Spring Cleaning Week #4: Our Free Closet Makeover + Why I’m Keeping A Worn Out Mirror

 

 

I am so stinkin’ excited to have this project done!

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Cleaning out our closet has been on my to do list since we moved in (almost an entire year ago), but was so low on the list that there was no way it was going to get my attention.

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This month though, after finishing up my kids closets, I knew it was time to take control.

 

 

Clearly. 

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The most exciting update? I bought a ton of new fancy hangers (at Walmart – you know, f.a.n.c.y.) They have little places for straps on your tank tops to hold, so I’m thrilled to have clothes that will stay on the hanger!

(It’s the little things, right?) :)

 

Let’s take a tour . . .

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Here’s most of what is heading to Goodwill, the trash, or to sell at a consignment shop. Honestly, most of it’s in such bad shape that it will end up at Goodwill to works towards a tax deduction!)

 

I ended up using the money that I made cleaning out Jackson, Caroline & Reagan’s closets ($85 – woohoo!) to purchase the small drawers and new hanging racks at Walmart. So I paid nothing to update our little closet, and it looks oh-so-much better!

 

 

 

And here’s why I’m not buying a new fancy mirror. :)

 

When I was looking for things to organize our closet with I noticed several great mirrors at very reasonable prices. It was all I could do not to grab one (I think I could have found one for less $30-$40), but I kept thinking that this is in my closet.

 

That no one ever sees but me. 

 

Yes, I’d love some kind of ridiculous closet like these, I’d love fancy shelving, and I’d love a trendy mirror.

 

But.

 

There are a lot of things on our to do list in our home over the next few months, and, no one will ever see what’s in my closet. 

 

Sacrificing what I want (that is such a minor want ~ goodness!) for what I really want just wasn’t worth it for me.  

 

The mirror I has legs but the parts have been misplaced somewhere along our last four moves, so James is going to hang it up on the wall for me.

 

I might paint it. Or even stain it. Who knows.

 

But really, this one just doesn’t matter, so I’m letting it go ~ no matter how amazing those beautiful closets can be on Pinterest. 😉

 

 

I’m oh-so-satisfied with just better and one day if we have oodles of money to throw away on a fancy closet that’ll be just fine, but today’s not the day for me. :)

 

So there you have it! If you have a closet that’s just begging for some TLC, I highly recommend taking some time to work on it. I literally tucked my kids in bed one night this week, turned on a new episode of Parenthood (I love my Amazon Prime free shows!), and stayed up late just to get it done. It feels wonderful, and I love knowing what’s actually in my closet to wear each day too! If you really want some closet motivation check this out (wow.), and get to work tidying things up today.

 

 

 

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Friday Fluff Up: (Easiest) Spring Update Thanks To Michael’s Coupon

 

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You guys know I was more than a little excited about the fun deals I scored yesterday at Michael’s. 

 

Seriously. So much fun!

 

While I was there, I peeked around since I’d been dreaming of the right centerpiece to put on our new kitchen table I did a quick search on Houzz (I love Pinterest, but goodness there are just some beautiful home ideas on Houzz!), and found a few simple arrangements that I figured I could easily copy.

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So I bought these.

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And did this.

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And it cost a whopping $12, thanks to my coupon.

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Success!

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Now if I can just hunt down a deal on the right light fixture (something not so silver-ey?) we’ll be good to go. (I’m kind of in love with this one right now . . .)

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to bring some Spring into your home, this is for you. I’d love to hear what other ideas you have too!
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 Friday Fluff Up: Our (Almost) Completed Breakfast Room

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I’ve been itching to update you all as we’ve been working on some projects in our home, but know that things aren’t quite perfect in this room yet so I’ve been hesitant to share! But, I’m thinking waiting for really-quite-perfect might just never come, so I’m sharing a peek at our almost-perfect room today.

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Remember the breakfast nook I showed you after we moved in to our new home last Spring?

