You know when you see something and you get this overwhelming feeling like… I just HAVE to have that! Well, I’ve been on a mission lately to do some last minute summer sprucing around the house before we move, but buying new decor for this house just wasn’t in the budget and didn’t really make much sense.
What if it wouldn’t work in the new house? What if it was an impulse buy and I didn’t truly love it?
You know what my answer was?… Just THRIFT it.
Today, I’ll be sharing, not ONE, but TWOmadeover thrifted finds for this month’s “It’s So Ugly It’s Cool” Challenge. I’m going to show you how I scooped up my thrifted pieces, worked a little DIY magic and transformed my thrifted finds into beautiful, functional pieces at an affordable price just in time to style our home for summer! Continue reading →
Hello! And welcome to the Create & Share LAMP-alooza! I am so excited to be joining forces with a group of bloggers to bring you a total of 11 fabulous DIY lighting projects this month! Whether you’re looking to repurpose something INTO a lamp, makeover a thrifted one or simply recover that old-lamp-sitting-in-your-guestroom’s-shade – we are here to help you channel your inner DIY boss and be inspired to create!
Although this is my first time participating, typically the Create & Share Challenges feature a specific product for the month and each blogger has to come up with their own way to create something from that one item. The goal being that everyone will put their own spin on their project and no 2 pieces will come out looking the same! Well, with the amount of talent in the group, there’s no denying the projects are off the charts on the creativity scale. Inspiration for daaaays. Continue reading →
When we kicked off this monthly Inspired by DIY Challenge in February with Kate Spade, I knew I was going to have fun with it — with fabulous designer themes each month, new projects for our home and doing it with such a talented and creatively inspiring group. I mean, how could it not be a blast?!
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This month we are pulling inspiration from Mr. Modern Mix himself — Eddie Ross! He flawlessly combines thrifted antique gems, with chic, classic pieces and then tops it off with a brilliant, modern spin. He style is fearless, fun and exceptionally inspiring! Not to mention, his signature “looks” can be achieved by incorporating frugal, second-hand finds in order to keep styling and accessorizing on budget.
I walked in and within 60 seconds, had locked eyes with this little lady. She was barely visible, barely peeking out from the back of the tattered and troubled lighting section, but I saw her. She had a long, golden neck, but a sad and soiled shade…something I knew I could repair. I actually had a vision for her makeover crafted up in my head before I even reached the register. She was mine. All four dollars and ninety nine cents of her.
I’ll be honest. I’m feeling majorly giddy about what I’m sharing with you today for this month’s It’s So Ugly It’s Cool Thrift Challenge hosted by Jess from Domicille 37!
I’m not a pro thrifter by any means, but I do love a good find! Typically, my thrifting routine consists of walking into the store, loading 10 frames into the cart and walking out. Yes, I do love buying thrift store frames for the numerous gallery walls in our home. #itskindamything
So, I can often be found swooping in the local shops or GW every now and then to take a whirl around the store and see if I can scoop anything up as I stroll through the jam-packed, overstocked aisles in hopes that maybe, just maybe, I will spot a gem.
I mean, a 99¢ find with potential is a gem all day long!
Let me show you what I found. And yes, it really was 99¢!! Say whaaat?! Continue reading →
So, here is my first (project) post since spilling it all out there for you guys last week. And you know what? It is actually a project that has been on the docket for months after thrifting it back in the summer. $5 later, I had the perfect spot in mind for where use it. That “spot” is one of the areas I wanted to refocus my attention to, so I did!
Remember? Mission: Project – LOCK.IT.UP! Let’s finish up these half-completed/barely-started projects and move on!
Anyone remember this rusted old bin from a past #thriftscorethursday post on Insta? Well, I spiffed it up and have it ready to rock & roll as toy storage in the basement play area. Today, I’m going to share with you how! As you saw above, it needed some TLC, so here is what I did…
First, I took a damp paper towel and wiped it down to get all of the dust & cobwebs off of it. Yes, there was some serious spider business going on there and I hated every second of cleaning it even though it only took a minute.
Then, I scrubbed down the label area with a wet paper towel and another paper towel dabbed in goo gone. There were probably 10 or more pieces of tape & remnants of adhesive all across the front of the label, so I had to give it some good ol’ elbow grease. After that, the labor-intensive part was over!
Next, I spray-painted the bin with gold, covering all of the metal wiring, but not worrying about the label area (since it was going to get painted later). I thoroughly applied a second coat of spray paint and then let sit overnight.
