Thrifty Thursday!

Hi everyone! This post is going to veer a bit from my normal stuff but I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to today!

As most of you know, I’m absolutely addicted to thrift store shopping. I rarely (like seriously, I can’t remember when the last time was) pay full price for anything. It’s like a game…the hunt for what you need at a ridiculously low price!! One of the things I rarely NEVER buy full price is kids clothes. The little buggers grow so fast they don’t even stay in the same clothes for the whole season most of the time, so it’s just not worth it. Plus, it’s just fun to get a good deal!

Now that it’s October I’m starting to think of their winter wardrobes. We’ll just pretend it’s a nice cool Fall day instead of 90 degrees. 🙁 I hit up one of my favorite thrift stores today, Eco Thrift. Their selection is huge, I could literally stay all day! I had the boys with me so I couldn’t stay too long, although, too long for their taste!

I feel like there is absolutely no reason to spend tons and tons of money on kids clothes. The mall just ain’t for me!! Who cares what the label says, if it’s cute, I’m down with it!! Anyway, I could have gotten a truckload of adorable little boy clothing, but I had a few things in mind and I was trying to stick to the plan. A very hard thing for me to do while in a thrift store, mind you.

Here’s what I got for under 10 bucks!

Coat- 3.98
Gray tee- .99
Striped sweater- 1.98
Striped long sleeve tee- .99
Blue vest- 1.98

Here are some outfits I threw together. The boys are so cute in their Fall wear!!








And of course while I was there I found some things for myself. How could I refuse these??


Gray jacket- 9.98 with 50% off (no brainer!!)
Pink sweater 3.98 (um well, okay, if you insist.)
Brown purse 6.98 with 25% off (this was an actual ‘need’ I swear!)

Oh and just for fun I’ll show you the super cute shoes I got for the boys a few weeks ago.


Good old Walmart pulled through with shoes on sale for $5! Can’t say no to that!

Well, I think that covers why I’ll never pay full price for anything! There’s just simply no need! And let’s face it, my boys would look good no matter what!!

Now go get thrifty!!

Bye bye.

Disclaimer: I do not have photography skills and I use my phone. Sorry.

Put a bird on it!

Hey friends!! Okay, so I guess it turns out I’m really only posting once a month. Hmm… Well, we’ve been really busy and stressed with a lot of fun and issues this summer, so I just haven’t had time. Boohoo. But…tonight, the urge to do a project hit, and who can resist??
The boys were all watching Lego Batman, and it kept my attention for about 2.5 seconds. Then I started thinking about birds. What could I put a bird on? You can put a bird on a lot of things. Not a real life bird, a bird stencil.
So, I got my ugly plain white pillow and this little crate I painted yellow a while back. Two great candidates for bird stencils. Trouble is, I don’t have a bird stencil. And this was at like 10 pm. The bird stencil store was already closed. So, like I do, I winged it! Wang it??? Whatever.
First I looked online for the kind of bird I wanted. Here’s what I decided on for the pillow. Big decision…took me about 2.5 seconds.

Then I decided to just free hand it. Here’s what it looked like before I filled it in.



I used my favorite thing…Sharpie brush point! Love that little baby! It gets the job done! It really only took about 15 minutes and then bam! I put a bird on a pillow!

I like it!


I can’t decide where I like it best. Although, who am I kidding, it won’t stay in the same place the whole day since oh yes, I have 3 boys! But it looks good on the orange chair too.


Okay pillow done! Now onto the little yellow crate. Cute, little, plain crate that was begging to be cuter. I just couldn’t say no.

So….after hours 2.5 seconds of deliberating I chose this bird.


I just free handed this one too. It was pretty simple and only took a few minutes to outline, and then I filled it in.




Of course I used my beloved Sharpie again! Do you even need to ask?? Once I was done filling it in, I gave it a little sand so it doesn’t look perfect. Cuz clearly, it was perfect before the sanding. Haha, I never do anything perfect. Not even close. Like ever.
Then I set it back up on the little buffet dresser.



I totally love it!

Well, that sums up my monthly post I suppose. I had fun and it was soooo simple and easy! Turns out, as long as you have a sharpie brush tip, you can put a bird on just about anything! Thanks for reading!


P.S. Sorry for the bad quality photos. They were taken with my iPhone at night.

Oh yeah! I have a blog!

Okay, so I guess I’m the world’s worst blogger!! How long has it been since I wrote my last post!? I don’t even know.
Well, today I got the urge to “do” something. And any of you crafty decorators out there know what that means! Time to make something look better! I started going through my list of things to “do”. Sew new pillow covers…too time consuming. Redecorate the boys room….WAY too big a project. Stencil a pillow…don’t have all the supplies. And then it hit me!! This super, plain but cute lamp on our bedside table.

