upcycling

Upcycled: Vintage Mirror

It is a miracle what a can of glossy spray paint will do. It took this dingy, mirror I’ve had my eye on at Salvation Army and with two coats make it feel fresh. I’ve used this glossy spray paint only once before, in the picture frame in the background of the photo above. I remember thinking to myself, I should have used a primer. Why didn’t I this time? Totally forgot. It still looks good, but there were moments of concern. Some notes about this project; I really should have covered the whole surface in tape before spray painting, while all the paint residue came off, it really was a waste of 10 minutes. Also I really would suggest using a primer, the high gloss wants to drip into crevasses and leave some parts uncovered and if you had a primer coat on, it wouldn’t matter as much.

 

DIY: Upcycled Beach Tote

Every time I got to the beach, I scramble to find an appropriate bag. My canvas totes aren’t large enough and my purses are not beach worthy. I found this straw bag at a Goodwill for $5, depending on what you have around the house, this upcycled could cost anywhere from $5 – $12. I absolutely love my new bag. I can’t wait to stuff it full of snacks and beachy goodness.

Things you’ll need:

Straw Bag

Flat Head Screw Driver

Pliers

1/8 in. Suede Cord

Scissors

Tape

Shirt or Tank (the bottom width should measure the same as mouth of bag)

Thread

 

Step 1: Find yourself a nice sturdy beach bag.

Step 2: Remove the handle rivets. I used a flathead screwdriver to loosen the top of the rivet and pulled it apart using pliers. Not the easiest job, but well worth the trouble.

Step 3: Take your suede cord and cut into 18 even lengths. Tape down 9 sections at a time to a table and braid using 3 lengths as 1 strand.

Step 4: Use the holes left from your rivets and thread the sections from your leather braid through them. If you need to make them a little bigger, use your scissors. Tie knots on the end on the strands and trim.

Step 5: If your bag has lining that you think is pretty gross or just want a new clean liner, use a seam ripper and remove it. Then take your bag and lay it over your t-shirt or tank. Measure a few inches below the bag and cut.

Step 6: Turn the shirt inside out and sew the bottom.

Step 7: Sew the shirt to inside of bag. I followed the holes left from the seam I removed, this seemed a lot easier than trying to create a new straight line.

 

 

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