Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thrift Store Find Turns New Vanity

 Oh Hello $10 real wood thrift store desk(????). table (?????) thingy (????). Any hoo, I love you now.

Before you buy a new vanity for a bathroom remodel, rethink old furniture! There are tons of tutorials online which I used to make this. I got my sink from ebay for $60. The faucet was a ridiculous price that I don't even what to admit to paying, but we hadn't had any running water for weeks, and I was desperate, so I picked this up at Lowes for somewhere around the tune of $150. Those who have time to shop around could easily build this entire vanity for $150. Less than Craigslist yall! Be creative :) Plus, it's the focal point of the bathroom, and everyone always brags on it, and  then I get all bubbly inside.

P.S. Baskets are all from thrift stores as well! The round one is my all time favorite basket for $3.00. Whoop!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

DIY Draft-blocker

We are having some crazy cold weather in East Tennessee which means the power bill is going to be even more crazy this month. I made a draft-blocker to help keep the heat in. It took me about 15 minutes to make and isn't too much of an eye-sore. Made from reused pipe insulators (from a homemade water slide) and an old throw blanket, this was cheap project that will hopefully save us some cash! 
This could actually be a no sew project since the pipe insulators have slots down the middle to stuff the fabric into. I went ahead and sewed ours though since we let Hank in and out about 50 times a day and needed something more sturdy. 
He is worth it :) 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Changing Mindset

The New Year Resolution law-of-order states that when you make a resolution, the universe does all it can to test your resolve.

For a while now (way before New Year's), I've been working on changing my mindset toward consumer consumption. As you know if you read this blog, I've always focused on recycling, upcycling, and being frugal in general, but there is always room for improvement. This year, one of my personal New Year's goals is to participate in Looking Fly on Dime's challenge of NO new clothes for a year.

Along with this challenge, I wanted to change my mindset when it comes to purchasing in general. Here is where the test of my resolve begins. On the last day of 2013, I went downstairs to do a load of laundry, and ended up almost flooding the basement. After my husband determined that the problem could not be fixed, without a thought, we got in our truck and went to Lowes to buy a new machine. Luckily, the prices gave me sticker shock -- average $800--- so I decided to take pictures of the ones I liked and go home to read reviews on them. Due to this pause, I had to think about alternatives to dishing out $800 for a washing machine. I decided that I would give ole' Craigslist a chance first, and yet again, he did not disappoint. I found a 2010 model of the one I was looking at in Lowes. The price? $220. I realize this this purchase was somewhat of a risk, but after speaking to the seller, I found out the the wife had gotten a new front-loading machine for Christmas so had no need for this one. After seeing the machine in person and getting good "vibes" off of the seller, we bought it. So far, it works beautifully. Even if the sell didn't work out, I'm at least glad that I took a pause to consider the alternatives to American consumer consumption.

I will be posting more on my "No New Clothes for a Year" challenge. I'm excited about it!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

Dress-Goodwill tag sale $3 
Cardi- clothing exchange with friends 
Knit tights- clothing exchange with friends 
Boots- Jessica Simpson new 5 years ago (they are still my fav!)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thriftstore Outfit

Today's entire outfit was thrifted! Red corduroy pants (LOVE ❤️) with flannel and a cardi. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Upcycled Child's Costume into a Pawchild's Costume

It's not secret that I love torturing dressing up Hank whenever I have an appropriate excuse to. :)

In 2010 he was a bunch of grapes
Look at his expression!!

Last year he was a leopard (used a thrift store leopard tank). He has also been a lady bug and rock star on various Halloweens. This year he is going as a dinosaur!

I found this Children's Place costume at t local thrift store, cut out the belly section , used the scraps to make a tie across the chest, and snipped off the back feet to use as "socks" for this back legs.
As you can tell, he is thrilled with the results :)

This dog brings me so much joy xoxoxox

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Revamp a Thrift Store Painting

I found this oil painting at a local thrift store for $3. I was drawn to its size and misty fog over the water. I knew it would be perfect for a painting revamp that I had in mind.

After finding this perfect (and cheap) painting, all I had to do was add an appropriate quote over top the painting in white craft paint.

I just free-handed the quote, so this project took all of 5 minutes to do :) I love how it turned out! It reminds me to be thankful for and frequently visit the beautiful mountains we have here in East Tennessee.