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DIY: Rustic Mirror (and galette)

My work has become sculptural lately.

You may remember the camping trip to a State Beach north of Santa Barbara. Well here is a picture of all the driftwood that I collected there. I used driftwood of various sizes to create this rustic frame around the mirror.

I used a 30″ x 30″ mirror with frame

Driftwood all sizes and shapes

Amazing GOOP

White water based stain

I began by thoroghly cleaning all the driftwood. I soaked it in our bathtub then rinsed the sande off. I even used a little bleach to be sure there was no fungus growing on any of the pieces. I let them dry in the sun for a day which naturally lightened them up. Once dry, I sanded out pieces that were ready to fall off or remnants of bark that had yet to fall away.

Next, I lied out a general design and began by gluing down the larger pieces first. The small pieces and the twisty ones then became easiest to use to fill in the gaps. For me, it was very satisfying, a sculptural process even! Lastly, I washed the entire piece in a white water based stain. I had prestained the mirror’s frame so that I wouldnot have to worry about getting in the crevices with my brush.

What do you think? I saw one like this at Neiman Marcus!!!

Now it is sitting in my shop! I think the white wood works best against a colored wall.

I am enjoying my days in studio more than ever.

This is the other rustic treat that I made yesterday! and it is a treat because it is ny no means “health food”, although I do have a recipe for a nut crust without butter that makes it pretty healthful!

Sometimes when I roll a ball out of the dough, then flatten it, I pretend I am making a sculpture. We had a ton of peaches to use up, so I made two galettes, one for a party last night and the other for breakfast this week.

This time I used the recipe from Tracy Porter and took some creative license. In the past, I have used Deborah Madison’s galette dough recipe and it is virtually identical.

The simple ingredients are as follows.

1-1/4 C. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 C. ice water

1-1/2 C. sliced peeled peaches
4 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

For step by step directions visit Tracy’s site, her trick to remove the peach peels really works! I added on last twist to the peach filling, Heath bits! (I told you it wasn’t healthy) Now, don’t go too crazy with them just 2 tablespoons. Blueberries are also a tasty variation in the filling.

Now, it’s time for my jog!

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Bathroom Redo

Okay, so I’m a little embarrassed that our bathroom used to look like this. I couldn’t delve into painting because we were still considering a move and in my defense, the cream and cranberry tile were a tough color combination to accent.

The first week in our apartment, I painted the bathroom. Then, I painted it white all over again, here’s what it looked like (please excuse the mess!)

Here’s a peak at the pine wood frame. I prefer to lighten and darken stain with artist’s oil to develop a custom shade. This one is Varathane’s Summer Oak stain,  mixed with Raw Umber. I chose knot filled 1″ x 2″ from Anawalt Lumber in lieu of rustic pieces which were hard to find in L.A. I came across this plan at Knock of Wood and knew the solution to my frameless mirror had manifested!

All year, I have been picturing this simple upgrade. Paint is budget friendly and makes such a huge difference in small rooms. The blue shade made the tile look creamier and less yellow…Did I mention I’m so happy?!

For now, this is the final peak! I’d still like to accessorize the outlets with covers, pewter maybe? Plus, find some decorative knobs for our built in storage.

For those of you playing my little faux granite guessing game, you are fool proof, it is the one on the right!

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