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Vanity Scores!

Jewelry scores
More office updates! Woo-woo, it’s almost done & I am l-o-v-i-n-g the direction this room is headed. The style, the storage, and most of all, the function it offers me for my daily routines is fabulous. My DIY Vanity tops this functionality list and makes my mornings a lot more organized and a lot less hectic.
Like I mentioned a while back, I’m a do-your-makeup-sitting-down kind of girl. I enjoy putting on a little music in the morning and sitting down to relax while applying some serious layersΒ of glam. However one year later, I did not love the traditional vanity “look” in this room- just too small for this wide wall and never offered me the amount of storage and table top space that I needed. (Side note: The mini vanity is enjoying a new home with a very loving recipient, rest assured she’s in great company). So I replaced my previous vanity with this DIY concoction that’s much more “me” and much more spacious…
I had a hard time finding a piece of furniture that was very wide, yet very thin, and allowed me to pull up a chair in front of it. So I ditched the idea of purchasing a piece of furniture and picked up this IKEA EKBY ALEX shelf that had drawers in it instead. It was long, thin, and allowed me to sit at it… how perfect?! Then the thrifting stars magically aligned, and I randomly scored this $6 (yes… you read that right) vintage mirror that seemed to be made to for this exact location. Thank you, Goodwill. It’s extremely sturdy and has hints of mid-century charm, which I totally dig. Plus…. $6?! I would be crazy not to snatch that sucker up and use it for something!
The drawers are perfect because they offer some serious storage for my makeup and getting ready must-haves.
I glammed up the top to make it functional, and of course, a tad fashionable. Maybe I went a little too far because Matt asked, “Why is that bear wearing a belt?”. Hmmmm… that’s great question.
On the other side of the “counter”, I added a few thrifted storage containers for some more of my makeup must-haves as well as a few other “fun” items. Here’s when I asked Matt, “Why are you wearing a mustache & glasses?” Hmmm… another valid question.
Rounding out the vanity is this mid-century yet slightly modern inspired cloth chair that I scored from Ross for Less. It was on super clearance for around $45 and super comfortable. Plus, I love the grey. I think I’m going to use this chair as inspiration for my curtain choice.
And do you spy those white IKEA storage boxes? I keep my blow dryer, straighter, curling iron and other hair products in there. When you only have one bathroom in the house, you do what you gotta do.
And in case you forgot, here’s a mini tour (and tease) of how the whole office is shaping up.
-The New Vanity (obviously)

The light fixture update

-The story behind the table & couch

… and a sneak peek into the finished desk/gallery wall! All of the printables on our wall are FREE, and I can’t wait to share each of ’em with you!
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  1. Katie

    The room is coming together so nicely! I love all of the little touches and that it all goes but isn’t super matchy. Can’t wait to see the rest. And super jealous of your Goodwill find!

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  2. Brittany

    I’m really interested in seeing your Cake Pan turned Geometric Coffee Table Tray post but the link seems to be broken.

    I think both of you ladies have lovely homes and I love reading your blog and getting ideas for decorating my new home.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      So sorry about that Brittany! We fixed the link and it should direct you to the tutorial we posted on Domino magazine’s website. Please let us know if you have any questions as you recreate your own tray!

      Thanks for the kind words about our blog! We’re happy to have you reading along πŸ™‚

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6 thoughts on “Vanity Scores!

  1. Katie

    The room is coming together so nicely! I love all of the little touches and that it all goes but isn’t super matchy. Can’t wait to see the rest. And super jealous of your Goodwill find!

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  2. Brittany

    I’m really interested in seeing your Cake Pan turned Geometric Coffee Table Tray post but the link seems to be broken.

    I think both of you ladies have lovely homes and I love reading your blog and getting ideas for decorating my new home.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

mirror makeover
Our guest room mirror. You first saw it here on the blog a few months ago. Can you guess how much this fabulous mirror cost? Or why in the world this mirror is leaning and not hanging?
This large and glamorous mirror only cost me $20! And the reason it is leaning and not hanging is this:
That large and not-so glamorous chunk missing from the bottom corner is the reason for the mirror, mirror NOT on the wall. The lean allowed me to hide that horrific corner detail while still giving our guests the opportunity to primp & prep in the privacy of their own space.
To me, this small detail was worth the +80% markdown and was definitely not a deal breaker in this piece’s future. Since I bought it, the leaning mirror did its job and looked deceivingly great. Twenty bucks well spent if you ask me.
But recently, I caught the itch to revamp this $20 mirror and give her back the glamorous life she once had.
With a little help from a professional (saws are still a tad out of my league), this ol’ mirror looks more like…
THIS!
With the mirror makeover came some inspiration to revamp the entire space. I scored this white deer head at HomeGoods and I am ob-sessed.
The pop of color is thanks to some FREE paint chips I had leftover from a previous project. The look is probably not permanent, but I love the color it adds and really love its price tag. What is better than F.R.E.E?!
To think, just about a year ago…. this same space looked more like this:
Instead of this…
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Paint Stick Sunburst Mirror

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I’ve received a few questions about the mirror hanging in our guest bedroom.
Gray and Yellow bedroom with sunburst mirror

Where is it from? What other colors do they have? I want one for my house, where can I buy it?!

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can all have your own sunburst mirror (in any color!) at the low cost of about $5!

Yep, that’s right. It’s 100% DIY.

DIY Sunburst Mirror Silver paint Sticks

My fellow rookie and I made these mirrors (along with Janimal) long before the ol’ blog began. So, unfortunately we don’t have a tutorial for this project.

But, I still think you guys can create your own right at home, without our “play by play” of steps.

