51 DIY Ways To Throw The Best New Year’s Party Ever

These sparkly, celestial decorations are so awesome, you’ll want to leave them up all year. Feel free to cover every non-glittery idea here in glitter and confetti.

1. Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Get the directions here.

2. Create origami paper star ornaments.

Create origami paper star ornaments.

The full directions are here.

3. Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Get the directions here.

4. Tape giant confetti to your walls.

Tape giant confetti to your walls.

5. Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

These are created from bamboo sticks, pipe cleaners, and sparkly pom-poms.

6. Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

You can make tiny pom-poms with a fork.

7. Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Get directions here.

8. Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

9. Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

10. Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

11. Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

12. This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

Start with the $60 Tidig from Ikea and follow the instructions here.

13. Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Get the directions here.

14. Make a constellation cookie tray.

Make a constellation cookie tray.

Paint a tray with chalkboard paint and serve with star-shaped cookies.

15. Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

16. Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

When the light shines through, it will cast a nice pattern on your walls.

17. Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Get the directions here.

18. Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Get the recipe here.

19. Make your own party hats.

Make your own party hats.

20. Create masks for your guests.

Create masks for your guests.

Full tutorial here.

21. Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Get the tutorial here.

22. Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

23. Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Full instructions are here.

24. Use glittery marshmallow stars if you’re serving hot chocolate.

Use glittery marshmallow stars if you're serving hot chocolate.

Recipe here.

25. Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

26. Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

27. Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Get the directions here.

28. String paper tassels together to create a garland.

String paper tassels together to create a garland.

Get the tutorial here.

29. Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

30. Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Get the tutorial here.

31. Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Easily make them from leftover Christmas ribbon.

32. Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Get the tutorial here.

33. Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Be sure to include a festive swizzle stick.

34. Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

35. Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Get the directions here.

36. Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Hang them on houseplants. Get the tutorial here.

37. The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

Get the tutorial here.

38. Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Get the instructions here.

39. Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Get the tutorial here.

40. Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Get the instructions here.

41. Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Get the directions here.

42. Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Get the directions here.

43. Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

44. Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Get the directions here.

45. Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Get the directions here.

46. Hang tassels off your balloons.

Hang tassels off your balloons.

Get the instructions here.

47. Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

48. Hand out sparkle sticks.

Hand out sparkle sticks.

Get the tutorial here.

49. Make crowns for your guests.

Make crowns for your guests.

50. Make your own confetti poppers.

Make your own confetti poppers.

Get the details here.

51. Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

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New Year’s Eve is the last and also the biggest night of a year. You should gather your family and friends together and throw a big party to say farewell to this year. In order to make this night memorable, you should prepare some fabulous DIY decorating ideas to dress up your party to make it sparkling. If you have no idea how to decorate, then you just need to remember to make everything glitter. Glittering table setting, star garland, golden balloons, spray painted bottles, champagne…let every bit of these spark! In order to have a nice New Year’s eve party, but also not break the bank, there are many Christmas ornaments that can be reused. You just need to give them some new year’s spirit. Take a look at these fabulous ideas together!


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28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs To Brighten Up Your Summer

 

Forget candles. These creative lighting ideas are a cheap and easy way to get your backyard beautiful for summer entertaining.

1. Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Cover canning jars in translucent glass paint and hang them from chord fixtures to create a cluster of colorful lights, like this blogger did.

2. Paper Bag Lanterns

Paper Bag Lanterns

Cut small slits in paper bags and cover string lights— hanging ribbons add a party vibe. Find the full tutorial here.

3. Wine Bottle Torch

Wine Bottle Torch

Turn old wine bottles into snazzy torches with some basic hardware and a wick. Get the full tutorial here.

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Turn a Dollar Store basket in beautiful lighting with a simple chain and light. Check out this post for the how to.

5. Tin Can Lanterns

Tin Can Lanterns

Fill a tin can with water, freeze it, and punch a design using a hammer and nail. once the ice has melted, you can paint the can’s exterior. Find all the details here.

6. Hanging Railing Jars

Hanging Railing Jars

Just create little wire hangers for your jars and hang them on the railing or balcony. A full tutorial is here.

7. Cupcake Lights

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Who knew cupcake liners made for sweet decor? Cut a small X in the top of a liner and secure it around the bulbs on a string of lights. Created by this blogger.

8. Glass Candle Lanterns

Glass Candle Lanterns

Use an old tuna can and glasses of various shapes and sizes to create outdoor lanterns. This post has all the details.

