Just like food, I believe wine can be paired with design...or redesign in this case. My goal is to create designer-looking pieces at a fraction of the cost. After each project, I recommend an affordable bottle of wine to celebrate the end result. So, kick back and enjoy...but make sure to drink your wine AFTER the project, (especially when using sharp objects - yeeouch)!
I’ve been browsing for a chandelier for my kitchen for some time now and was looking at the inspirational chandeliers at Arteriors Home. They are GORGEOUS! Here are just a couple to feast your eyes on:
Truth be told - I have NO IDEA how much these beautiful works of art cost and the fact that they don’t include prices on their website leads me to believe they could break the bank. HOWEVER, upon studying these further, I think there could be some tricks one could do to get the same look for about five bucks. Yep, you read it correctly. Notice all the chandeliers have GLOBE-shaped light bulbs. You probably have light bulbs that look like this:
Think about changing them to something like this:
You can find bulbs like this at your local hardware store, (just make sure it’s the correct wattage & size that you need). I think I might try to update one of my chandeliers with these to give it more of a modern edge.
What you need: - pot of ice cold water - Cotton String or yarn - Acetone Nail Polish Remover - a match
What to do: 1. Fill a pot with ice cold water and set to the side. 2. Wrap the piece of cotton string or yarn around the wine bottle three times (wrap it around up to 6 times for a thicker bottle), tie it, and slide it off the wine bottle. 3. Soak the string in acetone based nail polish remover for 10 seconds 4. Put the nail polish remover soaked string back around the bottle on the spot where you would like it to cut 5. Using a match light just the string on fire, continually rotate the bottle in circles so that the fire spins around the bottle. Keep rotating the bottle until the flames goes out. 6. Quickly submerge the bottle in a pot of ice cold water and watch it break!
This is the candy bar I created at my recent Christmas party. This is a fun, (and inexpensive) way to have a little sweet note at a party. I got these three giant glass jars at Home Goods. Each jar was about $12. I then went to Costco for the fillings! The small jar has Peanut M&Ms, the middle jar had red licorice, (which, surprisingly was very popular), and the largest jar had peppermint-flavored popcorn, (but you can pop your own too). Place some cups on the side, tie ribbons around the spoons, and you’re ready to go for a spectacular candy bar! Cheers!
Here’s a pic of my quick and easy name tags that I made for the table. I cut up some existing stationary I had into about 2” x 2” squares. The cute design on the side was already there since it’s stationary. I then hole-punched at the top of the diamond and at the bottom. I had some leftover gift wrapping ribbon that I coordinated with my table and cut into about 8” pieces and threaded it through the hole punches.
SIDE NOTE: It’s actually not within code because it’s surrounded by drywall and provides no escape for the heat with the tapered top mantel.
And here is the AFTER:
There’s no instructional for this because it was a little out of my league. It required mortar, several pieces of stone, a stone-cutting machine, 2x4s, and an EXTREMELY talented father-in-law/carpenter. I did learn how to grout though! Perhaps that will come in another post.
(Take note of my parents’ super happy dog in the left corner. He likes the fireplace makeover too).