Now it was time for the label section. First, I poured some chalkboard paint onto the paper plate and dipped my craft brush into it, generously covering the bottom half of the foam brush. From there, I simply applied it to the label area of the bin. I outlined the edges first and then filled in the middle with back-and-forth brush strokes. Here it is after two coats of chalkboard paint (I let the paint dry for 30 – 60 minutes between each coat)…
Next, I applied another coat & let it dry for 24 hours. And since I forgot to take a photo before I wrote on it and filled it with “boy stuff”, here is the finished product! I just love the detail of the legs…definitely resembling vintage hair-pin legs… I stumbled upon these black and white striped canvas bins in the basket section at Michaels about 3 or 4 months ago. They were 40% off and I thought they would look good in the basement play area acting as toy storage, but I think they look GREAT on either side of the gold metal bin!
If you are new over here, then you are getting your first dose of my black, white and gold obsession. #blackwhiteandgoldalways
I’ve only shared a handful of basement posts, so now that I’m refocusing my time and attention, I’ll be sharing more from this space.
Let’s take another look at where we started and how we ended. Everyone loves a good before & after shot 😉 Not a single trace of dirt, rust, tape or spiders! I’m telling you…gold spray paint is like magic.
As a rule, I do love how most of my projects turn out, but I especially love this one. I find it so gratifying to take an old piece of junk and make it over into something pretty and new again. It was an awesome $5 investment! When I take the time to fix up my thrifted finds, I end up falling more in love with the finished products versus how I feel after I stumble upon a great find at HomeGoods. There is something about a DIY project – a sense of pride and ownership… a feeling of accomplishment.
Don’t get me wrong, I will still be trekking it up and down the HG aisles in pursuit of my next great <3! So, what do you think? Do you feel the same way after making over or creating something yourself? And I must ask, what is the last thing you used spray paint on?!
My new “about me” post will be coming up later this week, a basement progress report and a Fab Friday Finds post are still to come. Please come back again soon to see what’s going on over here! P.S. I do really appreciate your thoughts & comments from my last post. Sometimes we truly need to take a step back and refocus ourselves. I can tell you, my thoughts & focus were solely dedicated to my little man’s recovery after his surgery on Friday.
Your prayers and well wishes & sweet notes on social media meant the world to us – thank you! He is doing awesome and his “bump is all gone” and stitches are healing right up!
Hello out there! Welcome! I am so happy to have my fall entryway table styled, photographed and ready to share with you today! If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t typically go all out for fall, although I had fun styling our fall front porch last year. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate a few little nooks in the house and the entryway area was one of them!
If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen a couple of sneak peeks, but I just couldn’t help myself! I joke that I am decades behind in my fall decorating here in the blogosphere, but you can’t win ’em all! However, I did just realize I didn’t post my front porch last year until October 30th…I guess I’ve come a little ways then 🙂
I’m so happy this little nook of our house is fully decked out and ready for fall…and that I was able to complete this little space without too many interruptions from my little guys. Henry started preschool last week, and although Simon doesn’t really nap in the morning anymore, it is a tad bit easier to get things done around the house & here on the blog with just one little one running around! Preschool is a short 3 hours though, so I know I have to step it into high gear if I have a want to get through one task from start-to-finish. Although having lots of things going on simultaneously is the norm around here 😉 Buuut the fall entry is checked off the list and I think I will be wrapping up the front porch next…stay tuned!
Ok, lets get to the pics, shall we! Sidenote…there are lots of photos today. I recently bought a new camera lens so I was playing around (a lot) with these little vignettes. I hope you like it!
Here are a few shots from the top shelf… Ill just come right out and say it…Not to discriminate or anything, but I love the left side of the top of the table! The oversized framed word art is a DIY that I will be sharing later this week…the white handled vase was a Goodwill find, that I painted white and “dipped” in gold (it was red to start!)…the leaves are from Pier1…the orange gourd (Michaels) is simply placed on a stack of books with a thrifted open gold frame resting in front of it…The little acorn art was printed from Graphicstock and put into a mini black, white and gold frame from HomeGoods… The bottom of the table is filled with more HomeGoods finds… The black & wood rustic number “4” has been in our family room leaning on a floating shelf, but I decided it needed to be a part of this little fall party. I wanted to keep the color scheme black, white and gold, with a pop of orange and a few natural touches. $25 from HomeGoods, but I’ve had it for a over a year.