9. Hanging Tea Lights

Hanging Tea Lights

Simply hang tea lights from a tree with colorful ribbons and pretty bows. Pinnedhere.

10. Mason Jar Solar Lights

Mason Jar Solar Lights

Here’s a tutorial. You could use newspaper or tissue paper.

11. Tube Lights

Tube Lights

Turn textured plastic into subtle lighting with this tutorial.

12. Hanging Succulent Chandelier

Hanging Succulent Chandelier

This succulent chandelier used to be a pot rack. Nestle tea lights in jars amongst greenery for a subtle glow, like this blogger.

13. Ice Lantern

Ice Lantern

It won’t last long in the heat, but you can turn a balloon, water. and a freezer into a crazy cool outdoor lighting motif. Check out this tutorial.

14. Hula Hoop Chandelier

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Wrap lace or another decorative ribbon around a hula hoop, then wrap in icicle lights and you have a truly unique set of hanging lights. Created by this blogger.

15. Solar Light Chandelier

Solar Light Chandelier

Just replace the bulbs in an outdoor chandelier with solar lights. No electricity needed!

16. Wine Glass Chandeliers

Wine Glass Chandeliers

Turn sheets of vellum into little lampshades for wine glasses with this simple tutorial.

17. Grapevine Lights

Grapevine Lights

Make balls from grapevines (or wires if you don’t live on a farm) and wrap icicle lights around them to create glimmering orbs. This tutorial has all the details.

18. Beer Bottle Table Runner

Beer Bottle Table Runner

Stuff colorful string lights into beer bottles to make a nightlight table runner. Super easy, and blogged about here.

19. Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

20. Fabric Lamps

Fabric Lamps

Cover plastic cups in colorful patterned fabrics and string them onto lights. Followthese directions.

21. Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

This blog post shows you how to transform an indoor chandelier into backyard decor.

22. Starry Lights

Starry Lights

Restoration Hardware sells these battery-powered starry lights that you can wrap around an outdoor plant or trellis.

23. Birthday Hat Lights

Birthday Hat Lights

Cut the base off of cone birthday hats, polk some holes using thumb tacks, and wrap the hats around string lights. This post has all the info.

24. Seashell Lighting

Seashell Lighting

String seashells in tea lights or use them as a base for candles. All of these are byMartha, of course.

25. Origami String Lights

Origami String Lights

Practice some basic origami skills to create little paper lanterns for each string light. Posted here and here.

26. Glowing Light Orbs

Glowing Light Orbs

Follow this tutorial and make these glowing orbs for only $3.

27. Watercolor Orbes

Watercolor Orbes

Spray white paper lanterns with watercolor paint to add some color to your outdoor decor. This post shows you how.

28. Emergency Outdoor Light

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12 Amazing DIY Furniture Projects

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Re-Wined: Two Repurposing Projects Using Wine Bottles

 

Corks soaked in Isopropyl Alcohol make great fire starters!
(Editor’s Note: Regardless of whether or not you purchase wine, these repurposing projects for wine bottles are very enticing, practical AND beautiful and a simple request in my predominantly tee-totaller neighborhood has STILL garnered me plenty of bottles to use for alternative purposes. Oh, and by the way, if you store your discarded bottle corks in isopropyl alcohol, you can make wonderful little fire starters! Just a couple of corks for each fire will help to ensure foolproof fires get roaring quickly! Warning: Only use REAL corks, not plastic, wanna be corks.)

Re-Wined: Two Repurposing Projects for your Wine Bottles

Regardless of how much space you have to spare around your home, it’s hard to throw away a good wine bottle. There are just too many possibilities for that one 750ml glass container. From breaking it down and using it as colorful accents in concrete countertops or pavers to using the whole bottle as the basis for a unique lighting fixture, wine bottles provide us with an incredible variety of reusable opportunities.

So fill up your wine glass and shake out those last thirteen drops. Following are some creative ways to repurpose your wine bottles, showcase your ingenuity and redecorate through recycling.

Living in the Wine Light

Wine bottles are beautiful, sturdy and come in many different colors and styles. From the clear glass and soft, sloping sides of a Riesling bottle to the dark green and hard, sharp shoulders of a Cabernet Sauvignon, wine bottles are decorative pieces in and of themselves. Add a couple inexpensive items that you can often find around your home, however, and you can create a wine bottle chandelier that will definitely spark some conversations.

