Sentiments Plaques Can Be Refreshed with Diamond Dusted

These signs or plaques had great sentiments. Love and Hope. But they were dark, dirty and forlorn; and being sold at a garage sale. I saw potential. I even thought they would make great wedding presents. But they needed makeovers. I didn’t take any before pictures but I did do a video about my garage sale haul and took some screen shots.

I cleaned them up and painted everything white and then added Valspar Antiquing Wax to make them look “shabby chic”. I then added embellishments.

For the LOVE sign I added a rhinestone ribbon around the frame and added “Totally Dazzled” Bling to each corner.

I then Diamond Dusted the background behind the glass. Luckily there was enough room between the glass and the background wood. It was almost like a shallow shadow box.

For the HOPE sign I also used Diamond Dust. I just used it in the inside section of the plaque. I wish photos picked up the sparkle better.

I hope this post gives you an idea of how you can REFRESH some of your decor that you may have hiding away in a basement or attic or garage. Or you can always go thrifting/junking and find some hidden treasures to REMAKE, REPURPOSE, REFAB RESTYLE or REFRESH.

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Diamond Dusted Piglet Princesses on a Rose Gold Throne

I saw these sweet little pigs on a shelf at Hobby Lobby and thought they would look so special if I diamond dusted them. Of course they needed crowns too. Then I wanted a throne for them and it so happened that my Mom had this miniature doll chair that had yellowed over time. So I spray painted it a rose gold and added bling. I wish pictures would do Diamond Dust justice. It has SO SO much sparkle!

I don’t have any BEFORE pictures of the little piglets. But you can imagine that they were plain ceramic before the sparkle was added.

Here my Mom was successful at gluing the little crowns on top. She used E6000.
They really are darlings.
I asked my Facebook followers if I should leave the chair/throne rose gold and everyone said yes. I had thought about changing it to regular gold. The rose gold perfectly matches their little noses, eyes, ears, and hooves.
Here’s a picture before I added the bling to the throne.
Their throne needed something. I think this was the perfect enhancement.
Cuteness. Farmhouse Glamour!
Pretty Princess Piglets

I hope to encourage you to be creative. Use a product you may not have used before such as Diamond Dust. I bought mine from Amazon. I also bought the little crowns from Amazon. The pin on the throne is from Totally Dazzled.

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Patriotic Ideas

Hi Everyone!

Do you need some ideas for Americana Decor? Remember, many people decorate all summer with Americana. It takes into account Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. I also include other Patriotic Ideas for your lifestyle such as a manicure and jewelry.

Here are a few we did for this summer.

I changed my spring chicken wire tote bag into Americana. I use this as a door hanger for my garage door. This is the door almost EVERYONE uses to come in and out of my home. This tote really brightens my day as I travel in and out.

Find more info about the chicken wire tote bag HERE.

Another cross that my Mom made was this PEACE cross. I think peace is on everyone’s mind as these holidays pass by. This cross looks similar to a Texas flag. Texas is our home state so that is not unusual. Mom used scrabble tiles to write out the word PEACE.

Below is a picture of my faux fireplace mantel all decked out with Americana. The USA frame with bead board background was made by my Mom. I did add antiquing gel to it for a vintage vibe.

Just a few touches of red, white and blue and it takes it into a patriotic state.
Here is a side view of my fireplace mantel that I have in my garage.

Find more info about the rag doll angel HERE.

My Mom also made this decoupaged star frame pictured below. Find more info about the decoupaged star frame HERE.

The chicken wire frame that changes with the seasons is pictured below with a star in the middle. I will probably change this out to a sunflower later in the summer.

Here is a great picture of the chicken wire frame with a star in the middle. I change this out for each season.

Find more info about the star chicken wire frame HERE.

These bottles were bought to stage a house we had flipped when I was a Realtor. I took them out of the box and put red, white and blue daisy like flowers in them. I adore it now!

Below are two crosses my Mom made and she used bandanas and stars to decorate them with.

Americana
Bandana Crosses

I had to celebrate with a manicure too! Red is a little too bright for me, so I went with a royal blue color and had her put stars on the ring fingers.

My old lady hands. I think I like a manicure and bracelets and rings to take attention away from all the wrinkles on my hands. lol

Below are some bracelets I made. I bought the blue beads at Walmart. The rhinestone bracelets came ready-made from Hobby Lobby.

Blue Bling!

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Sparkling Leopard Cross

This cross is elegant and sophisticated. It is unique with it’s Leopard Print Ribbon on top of Burlap Ribbon and Rhinestone Bling. My Mom made and designed this cross. I just added the bling. Pictures do not do the sparkle justice. When you walk by it, it just winks at you.

Mom cut out the cross with her jigsaw and painted it black. Then added the burlap ribbon and then the leopard ribbon on top of that. Now for the really fun part…..THE Embellishments.

First we added burlap and ribbon flowers that had brown middles. But it still needed more. lol.

Next, I added a Totally Dazzled pin in the middle of the flowers and then I decided to add a one layer rhinestone piece of ribbon down each branch of the cross.

My Mom loves to make crosses. It brings her peace and happiness. It is great therapy for her after her bout with Cancer.

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Love Sign Made with Keys and Bling

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I often wondered what to do with this sample kitchen cabinet door that I bought in our house flipping days. It was moved from storage to storage and this turned out to be the perfect project. It was already ivory with brown antiquing in the grooves. This signs SPARKLES as you walk by it. I have it displayed on my buffet in our great room.

My inspiration for this craft was one of my favorite Facebook Crafters and I had to give it a try. Please go and follow her because she has great ideas. Kathy at Royale Funky Junque. I made mine with all keys and gears to look more steampunk. I added bling just like she did. She loves sparkle and so do I. This is my small LOVE sign, and I almost have all the supplies to make another larger one out of hardware. Coming soon….

For this project, I had all the keys and gears already. I also had the board which is a sample kitchen cabinet door we never used.

The picture below is where I was trying to arrange all the components and decide where to put them.

I used E6000 glue to attach all the components. I used a q-tip to help me control the glue. I suggest using jewelry glue with a precise point which I didn’t have at the time. I also used some hot glue on some of the keys where I needed immediate adhesion.

This Picuture

I did have to use alcohol and cotton balls and q-tips to get the extra glue off the background.

I have a lot of shades of browns in my home so this fits anywhere. This picture was taken in my craft room.
This is it’s new home in my home. I updated the swirls on either side of it after this picture was taken. I’ll have those on another blog post soon.
I wish pictures picked up the sparkle.

Moral of story: Always keep old kitchen cabinet doors. There could be a home decor project just waiting to be made.

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