DIY Sunburst Mirror

I  jumped on the sunburst mirror bandwagon but couldn’t believe how much these were costing from the stores. Being way out of my price range like the one below, I decided to get on Pinterest and look up how to DIY one myself.

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I’ve been on a quest to furnish and decorate our condo in the most inexpensive way possible since it’s not our permanent home.

You’ve seen these mirrors, right? They’re EVERYWHERE right now. On all the blogs. All over Pinterest. What I love about these mirrors is that they may be on trend right now, but they also have a classic look that you could have on your walls for many, many years.

 

Cost breakdown:

mirror: $6.00 for a pack of two off of Amazon (but you could find one even cheaper at Dollar Tree )
3 packs of bamboo skewers: $3
gold spray paint: $7
hot glue + glue gun: already had
Total project $16!

I know it’s not perfect, but neither were the shape of the bamboo sticks that make up the mirror. Each stick sort of bends in its own direction, so it was a chore to get them to lay in a semi-straight pattern.
I kind of love the fact that it’s not perfect- it gives the mirror lots of dimension and personality 🙂

What do you think? Do you love the sunburst mirror trend?

More decor Ideas you may have missed:

| Home Office Decor | Pops of Pink | Bar CartsVintage Ladder Decor |

 

Chalk Paint Project Part 2

By now most of you have seen and heard all the rage with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Not to be confused with chalkboard paint. It’s a completely different product although it has a chalky, matte finish to it. I have done several projects besides these two and I have always been happy with the end result!

One tip I found along the way is that the chalk paint is very thick so I added a little water before starting the second coat.

Another technique I want to try sometime is using two colors. After applying the first coat, lightly brush a second color on top, or distress it to let some of the bottom color show through, creating a layered look.

My favorite Annie Sloan color so far that I have used is the Old White it is a lot more vintage. I am already excited about doing more projects!

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{After }

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What do you think? I’m very, very happy with both dressers. Eventually I will change out the hardware but until we move out of our condo I decided to put the old hardware back on. I intended for the grey to be a little darker so there would be more contrast with the grey wall, but I do really love the paris grey color and the old white.

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Go Cubs Go

Last weekend, Jake and I embarked on yet another one of our spontaneous travel escapades. We decided that we both needed a weekend away from Indy, so off to Cincinnati we went.

A mere hour and a half  was the perfect weekend trip. Here’s what we did and how we did it in just TWO days!

 

1) The Millenium Hotel in Fountain Square- It’s no Hilton, but who cares when you’re going to be exploring all weekend? And it’s in a great location right next to the beautiful Fountain Square!

2) Jungle Jims International Market- It’s a grocery store with MUCH more than just groceries. It’s huge, with food from all over the world. They offer cooking classes, demos, etc.

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3) IKEA- of course we had to check it out while we were in town

4) Via Vite Italian Bistro on Fountain Square- stopped in for delicious pizza, drinks and their amazing outside patio facing the courtyard.

5) Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse – Eat at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse the food was absolutely delicious! We shared the most amazing steak “The Hatchet”, had a wedge salad with bleu cheese, thick cut bacon slices and some amazing mashed potatoes. 6) Cubs Vs Reds baseball game

7) Moerlein Lager House– Bloody Mary Bar before the game

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Overall, our trip to Cincinnati was a blast! We returned to Indy feeling refreshed and ready to take on another week of work!

Patio Herb Garden

Summertime is all about grilling, hanging out with friends and family, and enjoying time outdoors. One of my favorite things trending right now is DIY herb gardens for small balconies and patios.

Whether it’s growing vegetables for cooking or showing off colorful flowers in flower boxes, apartment dwellers are really getting into the gardening spirit! This week I planted my own little herb garden on the balcony of our condo. I’ll have all the fresh herbs I need to cook with on hand just walking out to my balcony and grabbing a few sprigs of basil, tomatoes, jalepeno, cilantro and mint to add to my dishes.



  

Check out more of my DIY projects HERE!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

This is one of my go to BBQ chicken recipes because the recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients and the instructions are so unbelievably easy. The best part is it makes plenty giving me plenty of leftovers to put in my salads and wraps for the week.

1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ)
1 cup Italian dressing
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Throw it all in the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours!

Now, how easy is that?

More of my favorite quick and easy crockpot recipes:

| White Chicken Chilli | Salsa Chicken |

Stuffed sweet potatoes

I really, really like sweet potatoes. I love them plain with some butter or coconut oil and Himalayan salt. So when i stumbled upon the idea of stuffing a sweet potato I was instantly intrigued.

Below are my favorite sweet potato recipes that I have tried so far. They make for a filling and easy meal. We make a bunch of these ahead and wrap in foil for quick meals especially if you are trying to stick with clean eating.

1. Bake sweet potatoes in the oven or in the microwave. Make sure to poke holes in the potato so the heat can vent out.

2. Slice sweet potatoes down the middle and generously stuff with vegetable filling. Top with a sprinkle of cheese if desired.

Hope you guys enjoy! Please let me know if you try the potatoes and let me know your favorite variations.


Veggie stuffed- onion, peppers, Brocolli, cauliflower & cheese

Buffalo chicken- grilled chicken, cream cheese and Frank’s red hot

BBQ chicken– grilled chicken, BBQ, onions and cheese

More potato recipes you may have missed:

| Garlic Smashed Potatoes | | Loaded Baked Potato Casserole | |Holiday Mashed Potatoes |

A Dresser Makeover: Annie Sloan

Happy Tuesday! Ever since the warm weather hit I have been super productive with projects around the condo. I decided last week to redo all of the bedroom furniture in our spare bedroom from a light wood to Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint.

I didn’t do any distressing to this piece or any cool color combos that a lot of people do. I just used the color Old White (with the clear wax) and it’s so pretty I think. It’s a nice crisp white. I also didn’t change out the dresser pulls yet. There’s 21  of them to replace, so once this room starts coming together more I may change them up, but for now i just put the old ones back on giving it a vintage feel.

 

Supply List for Chalk Paint Projects:

1 quart chalk paint $34.95
1 Sanding Block $3.97
rags $2.09
Wax $4.99-24.95

Reasons I love the chalk paint:

It dries SUPER fast
Eco-friendly
Cleans up with water
Cleans out of our brushes WAY easier
Comes in gorgeous, original colors
Distresses beautifully
Adheres to any surface, no prep work like sanding

Check out more posts from around the condo that you may have missed:

| Two chairs and a Table | Friday Favorites: Home Decor | Rustic Frame Collage |