All you need are:

  • Four wine bottles (you can use any size but magnum-sized bottles make impressive light fixtures)
  • ¼ in. to ½ in thick plywood
  • pencil
  • jigsaw
  • drill
  • 24 (1/2 mm) gauge wire
  • Medium grain sandpaper
  • superglue
  • Standard u-bolt
  • Decorative chain for hanging
  • Christmas lights – either battery powered or plug-in

Wine Chandelier--courtesy of Garrett Stembridge, All Rights Reserved by Garrett Stembridge

To build your wine chandelier:

  1. Place your wine bottles on the piece of plywood and arrange them in a square.
  2. Using a pencil, draw an outline around your wine bottles and then remove them from the plywood.
  3. Use the jigsaw to cut out the plywood pattern.
  4. Sand the edges of the plywood, making sure it looks smooth and finished.
  5. Find the center of your plywood piece and attach the u-bolt using a drill to bore the holes.
  6. Attach the decorative chain, leaving enough length so that you can cut it later if it needs to be shortened.
  7. Run a decent amount of superglue around the bottom of the wine bottles and place them on the plywood.
  8. Run the 24 gauge wire around the outside of the bottles to hold them in place. Add as much or as little as you like, just be sure the bottles are securely in place.
  9. Fill each of the wine bottles with Christmas lights. You can use the battery operated ones and switch them on manually, or fill with standard Christmas lights and run an extension cord to the top of the chandelier.

That’s it! You can also stain the plywood base, paint it, attach decorations or cork below the base, use decorative wires to hold the bottles in place, use u-bolts on the outside of the base instead of the center or change it around however you like. Wine chandeliers are excellent for outdoor spaces and can be used to decorate a back porch, a favorite place under a tree or even to fancy up an old tool shed.

Rosé Colored Glasses

Wine bottles also make excellent glasses. Because many wine bottle styles have a deep dimple in the bottom, friends using your bottles-turned-glasses might do a double-take when you hand them a glass. This unique feature keeps the bottles from tipping easily and lends a solid heaviness to your glass. And separating the top of a wine bottle from the bottom is incredibly easy, though you might need to do a few practice bottles to start. All you need are:

  • Yarn
  • Nail polish remover (acetone)
  • Lighter or matches
  • A tub of cold water
  • Wine bottle
  1. Start by thoroughly cleaning and removing any labels, gunk, etc. from the wine bottle.
  2. Wrap a length of yarn five or six times around the bottle exactly where you would like to cut it and tie off the yarn.
  3. Slide the loops of yarn off of the bottle and soak thoroughly in the nail polish remover.
  4. Slide the soaked loops back onto the bottle and light the yarn, allowing the yarn to burn until the fire has almost completely gone out. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and take all necessary precautions when working with fire.
  5. Once the fire is almost out, place the bottle in the tub of cold water. This action should cause the wine bottle to separate just below the yarn.

The final step is to sand the edges of the glass either using sand paper, a glass grinder or fire polishing using a kiln. Once you have a smooth edge you’ll be ready to show off your new glassware.

Cutting your wine bottles doesn’t have to stop at glasses, either! You can use them for making candles, cut lower to create small snack bowls or fill them with flowers and use them as centerpieces.

What are some ways you’ve found to repurpose your wine bottles?
Read more at http://www.preparednesspro.com/re-wined-two-repurposing-projects-using-wine-bottles#4ukvJUUYBHUApxm1.99

30 Homemade Ornaments for the Kids

Thirty homemade ornaments to make with your kids for keepsakes this Christmas, or just for fun!

I especially love the globe ornaments, so I even included a section of just those!

Six keepsake ornaments. Ten globe ornaments. And even fourteen homemade ornaments that the kids can make!

So call the kids over as you scroll through these and decide which ornament you’ll make today! [And then choose another to make tomorrow! I think you'll have enough to do one each day until Christmas!]

