Makeover with Looking Glass Paint

I’m not sure if it qualifies as ‘vintage’ but it is certainly vintage to me.  I’ve had this tape dispenser for a VERY long time and it has held up well.  It has a nice weight so it stays in place as you pull off a new piece of tape.  But really…..  it is looking pretty BAD.  I don’t even remember when brown was a color I would pick and look at all the pieces of tape stuck on it – but it still works well!   A makeover was in order. 

So…. I’ve been wanting to experiment with the Krylon Looking Glass Silver Paint and the Mercury Glass look.  

Here’s what I did:

1.  Used a razor blade to scrape off the wild pieces of tape.  (Didn’t want to wreck my manicure.)

2.  Mixed ½ water, ½ vinegar in a little spray bottle – with a very fine spray.

3.  Sprayed a very light first coat of the Looking Glass paint.  Then the water/vinegar mixture.  Dabbed it a little with a paper towel.  Repeated about 3-4 times.  DONE!

Looks fabulous! But I still wanted a little more pizazz.  I hopped over to Daisy Grey Planner Pretties for some Washi Tape!  I found this Mint Silver Striped Skinny Washi Tape.  PERFECT!

For the very BEST selection of Washi Tape and all sorts of "planner pretties" head on over to Daisy Grey.  She has great prices and outstanding customer  service.

Spraying Note:  I slipped a trash bag over a tray, placed a small bowl upside down inside the bag.  This provided a way to elevate the tape dispenser so I could spray the edges evenly.  Also, it made it easy to pick up the entire set-up to bring inside.  I didn't want any bugs getting stuck in my paint...

Fleece Hanger Covers

I have a hang up….   Hahaha….  I am talking about hanging up clothes!  I like to use the basic plastic hangers with a swivel top and notches for straps.  My ‘hang up’ is that some garments with wide necklines or slippery fabrics slip off the hanger and I end up with a mess.  Sometimes I have hangers with a thin foam cover.  This will hold the garment securely but that foam gets nasty very quickly and it doesn’t stay on very well either.
Fleece to the rescue!  With only 1 1/3 yd of fleece and some ribbon, I made 20 hanger covers in about 45 minutes!  I am DELIGHTED with the results!  This is an easy, practical and attractive solution.  

Here’s how.  Cut your fleece into rectangles about 6” x 24”.  If you use your Olfa Rotary Cutter, the job will go very quickly and you can enhance it with a scalloped edge.

Find the center of your rectangle by folding it lengthwise then widthwise.  At the resulting corner, cut a small square.

Now just slip the hanger through the small square you just cut.  Fold the fleece over the hanger and tie your ribbon where the hanger’s notches are with the bow on the underside.

Now go hang up your wide neck, slippery top and give it a test drive!

If you have some scraps of fleece ‘hanging’ around…. Give it a try.  If you want to do a bunch, I’ll do the math for you.

Typically, fleece is 58”-60” wide.  If you buy 1 1/3 yd (48”) cut it as shown in the chart.
You will need about 12”-15” ribbon for each tie, so 24”-30” for one hanger.  I like to use ¼” satin ribbon but you could also use embroidery floss, string, or even curling ribbon.  So you will need 13-17 yards ribbon.

If you prefer the tubular style hangers, the same method will work, just tie the ribbon tightly so it won’t slip.