When I spotted the black and white gingham fabric pumpkin, there was not a question whether or not it was coming home with me. Nope, not one.
I bought an orange light-up pumpkin from HomeGoods a few weeks back and originally had it here, but I moved it to the family room once I found this natural colored one at Pier One. These metallic artichokes are also from Pier1. I hadn’t been in there for quite awhile, but did find a few gems that day. Copper, gold and silver ones are sitting inside my gold-dipped bowl which typically resides in the kitchen. Shopping your home at its finest!My black Hunter boots + leopard scarf are set off to the side to add a cozy, fall feel…that is…until I need to wear either of them! I have a thing for “B’s” and “4’s”…If I find one I like, I usually buy it thinking it will just find its way somewhere in the house. Until you realize you have a “B” & a “4” in every room. Then you put them away for a little while, regroup and figure out which one needs to leave. This “B” was a gift from my parents and was pulled from my mantel.
The gold leaf bowl holds our keys or other personal items after we walk in the door and need a place to set them down. I always find that small trinket dishes or trays are a nice way to corral small, loose items and help you find them more easily. The sun mirror is a thrifted find. I remember when I found this piece earlier this year, the girl that sold it to me asked if I planned to paint it. I told her, “Yes, it’ll probably end up gold.” and it almost did. I tried working it into the Guestroom revamp project, but it didn’t quite make the cut, so back to my stash it went. When I went digging this week, I came across it and just loved the coloring – antiqued autumn colors! Perfect! Just the right amount of color to pull together the leaves and the solo orange gourd.
I did take my gold Rub ‘n Buff Wax and run some along the inner edge with a q-tip. That stuff will do the trick every time. Especially when its not something you want to spray-paint in its entirety. I really love how my DIY oversized fall word art turned out and can’t wait to give you the scoop soon! And here is a shot of the entryway table at night…isn’t this sort of dreamy? You definitely don’t have to wait until Christmas for pretty glowing lights!! at least around here… And there’s that left-side again 😉 There it is! My fall entryway! [insert happy dance.] Now off to (frantically) tackle a few other things around here before the boys wake up!
Thank you for hanging out here for a bit today! I am working on a couple more posts to get out yet this week and don’t forget next Monday isWeek #3 in our Back to Basics series. Check out my week 1 & week 2 if you missed! Check out below to see how I made a small change to my fall entryway… …by adding in my DIY Fall Pillow! The orange plaid was just the perfect pop I needed on that bottom shelf!
What are your favorite spots in the house to deck out for fall? What colors do you like to use? Where are your go-to fall décor shopping stops?!
Hi! Stopping in briefly today (I know, Saturdays are a rare posting day for me) to share another great find + quick fix with you! You may remember that little thrifted luggage rack from that crazy 6 week thing called the One Room Challenge when I was worked on ourGuestroom Revamp project. Well, today I am sharing the before & after photos + the few simple steps I took to make it over! See, I told you there were still plenty more guestroom project posts looming over my head that I would finish up and publish!
Better late than never is quite a common theme over here…
So, while out looking for accessories and other goodies to use in the guestroom, I came upon this little luggage rack at a housewares consignment store near my house. I take things there pretty regularly to help clear out space and to make room for new décor and always browse around while I’m waiting to see what items they end up taking from my haul.
When I saw the rack, the first thought that popped into my head was – I’m preeetttty sure, my mom has been telling me to get one of these things for her to use when she visits! I knew she thought I needed one for the guestroom, but didn’t really feel like spending the $30-50+ to get one. Well, enter $8 luggage rack in excellent condition. I could tell it had recently been made-over by someone else, but I knew if it was going to go home with me, I would be giving it another makeover of my own. I know. It was already gold and I was going to change it. I couldn’t believe it either.
Here is what I did:
I gave the entire piece a couple coats of spray paint, actually spraying right over top of the straps knowing I was going to be covering them with newly purchased black & natural fabric trim later. Let paint dry for 24 hours.
Next, I roughly measured the length of each existing strap, from end-to-end, to use as a guide and then cut 3 pieces of my striped trim.