 


keepsake ornaments:

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Salt Dough Handprints:
Under the Table & Dreaming
Wrapped Up Photo:
Toddler Approved
Time Capsule Ornaments, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids Shell vacation keepsake
Time Capsule Ornament:
Cleverly Inspired
Shell Vacation Keepsake:
Paint Cut Paste
Salt Dough Initial Ornament, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids Handprint snowman ornament
Salt Dough Initials:
The Imagination Tree
Handprint Snowman:
Little Bit Funky

globe ornaments:

Marble painted ornament Drip painted ornament
Marble Painted:
Kids Activities Blog
Drip Painted Ornament:
Spoonful
Pom Pom Ball Ornament Gum Drop Ornament
Pom Pom Ball:
Zakka Life
Gum Drop Ornament:
Six in the Suburbs
Snow filled ornament Reindeer ornament
Snow Filled Globe:
According to Kelly
Reindeer Ornament:
Little Wonders’ Days
Sequined ball homemade ornament Fabric scrap homemade ornament
Sequinned Ball:
Kid Giddy
Fabric Scrap Ornament:
Zakka Life
I Spy Ornament Marshmallow snowman ornament
‘I Spy’ Ornament:
Craft Goodies
Marshmallow Snowman:
Craft Goodies

homemade ornaments by the kids:

beaded snowflake ornament Stained glass ornament
Beaded Snowflake:
School Time Adventures
Stained Glass Gingerbread:
NurtureStore
Paper baubles Homemade salt dough tree ornaments
Paper Baubles:
Red Ted Art
Salt Dough Trees:
The Imagination Tree
Glittery pine cone ornaments Beaded star
Glittery Pine Cones:
Mom Spotted
Beaded Star:
Mrs. Picasso’s Art Room
Woven cardboard stars Crystal Snowflake Ornaments
Woven Cardboard Stars:
The Crafty Crow
Borax Crystal Snowflakes:
Happy Birdycake
Sewn felt star ornament Popsicle Star Ornament
Sewn Felt Star:
Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes:
The Crafting Chicks
Flared Christmas tree ornaments Button Christmas Tree Ornament
Flared Christmas Trees:
The Ki Blog
Button Christmas Tree:
hands on : as we grow
[guest post by Toddler Approved]
Foam Santa Ornament Popsicle stick tree ornament
Foam Santa Ornament:
Toddler Approved
Popsicle Stick Tree:
Mom Spotted

 

Easing the Painting Process

There’s progress in the laundry room! The walls have been painted!

It’s always helpful to take a little refresher course before starting a project and of course our DIY blog friend, Lindsay from Makely Home, does a great job with the Glidden “Show Me How” videos (she’s such a natural).

Since I do a lot of painting, I always have paint supplies on hand but when I ventured down to the basement this time, I noticed that my angled brush had seen better days. And I have to tell you, when I’m ready to paint…I want to do it right then. No shower, no make up……….

Read entire article here>> http://diyshowoff.com/2013/10/07/quick-resource-easing-painting-process/#2RFiQFKP0yLUGZEg.99

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10 Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

I’m not the best decorator, designer, or photographer, my socks have probably only matched twice in my life, and my cats are rather plump. I’m far from perfect, but one area I’m getting pretty good at is paint. Jesse has definitely witnessed several ‘I JUST RUINED IT!!!!’ mini-breakdowns after one of my furniture makeovers has gone awry, but my goal has always been progress over perfection.

After painting probably 20 pieces of furniture in the past few years, I’ve definitely made some progress in my painting skills. So, today, I thought I would roundup 10 of my favorite painted furniture makeovers, and then afterwards answer some of the FAQ’s I get about painting furniture. 
Let’s get started with my 10 favorite furniture makeovers, going in chronological order. I’ll share some failures, some successes, and what I’ve ultimately learned along the way. 

#1.  The Flip-Down Desk Makeover

This was the absolute first piece of furniture I ever painted. I did an awful job. 
I didn’t prime or sand it, and it’s basically a giant piece of string cheese now. I’m showing you this for two reasons. One, because I’m about to strip this piece and redo it, and now you can say you knew it back when. Two, because it’s a great reminder. A great reminder that if you make a mistake, even on your grandmother’s fine antique furniture, you will live to tell the tale. It’s not the end of the world. 
Leave it alone for a bit (bit = three years) and circle back around. 
*That being said, I would suggest avoiding the heirlooms until you know what you’re doing. Do as I say, not as I do. :)
 
 

#2.  Gold Stenciled Vanity Desk

This little vanity table was one of my first furniture makeovers as well. I painted it and stenciled a gold lattice stencil on top. I’ve since sold it on Craigslist, but it still holds a special place in my heart. For being one of the first makeovers, I totally think this one came out pretty cool.