 

Well, we updated it with just a rug and a painted lamp last summer, and it definitely  helped.
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But that poor table ~ the one that I’ve always just adored ~ has been in pitiful shape for years. I bought it for a steal at a Lane clearance sale about nine years ago (it was sold “as is”, meaning the gate leg on it never really worked. . . ), so we’ve spent countless meals at the dinner table hoping the table wouldn’t fall down on us while we ate.

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My husband had finally had enough (he’s pretty handy, but there was nothing really to do for it ~ it was in just rough shape to start with!), so we decided after Christmas to purchase a new table for the room. The table headed down to the basement (it’s perfect for our kids to use down there for projects), and we found this table I’m just in love with.

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The room is fairly big (15’x12′, which seems huge to me?), and after shopping several furniture stores my mom mentioned to me the Paula Deen line that she loved. No stores up here in Ohio sell Paula Deen furniture (too far North of the Mason Dixon line I s’pose . . . ) so I spent hours watching YouTube videos and searching pictures of this new set that I really thought I would love.

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(all set up on Easter Sunday) 

We finally decided to order it ~ we’ve purchased before online using Furnitureland South, and actually ended up working with another company who beat their price. Folks, if you’re looking for quality furniture, I definitely recommend shopping around online – I saved almost $1000 by taking a few minutes to contact competing stores (after checking them out through the Better Business Bureau), and see who was willing to offer me the best deal!

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My (amazing) husband also added extra trim work around the ceiling (goodness, pretty molding makes such a difference – I’m guessing we have about $100 in trim work throughout the room), and we hung curtains that I found at World Market. 

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after trim & curtains

This isn’t really all that penny-pinched a project (although we did save a few pennies here and there . . . I think?) but this is one of the reasons that I’m willing to save on my groceries. If I can choose to spend money on paying full price for groceries, or having extra money to fluff up a room in our home, I’ll pick a pretty room any day! :)

 

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I’d still love to find a new lighting fixture, but figure I can wait on that a while until I find hopefully a penny pinched option that I really  just love. (I’m hoping to find a deal at the Ballard Designs Outlet like I found on these? We’ll see . . . )
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We’re also not quite sure about how to handle curtains for the sliding door on the right side of the room (I didn’t get a good picture to show, but my husband is almost open to considering something like this on a smaller scale. It looks like a bit of a huge project, but a girl can dream, right?) :)

 

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So, there you have it! I would love to hear your suggestions on things if you have them (I could sure use some ideas on an inexpensive way to update that light fixture, so let me know what you think!)

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If you’d like to see more pictures of our home as we’ve been updating it, here you go . . .

 

(And, in case you’d like to see some of my favorites from our Sweet Home in Alabama, here you go . . . )

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Spring Closet Cleanout Week #2 + How I Made $70 In 2 Hours From My Home

 

 

 

Need some motivation to clean our your child’s closet?

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This is for you.

 

Remember last week how I cleaned out my daughter Reagan’s closet? Well I took everything to our local Once Upon a Child, and for just 2 hours of work I made $70 selling her used clothing. 

 

WOOHOOOO!!! :)

 

(Needless to say, I was pretty excited.)

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So, last night I asked my 12 year old to start cleaning out her closet.

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It was in pretty bad shape, but she worked on it for a solid hour (cleaned out her drawers too), and sure enough now we have several boxes to sell, donate, or pass down to Reagan.

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(I was tickled that she folded her clothes relatively neatly ~ after doing most of the work myself in Reagan’s room, it was so nice to see Caroline handle so much of the work herself!

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I’m hoping to have Jackson work on his closet this weekend so that I can take a large load again next week to re-sell (most of their clothes will go to Plato’s Closet, a consignment store for teenage/adult clothing), and was so pleased with how simple it was to sell items. 

 

The best part about working on their closets? It makes managing laundry so much easier because there’s room for the actual clothes they wear, and I save so much simply by knowing what they really have. (It’s so easy with a crowded closet to forget a long lost sweater, but a good de-cluttering lets you know what’s really there!)

