And I'm cheap. Except I like to use the word "frugal." It just sounds better. In my dreams I shop at places like Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs(my keyboard is trying to trick me in to typing Bladder instead of Ballard. This potty training thing is going to my head!) However, in reality I shop places like Goodwill, Craigslist, and clearance sections at stores for items that I can refinish, reuse, or repurpose...usually using spraypaint. The bonus is that when I get tired of said repurposed item (and I will!), I have no qualms about getting rid of it. Don't get me wrong, I do believe that there are certain items that are just better bought at nice stores, made out of good material, and finished nicely. Couches, are an example. You use them everyday and, chances are, you plan on keeping them for a long time. They are, in my opinion (which I love to have when I'm talking about someone else's money!), worth the splurge. That's not to say there aren't great couches to be found on Craigslist. Just today, in fact, I saw at least 2 that I would LOVE to have in my living room.
Anyway, I'm rambling now.
My point is...finding inexpensive/free items and refinishing/repurposing them can be fun!
Here are a few of my
First, spray paint maddness...
This was a mirror that was left in our old house when we moved in. I used chalkboard spray paint, removed the old silver hooks, replaced them with new ones, and spray painted the frame.
This frame I bought at Goodwill for $1.99. I took out the old print and glass, spray painted it, distressed the edges, and stuck it up on the wall with my modge-podged "S" in the middle. Not the greatest pic, but you get the idea.
I got this idea from a Pier One catalog before Christmas and I have to say, it's been one of my favorite projects so far! Again, I bought the frame (with an ugly old print included) at Goodwill for something like $4. I removed the print and glass, spray painted the frame, distressed it, then added wire in a grid pattern. During the Christmas season it held all of our Christmas cards, but now I use it it dispay pics and other misc. items.
Ok, this one didn't take much work. Nor did it turn out the best, but I live by Nester's moto: "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." I found this mail sign/hanger thingy at TJ Maxx on clearance for $2. It was gold. Not the ugliest thing, but not exactly the color I was going for. So, what's a girl to do? That's right, spray paint 'er up!
See that star(r) pillow on the chair? Well, it started off a khaki color pillow case from Target for $5. Using a free printable stencil and some fabric paint, it now has a little personal touch.
Next, a couple repurosed items...
These jars were all purchased from Goodwill for less than $3. They all live in my laundry room. One holds my detergent (Necessary? No. But it sure makes all my laundry business just a bit more enjoyable!), another holds clothes pins, and the one on the left keeps all my fun ribbons.
We've all seen these, right? I believe the original purpose is to hold papers/pictures, but this one holds all of my girls' hair clips. Now we can see all we have to choose from and Addi can get her own.
You might remember this desk that used to be in my office. It now works perfectly in the laundry room as a way to hide our clothes sorter and as a counter for me to fold and stack on. My family has waaayyy too many clothes. In case you were wondering.
Finally, a couple DIY projects...
Here's my jewelry organizer that hangs in my closet. It started out as a cork board that I got in the dollar section at Target. I added some fun scrapbook paper to the back and some chicken wire to the front. "S" hooks work perfectly for hanging. Funny story: On Sunday as I was getting ready for church I pulled off a necklace and the entire thing came crashing off the wall. My eyes welled up with tears, I threw a little fit, and stomped out of the room, leaving everything on the floor. After church I went up to change clothes and I noticed that my super awesome hubby had rehung the entire thing and re-attached my jewelry. I love that man.
Again, not a great picture, but I loved how they turned out. I knew I wanted a really light, neutral color for these and at $13 a pop, drop cloths were just the ticket. I used two, cut them in half, cut them to be the correct length, then used a little magic stitch witchery to hem them. Ridiculously easy and cheap. Just how I like it. The real bonus is that now our poor neighbors will no longer have to watch us make fools out of ourselves while playing Wii! :)