High five, little guy. So sorry I sold you.

 
 
 

#3. Office Desk Makeover

Oh, the desk. I’m sitting at this desk right now as I write. I love this desk. It’s one of my favorites. I love it because it turned out amazing, but only after a lot of heartache. There is some definite truth behind the saying that you learn more from your failures than from success. I painted this table twice, and scraped the paint off twice. Then I cried twice. Then, I finally figured out the most durable solution, which was using an oil based paint and primer. I’ll elaborate more on oil based vs. water based at the end of this post.
 
 
To see the before pics of the desk, go here.
 

 

#4. The Dresser Makeover That Launched It All.

This was the first dresser I ever owned as an ‘adult’, and I eventually decided to paint it, even after the debacle with the heirloom. As fate would have it, it turned out so great that it sent me into a tailspin of painting everything in sight and eventually starting a blog about my adventures. 

 

 

#5.  The French Provincial Dresser Makeover

This is the filet mignon of dressers…as in, it’s my favorite. Also, it was originally $50, so it’s just biding its time before I trade it in for a steak. Kidding. I would NEVER.

 

 

 

#6. Chalkboard File Cabinet Makeover

This little file cabinet was my first ever roadkill transformation, and I’m hoping it won’t be my last. I will never be too proud to drag someone else’s trash across the street. Even if it’s my own neighbor’s, and I totally get stuck in the middle of the street because I overestimate my strength. 

 



#7. Piano bench turned STRIPE.

I’m not including any chairs since I’ve already listed my top 10 chair makeovers here, but this bench is just begging to make the cut, especially after holding his own in the closet makeover. And I can’t argue with that. So an exception we shall make.
 
 
Full tutorial here.

 

#8. The Blue Dresser Makeover

I mostly took a break from painting furniture to paint our trim and our cabinetry throughout the house, and when I came back to it, I had really learned so much. My painting skills really started to improve by the time this makeover came around. I started out with an old dresser given to us by a friend. It was in great shape, but needed some updating.


 

I used my favorite color of aqua blue paint and some fancy new hardware to completely transform this dresser into something that looks amazing in our master bedroom.

 
See the full tutorial, hardware source, and paint colors here.

#9. The Herringbone Dresser Makeover

This is one of my most recent makeovers. For this makeover, I decided to do something a little different and throw some pattern into the mix. Here’s the before picture of Kevin*.



And here he is after some fresh new blue paint and gold spray painted hardware.


 

 

*Update: Kevin lives on in this post even though we tried desperately to go our separate ways.


#10. The Silver Leaf Vanity Table Makeover

 

This is my most recent furniture makeover, and although it was difficult, I think it might be my all time favorite. I started out with a $15 thrift store desk that had definitely seen better days…



And after a grueling session with 50 sheets of silver leaf, I ended up with a lovely place to sit and get ready each day. I also learned something cool about Plexiglas during this makeover, so I give it an overall thumbs up. It wasn’t easy, but I still learned so much.

 Plus, I still find silver leaf floating around my house sometimes…

 so accidental disco = awesome. Or something.

See the entire silver leaf adventure here.
And those are my 10 favorite furniture makeovers so far. I’m sure there will be many more to come. 
Now, let’s answer some of the frequently asked questions that I get after posting my furniture makeovers. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions, too.
 
And that, sweet friends, is all for today! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 

10 Painting Tips & Tricks You Never Knew


#1. How to spray paint glass

10 Paint Secrets: what you never knew about paint (like how to paint glass!). This is GREAT!


I find glass vases at the thrift store for about $1 each and then I spray paint them to mimic ceramic. It’s a super great alternative for those of us who aren’t yet in the market for a $50 vase.
High five, girl.

10 Paint Secrets: what you never knew about paint (like how to paint glass!). This is GREAT!

To paint any sort of glassware, all you need to do is clean it with soap and water, then wipe the entire thing with isopropyl alcohol about 10 minutes before you spray paint it. I use this high gloss white spray paint (affiliate link) and with just a few light coats, it turns out super shiny, almost like white ceramic. I wouldn’t recommend washing it in the dishwasher, but if handled carefully, it should last for awhile. You can prime it first if you want, but I usually don’t just because in my experience it tends to make the finish less glossy. Plus, spray paint is oil based, so it’s made to stick.

