Pantry Organizing {At The Dollar Tree}

 

I’m so excited about today’s not-all-that-exciting Friday Fluff Up! But, every time I open my pantry door things are so nice and peaceful, and I’m loving that. ;)

 

(Clearly that wasn’t the case when I started . . .)

In our old house we had a huge set of deep cabinets as our pantry, and I couldn’t imagine we’d ever be able to fit as much in our new pantry. But, with a little organizing I was able to get even more in than I ever expected! My husband added an extra shelf way up high last weekend . . .

perfect for things like our bread machine, iced tea maker, and some of the kids crafting stuff that I like to keep in the kitchen.

We had Dollar Tree bins that I’d used in our last house to organize our play room as well as a few more I found here at our store yesterday to organize most of the items we had – goodness I love the Dollar Tree for organizing on the cheap!

I’m still using a plain cardboard magazine file that my kids brought home from school several years ago to store our pasta in (I love how easy that makes things!)

And am tickled to have a spot for school supplies close by.

But the thing I’m most excited about is there’s now room on the floor to (easily) store our donation bag. We didn’t have space before for that in our pantry, so I was constantly hauling it back to our guest bedroom closet until it was time to donate everything. I’m tickled to have an easy place to store stuff in easy reach!

Do you have any other tips on organizing your pantry? When I went yesterday our Dollar Tree had a ton of great organizing items, so this would be a great way to save if you’ve got some organizing to do too! And, if your pantry could use a little tidying, determine to tackle that over the next few weeks. I promise you’ll be so glad you did. ;)

 

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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Mod Podge Monogram

 

My girls and I had so much fun fluffing up their bathroom this week with Mod Podge monogram letters! I’ve always thought a jack-and-jill bathroom for them would be so fun, so when my husband picked this house where they had their rooms joined by a bath I was pretty excited to fluff it up.  (They sleep so that they can see each other through the bathroom each night – I love that!)

When we were picking colors for our new house I stuck with Sherwin Williams Rice Grain throughout most of the house, and picked this Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in our office and dining room, our bedroom, and their bedrooms and bathroom. I love the Sea Salt color, and almost wish I’d painted it throughout the entire house!

 

Starting with basically good bones for this room made my job way more penny pinched. (If you’ve got a bathroom that needs some TLC, just a little paint on the walls and even the cupboards can make such a difference!)

Here’s our before pic (taken from my iPhone so that I could stand far enough away!)

And here’s the after picture, taken this morning again from my phone (the light was bad, but you get the idea!)

Other than the expense of the shutters (we had those put in this week and love them, they’re not all that penny pinched but it’s one of those reasons clipping coupons is worth it to me!), the only other things we changed were adding a few fun crafts. Here’s what we did . . .

At Hobby Lobby, we stocked up on basic supplies to make the monogram letters for the walls. Here’s what we used (I had most of it already at home which definitely helped my cost, but a lot of it goes so far!):

  • Mod Podge
  • White paint so the letters would be white on the sides of the initial 
  • Large wooden letters $9.09 each after 30% off sale at Hobby Lobby
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Paper plates for paint
  • Scrapbooking paper (we used this pack – on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby for $9.99)
  • Large ribbon (we ended up only using the Chevron ribbon pictured above – on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
  • Total = $30.16, and I’ll have plenty of scrapbooking paper and ribbon leftover to use for other projects!)
After the girls painted the letters, I traced the letters onto the back side of scrapbook paper so that we could cut out the paper. 

 (I chose a few coordinating papers and then lined them up prior to cutting.)

Once the paper was cut, we double checked to make sure it fit before using mod-podge to adhere it to the initial

Then the girls covered their letters in mod podge

(this was their favorite part) ;)

Then we glued the paper down and let it dry before gluing the ribbon in the middle 

I used some extra scrapbook paper to make these simple pictures to hang ~ I already had the white frames (those frames that I bought years ago on sale were the best purchase!)

 

All done, and so much better for just a few dollars! 

 

Have you done any fun (frugal) fluffing lately in your home? I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment to share! You can also join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) to find more penny pinched decorating ideas.

 

 

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

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The Friday Fluff Up: Our Breakfast Nook Gets A (tiny) Facelift

 

I’m so excited to share the first room that’s done (at least for now) in our home! You all know I love pretty things, so having a corner of our home that just feels a wee bit finished makes this momma feel good. (Note, I am not a decorator at all, so I’m sure there are things that aren’t right here but I’m okay with it!)

