Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thrift Store Thursday - Goodwill goodies and chalkboard paint

It's Thursday again and I'm sharing this weeks Goodwill finds and my first chalkboard paint projects.

This week I found this big frame at Goodwill - I think it came with some kind of calendar originally - it was $1.99 but it was 30% off. I also bought Kate a pair of red crocs for $2.99, and another basket for 49c.

Here is what I did with the frame - used chalkboard spray paint and painted the frame with paint left over from my kitchen project. It is in my laundry room by the door out to the garage.

but while the spray paint is around I grabbed a couple of other frames I had in the closet (I took these pics of the kids out first)

a short while later..... new chalkboards for my pantry doors. I wanted to paint direct on the doors but thought I would try these frames first then it is more temporary if I change my mind later

For more Thrift Store Thursday posts visit Homebody Holly at her blog.

Monday, June 22, 2009


This is me then - my friend in real life ;) Julie is giving away something different every day this week so make sure you check out her blog.

Frills Fluff and Trucks is giving away 2 gift cards - for TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Read the details so you can participate on June 25th.

Isabella and Max Rooms is giving a way a lot of goodies. This blog gave me inspiration for the color for painting my kitchen cabinets. Enter the giveaway by June 28th.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Another kitchen detail

Last week I shared the results of painting the kitchen cabinets, this week we added hardware on the cabinets.

Before cabinet hardware.......

and after...... I decided to just do matching knobs on the cabinets and drawers - my father in law was nice enough to come over and drill all the holes for me. The knobs are "oil rubbed bronze" and I found them at Target in packs of 10 for $16, so it wasn't as expensive that it could have been. I am very happy with the way they look and it is nice to have cabinets and drawers with knobs on - a lot easier to open and find things.

(you can click on a picture to see in more detail)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Decorating kids style

We are really lucky in our new house that the kids have their very own "play room", it is a small open space upstairs.

Kate had taped some notes up on her door and Thomas was not to be outdone, so here is what he came up with....

The little playroom area is right by Kate's room, so she is the one that has been using it the most. The "wall art" are stickers from Dollar tree - I got 2 packs of them - so spent $2, and the kids helped me make this pattern on the wall.

There were some little holes up there by the ceiling - so I just stuck some more dots to cover those up!

and some more holes where there had been curtains hung before..... so more stickers here.....

a close up of the polka dots - the bigger ones have dandelions (I think that's what they are) on them

entertainment center - kids style - it is good to have one place to keep all their videos and DVDs - and Kate's books are here too, Thomas has a bookshelf in his room. In the basket under the tv there are extra pillows and a blanket. The message / picture board I made by wrapping an old pillow case and putting it in this frame and I used a staple gun to attach the ribbon.

There is plenty of room to put a queen size air mattress up here - so this is where Kate and her friend sleep when she stays over.

Kate and Thomas' room have a bathroom in between.

But where are the toys you ask? I am using this closet (I guess it's supposed to be a linen closet) for toys and games, and they both keep most of their personal things in their rooms.

Thanks for visiting! I mostly made this post of the fam in NZ to see but feel free to comment if you are reading!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thrift Store Thursday

The first two things I got from our local "online" yard sale. The items are listed, usually with pictures, then you just e-mail the seller and arrange to pick up the item.

This lamp was brand new and never been used, it was $10.

This footstool I was thinking about painting it and recovering the cushion like Centsational Girl did in THIS post, but when I picked it up I found that the seat part was wicker, the wood was in good shape the color goes with other pieces of furniture I have, SO I will leave it as is for now and it is just sitting in my front living room which we don't really use for anything yet, but I am slowly filling it up with my yardsale and goodwill finds!

This little brass container I got at a garage sale for $1 I think. I liked the pedestal feet and the shape and pattern on the side.

I spray painted it with satin ivory color paint. I hadn't spray painted metal before and I don't know what I did wrong, or if it was the brand of paint, but it was very 'drippy' so the after picture is the better side. I still like the way it turned out.

It looks good in my kitchen with the newly painted cabinets, but it is sitting in my office / junk collection area on this little shelf I keep scrapbooking papers in. So it may end up being a container for scissors and other supplies, or maybe go in a bathroom with a couple of washclothes and some soap in. Any other ideas?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kitchen painting, done!

I'm adding this post to Metamorphosis Monday. To see more before and after pictures go HERE
Here is what the kitchen looked like before I painted the cabinets:

I am really happy with how everything turned out. I started with all the bottom cabinets and painted the inside of the doors too. By the time I got to the top cabinets which are pretty high and I had to stand on a chair to paint those I decided to just paint the cabinet fronts and not the inside of the doors too, who is going to open and look inside anyway?
It really lightened and brightened everything up. I really like how it frames the cabinets with our china and pretty things inside (I may still paint the inside of these cabinets at some point).

We are going to get knobs for the cabinets and drawers soon.....

To see more pictures of the kitchen before see HERE
Here are the "after" pictures:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thrift Store Thursday

I am participating in "Thriftstore Thursday" at Homebody Holly's blog. Click the link above to see more.

Here's a few things I picked up this week:
The green fabric drawers were $3.99 (will use this to organize in my office)
Disneyland book .97c
basket .50c
little glass pitcher and jar - .79c and .50c (will be for my classroom in the fall for practical life work)
brass candlestick .25c
basket .50c

Another little project in the kitchen. I used some baskets I'd picked up at Goodwill and garage sales to help organize the pantry.


and after. I used plastic baskets for the oils, syrup etc, and baskets for most everything else

To see some other garage sale finds from last weekend see this post.