Then, I ran the craft glue up and down each of the existing 3 straps and laid my newly cut pieces down and centered it, since the striped wasn’t as wide as the old. On the edges, I simply rolled the striped pieces around to the underside of the rack and glued it down. You can see below where mine is just shorter than the old stapled strap. I would’ve went all the way to the old edge if I had bought enough! I flipped it over and that was pretty much it. Placed it in the room and it was ready for guests! It actually gets used every time someone stays in that room! For a cheap find and a few minutes to paint & glue, I’d say it was worth it! I love me a spray-paint project!!
Let’s take one more look… What do you think…Easy enough!? What have you recently thrifted and spray-painted?
We are getting ready to venture out to a Farm & Barn Fest in our town for some good ol’ fashioned Saturday afternoon family fun. I guess fall is really that close already!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, too! I hope to see you back here next week 🙂
First, let me apologize for the, not one, but two random, incomplete posts that were blasted out earlier this week! Minor technical difficulties, my apologies! Now on to a post with some actual content 🙂 Today, I am dropping in to share a few of my personal tips for buying those unique, one-of-a-kind frames to use in gallery walls or in other areas throughout your home. Vintage and second-hand picture frames are everywhere! I mean some of the places I pop into have aisles of them! You might not know exactly what you are looking for and you may not know where and when you will use them. But, when you can score a frame for as little as $.49, I say grab it now and figure out the rest later!
If you like the look of a gallery wall, but are worried that purchasing 4,5,6 or even 20+ frames can be costly, you are right. Store-bought picture frames can range from $10 – 100+ per frame. I highly recommend starting with a few frames from your local Goodwill or thrift stores in your area and then building your wall out from there. An eclectic gallery wall is so simple to achieve using frames of all different shapes, sizes and colors, so a thrifted collection is an ideal way to go. You can also incorporate a few thrifted frames when going for a more streamlined, balanced or monochromatic look. Start looking and you’ll be surprised what you’ll find!
Below, are my tips for thrifting picture frames and the key things I look for to help me spot the true gems (in my book!)
1 | Pairs or multiples
If you find a frame you like and there are more than 1, take them all! Using several of the same frames in a gallery wall give it that put together feel. You can use them next to each other or space them apart. For example, I found this pair of gold frames at Goodwill last year and had been hanging onto them for just the right use. They did not come with mats. They first appeared with a white mat on the playroom gallery wall. After shopping my house for frames for the Guestroom Revamp project I completed for the One Room Challenge, I swiped them off the playroom wall, took the mats out and replaced the kid art with my two 8″x10″ Minted prints [top & bottom]. I then hung one below the other and placed a large, open frame around it. It now acts one, larger piece of art.
2 | Unique metal detail / hanging mechanisms
I don’t know how else to put it. If the frame has a great little metal hoop or ring attached to it, its coming home with me. You can use the ring to actually hang the frame by or there might be a sawtooth or something else and then the ring can just rest on the wall.
After removing the glass & art, I included it on another wall in the guestroom and left it as an open frame. If you look to the far left, there is a gold frame with a metal ring hanger as well. I loooove that one and I bought it for $.99.
3 | Interesting shape
or basically, any shape OTHER than a rectangle! I am quite a sucker for a round frame– I just love them! Breaking up the monotony of rectangular frames on your wall adds visual interest to your space. The eye is drawn to the piece that is slightly different and using a round frame or mirror is a great way to work some depth & dimension to your gallery wall.
Here you can see the 2 round frames on Simon’s pegboard gallery wall in his nursery. They actually started as wooden plate holders (similar to the one above, but without the metal hanger), but after applying several coats of white spray paint and adding some fabric, I added them to the wall along with various other frames & objects. As rare as it might, I would always say yes to any other shape out there! The gold octagon frame was a thrifted diamond in the rough – I haven’t found any others like it, but you can bet I would be first in line if I happened to come across another one. Like I said, I love to pick up frames that have a unique shape and this one definitely stands out amongst the others on the wall.
The above shot is our stairway gallery wall. Although it took months to prepare for, the stairway gallery wall was not as big of an undertaking as one might think. I mean, I had frames stacked up and spread out our upstairs loft for quite.some.time. But the act of hanging it – I actually put it up one day while Ted was at work. He came home and said, “Ummm. How did you do that?” I actually don’t know the answer to this question and I am not sure if I could replicate this again. HA! I started at the bottom of the staircase, placed a few larger frames throughout, working my way up, and then started hammering away and filling in the gaps. This is NOT good advice to follow, but that is how I did it! It’s definitely the largest, craziest and most time-consuming gallery wall I have created to-date, but also my favorite.
