Friday, July 24, 2015

My Favorite Gold Spray Paints

I get the question alot,  "What's your favorite gold spray paint?"  And while I like to think all spray paints are created equal, I definitely have my 'go-tos" for various projects.  Today I'm talking about my top-three favorites as well as sharing some helpful spray painting tips


Montana Gold by far has the best quality and and coverage of all spray paints I've tried, but I'll be 100% honest with you and say that their gold isn't my #1 favorite.  However, it's perfect for projects when you want a more muted, brassier gold.  I used 'Goldchrome' on this pig figurine, and it perfectly achieved the vintage brass effect I was looking for.  I've also used it on draw pulls and knobs for the same look.  Note that Montana Gold spray paints take a bit longer to completely dry than most paints.  I recommend letting your object sit for at least 24 hours before touching.  


A tried and true favorite that rarely lets me down, Krylon's Metallic spray paint is the perfect shade of gold (even though it says 'brass'!), goes on smoothly and dries quickly. I've used this for both my beloved bar cart, and this darling little peace-sign figurine.  With this paint, I recommend doing two coats, allowing for the first coat to dry completely before applying the second.






I love this spray paint!  It's a much brighter gold than others I've tried, and goes on like a champ.  Like Krylon's other products, it's smooth and has a quicker drying time than most.  I wanted the deer mount in my bedroom to be extra fabulous, so I used this when painting the antlers.

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Friendly Spray Painting Tips & Reminders: 
  • ALWAYS spray paint in a well ventilated area.  
  • Be conscious of what's around you as your painting, as spray paint "dust" tends to travel [We won't talk about the time I spray painted a white shelf in too close of proximity to my black car.  Ok, well I just talked about it, and it was really dumb.  Thanks Mercedes Benz of Boerne for resolving that issue...That was a fun one to explain to the dealership!]
  • Spray paint takes longer to dry in colder temperatures.
  • Be patient and make sure your project is completely dry before you handle.  Otherwise, you risk fingerprints and smudges that are hard to cover up. 
What are some of your favorite spray paints to use? Share them along with your favorite spray painted projects in the comments below!  

AND don't forget to check out my home tour on Joss & Main and shop the looks.  There are some insanely adorable items at insanely affordable prices up for grabs!  My wish list is getting longer by the minute....The sale ends Tuesday, July 28th at 10:00am CST, so hurry hurry!



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Joss & Main Sale

Shop the SALE here
Y'all.  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to share with you that one of my favorite home decor shopping sites, Joss & Main, is currently featuring my home tour and has put together an amazing collection of inspired items so that you can 'shop the looks' of my favorite rooms all in one place -- at insanely good prices!  Is it weird that even though it's based on my home, that I want one of EVERYTHING in the sale? Seriously, my wish list is growing by the minute...That being said, the sale ends on Tuesday, July 28th at 10:00am CST,  so hurry on over and check it out!  Scroll down to see my picks from the collection!




For the complete list of products, be sure to check out the sale here! Happy shopping!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July Sales!



There are so many great sales happening this weekend, so I put together a quick list of my favorites for y'all!  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Ann Taylor  //  Take an additional 50% off sale styles.  In stores & online, use code HAPPY50 at checkout.



Anthropologie  //  Extra 20% off Summer Tag Sale.  In stores & online, no code necessary.



ASOS  //  Up to 50% off.  No code necessary.



Banana Republic  //  30% off regular priced items in stores & online, use code BRTHIRTY [ends 7/5].  Extra 50% off sale items in stores & online, use code BRGOBIG [ends 7/8].



Baublebar  //  Take 30% off sitewide.  Use code RSJULY [ends 7/5].



French Connection  //  60% off all sale items + free shipping.  Use code 60SALE at checkout.



Furbish Studio  //  15% off sitewide.  Use code HAPPY4 at checkout [ends 7/5].



Gap  //  Up to 50% off select styles, no code necessary.  Take an extra 40% off sale styles, online only.  Use code FOURTH at checkout.



GiGi New York  //  Summer Sale: Free shipping + gift with purchase for orders over $100.



J. Crew  //  Take an extra 40% - 60% off final sale styles.  Use code LONGWEEKEND at checkout [ends 7/6].



J. Crew Factory  //  50% off everything + free shipping.  Use code HOTSALE at checkout [ends 7/3].



Jack Rogers  //  Up to 50% off select styles, in stores and online [ends 7/5].