This poor lamp has been dying to get cutified (cutified?) ever since I purchased it for $8 from a thrift store months ago. I’d been looking on Pinterest to see what I could do with it. And this is what I loved.


It looked really romantic and you can write anything on it. So clearly it had to be something meaningful. I grabbed some of my son’s “special” pens. (He wasn’t too excited about this) and decided to go for it. Of course I had to use the lyrics from “our song” Yellow, by Coldplay. We have loved that song since we were 16 and Chris, very cheesily (cheesily????), sang it to me on our first walk. Oh the memories. But anyway, it actually turned out pretty good!



It took about an hour and I had to go through the lyrics about three times. It’s just enough to spruce up the lamp but not add more color. It’s just what I wanted!


Hmm…now what to do next!!!

Absolutely free patio project!!

Hey friends! Today I’m so excited to share with you about my crazy love of free things. Things I find for my house that are free are just more fun! It makes projects absolutely worry free because I literally have nothing to lose.

Spring is definitely here early and I’m ready to get outside and enjoy this lovely weather. We have a teeny little covered porch that leads to the backyard and I haven’t done anything with it because it’s so small. But I finally just decided to go for it. Small isn’t bad but ugly is. And it was plain and ugly. So rather than sit around dreaming about my big beautiful porch that I’ll have one day, I decided to work with what I have. I’m so happy I did, too!
Since we just started a new financial class, we didn’t have a budget at ALL for new patio anything! So it was time to get innovative and start the search for free stuff! Here’s what I found.

FREE rocking chair from a lady on craigslist!! Woohoo!

FREE basket from the same Craigslist lady! (I absolutely love Craigslist!)

This big board was here when we moved. YEP, you guessed it, FREE again!!

These are some really weird plates my mom gave me. She knows I’m incapable of turning anything down if it’s free! They are plastic that can’t be microwaved and they are all different sizes. Since they were given to me I knew I had to find something to do with them.
Okay, so my collecting was done, my Pinterest board was full of ideas and it was time to execute!! My favorite part.
Here’s my inspiration for the rocking chair…

And here’s what I wanted to do with the board.

My plan is to sit in my rocking chair, sip iced tea while the boys draw on the chalkboard. Well I can dream, can’t I?
Anyway…The rocker was in real bad shape. But it was free so I just HAD to use it.
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It’s amazing what a long way a little paint will go! Here’s how it turned out.

You can seriously hardly even notice all the cracks, scratches and dents.
So onto the next thing…I have a problem with obsessively needing to get a project DONE FAST!
The chalk board was pretty easy, fast and self explanatory.

My new very old but still good basket was going to be the muddy shoe holder. That turned out to be the perfect use for the basket. Yay!

Next, it was time for a little art for the walls! Ah! Those plates my mom gave me! (Lightbulb above head!) That’s what I’ll do with them! A little paint and chalk later, and I had this cute little outdoor wall collage of plates.

Now it was really starting to come together and look cute!! Here’s our new little porch. And everything was 100%, absolutely, completely FREEEEEE!!!


Our little artist already got to work on a masterpiece!!


And now when I’m working away in the kitchen or dining room, this is what I see.

Such a bright, colorful view! Now my dreams of having a cute, fun, useful patio came true. And all for free!!! Ah, now that’s a good day!!
Thanks for reading, everyone. Don’t forget to see the potential in the stuff people give you or you acquire for free somewhere! It just might turn into your favorite thing!


Beachy Wood sign tutorial!

Hey everyone! It’s cold and rainy outside and I’m so bummed I can’t start my backyard revamp project yet. 🙁 So sad. BUT it means I can work on some indoor projects. Woot! I’m really trying to get all the rooms in our house decorated since we’ve lived here for almost 6 MONTHS! Whoa! Time flies!
So I worked a little on the boys nautical themed room this morning (post on that to come) and this afternoon I’ve been working on their beach themed bathroom. And I think it’s done! For now. Who knows what else I might see and have to add later. But for now, I’m happy with it. The last touch was a wooden sign that I made. Here’s how…
First, find a board. Make sure it’s somewhat smooth since you’ll have to trace and write on it. I got mine at the ReStore for $1.

Next, paint it. Since my theme is beach, I wanted it to have a worn, drift-woody look. I also needed color though, since the walls are white. This is what I came up with. I just used Acrylic craft paint watered down.


Then it was time to get the lettering that I was going to use. My quote is actually a Bible verse. Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you. Psalm 93:4. I thought this was good for a beach theme and a good reminder I can read to the boys while I brush their teeth or (eeek!!) potty train. So, I printed out the letters in the size and font I wanted, then cut them out and laid them how I wanted them on the sign.


