$29 Sideboard Makeover

Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl is in the process of making over her living room, and goodness, I LOVE what she’s done! She was sweet enough to share with us here on PPP ~ take a peek . . . 

Wow . . . 

 

Just . . . wow!

 

I’m in the middle of a living room makeover (we finally updated our couches after 10 years) and after a tense afternoon of tax preparation . . . this was clearly NOT the time to buy more furniture. 🙂 

 

Our search for sideboards has been going on for M O N T H S ~ all around the $500 range.  This had me thinking . . . why not just paint the one we have now?

 

 

$29 can of chalk paint & wipe-on poly (optional – this was in the garage from previous projects)

 

If you haven’t use chalk paint before, it is amazing. 

 

No prep.

 

No sanding.

 

Just, paint!

 

 

I went to Lowes and bought a $29.00 can of chalk paint, painted this beautiful sideboard to match my new furniture and in just a few hours it was done.

 

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After . . .

 

 

I’m thrilled with how it turned out!!  I can’t wait to show you the rest … ALL on a penny pinched budget (I’m learning a few things here at PPP! 🙂

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Love chalk paint? Here are a few more ideas you may want to check out . . .

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . Happy Fluffing!

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Valentine’s Dollar Tree DIY


My friend Cheryl made this super cute craft using supplies from the Dollar Tree, and I just love the way it turned out! Take a peek . . . 

I saw this idea over on Pinterest, and just fell in love!

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Styrofoam Trees
  • Conversation Hearts
  • Glue

That’s it.

 

For real.

 

 

 

This is such a fun way to fluff up your home for Valentine’s Day.  My 10 year old just loved sorting and creating these trees with me!

 

 

 

These candle holders were collecting dust in a cabinet so I used them to set the trees up high and think they worked out  perfectly!

 

 

 

 

Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

 

Have you made any fun decor for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear what you’re up to ~ leave a comment to share! And if you’re looking for more penny pinched projects, here you go . .  .

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35 Deals You Need to Buy at the Dollar Tree – Valentine Edition

 

You know I love shopping The Dollar Tree for just about anything, well Valentine’s Day is no exception! Here are a few steals you can’t miss when you’re there:

 

1. Stuffed Animals

2. Valentine Mugs

3. Valentine Globes

4. Valentine Balloons

 

5. Valentine Wrapping paper

6. Valentine Gift Bags

7. Valentine Bobble Heads

8. Hot Chocolate

 

9. Valentine Candy Containers

10. Valentine Ribbon

11. Valentine Candles

 

 

12. Valentine Paper Plates

13. Valentine Paper Napkins

14. Valentine Glass Flowers

 

 

15. Heart Vases

16. Heart Candy Dishes

17. Valentine Glasses

18. Valentine Vases

 

19. Valentine Door Hangers

20. Heart Shaped Doilies

 

21. Valentine Garland

22. Valentine Decorations

 

23. Chocolate Valentine Candy Hearts

24. Individually Wrapped Valentine Candy

 

25. Valentine Window Stickies

26. Valentine Cards

 

27. Valentine Card Kits

28. Valentine Pencils

29. Valentine Pencil Sharpeners

30. Valentine Erasers

31. Valentine Boxes

 

32. Valentine Stickers

33.  Valentine Table Decorations

34. Valentine Table Clothes

35.  Valentine Duct Tape

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Love shopping the Dollar Tree? See a few ways I’ve used Dollar Tree finds in our home:

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(FREE!) DIY Valentine Tree

 

Looking for a fun, frugal, and free DIY? Here you go! 

 

Gather up some branches from your back yard, construction paper, scissors and tape.

 

Put the branches in your vase (I put corn in the bottom of my container so the sticks stayed in place.)
Cut out a few hearts and tape them on your branches.

 

Done.

 

So simple, so fun, and you won’t feel one bit of guilt when you throw this craft away on February 15th.

Success! 🙂 

 

Have you made any fun decor for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear what you’re up to ~ leave a comment to share! And if you’re looking for more penny pinched projects, here you go . .  .

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DIY Baby Banner

I’m so stinkin’ excited about this little project!

 

 

As I shared over HERE, we’re hosting a baby shower for a couple in my husband’s office tomorrow, so I got to crafting this morning.

 

Here’s what I used . . . 

 

  • Brown yarn
  • Clothespins
  • Silhouette Cameo 
  • Fabric strips (bought coordinating fabric square at Hobby Lobby, then cut into 1″ strips ~ cost was $6 after Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon)
  • Cricut Iron On Material $9.74
  • Pre-cut banners from Michaels, $4
  • Total = $19.74

 

I made the banner using the directions in this tutorial . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters for the top banner . . .

 

 

 

 

Success!

 

Now ~ as I shared in the video we still don’t have any idea what we’re actually making for dinner at this baby shower, so if you have any suggestions I’m all ears. 😉 And, if you have any other suggestions for craft projects I’d sure love to hear those too ~ Happy Friday!

 

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Looking for more frugal baby shower ideas?

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The Only Way to Organize American Girl Clothes

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So . . . this idea is just genius. 😉

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My friend Jamie gave me this suggestion for organizing American Girl Doll clothes ~ and goodness, it makes life so much easier!

 

Last weekend my girls set to work, and in about 12 minutes that mess was fixed. 

 

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Success!

 

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These over the door organizers are also awesome for cleaning supplies, snacks, gloves, mittens, hats, Legos, toys, you name it. 

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So.

smart.

 

If you’re looking for an organizer, Amazon has these for just $8.99 right now, and I love how easy they make it to store just about anything.