Lulu & Georgia  //  Summer sale: Take 15% off orders $250+, use code SOSWEET15.  Take 20% off orders $500+, use code SOSWEET20.  Take 25% off orders $1,000+, use code SOSWEET25 [ends 7/5].




Rebecca Minkoff  //  Up to 60% off select styles.




Other holiday sales...

Barney's Warehouse  //  Extra 60% off clearance + up to 50% sitewide [ends 7/7].

BCBG  //  Up to 30% off sale items [ends 7/6].

DVF  //  Take an additional 25% off sale items, use code JULY25 at checkout [ends 7/6].

Forever 21  //  Take an extra 30% off all sale items.   Online only, use code EXTRA30 at checkout.

Loren Hope  //  15% off everything.  Use code HAPPY4TH at checkout.

Old Navy  //  Red, White, & New Sale: Items for the family as low as $2, $4, $6, & $8.

Saks Fifth Avenue  //  Up to 70% off designer selections.  Online and select stores.

Sole Society  //  Up to 50% off select styles [ends 7/4].

Target  //  Buy one get one 50% off on all apparel, shoes, and accessories.  Get an additional 10% off with code JULY at checkout.

Trina Turk //  Take an additional 20% off all sale items.



Monday, June 29, 2015

Good Day Austin: 4th of July Entertaining Ideas

Even though is feels like we just started the summer, the Fourth of July is already upon us!  As I [bluntly] mention in this morning's Good Day Austin segment, sometimes Fourth of July decor ideas aren't always the cutest or most original (Thanks, Pinterest!), so I tried to put together a few quick, easy, and eye-pleasing entertaining ideas to try this weekend.  Read below for more information on each idea featured!


Bud Vases  //  Using bud vases for floral arrangements is one of my favorite budget-friendly entertaining tips!  You can line them down the table, cluster them together, or spread them around the house for a colorful touch.  I find that breaking the flowers up into smaller vases allows for you to get more 'bang for your buck.'

Wrapping Paper Table Runner  //  I didn't even mention this money-saving tip in the segment!  Using inexpensive wrapping paper is a quick & easy way to add a little something extra to your table scape, and you can throw it away once the party is over.  I purchased this red and white striped paper for $3.99 and was able to get four 6-foot table runners out of it.  This is also a great tip for kids' tables too!

Pom-Pom Napkin  //  Another favorite DIY, pom-poms make everything more fun.  For a full tutorial, be sure to check out my post here from last summer.

Patriotic Plastic Ware  //  As I mentioned in the segment, you're going to have plastic ware, might as well make it cute!  Craft stores like Michaels, have made it all too easy to entertain colorfully these days.  With their 'Celebrate It' line, there are literally rows and rows of color-coded party supplies, making entertaining these days all too effortless.  There's no excuse!

Wood-burned Grill Tools  //  I've never met a wood burner I didn't like.  The opportunities to wood burn are endless, it's not just for cutting boards!  This personalized grill utensil is great for the Fourth, but also a great gift for any grill-master in your life!

'Star Spangled Spritzer' + Firework Drink Stirrer  //  Ahhh....the perfect summer-time sipper!  Read my full post from earlier to get the recipe and DIY instructions!

And while this wasn't featured on this morning's segment, I can't let you go without paying tribute to my all-time favorite summer-time DIY, the Watermelon Drink Dispenser I shared last year.  It's too good not to make again this summer!

And if you're not one to DIY, simply click the items below for some great Fourth of July entertaining items -- plus, most of them are on sale! I hope everyone has a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July! 




Star Spangled Spritzer + Drink Stirrer


I've said it many times before, I love me a good white wine spritzer --and fewer things are more refreshing during these hot summer months.  With only a few ingredients, this quick and easy 'Star Spangled Spritzer' pairs perfectly with fireworks and a backyard BBQ.






- 1 bottle of dry white wine (like Austin Winery's Pinot Gris)
- 3/4 bottle (24 oz.) Flavored Italian Soda (I used Central Market's Prickly Pear -- delish!)
- Fresh blueberries
- Fresh strawberries
- Sprinkles to garnish







The night before your soiree, cut up some fresh strawberries and put them in your King Cube Ice Tray (or a regular ice tray!), along with some fresh blueberries, fill the tray with water and freeze overnight. 

Just before your party, place a few of your berry ice cubes in a pitcher.  Pour in a full bottle of your favorite dry white wine, and then top off with flavored Italian soda.  Add in more cut strawberries and blueberries to taste and stir.