Then I scribbled on the back side of the words with pencil. You can be all fancy and professional and buy carbon paper, but I never do! I suppose it would be easier. But then I wouldn’t be able to let the 5 year old help me scribble. He’s always begging me to let him help with my projects and this was one where he actually could!

Once you scribble, the back of your paper looks like this…yours might not include the crazy cute child!!


Then I lay the paper down on the board and trace over the outline of the lettering with a ball point pen.

It leaves a very faint stencil, but if you squint your eyes in the right light, it’s enough to see and trace over with markers.
I use either sharpie brush point, regular sharpies or my kids’ markers. Whichever either works the best or has the right color. The letters are too small to try to fill in with craft paint and a paint brush.

Then you get this!


I had an old can of shells (yes, from a junk sale), so I decided to hot glue some sand dollars on. You know, for the beach effect.



All done! Took me about 2 hours, give or take ALOT of interruptions by annoying sweet children! I think it’s just what the beach bathroom needed to finish it off!


Here are some of the other little beachy things in there.



So that’s that! Another room done!

If you need some inexpensive, quick wall decor, or if you love old boards like me and have millions that need used, make your own cute wooden sign! And if you do, let me see how it turns out!

Thanks for reading and happy creating!

Welcome sign with Dad’s help!

Hey everyone! I guess I have to get used to posting to the blog now that I have a blog. I’m still figuring this whole thing out!
So, I was perusing Pinterest a few weeks ago looking for ideas to spruce up the entryway to our house. It’s very small, and so while I would love to have a chair and some plants out there, there just isn’t room. So I found these inspirations…



The black one is from a site where they are for sale. But how silly would it be to buy something that I could make instead?? Silly people. So…I did what anyone would do! I went to the barn of treasures and found some old rotting, carpenter ant infested wood! My grandpa used to haul logs and apparently when they redid the freeway years ago, he brought home a load of the 4×4’s that were used in the guard rail. And then he used them for a fence for my Aunt’s horse…I think?? Then they got piled up at the house and sat for years. And then it’s NOW! And I found them! A huge pile of wood, one of my favorite things! So I dug through the leaves, dirt and pine needles until I was able to free one of the 4×4’s. I wish I’d taken a picture at this stage, cuz it was in real bad shape. But I was too excited and didn’t think of it.
Next, I asked my dad if he would chop it down for me. It was about 5 feet log and I only needed around 3 feet. Anyone who knows my dad knows there’s no such thing as a simple, short project! But this time, it was to my benefit! Here he is sawing it down, sanding it and generally being a great dad!


As we (hahaha we!) as HE started sawing it down, a ton of huge black carpenter ants swarmed out from inside the log. Just when I though I was creeped out beyond belief my dad started squishing them with HIS BARE THUMB! And then all the childhood memories of him doing this flooded back and I couldn’t decide if I was more nostalgic or grossed out. Again, I should have gotten a picture of the carpenter ant infestation, but I was too busy trying to spray them all down with any spray. I don’t use the squishing method.



I was more than prepared to just take it as is, and not have the molding around the top, but after showing him my inspiration photo, he had to do it! He’s crazy like that. So we started measuring and chopping small pieces of wood we found around the barn.

Then we had this!!


Yay! Then I loaded it up in the van to take home and paint! I looked on Pinterest again for more ideas for the Welcome sign and got the idea to put a little bird on. I white washed the wood and I used my usual pencil lead trick to stencil the letters and bird onto the wood and TADA! A welcome sign on a stand!



It turned out just the way I wanted it! And the best part is it’s got a little story about my Grandpa behind it, which makes it more loveable!

Another old piece of junk turned into a treasure! Now go find some old wood and make something cool! (Beware of huge carpenter ants!)

Bedroom, now I love you!

Man, this morning flew by! I have an uncanny ability to not realize time is passing while I’m fervently trying to finish up a project. I love projects that I can start and finish in one day. I like to see the finished product so I become crazed with finishing what I started and FAST! Today was my fastest room makeover yet! Our bedroom-decorated in one morning. This room has been bothering me for a long time because I literally have done not one thing to make the poor room look acceptable in any way. It got put on the back burner because all the other rooms get seen by people, so they’re the most important right? Wrong! I want our room to be a peaceful beautiful place. And now it’s on the road to success!

It all started with, yep, you guessed it, the glorious barn! One day when I was there my dad gave me these lovely things. Well, more like, I spotted them in the barn, asked if I could have them, he told me I was weird, and then we loaded them in my van.