 

If you have a few minutes ahem, an hour or two to tackle your child’s closet this week, I soooo recommend it ~ you’ll feel amazing to have that project marked off your list, and might just earn a few dollars too! And if you have other tips on how to earn money re-selling your child’s clothing I’d love to hear those suggestions too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fruit of the Spirit Jar

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A few years ago, I shared my friend Melody’s idea for a “Fruit of the Spirit” jar that we used over the summer to help teach our children a small lesson in the fruits of the Sprit each day.  At that time all three of my kids (then ages 11, 8 & 4) worked on learning Galatians 5:22:

 

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Even though my kids have grown quite a bit since then, we still (of course!) have moments where we struggle with discipline.  I happened to remember the Fruit Of The Spirit jar again (somewhere it had been stuffed back in a cabinet. . .) so I’m pulling it out again to encourage a little positive behavior in our home.

 

It (obviously!) is pretty simple to make.  I used a mason jar (an empty spaghetti jar would work too), some clearance Easter jelly beans (I really liked the idea of using Runts since they’re shaped in fruit shapes – you can pick those up at the Dollar Tree!) and labeled the jar with the verse.


 

I try to keep my ears alert for moments when they model the fruit of the spirit.  If Jackson does something sweet for one of his sisters, I’ll ask which fruit he’s displaying and he picks a candy from the jar. (Folks, even at just-turned-15-yesterday, candy is highly motivating.) :) If Caroline manages to show patience when she really just wants to hurry, she’ll choose a treat.  And, when Reagan manages to make it down the stairs for school without any griping or complaining, she might get a treat too.   I also ask them to share again what the fruits of the spirit are before they get their treat.

 

I am simply amazed at how much more effective positive motivators work in our home, compared to all my efforts at hollering, griping, and whining-to-the-point-of-exhaustion to encourage my children.  Yesterday my daughter was so pleased with herself when she earned a fruit of the Spirit for helping make my bed without being asked. . . because that one definitely exemplified some goodness on her part, and made me much kinder to boot!

 

If you’ve been looking for a way to positively encourage your kids as well as teach them the values of the Fruits of the Spirit, take a peek at how we set up our Fruit of the Spirit Jar to work in our home.  I’d love to hear what other tips you have on teaching biblical principals as well as encouraging good behavior in your kiddos, as summer is just a few weeks away and I have a feeling I’m going to have to be on top of this one again this year!

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Big Spring Closet Cleanout Week #1 + How I Earn Money When I Organize

Guys, I absolutely love sharing fun little crafty Friday Fluff Up projects here on PPP (even though I’m not all that crafty . . . I sure do love trying!) But, this month I’m determined to tackle all four bedroom closets in our home, so this week I started with my daughter Reagan’s room.

Yesterday morning, as soon as she and I woke up (and before I sat down to the computer!) I forced myself into her closet (BLECK.) We turned on some music, and determined to really, really work on a good clean out. After moving last year I learned just how important it is to constantly pare down your stuff, so I spent a solid 3 hours doing a complete re-organizing of of her room, switching her winter clothes out, and deciding what she really needed to hang onto this year.

Y’all, it was bad.

But every single time I organize, I earn a little moo-lah as I go.

 

First I separate items into trash bags, Goodwill donations, and clothes that I’m going to sell at our local kids consignment store. My husband and son are begging for a riding lawn mower, so I’m challenging myself to see how much I can sell this month to earn some money towards their new fun toy . . . I’ll update you on how it goes! :)

 

The other way that I save every time I tidy things up around our home? 

 

It never fails that I after cleaning things out I realize my kids have plenty of clothes (clearly.) While I might pick her up an outfit or two if I see something super cute, we really don’t need to spend a single penny on new summer duds for her. That’s like making (at least!) $100 by actually being able to find the clothes she already has, rather than heading to the store for new more clothes (when she has way too much here already!)

