Updates to Scout & Nimble, Progress to Master Bedroom and Thrifty Finds!

makeover in real time

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Some progress has been made on the master bedroom…not a lot…but since I’m doing this redo for you in real time, I thought I’d share even the slightest improvement.  I decided last week it was time to start painting.  As you saw in this post, in my dream world, I would dress the walls in this fine paper.

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But, unfortunately, my dream world does not equal my reality.  Plus, I was hoping to stay under a $400 budget.  If I went with the wallpaper above, two rolls would have put me over budget and maybe have covered 3/4 of a wall…yep, it is that pricey.  So, plan B.  Paint.  Nice cheap paint.  😉  In all seriousness, if you are on a tight budget and want to change up a room, paint is the way to go.  It can totally change the look, feel, and style of a space.  I sampled two paint colors that were totally out of the box for me…not to mention complete opposites.

So, here we have Clinton Brown and Linen White, both by Benjamin Moore.  See, I told you…opposite ends of the spectrum.  I was always leaning more towards the white side of things and when I tested these on the wall, that fact was only confirmed.  While Clinton Brown was a gorgeous color, it was da-ark.  Like my mom said…it would be like sleeping inside a Hershey’s kiss…which would be interesting especially if you like chocolate, but what I was more afraid of was turning my bedroom into a dark cave.  Those that know me well, know that I’m like a bear…I can sleep.  Hibernation…I’m all for it.  If I had painted that color on our bedroom walls, it would take A LOT of coffee to pull me from my slumber.  So, Linen White it is for this bedroom.

You might be thinking…how boring, white walls?  But, I encourage you to give white walls a second look…they really can be striking.

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DIY Dining Room makeover

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One would think that when you prepare a room for paint, you would move the furniture, place the drop cloths, don your painting clothes…wait does that phrase only work for donning gloves??? Not a clue, but the point is, I bought the paint and literally jumped right in moving furniture as I needed to.

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And this would explain why our room looks like this.

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It probably would have been easier for me to take a weekend and move everything to the center of the room and paint, but I’m a mom, remember?  I am continuously multi-tasking.  Paint, tend to kids, make order dinner, paint, bathe and put kids to bed, paint.  Here is a liI timesaver for you though.  I did read somewhere on pinterest to place a garbage bag around your rolling pan for easy clean up and I am here to tell you…it was a terrible idea.IMG_5156w

If you gain anything from this post, please let it be just to buy the plastic cheap rolling pans and then pitch them if you don’t want to clean them because this bag shimmied everywhere, paint stuck to all parts of that bag, not my roller brush and I felt like I wasted so much paint.  Two big paint covered thumbs down. (I did have it tied around the tray…I was in the process of removing it when I snapped the pic).

Here is what the room looks like now.  One can of paint got me this far so we are going to live for the next couple days with a room that is half painted.  Good thing my husband loves me…;)  On a more positive note, I thought I would share some high and not so high moments on this master bedroom makeover.

High five moments in the past week for this room:  

There were several.  Goodwill and thrift stores…you have treated me so well!

Score #1  Brass lamp $3

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I have loved this table lamp forever…haven’t loved the price tag

Riveted Metal Table Lamp

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so I am going to use this lamp as inspiration and try to trade the brassy shiny finish for a duller one with some Rub n Buff.  I’ll let you know how it works.

Score #2  Masculine fabric $0.50.  Ummm, ya, 2 yards was 50 cents…

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IMG_5247wI love using fabric to cover mattes in picture frames and since I am planning a gallery wall, I knew this would come in handy.  And get this, the next day, I saw this at Target.

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Super cute and manly all at the same time.  May have to do something similar with my new el cheapo fabric.

Score #3 and I’m totally saving the best for last.  I am swooning over this chandelier.  $10.  Excuse me while I scream in excitement.

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I had been looking online at different “eclectic” chandeliers the night before and everything I liked for the room was expensive.  Here are a few that I had marked. (click on the image for link)

Jonathan Adler Updated Bamboo Rod Chandelier (3 finishes!)

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This one I thought perhaps I could DIY.

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So, I am really really ecstatic about this find.

Low moments that I encountered this past week for this room

I’m when I say low, I mean low low to the flo...or floor.  Our carpet has seen better days.  It’s an off-white/cream.  It’s 7.5 years old.  We have two rather large dogs who sleep on this floor every.single.night.  Do I need to say more?  We’ve done our best to keep it in tip top shape with regular cleanings, but at some point you’ve just gotta throw in the towel.  I think it’s that time.  So, my $400 budget might be blown if we have to add carpet.  I have gone back and forth with this.  It looks decent enough…I’ve seen worse.  Is it a necessity?  No.  However, in the past year, we have discussed pulling the carpets up in all the upstairs bedrooms and either replacing them or putting in hardwoods.  I guess you can say we were somewhat preparing for this.  On one hand, I’m a control freak who wants to come in under budget and on the other I’m a clean freak who doesn’t like thinking about all the dirt and grime a 7.5 year old carpet can hold.  What to do, what to do?  What would you guys do?

