Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thrifty Thursday #108, Plus a Tablescape

Hi! It's Thrifty Thursday! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party". I also participate in Tablescape Thursday the host of that fun carnival is the Hostess with the Mostess...Susan of Between Naps on the Backporch. That's no lie or exaggeration, each week I visit Susan's porch and just long to be a guest at any of her tablescapes...especially those held on the porch.

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I hope you got a chance to read the post from my Old Florida Road Trip.
If you didn't...I just returned from a whirlwind tour of The Florida gulf coast-all the way south to Sanibel Island as well as New Orleans. I have been recapping all of the places we stopped along the way. Our theme in Florida was "Old Florida". No big theme parks, no chain crowds. We had a blast!!!  If you missed it,  I hope you will click the link....and then join me in the days to come for more of our Bloggeritaville roadtrip!

 This week I have a guest post for Thrifty Thursday, it's Ginger from Cottage on Rosewood. I fell in love with her Sunburst Wine Barrel Mirror. So much so I asked her to share it here today with you. So without further ado, Here is Ginger....

"I have to say that by far these have been my favorite project.  They have not been without some trial and error, but I’m loving the end result.
We started with an old weathered wine barrel that I had sitting in the shed.  I bought it several years ago, not knowing at the time what I would end up using it for, but it was cheap at only $5 and I loved the patina of the wood.  The first thing was to separate it and figure out how we would make it work. 
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As you can see, we ended up with a good size pile of the boards.  The width of the boards varied and I kind of liked that look.  The first thing we did was cut each board in half.  I did this for two reasons, first, they were way too long and secondly, they tapered at each end and to get the look I wanted, I needed them to just be skinnier on one end.  (that might make more sense in the later pictures)
After cutting each board in half, I laid out the first set of boards and used epoxy to adhere the first set of boards around the front of the mirror, gluing them directly to the mirror.  I didn’t really measure, I just eye-balled it to get the look I wanted.  We had to cut the last board to fit. 
Once the front boards had been attached I liked it, but did not love it.  After some thought, we decided to cut the extra boards in half lengthwise to make skinnier pieces to fill in between each of the front boards.  We attached those to the back with the same epoxy.  Oh and I almost forgot, I used frog tape to keep them straight and drinking glasses filed with beans and set them on the boards to hold them until the glue dried. This time though, we measured three inches from the end and used that line to line it up with the back of the mirror, so that we could keep the same distance around.  When I flipped the mirror over to glue the back boards in place, I set the mirror on tope of a paint can to keep pressure off the front boards because the sort of bow out in the front.  I hope this is all making sense because for the life of me, I cannot find the pictures I took of each step. 
Once all of the epoxy had fully cured, I got the bright idea to use Disc Hangers so I could easily hang them on the wall.  Little did I know, you can’t use them on mirrors.  I did not see that little nugget of information on the package, but I attempted it and one stuck, but the other didn’t.  I went to the website for more instructions to see if I had done something wrong.  And, in fact, I had, I tried to attach them to mirror.  So instead, we simply screwed to tiny screws into a board on each side of the mirror, connected them with wire and with that we were done. 
Here they are, hung up in their new home and I couldn’t be happier.  I should warn you, I am proud of these
and you are about to be hit with picture overload! IMG_4561 IMG_4565
The gorgeous corbels above were purchased from this awesome blogger.  She might have a few more, so hit here up if you’re interested.  They are huge and chippy and old and gorgeous.  I have other plans for them, but for now, I love them where they are. IMG_4575 IMG_4585IMG_4580 IMG_4583
The ONLY complaint I have is that I have not yet had time to get my armoire painted and I really really hate the orangey color in these pictures.  Oh how I need like 5 more hours in a day. 
I would love to hear what you think of our handiwork.  I love them and get this, the entire project cost less than $25, including the glue.  How’s that for a bargain?"

My sincere thanks to Ginger for sharing that! I hope you will drop by Ginger's blog and show her some Bloggeritaville love and tell her how great those mirrors are!

And for today's tablescape....Something Green for Spring!

Tablescape Thursday is  hosted by the lovely, Susan of Between Naps on the Porch..

Thank you for dropping my Bloggeritaville today! I have thoroughly enjoyed you visit. Please use Mr. McLinky below to link up your blog. Please leave a comment after linking. I love to hear from you.I encourage you all to spread the love and visit the other thrifty Thursday participants, for that's what half the fun is. Aside from seeing a cool treasure it's making friends!

Thank you, all, FRIENDS! I appreciate YOU!
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Thrifty Participants:


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! What a great project! It really turned out great! Love all of your photos....lots of pics are FUN! ♥

Susan said...

Those mirrors are super cute. And I love green.... love it!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Green is one of my favorite colors to use for a spring tablescape! I am envious that you got to Sanibel, and I didn't :-) Maybe next year.

Prairie Patch said...

Thanks for hosting another great link up party!

Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

Lindy said...

I LOVE the mirrors! They turned out great!

MeMeSue said...

Now that is creative!! LOVE IT!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Super cool project. You guys did a great job. It's got great texture and is very interesting. And I know what you mean about needing 5 more hours. I feel the same. Thanks for hosting!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Great project! thanks so much for hosting this party.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

What a great project! LOVE THEM!!! I am joining you today AND I'm your newest FOLLOWER!!! I hope you will peek in on me and FOLLOW ME TOO if you like!
I have also put your button on my sidebar!
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs to you,

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is gorgeous. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

Little Brick Ranch said...

Thanks for hosting!! I love the mirror and how it turned out!! This gives me a great idea of what to do with all the wood shims I have hangin' around!!
If you get a sec, pop on over to Little Brick Ranch to enter the GIVEAWAY!!! I’ll give you a hint...Homes, Food, and all things Frugal!!

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Thanks again Leigh for the feature. Such a great party to host, there is so much inspiration to be found when fellow bloggers share their wonderful projects. Have a great week!

lvroftiques said...

I'd a never thunk to do that with a broken down barrel in a million years!...But now I will! How cute are they?!
Thank you so much for letting me hook up to your par-tay! Vanna

The Cranky Queen said...

What an awesome made it look too easy, but I know working with old wood can be "splintery" I love them! Tiff

Adin B said...

BRILLIANT! Can't beat that deal. I love what you did and I love the color of your living room. I am also wanting to paint our living this spring or summer, so I hope my husband will agree with me. I love the color of your living room. :) Visiting!

Adin B

Heidi said...

They came out amazing! Now I have to add old wine barrels to my list of things to search for!

Life Goes On said...

Love the mirrors. I happened to buy 2 mirrors today at the thrift stores to repurpose. Need to get started soon.

Struan said...

what an absolutely gorgeous blog you have! you are so clever - I have just started a blog The Curiouser and Curiouser blog, showing items that I find unusual old and unique - that I have made, picked up cheaply or I've found, I hope you like it xx

jennifer said...

Leigh Honey, the mirrors are stunning! I WANT a pair of them now!