 


As you can see this after picture she still has more than enough. (Although the clothing on the far hanger are dress up clothes, jackets to grow into, and special items that my kids have worn through the years that no longer fit, but I simply can’t part with. Anyone else relate?)

 

Folks, I’m amazed at how much more content I am with what I have simply by taking care to make my home the very best space it can be. As a girl who’s spent years thinking if only I had . . . “, I’ve been reminded that just taking care of what I already own can make even the tiniest space just enough.

 
If you’re in a place today where you feel like your home isn’t big enough, your closets will never be large enough, or there’s just no way you can manage without a bit larger kitchen, bathroom, garage (or whatever), I encourage you to choose to do the very best you can to make the space you already have just perfect for you.

 

I promise from experience that our family has lived in a tiny home and one that’s plenty big, and there is always (always!) someone who has something bigger, better, fancier, and way more impressive than what I’ll have in my own home (and I really do love my  home!)  But, taking care to clean, organize, and “fluff” the space that you’re in (no matter the size), can make what you already have just perfect for you.

 

Take pride in what you have right now – whether it be your home, your car, or even something as trivial as the purse you carry, to make it the very best space you can have with the money you can afford. I promise it’s worth it, and choosing not to sacrifice what you really want for what you want right now will change your family’s future.
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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Goodwill Lamp Makeover

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I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, but here’s the most fun little Friday fun I was able to make using just a few Goodwill lamps! I realized after painting them that the lighting in one didn’t work (I think it worked when I first started the project?) but one lamp for under $20 works for me. Here’s what I did . . .

Bought 2 Goodwill lamps, each $4 (if I do this again, I’ll only purchase ones without any decoration on them – the decoration somewhat bled through the paint of the blue lamp.)

Cleaned them really thoroughly with Dawn dish soap.

Used Krylon Looking Glass spray paint to paint them (it did take several coats spraying very carefully so that the paint didn’t run.) I bought the paint using a coupon at JoAnn’s, but this price on Amazon is the lowest it’s been priced at. (One can would have been more than enough to do the lamps, but I didn’t want to run out so I grabbed two.)

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Added a $10 shade I’d found at Ballard Designs Outlet (love that store!)

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Set it next to my Dollar Tree jelly beans jars. 😉

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Considering this lamp costs $179 at One King’s Lane (yikes!), I’m pretty pleased with my little Goodwill fun!

 

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Looking for more Goodwill ideas? Here are a few of my favorite updates:

 
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 Easter Craft

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Did you know today’s the first day of Spring? Woohooooo!!! 
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(Yes, that’s coming after a long, cold winter up here in Ohio . . . I can’t wait to get out and start planting around here!)

 

In the meantime though I am so excited to get ready for Easter, and found this super cute easy Dollar Tree craft that’s just a fun little happy for your Easter table. You could give these away as teacher gifts or treat your kids to them as a little surprise – nothing fancy but just a little fun.

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Here’s what you’ll need . . .

 

  • mason jars – $1 at Dollar Tree (may be able to find those less if you purchase them in a larger box at Walmart)
  • small ceramic or even plastic Easter shapes – $1 at Dollar Tree (I was looking for something smaller but the ceramic ornaments were all I could find – my kids have already used the extra paint to paint a few pictures, so the paint didn’t go to waste!)
  • spray paint
  • glue gun
  • candy to fill jars with

 

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Here’s how to make these in less than 20 minutes . . . 

  • hot glue the mason jar inner lid to the ring to hold it in place

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  • hot glue Easter shape onto mason jar (I had to remove the hooks from the ornaments using needle nosed pliers, however if you can find a plastic Easter shape you can skip that step)
  • spray paint the lid and let dry
  • fill jar with candy ~ that’s it!
Note – mine were all a little crooked because my seven-year-old Reagan was absolutely determined to help. Hopefully next time we’ll get them on a wee bit straighter! :)

 

 

 

Are you making any special crafts this year for Easter? I’d love to hear what you’re up to! You can also join the PPP Easter Pinterest board, and be sure to see how I made these centerpieces at the Dollar Tree last year as well. Here are a few other ideas to get you thinking . . .

