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Archive for January, 2012

Thrift Store Decor

This morning started out just like every other Monday morning.  Pancakes with chocolate chips, “brush your teeth and hair!”, and “Oh, Mommy! I need to tell you something!”  This something was “I left my (3) library books at Grama and Grandad’s house.”  It wasn’t in my plans to drive the 45+ miles to go get them, but what can you do?  Fortunately, I have an awesome father-in-law, who met me halfway, so I didn’t have make the entire drive.  While I was sitting in the Wendy’s parking lot, waiting for him to arrive, I remembered a thrift store a few blocks down.  I hardly ever get there, but there is always something I can’t live without.

I was in the mood to craft, but not ready to take on a huge project, like my bathroom makeover.  I perused the junk aisle, as my sister and I affectionately call it, and found several things I can work into the new cottage style I’m going for.

Thrift Store crafts

$7 for all of this

When I finally made it back home, I took the plate, the bowl and the bud vase, washed and bleached them, and permanently fused them together with epoxy. (I  have a new found love for epoxy, and all its bonding magic.)  This is what I came up with…

Mismatched plate, bowl and bud vase

Is now an awesome chip and dip plate!

White plate, bowl and bud vase

Thrift store junk...

I also found a white ceramic container.  It probably was the insert to a small crock pot, but I’m really not sure.  I loved that it was big, and white, and cottage-y, but wasn’t sure what to do with it.  It could possibly be a planter, or something to hold fruit or after school snacks.  One of my favorite Chirstmas presents was all new kitchen utensils. They were too jumbled in the container I had them in;  so, for now, it is being used to store utensils.

crock pot insert

Utensil storage crock

I also found this cute apple-shaped bowl.  Perfect for after school snacks.

After school snack bowl

Perfect for after school snacks.


Hall Bath Makeover – Before

I am in love with all things cottage-y… if that’s even a word.  I am addicted to DIY blogs about home decorating/design/remodeling, especially when done on a shoestring budget.  Bloggers make it seem somewhat do-able (read:  affordable), for me any way.  I’ve been watching posts about beadboard and board & batten, and obsessing over them.

We live in a cookie cutter house, that looks like every other cookie cutter house in the neighborhood.  Other than paint, I really haven’t put my “stamp” on it.  I didn’t think we would be living here 11 years later, so I didn’t really want to personalize the house.  I’m a home stager, and it is my job to make things neutral, so that anyone could move into a space and love it.  Well, I’m bored with neutral!  I’m not moving, so I want to put my spin on things.

One of my first projects will be beadboard wainscotting in the hall/girls’ bathroom.

DIY Beadboard Before

DIY Beadboard - Before

Hall Bath Makeover Before

Hall Bath Before Beadboard

I did some organizing work for a friend, and we bartered for stuff.  I love stuff.  She was de-cluttering, and I was loving it!  I ended up with several 1/2 sheets of faux wainscotting.  I think it’s made of luan or masonite or  something of the sort.  After I get it on the walls, trim it out and paint it white, no one will be the wiser.  I have most of what I need, except the trim mouldings, and paintable caulk; so it should be a fairly inexpensive and easy project.  I’ve measured all the trim pieces, and I plan on having them cut in store.  There will only be a few straight cuts on the beadboard, and I can totally do that.  I will pre-paint, and nail them up.  Sounds easy enough.  We’ll see.  I am also planning to put in a wider baseboard and change out the trim on the door, so that it matches my cottage style.  The vanity will either get a new coat of paint, or a dark stain… I haven’t decided which yet.

Hall Bath Before Beadboard Wainscotting

Vanity Wall Before Beadboard

Hall Bath Vanity Before

Vanity Before Makeover