Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rub 'n Buff Floor Mirror Makeover

Way back in September of 2014 I was on the lookout for a large floor mirror for our living room. I stumbled upon a great buy on Joss & Main and Matt and I decided to pull the trigger and order. We have ebony color hard wood floors and the gold/brass finish of the mirror was exactly what I was looking for.

We scheduled delivery for a day Matt was teleworking since I was still working at Discovery at the time. After the scheduled delivery time I get a text from Matt: "Is this the right color?" 

Womp womp.  

It was the exact same color as our floors and had ugly white paint/caulk marks all over the mirror (hard to see in the picture). And it was not a intentional "distressed" look. 

I was so bummed and I called Joss & Main, sent them a picture and they apologized that it didn't match the listing. They returned our money and asked if we would like them to pick it up or if we had a way to dispose of it ourselves. Immediately I told them we had a way to dispose of it since we lived in an active construction zone with plenty of dumpsters around (and I really didn't want to have to schedule yet another day  for delivery men). It wasn't until I hung up and told Matt that they just returned our money and said we could dispose of it ourselves that it hit me - I just scored a free $550 mirror to refinish! 

I was very overwhelmed with how I would refinish it since I couldn't think of anything worse than taping off each pane prior to painting, etc. Plus I really wanted a gold finish and paint wouldn't quite give me the look I desired. The mirror sat pitifully in the office for 6 months. 

Here you can see just two of many of the undesirable white marks. 

Approximately 6 months later the answer to my mirror woes hit me - Rub 'n Buff!  I tested a small spot and loved the finish so I pushed forward. I simply slipped a piece of paper under the pane as I rubbed ('n buffed) using a paper towel and when it did get in the mirror I wiped it off easily with a clean paper towel. In full disclosure I did this over a period of 3 months for about an 30 minutes to an hour at a time when I had that time to spare. It probably took a total of 6 hours. 

I am beyond thrilled with the final result! So worth all the work and wait and it only cost the price of one tube of Rub 'n Buff!

P.S. I love Joss & Main, their customer service is exceptional. We had an issue with a clock arriving broken and they shipped me another one immediately and told me to dispose of the broken one. So you know what I did right? Googled how to fix clocks and now I have 2 for the price of one!

Mila's 3rd Birthday

The fact that I am posting about Mila's 3rd birthday only six months after said birthday is a huge step forward considering it took me a full year to post about her 2nd birthday (and two years to post her 1st birthday).  

This year the theme was Sofia the First. And as is now a tradition for us, on Halloween Mila dresses up as a character from her birthday party theme (1st Monkey, 2nd Totoro and 3rd Sofia). I have a feeling Mila will be much more vocal about her wishes for both the birthday and Halloween costumes in the coming years so I'm sure this tradition will soon come to a screeching halt. 

We got her a set of golf clubs for her birthday so she was excited to pose with Gram and Joe!

The life sized Sofia balloon may have been Mila's favorite part of the party. 

Happy 3rd Birthday Mila!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Easy Kids Gallery Wall

I have been trying to figure out the best use of space for an odd wall in our hallway that leads from the butler's pantry into the kitchen.  One day when I was trying to figure out how to display Mila's artwork somewhere we could see it daily yet wouldn't be a focal point of a room (obviously she's the most talented 3 year old artist I've ever seen but she's not yet Etsy ready).  Anyway, you see where I'm going here right?

Empty boring odd wall before...

I found these cute mini clothes pins at Marshall's for about $2 and dug out some twine and brushed nickel push pins out of my craft supplies to create my gallery.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

I simply pushed the push pins into the wall and tied the twine to the top.  Easy to remove and makes super small holes if I decide to move it later.

After a few months I finally got around to dusting off my Silhouette and created a vinyl quote to go above the artwork.

 The best part about the location of the wall is that we walk by it to come in the house from the mud room so the art can go directly from Mila's school bag to the wall, and it makes me smile when I'm cooking dinner in the kitchen.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My Birthday Girl

As I am planning for my sweet girl's third birthday next weekend it dawned on me that I never posted anything about Mila's first and second birthdays.  I guess it is one of the many reminders of how busy you become when you have a baby.  In order to right this wrong I decided I would post them now.

Mila's First Birthday

Mila's first birthday party was monkey themed (which is very appropriate for Miss Mila to this day).  Sorry for the bad quality pictures - those windows made it difficult to get the correct balance for this DSLR novice.

The banners I made by the light of college football on TV after Mila would go to sleep.




Banana Chips favors... get it?

My weekly belly picture chalkboard put to good use.

Monkey favors for the kiddos.

Mila's birthday sign from daycare.

Hard to see, but Mila's monthly pictures.


Mila's Second Birthday

We had a My Neighbor Totoro themed party.  Unfortunately Mila was so busy Matt and I didn't get a picture together with the birthday girl.  :(

My goal this year is to get a family picture!

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