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My Latest Steals

I just wanted to pop in and show a few of my latest steals.  I actually went looking for a chandelier that I could fix up and I scored big time finding this enormous guy. Check it…it’s taller than the 100 lb. Cooper dog.  Wanna know how much it cost me?

Ten.whole.dollars.

I know!?!  I’m high fiving you right now!  I was so happy that I drove all the way across town with a smile as big as the chandy on my face.  I may have even been dancing and singing….loudly…even at the stoplights…with people watching me.  I was that happy…ya, it doesn’t take a lot.  😉

Then, I ran into another thrift store just to peek around.  I already scored big time (in my book) so I wasn’t expecting to find anything and was about to walk out when this photograph of a barn caught my eye.

 

There was just something about the barn print that I loved.  I noticed a sticker on it that said #2 of 35 $190.  I asked about the prints and was informed that It was taken by a MU professor that had a passion for photography.  There were several originals and the owner of the store said he would sell me 2 prints for $25.  Ummm…hold on and let me think about this.  Two rather large prints that I was really drawn to, that are unlike anything that anyone else has?  Sold!!! to the crazy lady with the gigantor brass chandelier in the back of her car.

Sam never knows what to expect to see in the back of my car when I pull up.  No one can say that I’m predictable and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  Now, I’m off to enjoy my caffeine and to a little light reading.  Inspiration at my fingertips…love it.

 

And yes, I do like a little coffee in my cream…in case you were wondering.

Having a thrifter’s eye

Thought you might like to see what I scooped up at the thrift store two weeks ago.  I meant to post this on a Thursday in keeping with my Thursday thrifting that I had going on, but alas, the days got away from me.  First up, the big ceramic lamps that I cost me a whopping $6 for the pair.

I am in looovve with the black and gold & plan on keeping them the same color.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  I am not changing the color.  Did you visibly just shudder?  I know that, for the most part, black and gold home decor items can scream cheap cheap cheap like that dumb chicken on those commercials, but don’t you worry.  I am going to take the unsightly duo and transform them into something elegant and modern.  Picture something more along the lines of this.

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So much better, right?  I also found these lovely wood bowls for 50 cents each.

These guys will look great full of snacks at a party and would look equally as great just sitting on top of a stack of books.  And I couldn’t pass up this great frame for $2.

I don’t exactly know where this frame is going in our house, but I have been toying around with the idea of creating a gallery wall for quite awhile now and I could not say no at that price.  Some people may have been turned off by the color of the frame, the picture or even the mattes, but you have to look past all that when you go a-thrifting.

Which brings me to some tips about having a thrifter’s eye.  I talk to so many people that struggle to find anything that they think is worth buying when they “check out” a thrift store.  They think others just go at better times or have better luck….they claim all they see is junk.  I’m not saying they are lying…there have been times where I have walked out saying the same thing, but more often than not, I spot multiple things that I want to walk away with because I realize almost everything can be changed or repurposed.  With thrifting, up-cycling, re-using, & redoing on the rage, I thought it might be nice to have some knowledge to keep in mind during your next thrift store galavant.

#1.  Ignore the smell upon entering.  Sometimes, these stores can smell less than appetizing and all of my favorites have their own distinct unpleasant smell.   Spray on some perfume before you walk in or just breathe through your mouth if the smell becomes too overwhelming.  Do what you have to do, but you have to truly ignore that sense while your in there.  There are a few exceptions to this rule.  If a single item or object is giving off a horrendous odor, you might want to just walk run away from it.

#2.  As far as furniture goes look at the shape and lines of the items.  Ignore the crazy colors or cheap hardware.  Most things can be changed.  Could the item be repurposed?  Is it in relatively good shape?  If something is not, for example, let’s say a drawer damaged beyond repair, can you still work around it?  Maybe make a place for storage baskets, like these talented ladies from East Coat Creative did?

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On this particular day, Goodwill had this out for $12.

I loved it…great lines, even the hardware on the center drawers was kind of fun, but I have WAY TOO MANY furniture projects going and I will not  Sam will not allow me to bring anything else into our garage.  It’s pretty obscene, actually, so I have to agree with him.

#3.  Always always check out the frame section.  Again, look at the lines and details of the frame.  Ignore the color, that can be changed.  Mattes can be covered with a classic linen or beautiful paper to create something unique.

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Pictures can be also be removed and replaced with meaningful art or photographs.  Never skip this section. I saw 6 of these frames that were each selling for $3 each.

I think they are pretty just the way they are and can picture them hanging on the wall like this making a huge statement.

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#4.  Home dec area…you will find all sorts of items in this section.  Just have an open mind.  These two lamps were only $3 each.

Ugly, right?  Now, just picture the wood in a high gloss turquoise or white and the gold area on the lamp brighter and shined up real nice with a lovely modern drum shade on top.  You would have a completely different lamp. Rub n buff and spray paint are your friends…and they are not difficult to use.

How fun is this…can’t you picture this in a kid’s room or even as your family’s message center?

And hello, if you are ever needing baskets check out a thrift store.   Baskets, baskets, and more baskets.