Supplies:
-50 to 75 Paint sticks (You’ll want to get the longest ones your local home store has to offer. These are FREE, but I recommend getting all of your sticks over the course of a few trips. You don’t want to be super obnoxious and clean out their paint stick stock in one swoop!)
-Paint or stain of your choosing
-Circular mirror (I found mine at Hobby Lobby and used a coupon. This one was found near the candle section. I think people sometimes use it as a “plate” for dripping candle wax)
-Hot glue gun
-Plenty of hot glue inserts
-Wall hanging kit
-Gorilla Glue (to glue the hanging kit to the back of the mirror)

DIY Paint Stick Sunburst Mirror

Once you gather all of your supplies, it’s just a matter of laying out all of the sticks on the back of the mirror and adjusting them in a pattern that works for you. Then, get ready for lots of gluing and ample dry time!

If I remember correctly, it did take awhile. But the mirror has held up for a long time.

I chose to go with 3 different paint colors of silver and gray.

You can also stain the wood sticks like my mom did. Here is her mirror above her guest bed.

Wood Stained Sunburst Mirror

The stain gives the project an entirely different look. Rustic and earthy…

Paint Stick DIY Sunburst Mirror Brown wood stain

I know the sunburst mirror look was really big in the decor world for quite some time. The trend may have come and gone…but I’m still lovin’ mine and that’s all that matters right?!

DIY Sunburst Mirror with paint sticks in silver
If you make a sunburst mirror of your own, send a pic our way to diyplaybook@gmail.com
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  1. Clare @ fitting it all in

    LOVE. Favorite thing yet I think. I hope I have time to make this for my new apartment! My bedspread is pink and green so maybe a fun neutral (white/gold?) or something bright and fun to match and cheer me up when I hate my life!?>

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  2. DIY Playbook

    You should totally make it! I like the white/gold combo…could be very glamorous!

    Let me know if you have any problems since we didn’t provide much of a tutorial. In fact, if you make it before you leave I can help you! Craft night with wine?!

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  3. kim

    thank you so much!! I have been looking for an aqua blue sunburst mirror with no luck! This is perfect!!!!

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  1. Clare @ fitting it all in

    LOVE. Favorite thing yet I think. I hope I have time to make this for my new apartment! My bedspread is pink and green so maybe a fun neutral (white/gold?) or something bright and fun to match and cheer me up when I hate my life!?>

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  2. DIY Playbook

    You should totally make it! I like the white/gold combo…could be very glamorous!

    Let me know if you have any problems since we didn’t provide much of a tutorial. In fact, if you make it before you leave I can help you! Craft night with wine?!

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  3. kim

    thank you so much!! I have been looking for an aqua blue sunburst mirror with no luck! This is perfect!!!!

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Green with Envy

It may surprise you, but I’m not a girl that likes to shop for clothing. At all. The thought of spending an entire Saturday at the mall literally frightens me. No thank you.
But with that being said, I’m a completely different person when it comes to shopping for home decor. As my girl Lara Spencer says, “I brake for yard sales!” I literally will stop the car, pull right on over, to check out any Salvation Army, Goodwill, or estate sale that comes my way.
Luckily, my man is a great sport. Because most of the time he joins right in on my spur of the moment stops.
A few weekends ago, after a nice lunch with the boy, we went by a Salvation Army that I had never visited before. I’m positive I gasped and shrieked “Let’s gooooooo!” as I smashed my face up against the car window.
Good thing we made that impromptu stop, because we came across this fabulous steal.
$8 Salvation Army Mirror
It was an $8 SCORE!  The mirror that is…not my guy holding the mirror (he’s priceless!) 
Wooden Mirror Before
Now, I wasn’t in need of a new mirror. But after eyeing this mirror’s sleek lines, and feeling the solid structure, I had to have it! I looked past surface scratches and the brown wood, and saw its potential.
Wooden Mirror Gold Details
I also looked past the gold “ornaments” on the top. Not quite my style, but could easily be removed.
Wooden Mirror Detailing
It was time to give this mirror a makeover and new life with some spray paint!
Spray Paint Supplies Mirror Painter'sTape Spray Paint
I first removed the gold “ornaments”, and taped off the mirror so it would be protected from the paint. Trader Joe bags came in handy for this portion of the project (best grocery store ever)
I also gathered my supplies, most of which I had on hand. Drop cloth, painter’s tape, gloves, mask, clean cloth, sanding blocks…the usual.
Rustoleum Spray Paint Hunter Green Glossy Can
Spray paint was the one thing that I had to purchase. I decided to go with Rustoleum spray paint in hunter green. An unusual choice for this white/gray/light blue loving gal…but I figured it was time to step outside the box!
I used a medium grit sanding block to smooth out any nicks and uneven wood on the surface of the mirror. After a nice wipe down with a clean cloth, I was ready to spray paint!
ROOKIE TIP:
Apply multiple thin coats, instead of one thick (drippy!) coat. It’s also good to use an even side-to-side motion, so keep your arm moving.
This project only needed 2 light coats, until it was green and ready!
Empty space on the wall
Our master bedroom is a work in progress (isn’t every room?) and I’m constantly looking for new fun things for our walls. So, I thought it would work nicely in that bare ol’ gap of wall.
Hanging a mirror on the wall
The boy helped me hang the heavy mirror. Such a great helper that one. 
Hunter Green mirror next to bookcase
I’m really digging the look of the hunter green piece. Feminine, clean lines, with a masculine color. Perfect combo for our bedroom! 
Close-up of spray painted mirror
Hunter Green Glossy Mirror
I really like this glossy green look. You could say I’m green with envy for this sexy new mirror πŸ˜‰
Mirror Before Brown After glossy green
I think for $8…it was a pretty great steal!
P.S. Check out what’s On-Deck next week! Thank you for your continued love & support. We truly have the best readers on the block. #rockstars
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