 

And, if you have other suggestions on how to organize American Girl clothes (or other toys too), I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share!

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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The Best Baking Supply Bargains

 

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Now that we’ve almost finished our 12 days of Christmas baking series (download your free grocery list and cookbook over HERE) I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite ways to package all those goodies up!

 

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I found most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby  . . .

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wrapped them up with inexpensive ribbon,

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and found a few bargains at Michael’s & The Dollar Tree too.

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I love those stores. 

 

 

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Here’s how the math on each container added up: 

Big red and white carry out box 66¢ per box

Santa tin $1.75 at Hobby Lobby

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Tiny box containers at Hobby Lobby 20¢ per box

Sliding Boxes from Hobby Lobby 50¢ per box

Polka Dot Sliding Box Containers from Hobby Lobby 75¢ each

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Plastic bags 12/$1 at the Dollar Tree 8.3¢ each

Merry Christmas tag from Hobby Lobby 5¢ each

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Merry Christmas Box $1 at Hobby Lobby

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Christmas Tin $1 at the Dollar Tree

Green Christmas Santa Box $1 at Michael’s

Merry Bag and Santa Hat tag 15¢ at Hobby Lobby

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Polka Dot and Striped Bags 12¢ per box

Chalkboard Clothespins 13¢ per box

Gift Card Holder 50¢ each

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Be Merry Box 75¢ per box at Hobby Lobby

 

Hope this helps you pinch a few extra pennies this Christmas, as well as spoil someone special you’re thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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Looking for more bargain DIYs?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Dollar Tree Christmas Centerpiece

 

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Need an inexpensive Christmas centerpiece for an event this Christmas season? 

This is for you. 

 

 
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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a grapevine or greenery wreath $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • red candle votive $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • 2-3 berry twigs $1 at the Dollar Tree

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Just take the berries and place all around the wreath, light the candle, and you’re done.

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I used a blanket scarf as my table runner (this weekend only they’re $12.95, shipped at Cents of Style when you use the code BLANKET16 at checkout.)

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Done!

 

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Looking for more Dollar Tree DIY?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Dollar Tree DIY

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Need an easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece? Here’s all you need:

  • Glass Jar from Dollar Tree $1
  • Twine from Dollar Tree $1
  • Glue gun and lots of glue gun sticks


Before . . .

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After . . .

 

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Done!

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Looking for more Dollar Tree DIY?

 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

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5 Reasons You Need to Get an Amazon Prime 30-Day Trial NOW

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If you’ve been considering signing up for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Trial – now is the absolute BEST TIME in the whole year to do it.

Not later on this month.  Not sometime before Christmas…

THIS.  WEEK.

Why?

Folks, Black Friday is coming, Lightning deals are coming, Cyber Monday is coming – it’s all about to hit and I want you to be able to save some serious money during these sales!

5 Reasons to Get an Amazon Prime 30-Day Trial NOW

****NOTE****If you’ve already done your trial and are waiting for the membership fee to drop – don’t miss this!!

Amazon announced Wednesday they will offer a 1-DAY discount on Prime memberships TODAY, 11/17/16.  For only 24 hours the cost of a 1-year Amazon Prime subscription will drop from $99 to just $79!

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1 . FREE 2-Day Shipping

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ordered last minute gifts and the Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping saved the day.  As we start getting closer and closer to Christmas – this will come in SO handy to put presents under the tree and send gifts to family around the country.

That’s why now is the BEST time to get a 30-Day Free trial – from now until a week before Christmas you’ll be scoring free shipping on just about anything you could possibly be shopping for!

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2 . Cheap 1 -Day Shipping

For only $3.99, Amazon Prime members can upgrade to 1-Day Shipping.  (The cost for non-members is $9.95.)  In my opinion, that’s pretty reasonable for 1-Day delivery!

Plus if you live in select cities around the country – you may actually qualify for same-day delivery, which is just nuts!  Those lucky ducks can get things delivered by 9pm (isn’t that incredible, really?)

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3 . Early Access to Lightning Deals

Amazon shoppers who are Prime members will also get a 30-minute early access to select lightning deals.

Additionally, certain Amazon sales are ONLY available to Prime Members – you don’t want to miss those with all the Black Friday and Holiday Deals about to hit!

You can find out more about Amazon Lightning Deals and Black Friday sales in general in my post 5 Secrets to Shopping Amazon on Black Friday.

 

 

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4 . Books, Movies and Music Streaming

Kids will be taking a break from school, family will be visiting, and some of us will be traveling.

It’s a great time to use the Free Kindle library, stream movies and tv with Amazon Instant, or make a holiday playlist on Prime Music.  Check out the selection of great movies and shows here!

 

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5 . Convenience!!

I’m telling you guys – I use Amazon for just about everything – it helps this busy momma stay sane sometimes!

Save yourself trips to the store for just about ANYTHING with Amazon Prime.  It makes a crazy time of year a little bit less crazy – because there is such a wide variety of things you need at your fingertips. (And they all come right to your door!)

Grab extra cookie sheets for holiday baking, or a new turkey-roasting pan.

Restock on pantry items like paper towels and dishwasher detergent.

Even schedule in a Christmas movie night and the popcorn to go with it!

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Check out my weekly post here on how to get an Amazon Prime Pantry Box filled with good deals and shipped for free 🙂

 

 

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Not sure if Amazon Prime is worth the money? Go HERE to make an informed decision, but if you’re even thinking about it, remember it’s on sale 11/18/16 for 24 hours only. Love that! 

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See more Amazon Deals, and remember when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month, you’ll also save an additional 15% on all of your subscribe and save purchases.

 

 

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