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Thanks for the inspiration, Hearts Desires at Home! 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 Friday Fluff Up: Simple (Free) Paper Crafting

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Here’s just the tee-tiniest little fluff up project that I was able to put together this week! My husband has been working hard on adding some molding in our home as we’re finishing up our breakfast room (I can’t wait to show you the finished results) . . .

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so in the meantime this is just fun little proof that you really can craft on next to nothing. :)

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Last weekend when I was scrapbooking with my friends (I had to just work on digital scrapbooking because I couldn’t haul my scrapbook stuff on the plane), there was a table for everyone’s “leftover stuff” they weren’t going to use. Every time I went by I saw so many cute things, and finally decided I had to at least tackle something crafty because I spend way too much time on the computer and doing something with my hands always feels so good!

 

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So, I grabbed some super cute paper and decided to make a little banner for Caroline and Reagan’s bathroom. Because I was worried I’d run out of paper too quickly I made the flags way too small, but it’s a fun little Easter happy even the way that it is . . .  I’m good with that.

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(For the record, I’m soooooo not a paper crafter . . . pretty sure I painted an entire piano in less time than it took for me to schlep this little baby together.) 

 

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All I did was use one of the pennant die cuts on the Cricut machine, then take string and tie everything together using the buttons. Nothing fancy here, but it’s a fun little happy to brighten up their space! If you don’t have a Cricut you could so easily cute triangles out and use a hole punch for to string them together.

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Simple!

 

(I had to take pictures on our chalkboard because it’s so hard to get a good picture with the light from the window.)

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There you have it . . . nothing fancy but a lot of fun. 😉 

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Are you doing any crafting this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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Looking for more paper crafting ideas? Here are a few of my favorites . . .

 

 

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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$35 Metal Pendant Shade Update

 

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I’m so excited to share this little $35 update to my kitchen that I found a few weeks ago at the Ballard Designs Outlet in Cincinnati! I’d been eyeing these Metal Replacement Shades in the Ballard Designs Catalog, but at $45 a piece, there was no way I would make the change.

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The original light shades in our kitchen were fine, but just kind of builder grade and I loved the idea of something a little more custom looking. There was no way I’d convince my husband to switch the light out completely, and really they were brand new lights!

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So when I found these for just $17.39 each at the Ballard Outlet Store, I knew I found the perfect solution! I just did a quick search on Amazon, and even their metal shades were $35+. So for $34.78 I got a bit more custom look for a fraction of the cost. Yay!

 

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I just unscrewed the old light fixtures, put the new ones in place, and in about five minutes the project was done. Love that!

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And, while I was there I also found this fantastic chair at the Frontgate Outlet. (Frontgate, Ballard, and Grandin Road Outlets are all their together near Ikea ~ I love that!)

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This chair was originally $600, marked down to $174. While I know it’s not nearly as penny pinched as my $2.50 Goodwill chair . . . ballard1

 

I absolutely love it. 😉

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And if you look closely at the top picture, you’ll see it also matches the barstools I found at the Frontgate Outlet here in Columbus when we first moved.

I’d actually been watching for chairs for awhile, and a few weeks ago almost gave in and picked up a $180 side chair at a local store similar to Garden Ridge. I knew the quality really wasn’t great on them though (I was just settling, again!), so I decided to try a little patience and am thrilled with the quality of this chair at the same price.

 

Folks, we’ve been at this penny pinching thing for years (really, almost nineteen years!), and to be able to enjoy some of the fruits of that success now on things we just love is oh-so-sweet. If you’re struggling to stick with itpromise it’s worth the wait ~ and you really never know what deal may be right around the corner.  Yay! 😉

 

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

 

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