Well, my mirror for my One Room Challenge master bedroom update came in this weekend and looks GREAT! I also exchanged the 6’x9′ jute rug I initially ordered for the 8’x10′ version and that also came in this weekend. The mirror is up but the rug is going to be a bit of a beast to put down, involving bed and mattress moving, but as soon as they’re down I can’t wait to show them both to you!
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This month’s challenge forced me, and alot of the other girls, to work with something we hadn’t yet…concrete! We were tasked to make something for a father with it, since it’s Father’s Day this month. I LOVE the look of concrete and have always wanted to dabble in it, but figured it’d be best to take baby steps in the beginning and do something small and simple. If you’ve been around here, you may know I
am a weirdo and collect bottlecaps, so why not put some of them to use? I decided to make a sort of trivet for my father-in-law and all his fish-frying and shrimp-boiling activities on their porch.
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There are only five supplies I used:
– 1 bag of concrete (I used Quickrete fast-setting)
– small bucket or two
– paint stirrer
– assorted bottlecaps – I used different colored caps from our beloved Shiner Brewing Co.
– sealant (we’ll discuss this below)
I put about 2″ of concrete in my bucket, then poured water in gradually while stirring until it was just slightly soupy. I wanted mine a little less thin but I added too much water at first so I had to add more concrete. So start with the smallest amount you need, knowing you may need to adjust with more.
It makes a ton of bubbles with all that mixing so tap the bucket down on the ground until no more bubbles come up.
I grabbed two of these buckets, so before I started, I arranged the caps on the bottom of one so I knew where they needed to go and how many I needed. So when my concrete was ready, I knew where they needed to go already. The concrete started to get thicker after about five minutes or so, so make sure they’re where they need to be before then. To make sure they were level, I put my second bucket on top of them and pressed lightly for just a few seconds.
After about 30 minutes or so, the top had hardened enough so that I could wipe off the tops of the caps. I wasn’t sure if the concrete/water/haze would come off after it dried so I went ahead and wiped them (it does wipe off after it’s dried, fyi). After about 24 hours, my concrete was completely dry and the trivet popped right out of the bucket.
Like I mentioned, my trivet came out a bit thicker than I wanted it to (~2″) so I figured maybe they can use it as a little plant stand too if it’s too cumbersome during cookouts.
Now, I knew that without being sealed, these caps would rust in like a week down here, so I put the trivet back in the bucket, and poured some lacquer over the top, thinking it’d dry in a nice even layer and I’d be done. Aaaaaand then it partially soaked in and around it, took the paint off the caps, then didn’t dry at all. After a whole week, still wet and blue and red ink smeared all over. Ruined. So yeah, I should have taken the time to research what would actually work, and then just brush it on. But you win some and you lose some, right? But now I get to make some more, plus one or two for myself too now!
I’m excited to keep playing around with concrete projects, and also use a proper sealer on them ;)
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