How to Make Acrylic Disc Pendant Lighting Look Like Glass

Posted in DECOR, DIY, DIY AND HOME DECOR
on August 15, 2017

Looking for pendant lighting ideas? Give a thrift store chandelier new life and a high-end, mid-century look, with a cheap, easy, DIY project using acrylic discs and nail polish!

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During our recent Foyer make-over, I went on a mad hunt for eye-catching pendant lighting ideas. I wanted something with color and with a definite presence.

After a bit of research, I found some beautiful examples of vintage Murano glass chandeliers made in a Vistiso style. Vintage Vistosi pieces from the 1960s and 70s go for anywhere between $700 and $4000 at auction. Incredible to look at, but far out of my price range. Believe it or not, these works of art are also super simple (and cheap) to hack, using an eye-sore brass chandelier found in every thrift store, nail polish and acrylic discs!

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A little bit of trivia about Vistosi:  Guglielmo Vistosi founded the Murano, Italy glass and lighting manufacturer in 1945. With a history in glass making dating back to the 16th century, the Vistosi family has passed its secrets for beautiful glass making from generation to generation and has established its place in the Venitian artistic glass world – a brand known to combine exquisite style and classic design.  Lucky us, Vistosi continues to give the world beautiful glass and lighting creations to this day.

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So, after that fun tidbit of info, how did I DIY this high-end, mid-century-looking lighting masterpiece? Easy. Peasy.

 

Easy. Peasy.

10 Steps to Gorgeous DIY Acrylic-Disc Pendant Lighting

You will need:

An 80s Glass Panel Chandelier frame with arms – you can find this at any thrift store for around $5!
2 per arm – I used 20 – 4″ Diameter, 1/8″ thick Acrylic Discs – single pre-drilled hole
2 per arm – I used 20 – 4″ Diameter, 1/8″ thick Acrylic Discs – double pre-drilled hole
Nail polish in white 
Nail polish – two shades – dark and light – in the same color family
20 – Metal connector rings
Needle-nose pliers

Here’s what you will do:

  1. Install your light frame. Be safe – if you aren’t familiar with electrical work, or even aren’t completely comfortable, hire a professional to help you.
  2. Install light bulbs – be sure to use new low-heat light bulbs! I used these which are bright, energy-efficient, and unlike some low-energy bulbs, have no delay when lighting.
  3. Remove the paper backing from the discs.
  4. Carefully dribble a thin line of the dark and light colored nail polishes in a circular pattern starting from the outside edge of the disc toward the center.
  5. Working from the outside in toward the center, using the nail polish brush, firmly move the polish around in a wide swirl pattern.
  6. Carefully dribble a thin line of white nail polish in a circular pattern starting from the center working outward to the outside edge, stopping 2″ from the edge.
  7. Working from the inside out, using the nail polish brush, firmly swirl the white polish in a wide swirl pattern.
  8. Allow the discs to dry.
  9. Connect a double-hole disc to a single hole disc using the wire connectors.
  10. Hang one double-disc strand from each frame arm.

Stand back in amazement at your DIY talents!

Prefer a visual? Here’s a picture tutorial.

DIY Modern Pendant Lighting

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So it’s even easier for you, I’ve made a downloadable copy available to you and my subscribers that you can access here.

My DIY high-end look, mid-century-style pendant lighting is the first thing people see when they enter our home; A perfect focal point that always garners compliments and questions. I’m so happy with the results and am even more thrilled with how much it cost to DIY!

glass panel chandelier makeover

 

So, what do you think? Is it perfect for your home, too? If you think it is, please, let me know how your project goes and if you have any questions!

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How to create a colorful tray from a cheap picture frame

Posted in CREATE WITH ME
on August 3, 2017

A lively and colorful decorative tray couldn’t be simpler to create when you start with an inexpensive box picture frame! 

decorative tray

MAKE A DECORATIVE TRAY FROM A PICTURE FRAME

Using a decorative tray in your home decor is a super easy way to infuse style and color. And, with so many ways to use it, a tray is an economical choice as well! Here are some ways I’ve used trays in the past:

  • Turn an ottoman into a side table by adding a tray on top
  • Show off a favorite collection of items – plants, accents, pictures in frames – anything goes!
  • To corral bathroom or makeup items
  • Add flowers or plants for a fun centerpiece
  • As a serving tray – can’t forget that one

Sometimes, things are even more special when you can customize them. Today I’m showing you how you can make this versatile piece for under $!10.

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Even better, it’s time for another Create With Me challenge!  I skipped the month of June – just too much going on with my kids home for summer –  so I am extra excited to be back for the month of August.  You voted for our team to create with picture frames!  There are so many great projects you can create with picture frames, but one of my favorite things to do with a picture frame – precisely an inexpensive acrylic box frames – is to create fun and unique decorative trays!

oversized ottoman tray

Here’s what I used to create this fun, colorful tray:
  • An 11 x 14 acrylic box frame – I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but this is a great deal!
  • Nail polish in various colors, including clear
  • Navy blue high gloss acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Make your tray

    ottoman trays

  • 1.To create your tray, turn the box frame over, remove the “box” meant to hold the picture in place, turn it over, and voila – a tray!

  • 2. To make sure you get a crisp edge, add painters tape around the inside edge of the frame.

    3.Paint clear nail polish around the inside edge of the painter’s tape to minimize any seepage.

    4. Next, paint the bottom of your tray with your acrylic paint. Allow it to dry between coats.

    decorative ottoman tray

  • 5. Now it’s time to add some color! You can add any pattern you want with your nail polish – I went with a series of dashes alternating my colors. Allow your tray to drive for a full 24 hours before using it to give the nail polish a chance to cure.

    6. Style away!

decorative tray for coffee table

I love how mine turned out, and I can guarantee you’ll be seeing it around my home. Have you done a picture frame make-over? We’d love to see what you’ve come up with! Post your pictures to Instagram using the hashtag #createwithmeprojects!

 

diy decorative tray from picture frame

Now it’s time to vote for next month’s material! Take the survey below and tell us what you want to Create with Me for September – then let’s take a minute to figure out how we’re already talking about September!

Thanks so much to Samantha of Little Bits of Home for hosting such a fun challenge!

 

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Saturday Showcase – Home Inspiration {July 2017}

Posted in SATURDAY SHOWCASE
on July 29, 2017

Hi, Friends! It’s time for some July home inspiration with the  Saturday Showcase!  Get ready for some serious home decor inspiration from some of my (and yours) favorite bloggers! Grab a coffee and take a peek.

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July Home Inspiration

Bathroom Decor Ideas

July home inspiration

Green with Decor – DIY Towel Rack Green with Decor – $100 Bathroom Makeover | Love and Renovations – Weekend Bathroom Make-over

 

Kitchen Decor Ideas

Kitchen home inspiration

My life from home – White KitchenThe Honeycomb Home – Kitchen Home Tour

 

Other Home Decor Ideas

home inspiration for the summer

My Life from Home – Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal | Uncookie Cutter – Home Office Reveal| Knock it Off Kim – Home Tour, Living Room

 

Garden and Outdoor Ideas

Outdoor ideas for the summer

Two Purple Couches – New Front Door |Two Purple Couches –
How to Make a Fairy Garden
|Love and Renovations – Tomato Cage Plant Stands|Knock it Off Kim – Handwoven Porch Rocker

 

Crafts and Home Accents

Home decor accents

The Honeycomb Home – Rustic Sunflower Centerpiece| Uncookie Cutter – Home Office Reveal

I hope you were able to find something inspiring in this month’s features – until next month!

 

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