 

When we moved, I really thought we’d think about getting a new kitchen table and chairs (I love this set that we found on clearance years ago at Lane furniture, but it’s taken a beating from my kids over the years!) However, once we moved in and set the room up, I decided that for now the kitchen table is just fine, we just needed to change out the rug and a few of the decorating items around it.

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I’d gotten the rug in the picture above at Maple Rugs in Scottsboro (if you’re in North Alabama and need a rug, you’ve got to check them out), but it was too small for the area, and much darker than what I wanted. 

 

 

So, when I saw this rug a few weeks ago on our Cincinnati trip (it was at the Frontgate Outlet), I knew it was perfect! It was a sample rug, and cost right around $120, which while not the most penny pinched deal ever, sure wasn’t a bad price for a rug that large. (It’s an 8’x10′ rug though, and is priced at $229 online, so I’m pleased with my deal!) The only thing bad about it is my (very) messy eaters – so far I’ve had success cleaning up spills with this homemade carpet cleaner but I sure wish I had found something a wee bit darker!

 

The best change we made was this lamp in the corner (I’m so much happier with it!) It originally had this shade on it, but at the Ballard Design Outlet I fell in love with the blue shade above (on sale for $21 ~ had been $69.)  I grabbed it but knew I needed to update the base of the lamp, so grabbed a can of spray paint yesterday at Hobby Lobby and in about five minutes that project was done.

(One good thing about having no grass outside? You can paint right out your back door without having to do any prep work!) ;)

Here are a few other things I added and pictures of the room . . .

Hobby Lobby had this print on sale for $14 - perfect, don’t you think? The piggy salt & pepper shakers are my daughters’ – the girl loves her pigs and I think they’re pretty cute. ;)

I just re-arranged a few pillows we already have (I’m not sure those will stay, but it’s a start)

(We’re supposed to get landscaping that will hide those electric boxes you see in the window below as well as the house going in next door today – I’m so hoping they get here because it will help out our view so much!) 

Added the large blue plate in the corner (that made such a difference – on sale $20 at Hobby Lobby yesterday too)

Of course, the lamp (a friend told me a few days ago about a cord concealer you can find at Lowe’s – I’ve got to check it out!)

 And we had this chalkboard in our old house – so we just hang it up and my girls did the decorating since I’m no chalkboard artist like my friend Julie is ;)

Here’s the grand total of what I spent to fluff up the room (thankfully we re-used what we had already, which definitely helped):

 

  • Rug $120 at Frontgate Outlet
  • Spray paint for lamp $4
  • New lamp shade $21
  • Dream picture $14
  • Large plate wall hanging $10
  • Total = $169

 

Okie dokie folks, if you’ve got something just begging for a can of spray paint, I’m challenging you this weekend to go tackle that project (you can do it!) And if you’ve done any fun fluffing in your home recently, I’d love to hear about it. ;)

This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up!  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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$379 Ikea Bedroom Makeover

Remember my recent trip to Ikea with my fun 11-year-old?

 

(If you’re debating a trip to Ikea, you should definitely read this post for a peek at what you’ll find.) 

 

Well, we finally finished getting her bedroom put together, and wanted to show a few pictures. (I’m so pleased with how everything turned out!)

 

Now, I’m normally not an Ikea-furniture-kind-of-girl. I love beautiful (heavy, hardwood ~ traditional) furniture, but Caroline really wanted a loft bed. She had a pretty white Ethan Allen bed that we’d gotten from my sister-in-law a few years ago, but since Reagan finally left her tiny room for a real room in our new house, she managed to snag the bed. (Caroline was thrilled – she’d been hoping for a new “fancy” bed!)

 

After looking around online and at a few local stores I didn’t see what we were looking for, so when she fell in love with this set (and I fell in love with the price), I knew it was meant to be. Here’s the cost breakdown:

 

  • Loft Bed $129
  • Metal Desk Top $99
  • Junior Chair $34
  • Blue Night Stand $49.99 (my favorite)
  • Magnets for Metal Boards $5.98
  • White Lantern Lights (we have to work on these still) $7.99
  • Artificial Plants $3.99
  • Bedding from Kohl’s $50
  • TOTAL = $379.95
We’re going to still use the dresser she had for now – it was one that I had growing up that’s been re-painted in white with silver drawer pulls (I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture while I was in there!) Here’s a peek of how her room looks now . . .



