From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

DIY
  • DIY: Painted Ornate Mirror

    DIY: Painted Ornate Mirror

    Every salon needs that PERFECT, regal, ornate mirror. Even in the most modern of salons. But what happens when you find that PERFECT mirror & its the wrong color? Well it means your life it over. Its ruined. Youre entire decor planning has been ruined & you just CAN NOT go on. JUST KIDDING! You paint it!

    So I found my perfect mirror at, at home (previously Garden Ridge) did I pay a little too much for it? Yeah probaly, is it perfect? YES, YES, YAAASSSSS! Was it the wrong color? Of course it was.....WAS! I knew I wanted my ornate mirror to hang above my coffee station on my black & white striped wall. So when I found this......

    Kinda looks like a sheet cake, huh?

    I just had to have it. So being as OCD as I am, I wanted all my pink to be the SAME PINK. So I just used some of my wall paint to paint this little guy pink! I kind of like the Rustic, antique look so I choose not to spend 759304032 hours painting in all the cracks to make the frame 100% pink. I just let that little bit of white stand out, it goes with the look & colors of my room. 

    Now when I got the mirror it was all shiny & pretty. But because my wall paint was matte with primer...I had to add some of my own shine. So i went to Home Depot & the super nice lady there pointed me in the direction of spray on lacqer! 

    It made it all shiny & new and pretty just like when I bought it! So waa-la! My mirror was ready to be hung. 

    Oh & say hello to these two amazing ladies Elizabeth Heson of Elizabeth Henson Photos & Holly Coriell of Just Dandy Events!

    Photo by Chelsea Anderson Photography

  • DIY: How I made my own Lighted Retail Shelf

    DIY: How I made my own Lighted Retail Shelf

    So when you're opening a salon there has to be space for RETAIL. A place to display all those delicious smelling products that you use on your clients. Those things that are better for their hair than those drugstore products they've been using. 

    When I put my deposit down I knew exactly what shelf I would be using for my retail shelf. It was an Ikea shelf from my old apartment. Of course....it was RED. Doesn't exactly jive with the pink,black & white I was going for. 

    Sooooo, I painted that bad boy black...not just black...black chalkboard. 

    I used this Rust-oleum chalk board paint as a base (bc it scratches off easily) then covered that paint with actual paint on chalkboard paint I got from Target. (I totally forgot to photograph that paint, but its the only one Target sells)

    This was the end result. 

    My original idea was to write the retail names & prices on the ledge of each shelf in chalkboard marker. Then my dad had a better idea, we had some signs with LED lights in them that we were pulling apart to put underneath each shelf to light up the products. Those signs just happened to fit perfectly with the legenth of the shelf. I now had an entire lighted retail shelf with lighted signs. I measured the signs, picked a font & printed the names of each of my retail products. 

    I hid all the wires by taping them to the top of the shelf with black duct tape, and running them into a wire hider along the back of the shelf. Those can be found at Lowes & Home Depot for about $13-$21 depending on legenth. 

    Now the chalkboard paint seems like almost a waste since I decided to go with lighted signs. BUT, I can still write on the side of the shelf to welcome all new clients to my salon. A little something to make them feel special! 

    You can also find LED lights like this at Ikea possibly Home Depot or Lowes. 

    All finished product photos are by: Chelsea Anderson Photography 

  • DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    So when I started collecting decor for my new studio, I knew I wanted to keep it 100% consistent with my branding. As you can see all of my cards, service menus, & now, thanks to April at Paper Dolls Designs, even my bridal menus are black & white striped. 

    I orignally was going to go with removeable wall paper. Since it is the buildings policy that we not paint any dark colors on the walls, painting the stripes myself was out of the question. So I rememebered seeing something on Pinterest about removeable wall paper. After going back to review the measurements each peice came in I realized that at $35 a pop I would end up spending a FORTUNE! The orignal blog I had read, the lady had gotten the removeable wallpaper for free from the company to write a review. So, boo to that. & forget REAL wallpaper that shit will NEVER come down. 

    So here I am racking my brain thinking about ways to get black & white stripes at a price I could afford. All of sudden my neighbor offered me the BEST solution I could think of. 

    KITCHEN CABINET KICKBOARDS.

    DUH! Now the only problem was that they are about $7-$8 PER 8 foot board at any Home Depot or Lowes. Then I got the bright idea (ok my mom got the bright idea) to check Home Emporium. BOOM. Found them for $3.99 a board! Unfinished, pine & ready to be painted. All together I ended up spending $94 for my black & white striped wall. $24 for a gallon of white paint, $10 for a pint of black paint $60 for 17 kickboards (i somehow got one for free). AND I have perfectly straight stripes. Something that is seemingly IMPOSSIBLE with paint. And after covering my entire stylist station and shampoo area with black contact paper......I think Ill pass on the removeable wallpaper. 

    BEFORE

    AFTER

    (yes that entire shampoo area is covered in contact paper)

    Studio Photos by Chelsea Anderson Photography