We ate every last bit of it!

Friday - Dinner Out

An EARLY birthday dinner for ME! And, of course... since I get to pick wherever we go, I am picking The Melting Pot! My favorite place... I was almost going to pick Annie Gunn's, but I think I may just come up for a lunch date with Brian sometime while he is at work and we'll dine there!

Saturday - Dinner Out
We have tickets to see The Muny and we are also going to enjoy their pre-dinner buffet! Yum!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Friday Update Post!

It has been awhile since I've done a post where I have given a little update on what has been going on with us. So, since we are back from vacations and there is a small window of summer left before the CRAZINESS of school starts again... I thought I'd give that update!

My birthday is coming up next month... so, of course we have a weekend packed with some of my most favorite things to do! Melting Pot for dinner and then the next day we are going to The Muny, which is an outdoor theater in St. Louis to see Grease! Today while I was cleaning, I dug out my old Grease VHS tapes and I watched Grease and half of Grease 2! It was a fun time (as far as cleaning goes) and I even found a ton of other movies for the kids to watch such as Bambi and The Lion King. I need to dig in the boxes further as I think I have Beauty and The Beast, which I don't think they've seen (how horrible!). I also feel like I need to watch some of my old movies such as Reality Bites, Sweet Home Alabama, etc., etc. Maybe I'll make watching old movies and cleaning a routine! Since I got a new Mac Book Pro earlier this month, I think I may ask my Mom to get me one of those Clarisonic facial cleaners! I have been wanting to get one for awhile now... they aren't cheap, but I saw Nordstrom had one on sale for their anniversary sale.

I am thinking about changing Autumn's dance school. I really like her current dance school, but it has changed owners and the new owners haven't been as great. For one, they took out the two 'watch nights' and the only class I can get her into with the same teacher isn't over until 8:30pm... which is a little late for us on a school night! The had her class at an earlier time, but then they moved it to a later time and moved an older kids class to the earlier time. SO FRUSTRATING. There is a girl in Autumn's class that goes to a dance school that is even closer to us, is cheaper and has a more flexible schedule. I am thinking about signing her up there for ballet/tap from 5-6:00pm, which is an awesome time for us! The only problem is that her friend at school is in the hip hop class on another night, and it would only be $25 to sign her up for that class, too! I have been wanting to put Autumn in hip hop, but the thought of having two of our nights tied up with dance when she is only 5 makes me think that I probably won't put her in hip hop. Although, it is so tempting, because two of her favorite school friends will be in the hip hop class!!

Brian's cousin is getting married this January and she asked me if Autumn would like to be a flower girl! Why yes! She already has the flower girl dress picked out and it is beautiful, so I think Autumn and I are going to pay David's Bridal a visit very soon! This will be Autumn's second time being a flower girl, she was one in our wedding a couple years ago.

I signed up for my SIXTH half marathon... SIXTH. I really don't feel as excited about these half marathons as I used to and I am not sure why. I have been wondering if I need some sort of a new exercise to motivate me. Once the kids are back in school in the Fall, I think I am going to try to run outside once a week. As most of you know and shake their heads at me, I am mostly a treadmill runner. I have a treadmill in our basement and this is where I get most of my reading in, I read at least 2 books a month while running. The problem with me and working out is that I am a homebody and I sort of like the flexibility in being able to run on the treadmill whenever I want. Now, this may sound weird since I am sorta burned out on half marathons... but, I think I am going to train for a FULL marathon next year. It is just a thought. If I do it once, it will just be once... because, I ain't crazy enough to do that twice. 

While we were in Destin, we had professional photos taken on the beach... I got the cd back already and they turned out amazing! It is going to take me awhile to go through and edit the ones I like (the photographer gave me full access rights to the photos), but in a week or two I will be sharing them on the blog! 

I am thinking about changing the direction of this blog a bit once school starts back up. I really want to share with you some of the DIY and decorating projects that I plan to start around the house. I want the main focus of this blog to be crafting/DIY, instead of a little bit of everything. I do plan to talk about the kids and have some fashion... but, I want crafting/DIY to be the main focus, with a lot more of it showing up in blog posts. I also want to share my love for Jesus on this blog in a bigger way... I feel that I rarely talk about being a Christian on this blog and I am not sure why I hold back. Lastly, I really want to work on sharing my inner voice more or letting more of ME shine through in my posts. I think sometimes that is hard to do, especially when you are talking about DIY projects, but I want to try...

I can't believe there is only a few weeks of summer left... with this being my first summer as a sahm, it was really fun and I am sad for it to be over. What makes me the saddest is that Autumn will be in full day school next year and I am going to miss our little alone time that we had when she got out of school at 11:15am. I am also going to miss all of the extra time I have had with Nathan. I really feel like the three of us shared so many good times this summer and a lot of good memories were made. I love spending time with my kids so much and I really don't do well with change... I am sure I will cry a few tears that first day or even week of school. I have a lot of plans for when they do go back to school, I will finally have time to work on an Etsy shop that I want to get launched. I have a lot of projects I want to do around the house, too... so, I am kind of excited about that... but, I'd much rather be snuggling with my kids on the couch, or at the zoo exploring with them... or at the pool. Wah. I am also not excited about starting the whole homework headache again! Thankfully Autumn won't have homework until next year, but Nathan still will... I have been doing 'Mommy School' for an hour most days to freshen them up for when school does start back up. We've been doing a kids devotional book, I've been doing multiplication cards with Nathan, Autumn is working on her letters, etc.