Remove Tarnish From Silver and Metals

In my last post, I talked about my recent vintage salvage where I bought a vanity tray and jewelry tower from an antique market. Both items were beautiful, but needed a bit of TLC and a good cleaning. The tray was so dirty, you couldn’t even tell there was a mirror underneath all the dirt! I struggled to clean the rust off the edges of the mirrored vanity tray, and had to resort to Pinterest for some help. (Although these photos aren’t the best representation of how dirty the tray really was when I bought it, I wanted to show the tarnished edges before this cleaning process).

Dirty Before Photos

I found this Pinterest post about removing tarnish, and decided to try it. Here is my step by step tutorial on how to clean a tarnished item!

Items you will need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • Hot water
  • Plastic container or bowl

Step 1: Grab a plastic container or bowl large enough, and line the bottom with aluminum foil.

Step 2: Place the container in the sink, and set the tarnished item in the foil lined container.

Step 3: Pour in 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda into the container (I used 1 cup), and make sure that your water is boiling hot when you add it into the container.

Step 4: Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, and you should see dirt beginning to float around. I used a toothbrush to try and scrub more tarnish off, but it didn’t work too well.

Step 5: If the tarnish doesn’t all come off, grab some more aluminum foil and use it to clean it some more. Follow my video below!

Step 6: Fully rinse the item in warm water, and wipe dry with a clean cloth!

 

DIY Lilly Pulitzer Print

I love Lilly Pulitzer, but I never thought I could learn how to paint any of the prints. Well, I was wrong, because I found a tutorial which showed me step by step and I loved how easy it was and how it turned out!  I found this tutorial on Pinterest, and followed most of the steps identically.

Details & Suggestions:

  • Instead of a canvas, I used white matt paper from an old frame
  • I didn’t have the same colors listed for paint, but I did have similar colors in my paint collection
  • I didn’t have all the supplies listed (not all was necessary) and I bought my craft supplies at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby (you can always find a coupon online–even on your phone if you Google search it!)
  • I didn’t leave much white space in the flowers, and I didn’t add white paint to it either

DIY Chalk Paint

As many of you know, I have been painting a lot of furniture this summer for my future apartment (wherever that may be…still waiting on jobs). With that, I have been doing a lot of research on popular painting techniques that give a furniture a vintage look. The first technique that I used, was written in one of my previous posts for a coffee table that I painted.

With several other pieces of furniture still set aside, I took the time to watch a variety of Youtube videos and read a bunch of blogs on refurbishing furniture. One of the more popular techniques I came across, was to use chalk paint. Chalk paint gives furniture more of a matte finished look, and I personally love everything online that I have seen painted in it. The most popular and well known brand is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, however, it is extremely expensive. One quart starts at about $35, which is extremely expensive. I refused to pay this much for a small amount of chalk paint, so I did some research and found several DIY chalk paint recipes and tutorials.

I found several recipes online, and the best one came from Pinterest (click here to view tutorial). It worked extremely well and I was very pleased with my results. Follow the tutorial from the recipe linked above. I listed the chalk paint ingredients below and included where I bought them and for how much (although they can be bought elsewhere and at different costs).

Recipe calls for:

  • Plaster of Paris, bought from Michael’s$6
  • Valspar paint sample in Soft Panther color (ID: VRO88A), bought from Ace Hardware$6.50
  • SC Johnson furniture wax, bought from Ace Hardware$8
  • Foam roller for cabinets, bought from Ace Hardware$3.50
  • Water
  • Plastic container and spoon for mixing and storing the chalk paint
  • Furniture to paint

How to Apply the Chalk Paint:

After learning how to make my own chalk paint, I learned how to apply the paint. I followed the youtube video tutorial seen below. Note-This girl works for a store that makes their own chalk paint and wax, I just followed the tutorial and used my own chalk paint and wax that I had from the recipe above.

What I LOVE about chalk paint:

  • No need to sand down your furniture before
  • Dries faster than regular paint
  • The matte finished look to it
  • The wax goes on super easy and looks/feels better than using a polyurethane semigloss finish

Stay tuned for a tutorial on how my chalk painted furniture turned out in another post coming soon!

 

 

DIY Construction Themed Event

Sorry that it has been a while since I have written a Pinterest blog post, I have been super busy lately with job applications, moving, internship, and so much more! I am super excited to talk about my latest Pinterest attempt because it involved multiple aspects of Pinsperation!

I am currently working as the Marketing Intern for a construction company called Consolidated Construction, and I absolutely LOVE it! Recently, my boss asked me to organize a sponsorship event at a golf outing and I was super ecstatic because I love anything involving event planning and creativity. My company was sponsoring the cocktail cocktail hour for the MMAC COSBE golf outing held in Milwaukee and we also were asked to have a tent set up at one of the holes. It was my responsibility to create a game and cocktail for the golfers to enjoy at our hole and create a display that marketed our company, and these were my results!

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and the internet searching for construction themed parties and events to put this together. I didn’t want it to look too cheesy or childish, so I only picked a few elements here and there. Here are a few things I found on Pinterest as ideas, and I also did a general search for construction party which I got as ideas too.

Pinterest Ideas/Pinsperation:

My results from our construction themed table:

Comments & Suggestions:

  • The mojitos were just pre-made Bacardi Mojito mix and I added fresh mint and lime to garnish and taste. The straws were too long, so I cut them down to fit the glasses and they were purchased at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 per pack of 24
  • The Tonka truck was purchased from Walmart for $25 and I took off the Tonka stickers and added various logos from our company with paper and glue to make it more personalized.
  • To make the Gatorade bottle labels, I followed some of the instructions from this Pinterest post, and modified it a bit
    • I removed the labels and measured them so I knew what sizes to make the labels on Microsoft Word (I added a bit to the length so it could overlap and stay easier.
    • Instead of one strip of tape, I used two since the bottles are much thicker than water bottles!
  • In addition to the above items, I made a custom sign that had a photo of a mojito and named the drink after our slogan, calling it the Make 1 Call Mojito.

In addition to the display, we created a game called Consolidate it. Make 1 Putt. Golfers had to stand behind two cones and putt a ball down the hill into a hard hat. The golfer which had it closest inside the hard hat then won a golf towel! We also had a gift card for golfers to win by entering their business card. I was very pleased with how the event turned out, and really was happy with the amount of compliments we received. Many golfers hadn’t heard of our company before, but were well aware of what we did with our branding efforts! If you are interested in viewing more photos from the event and our game in action, go to our Flickr album! 

Tissue Paper Puffs

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Video found on Pinterest here

My Results:

 Suggestions/ Comments: 

  • I didn’t follow what the video did, I didn’t cut the paper in half. I used 8 full sized sheets which made very large pompoms.
  • You must be very careful when pulling the sheets out to fluff it because they rip very easily. I made these for my candyland themed cabin for a 6 week summer camp. I hung them from the ceiling as seen in the pictures above, and they lasted all 6 weeks!
  • Takes some time to make them, but they are much more expensive to buy.
  • I recommend buying the multi-color 100 sheets pack for $5 where you can make about 10 full sized pompoms. Otherwise it costs about $3 per pom pom when you buy them in packs. Great for parties and little kid events!