diy: seasoned necklace

Thursday, December 27, 2012

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  i had a very merry Christmas, and i know i am going to have an even better new year!  i can't wait!  

i have the kutest gold bauble necklace that I found on the streets of nyc for about $4 bucks.  me and this necklace have gone through some great times, seemingly so, as it was so tarnished that i barely recognized it when i pulled it from the archives.  i love this necklace so much, i couldn't just get rid of it, so i decided to bring it back to life.  since the tarnished gold looked like a derivative of black, i thought "why not spray paint it black? matte black!"  

diy time!!

what you will need:
  • seasoned necklace
  • spray paint
  • gloves
  • news paper
  • hanger

how you will diy:

  • make sure your necklace is free of debris.  you want the surface of your necklace to be free of obstruction, so that the spray paint will go on smoothly.   

  • lay the necklace flat on the newspaper, or you could suspend the necklace by tying the ends to a hanger, and hanging it on a tree branch :) [don't spray paint the tree]

  • hold the spray paint can about 6 - 8 inches from the object.  start at the top of the necklace, lightly spray in a smooth and back and forth horizontal motion, moving downward toward the bottom of the necklace.  a few light coats are better than one heavy one!
  • allow your first spray painted coat to dry for at least 5 mins.  repeat steps #3 & #4 until you have a nice even coat.
  • allow the necklace to dry for at least 24 hours.  

voila!  you have a new and improved piece to add to your collection.

"dream home"

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

a couple weeks ago i had the pleasure of visiting the washington design studio's exhibit "dream home".  the washington design center partnered with the smithsonian american art museum's renwick gallery, in honor of the 40th anniversary, of the renwick exhibit of American craft by top young artists, 40 under 40: craft futures.  the washington design studio asked eight of washington's best and young emerging designers to choose a piece from the renwick exhibit to inspire their room design.  the outcome?... 8 gorgeous rooms with not one detailed spared.  each room flowed perfectly from its art inspiration to practical function.  I was definitely inspired.  check it out! oh! and please excuse the cell phone pics :)

   modern study - miriam dillon, inspired by hulahoop

   bedroom - william mcgovern, inspired by momentosof a doomed construct

   dining room - catherine hailey, inspired by cyclonelounger

   modern lounge - jeff akseizer & jamie brown, inspired by between 1 and 0

   breakfast room - christine philp, inspired by softglass basket

   drawing room - kori keyser, inspired by spinningwheel

   living room (my fav room!) - scott cooke, inspired by dulce

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