To serve, I rimmed my glass with some red and white sprinkles [admittedly, I had these leftover from Christmas, but they were the perfect touch for this patriotic drink!] Drop in either one king cube of ice or a few regular cubes and then pour in your spritzer. Keep reading to find out how to make this dazzling little firework drink stirrer!






- Patriotic paper straws (I found the cutest ones in the check-out line at HomeGoods!)
- Sparkly pipe cleaners





Take two different colored pipe cleaners and cut each in half so that you have four pieces.  Bend each piece in half and then twist together at the base.  Insert the base into the top of the paper straw and then bend the pieces out to resemble a firework, and ta-da! 



For more 4th of July DIYs and easy (+ budget-friendly!) entertaining ideas, stay tuned for my Good Day Austin segment!  Austinites, I'll be live this morning at 9:50am.  Non-Austinites, I'll post the segment as soon as it's online! In the meantime, you can also check out my 'Star Spangled Summer' Pinterest Board for some red, white, and blue inspiration!



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quick & Easy DIYs to Try!


Earlier this week, I shared some insanely easy, quick, and thrifty home decor and gift DIYs on Austin's Studio512.  All of the projects featured require very few materials, time, or money! As mentioned in the segment, I made one of these while waiting in the wings on set! Click below to watch and after the jump, find out how you can recreate these on your own!



Acrylic Tray  //  This tried and true DIY couldn't be easier.  I used an acrylic tray from the Container Store, but you could also use a shadow box frame.  Cut some of your favorite wrapping paper down to size -- I used this leopard print paper -- then lightly coat the back of the paper with some Modge Podge and set it down in the tray.  I put some heavy books on top of the paper, so that the edges wouldn't curl and it the paper would dry flat.  Once it has completely dried, your tray is ready for use!

Studded Vase  //  One of my favorite DIY bloggers, Caitlin of Desert Domicile, shared this darling DIY a couple of years ago, so I can't take credit for it!  Check out her full tutorial here [and be sure to check out some of her other awesome projects while you're there!]

Personalized Ring Dishes  //  Check out my full post and tutorial here for this great little gift idea!  You can also get all of the supplies you need with some one-stop shopping at Darby Smart! [excuse the shameless promotional plug.]

Coffee Mugs  //  Who doesn't love a personalized coffee mug?  Check out my 'Shhhh! There's Wine in Here' Sharpie mug tutorial I posted a couple of years ago, or for a little more glam, use a gold leaf pen.  If you're using a Sharpie, bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes to 'set' your design.  I might recommend hand-washing these for the first 30 days, just to ensure  your creation won't wash away. After that, these should be good to go in the dishwasher.

Glasses & Champagne Flutes  //  I was just smitten with these gold foiled cocktail glasses, but quickly realized I could easily recreate the look for a fraction of the price.  Using plain glassware I found for $2 at a local home store, I made sure they were thoroughly washed and dried and then used a gold leaf pen to write my saying of choice.  Be sure to hand-wash these beauties!

Wooden Coasters  //  I found these wooden coasters at HomeGoods for about $5, and with my trusty gold leaf pen I simply drew on various designs, and voila!  Their chic value just went up.  Tie them together with some bakers string or twine, and they make the perfect little gift for any occasion.

What are your favorite DIYs to make on the fly?



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DIY: Personalized Catchall

Breaking News: I'm alive!  Despite my extreme lack of blogging over the past couple of months, I'm still here--and I'm still crafting!  Today, I'm excited to share that I have TWO new DIY kits now available at Darby Smart! The first of which is one of my personal favorites--and the perfect gift--the Monogrammed Clay Dish (you can see my original post and tutorial here.)  The second, which might just be my new favorite, is this personalized catchall.  Inspired by this Kate Spade tray, this little dish couldn't be easier to make and requires only THREE supplies. 
  • Ceramic dish [4" - 6" square]
  • Sharpie
  • Gold leaf pen
To ensure a clean surface, I quickly wiped down my dish with some rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Otherwise you can give it a quick rinse with warm water and a paper towel.  With your Sharpie, write the phrase of your choice [the options are literally endless.]  To seal the Sharpie, bake your dish in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Once the dish has cooled, simply trace the edge of the dish with your gold leaf pen. Let the paint dry completely before placing your treasures! 




Much like the monogrammed clay dish, this darling little catchall makes the perfect gift for bridesmaids, birthdays, Mother's Day, or whatever the occasion!

Since I've been a little M.I.A. lately--catch me up on what YOU have been crafting!  I'd love to hear your creative ideas!