I didn’t know what I’d use these shutters for I just knew something would come to me. And as sure as the sun rises in the morning, something DID come to me! (Via Pinterest, of course!)


So after having the shutters and the headboard idea for a few weeks, yesterday I decided to go for it. It would have been better if I’d gotten the inspiration to start a huge project before 5pm, but I didn’t and I rolled with it.
So I got out my leftover white thousand year old paint and added some blue and yellow to make turquoise. No surprise there!


The shutters probably should have been thoroughly scrubbed considering they’d been in the barn for a ‘coons age, but I’m me, so I gave them a couple pass overs with a dry paint brush to get the dust, cobwebs, spider bodies and saw dust off. Everything from the barn is always covered in sawdust. They looked ready to paint to me! had a few helpers!


I watered the paint down a little because I wanted a whitewashed look. I only did one light coat and you can see brush strokes and some places a little white through. It looks worn and homey rather than freshly painted and new. Which I like. By the time we were done painting it was getting dark. And cold. So we had to bring them in to dry.


I let them dry overnight and this morning, gave them a little sanding but not much. Then I put them behind the bed and made a little banner. Voila! A headboard!




Pretty easy! Just the way I like my projects! I also threw together some super fast frames and a wooden sign to hang on the walls. I’ll do a tutorial for the wooden sign in a future post.




Now our bedroom isn’t ugly anymore! Still needs some work, but it’s definitely going places now!





Now go find something old and make it amazing! Thanks for reading!

~Ugly Chairs With Potential~

Hey everyone, welcome to my blog!! Here I will share all of my crazy, easy, crafty, money-saving ways of decorating my home and doing most other things. I have basically no knowledge of most of the projects I tackle. I rarely use the right tools and products because let’s face it, who wants to walk around Home Depot with 3 children, looking for a 2″ angled paint brush when my old pastry brush will work just fine! I look online, ask around and wing it! If I lived in a perfect world I would probably walk into Home Goods and come out with $10,000 of gorgeous home decor and my house would look Pinterest worthy. Instead, I buy things at thrift stores, inherit them, or my new favorite-find stuff in my grandpa’s old barn! This stuff is usually hideous or at best, not what I want. This is where the fun starts! I make it so that I’ll love it! Okay, so let’s get started on my first project to post!

We recently moved, I know, shocker of a lifetime, and we needed some more seating for our living room. I went to my all time favorite store The Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found these little babies. $15 each. Yes, they were slightly ugly, but I knew they had potential.

I used these chairs as is for the last few months and they were okay, but not great. I just didn’t have time to re-do them until recently. First, I knew I had to paint them because they were just too dark. Now, you’re about to think I’m crazy. A couple months ago my mom and I went to a junk sale in an old barn (I love old barn junk!) and I found this thousand year old gallon of white paint. The guy was charging us like $10 for the pile so the paint was virtually free. (I love FREE!) So I decided to use that to make homemade chalk paint for these chairs. I use plaster of Paris to make chalk paint. (I’ll post about that later).

So I open up the can and find out this is what thousand year old paint looks like.



With a little water and A LOT of stirring, it looked like this.


So then I painted on two coats. Yes, I paint in my kitchen because if I go in the garage the one year old will make my house look like the apocalypse happened.


Then I debated on whether to leave the orange cushions or recover them. I have orange as an accent color in our living room, and I decided I already have enough orange, so I’d recover them. I found this fabric on sale at another favorite store, Hobby Lobby.

Everyone knows I love turquoise, even my 5 year old niece! So, the next job was uncovering the cushions. Since I hate anything labor intensive and there were about 50,000 staples on the bottom of the cushions, I decided to just cut the upholstery off. That looked like this…

Cut and rip, cut and rip. And then they were just bare cushions. I cut out pieces of fabric and started to hot glue, (yes, hot glue, because I don’t own a staple gun yet) the fabric to the cushion. Oh, I also ironed the fabric first, so it looked nice and good. (See Mom, I learned something from all those years of ironing!)



Recovering a seat cushion is easy! Just make sure it’s tight and all the pleats and folds are going in the same direction. Oh, and you can’t be a perfectionist. I do not struggle with perfectionism. Then the seat cushion looks like this …

I wanted to try glazing for a rich, deeper look to bring out the detailing, so I bought this.

20140211-101532.jpg This is a great product. You just paint it on, make sure to get it in all the crevices, and then wipe it off with a wet rag until it looks good. I also distressed the chairs a bit first. Then you get this aged, rich look.

Then it was time to reattach the seat cushions to the chair and they’re done! What do you think?



Now I love them!


Now, go find something ugly and make it loveable! Thanks for reading! 🙂