Use them to store magazines, toys, extra toilet paper, or if you are a sewer like me, fabric scraps.  Here are a few other odds and ends.  I picture these

becoming something like this

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And these would be great spray painted white and used on your bedside table to store jewelry or on your desk to hold your writing instrument of choice.

Are you seeing a theme here?  Spraypaint. Spraypaint. Spraypaint.

#5.  The last place and my absolute favorite spot is the apparel section.  This sometimes requires a bit more digging.  Now, for me, I’m always looking at the fabric not necessarily the actual shirt, dress, skirt, pants.  I have found some of the best fabrics at thrift stores.  Recently I snagged up a linen skirt that cost me $1.  That same amount of fabric would have cost me at least 10 times that at a fabric store.  The possibilities of what you can do with the fabric is endless and well, if you score a vintage dress or great shirt out of it, more power to ya.  You never know what you will find there which, I think, is part of the fun.  This blogger is an amazing seamstress and blows me away with what she can do with a crazy thrift store clothing purchase.  It’s like Project Runway on steroids.  Take a look at what she did to this dress…ahmazing. The before:

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I found all these in the home dec area of Goodwill.  I thought it might be fun to show you what my brain thinks when I hit up this area.

Perfect napkin for my next Mother’s day brunch/wedding shower/baby shower.  I could find so many uses for these and at 25 cents a piece who cares if I only use them a handful of times a year?

Pillows!  I heart the black and white.  Such a fun and current pattern

More napkins?!?  These are so cute and dainty!  Should I make a pillow out of these?  

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 I love these types of fabrics…especially to cover mattes for pictures.  The texture really adds so much!

This 25 cent scarf (Gap!!!) would be beautiful to cover a matted frame or I could just frame part of the scarf itself…that pop of blue would be gorgeous anywhere on a wall.

These tribal looking place mats are fab!  Turn them into something like this, maybe?

(I do not have a source for the above pillow…saved the image to my phone…if anyone knows, please let me know!)

**I did not get the tribal placemats, but after seeing them again in these pics, I may have to run back up there and grab them…**

This fabric would make such a fun pillow. Nuff said.

Two yards of antique ticking?  $1?!?

Sorry, guys, I totally grabbed this.  I’m planning on making some pillows out of it for our guest room.  I thought a floor cushion for the kids would be adorable out of this as well. We will see what wins out. 😉

And then I spied this…yep, it’s a bedskirt, but I thought the fabric was insane!  Insane awesome, that is…and it went home with me, too.  You will soon see what I did with this in Henry’s room.

I hope this helps you on your next thrift store trip.  I am sure there are people out there who are waaaay more savvy in thrift store shopping than me and could think of a bigillion ways to repurpose the above items.   That’s the beauty of a thrift store…people see different things in so many different ways!  You know what they say…one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  And you might want to check out these hilarious and wonderful ladies, too!

Katie from Bower Power and Sherry from Young House Love

They just videotaped their latest shopping trip to Goodwill.  Part 1 and Part 2. I started writing this post over two weeks ago (I know, I know) and it sat in my WordPress dashboard waiting for me to upload pictures.  It’s funny how bloggers tend to think alike!  I almost didn’t post this because I didn’t want any one to think I was copying.  But, then I thought, well if I was copying, then why would I point their post out to everyone?  Which led me to ponder that if I thought my readers thought that, then maybe they would think I thought it was too obvious and it would be a slam dunk post for me?!???  Which caused me unnecessary panic and headache.   Did you get all that?  Yea, me neither.  Bottom line…I’m just thrilled that my blogging is on point…Katie and Sherry definitely pave the blogging way and I’m loving that they are Goodwill fans, too.  😉

A lil Thursday Thrifting

I just had to share some treasures that I found today while thrifting at our Goodwill…love that place.  There are a ton of places to go to here in Columbia, but I only had about 30 minutes to kill so I hit the closest one to me…

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I have a thing for owls…I think our whole family does & I am seeing them everywhere so apparently the rest of the world does, too.  As soon as I saw this original owl print, (at Goodwill for $3???!!!) I knew he was coming home with me.  It must have been my lucky day because when I got home and googled the artist, I found out that Charles Schwartz was one of Missouri’s finest and nationally recognized wildlife artists.  I loved reading that he and his wife met while attending University of Missouri (my alma mater).

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This is the cutest little end table and will serve perfectly as Henry’s new bedside table for his big boy room.  I have some exciting plans for this lil $20 find. Solid wood, too, and in great shape. I couldn’t find a single scratch or blemish on this dude.

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These were the first thing I noticed when I walked to the back of the store.  A set of 8 hammered grayish amber drinking glasses.  How’s that for a description, huh?  But, they are gorgeous, in my opinion, and for a $1 each?  Ummm….ya, I’ll take them.

Can you tell I’m having a ball with my new PictureShow App?  If you like taking pictures and playing around with effects, I highly recommend it.  It’s less than $2, too!

Stay tuned to see what all I do with these finds.  I know, I know…more projects…well, at least the drinking glasses don’t need any work, right?  Have you found any great steals lately???  What stores are your favorites for thrifting?  That is, if you’ll share your secrets!