My latest faux-ceramic vase ended up on the blue dresser, and she couldn’t look sassier. Btw, that’s my latest thrift store mirror that I scored for a few bucks. You may have spotted it in the living room reveal post.




#2. Use a dollar store shower curtain as a dropcloth.
After painting an entire house and painting about 20 pieces of furniture (seen here), I’ve gone through my fair share of dropcloths. Canvas dropcloths usually cost between $10-$30, so lately I’ve been using shower curtains from the dollar store. 


They only cost a dollar, and they usually last me through a few projects. 

They aren’t as high quality as your standard dropcloth, but if you’re like me and go through a lot of them, then this is a great option.
Plus, while you’re there, you can pick up a great ladybug or bumblebee bath….mitten??


#3. Put your paintbrush in the fridge. 
All the cool kids are doing it.
This is a tip that you guys suggested to me after the last post, and I’m obsessed. It’s a total timesaver. Basically, when you are done painting for the day, just put your paintbrush in a ziploc bag and store it in the fridge. The paint doesn’t dry on your brush for up to a week, and you save tons of time not having to wash the paint out of your paintbrush.
Let’s all have a little laugh at the fact that I painted an entire house by myself before learning this. Where do I submit my request to get back those 42 days of my life spent washing out paintbrushes?



#4. The oil versus latex test
When painting over existing paint, it’s super important to know if the old paint is latex or oil. If you don’t know, you can figure it out with this simple test. Just rub a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol over the painted surface. If some of the paint comes off onto the cotton ball, the surface is latex. If not, the surface has been painted with an oil based paint. If it is oil based, make sure to use oil based primer before starting.
 See my tips on oil vs. latex paint here.



#5. The cardboard box trick
This tip is new to me, and I am forever thankful to the reader who suggested it to me. 
My graffiti-covered yard thanks you, too. 
Basically, use a cardboard box to prevent overspray when spray painting small items. It’s simple, and it works. 
Voila! No more spray paint mess! 



#6. Use tacks to elevate small objects when spray painting.
This is another great spray paint tip, and this is one I’ve been using for awhile now. I use tacks to prop up small items when spray painting so that the paint can fully cover it. This works especially great for frames, which is something I frequently spray paint. 
(You can see the other ridiculous amount of items I commonly spray paint here.)



#7. Repair dents on old furniture with wood filler to create a smooth paint finish.
I paint a lot of old thrift store furniture, and before I even pick up a paintbrush, I usually have to spend a solid ten minutes repairing dents and cracks in the wood. The good news is that it’s really easy, and a little prep work goes a long way. Just fill in any dents with wood filler and once it’s dry, sand it even with the surface with some fine grit sand paper. This creates a nice, smooth even surface, and your paint job will look so much more professional.
You can see some wood filler in action here. I totally messed up that piece of furniture, but it wasn’t the poor wood filler’s fault.


#8. How to paint the door and NOT the hinges.
I’ve painted 15 doors in this house, and therefore this tip is 
TRIED. AND. TRUE.
 Rather than painstakingly remove all of my doors, I just covered up all of my hinges with painter’s tape, using an exacto knife to remove the excess, and then painted the doors while still attached. 
My hinges stayed paint-free, and no one is the wiser.
I definitely earned some of my 42 hours worth of paintbrush-washing hours back with this tip. It’s still a net loss of about 40.5 hours, but who’s counting.


#9. The easiest way to gold leaf.
Remember when I silver leafed my vanity table and it was my own personal nightmare (even though it turned out kinda awesome.)? Well, since then, I’ve been searching for an easier way to get a really great metallic finish, and after a few wasted dollars on stuff that totally didn’t work, I finally found it. It’s called Liquid Leaf (affiliate link), and it’s amazing. It has a killer finish that’s way shiner than spray paint or even my beloved Rub n Buff. It comes in a tiny little jar, and it’s exactly what it says it is: liquid leaf. It’s super easy to use, too. 
Just paint it on.

I’ve used it on a couple of frames so far, and I’m smitten. Definitely easier than using actual gold or silver leaf. I just painted the mirror frame in my kitchen yesterday, just for fun, and boy did it deliver.
And there’s a story behind that awesome ginger jar. A $7 story.