4 | Rounded edges
I found a few of these round-edge frames and really love how they are just so subtly different than an ordinary frame. The rounded edge gives the frame a slightly unique look. One might not even notice at first glance, which is what I like about it. (Maybe those edges were a trend of the 80’s???)
I painted one of these rounded edge frames white and used it on our stairway gallery wall, so I still have the 2 pictured above to use somewhere else. Again, buy in multiples!
5 | Don’t pay attention to what’s inside the frame
There might not be anything at all! I have scooped up a number of picture frames without glass or any backing. I have also bought frames with not so glamorous art inside. Although there could be an entire blog series written on super cool thriftstore art.
I simply removed the backing, popped out the glass and took out the matted art. I decided to leave it as an open frame again and hung it on the outside of a canvas for a slightly different look. Gotta love that gold + the simple detail on the inner edge of the frame. <3 Kind of like, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’… don’t judge a frame, but its art!
Tips for thrifting frames has been a topic I have wanted to write about for awhile now. People always ask where I find my frames and how much I spend on some of my gallery walls in total. Well, to be honest, I haven’t ever added up the total cost, but I can tell you I have saved quite a few pennies by hunting for unique frames around town. I plan to do a post somewhat related to gallery walls a couple of times per month, perhaps an occasional #gallerywallwednesday post. I will share some shots of the stairwell and several other gallery walls in our home and you might even see some walls from the past. I tend to switch things up every now & then! However, some of the walls in our home have yet to make their internet debut, so I will get workin’ on that STAT 🙂
Thrifting frames and beginning gallery walls can be quite intimidating, but once you get out there and start searching, it becomes a really fun hunt to see what you can score! It also helps to save some cash and maybe be able to put it towards more expensive frames or pieces of art to include in the gallery wall as well. A mix of art, photographs and other unique objects can result in a totally unique & artsy looking wall.
Have you attempted to put together a gallery wall in your home? Any good tips & tricks? Please share!
Throwing a birthday party for your little one this summer?! Simon’s Safari-style party was so fun to put together – a total mix of DIY projects + purchased décor. Check out the sources below for everything you saw here. [DIY invite using picmonkey – tutorial coming soon] W E L C O M E T O T H E J U N G L E !
DIY Jungle “vines”: these leaves, hole-punched and strung on jute twine (again!) with knots in between each leaf & hung by same hooks as mentioned above. The table: [black & white striped bowl (Ross) held “pretzel twigs” | wooden logs bowl (Ross) held Cheetos as “Tiger Tails” | wooden serving bowl held veggie straws “Jungle vines” | wood server | white ruffle bowl (no longer available Crate & Barrel) held fruit “Monkey munchies” | DIY striped runner (using this fabric) | jungle stems (can also find similar stems at Michaels & Hobby Lobby – I even used these faux exotic stems in my guestroom!) ]
These place card holders were seriously the best find ever. Mine were purchased (set of 6 in blue) for Henry’s 1st birthday party on clearance for a few dollars at Michaels and are unfortunately no longer available. I have used them so many times! They can be painted over and over again to fit your party’s theme. Besides, $9.99 for a dozen in silver is a great buy – mine are plastic!
The Watering Hole printable!DIY Highchair sign: chipboard crown (Michaels) | gold foam stickers (Target $1 spot) | chalk letter stickers | animal print ribbon (michaels) | twine
It was taped underneath his highchair tray to hold it in place.
And for the mother of all DIY projects, my dear dad painted this incredible canvas banner for us to hang as party décor, too. I just love it! You can see more of his artwork in his etsy shop. Check it out!
C A K E T I M E !
Embroidered “1” animal print tie with mini crown by the fabulous Embroider Moore!
I actually baked his little “smash cake” using this set of mini baking pans, white cake mix & 2 cans of green icing – spread a little frosting between the layers and then went after it with swirls (or whatever you would call my technique 🙂 ) all over – thaaat’s it!
And there you have it – all of the details for my little blue-eyed babe’s birthday party. I tried to gather everything I bought / previously had / made & include it in this post, but if there is something I missed and you want more information, please leave a comment below!
Looking for more birthday party inspiration?
Check out Henry’s golf-themed 1st birthday party post here. See Henry’s 2nd ABC’s + 123’s birthday partypost here.
I really do have fun with these little parties – I just can’t help myself! The next one is coming up in just over a month – eeek!