Monday, February 25, 2013

Recent Small Additions

I added this Target Mirror ($30) to my kitchenette.  The wood picture hanger it is hanging from is from a store in Midway called "all that stuff in the barn."  It is a cheap little plastic mirror, but I like the look of it.

I also found this Tortoise shell at Target, at my store they had a couple on clearance for $27 (regularly $40).  I loved it -but the color was the wrong green for my Family Room, nothing that a can a spray paint won't fix!

It's now sporting a navy blue coat!

Finally I found this white garden stool at TJ Maxx for just $40!  I have only ever seen these for $100 so was thrilled with the price and figured surely I could find somewhere to put it!

You may notice another rather LARGE addition to our family room in the background - it's a Batman pinball machine.  Not exactly beautiful to look at -but a great toy for our family room that we were surprised with on Christmas morning.

Friday, February 22, 2013

And the Award goes to........

I love the look of Antique trophies but can't bring myself to pay big bucks for something that is old.  The price should be cheaper if it is old, worn out, and used, right?!  I wish.

I guess that is why my collection remains so small - these are the only cheap finds I have been able to collect from the thrift store over the past 8 months!

My last trip to the thrift store I found this plastic one for $0.50 and wondered how it would look with a coat of spray paint.  I first gave it a coat of plastic primer spray paint, then a coat of white.


It found a home on my son's desk.

Winner or not it was only $0.50 - I think I am happy with it!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Guest Room Bench

Once I finished making the Guest Room Headboard (click here for more on that DIY) I knew I needed a bench for the foot of the bed.  Benches aren't too cheap if you buy them brand new.  I considered making one but then the heavens opened one day at my local thrift store and I saw this beauty for the great price of just $10!  I contemplated the decision of buying it and bringing it home for all of about 1 second!  
It was pretty beat up on the top but that was fine with me- I had plans to cover that up anyway.
I saw this idea on Centsational Girl and it was pretty easy overall following her directions.  After painting the legs white, I got to work upholstering the top.  

 I ended up buying a piece of foam that was just 1" thick but wide enough that I could cut two pieces and stack them to give me a 2" foam seat.  It was a little cheaper to do it that way.  My foam was 1x24x72 and was on sale for 50% off so it cost $17.99.  I already had the batting left over from the headboard project.  I used the same material as the head board- I unfortunately had to buy 2 whole yards to cover the 5 ft. length of the bench but it did leave me enough leftover material to upholster another bench if I so desire (you know I will!).  The cost for 2 yards of this fabric was $30.

I then added a roll of Nail head trim from JoAnn's (reg. $20 but on sale for $10).  So total cost for the project was $70, more than I wanted to spend (because of the fabric- but again I can now make another bench without having to buy more fabric).