(The cords on those little lantern lights are about to drive me crazy ~ we’ve got to get them hung up somehow!)

I love (love, love, love!) this night stand – it’s got a whole in the back for an outlet so she can charge her Kindle at night, and it’s just so cute!

Have you gotten any fun furniture recently at Ikea, or come up with other great ways to save? Bedroom furniture can get expensive, so I’d love to hear your tips.

 

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 Bedroom Furniture (Worth The Wait)

My husband I have been married for eighteen years this month. (Craziness!) When we first were married we had a very basic bedroom set that was just fine, but I dreamed (and dreamed, and dreamed) of having a prettier set. However, what we had really was okay, and new bedroom furniture was pretty low on the list of priorities when it came to major purchases. (Read more on how we started out HERE.)

 


So, I waited. And waited, and waited, and waited. 

Finally, about five years ago (after exactly thirteen years of waiting), we bought bedroom furniture for our home. We ordered it from a place similar to Furnitureland South, which is a store that allows you to find furniture at your local furniture store, then call them to see if they can offer you a better price. You typically pay a lot to have them ship the furniture to your home (it comes in a truck specifically delivered to you), but when purchasing higher end furniture (especially a lot of it), you can get some incredible savings. (Note – it’s been five years since we’ve purchased from them and I’m not positive that the savings are what they were at that point, but it’s worth making a phone call if you have a certain set of furniture you’ve been hoping for!)

 

It was hard waiting so long for something I wanted so badly, but looking back I’m so glad I waited. My style has changed (so much!) since we were first married ~ I was only 21 then and had no idea yet what I really loved! By waiting though I was able to get exactly what I wanted, and I’m pretty sure I’ll love it forever. (Thankfully I like pretty traditional furniture, which makes the chanace of it becoming very dated hopefully a little less likely?)

 

Other than the furniture, the only items I’ve bought for the room are the bedding (TJMaxx of course) and picture frames. One of the lamps was a gift at our wedding that I re-painted from brass to silver using Rub ‘n Buff (I love that stuff!), and I found the other one at a yard sale. (Truth be told, I’d like a new set of lamps and am kicking myself for not looking for a set last weekend when we were at the Ballard Designs Outlet ~ they had some incredible prices on lamps that were just beautiful, so one of these days I’ll need to go back!)

    

Here’s our view from the bedroom in our new home – eventually I’m sure the farm behind us will have more homes on it, but at least for now we’re loving the view each morning. (The blinds are just temporary shades that our blinds company gave us to use until we figure out what we really want ~ if you’re looking for someone to do blinds in the Columbus area, let me know ~ I’ve been so pleased with this company!)

 

 

The moral of the story? It is hard to wait on something you want so much that you can almost taste the goodness of it. But, (I promise!) I’m so glad we had to wait a few years to get exactly what we wanted, because ~ at least for us ~ it’s perfect.

This was the professional shot of our bedroom from our home sale a few months ago ~ the color in this picture is a little more blue than it really was, but you get the idea!  The chair in the corner was a hand-me-down, and my friend Misty and I spent hours re-upholstering it. I gave it to my niece to use in her first apartment since we don’t have room for it now ~ gotta love furniture that keeps on going!

 

Have you been waiting for new furniture or something special in your home that just feels so hard to wait for? Be encouraged that it is so worth the wait (promise) ~ and if you’ve waited for something that’s finally turned out just the way you’ve wanted, I’d love for you to leave a comment to share.

 

Here are a few more posts you may want to check out. . .

 

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

 

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Our Sweet Home In Alabama

(We’ve had so many people ask about our hammock ~ my husband just installed two large 6″x6″ posts deeply into the ground, and added a hammock that we found in Key West two years ago – that hammock has held up so well and was the best souvenir we’ve ever purchased!)

In lieu of this week’s Friday Fluff Up, I thought I’d share a little virtual tour of our backyard (mostly so that I’ll have a way to remember it myself after we move!) When we moved to Alabama 9 years ago there wasn’t a single tree out back (our neighborhood is in an old cotton field), so we’ve slowly added some landscaping, and I’m just amazed at what a little Miracle Gro, water, and 9 years of growth can do. Here’s a peek . . .

We updated the deck a few years ago and my husband added a simple swing set for the kids . . .

 but eventually added the pull up bar for my two gymnasts (they’re out there all the time!)

We put in a small pre-made pond and then my husband added stone around it (I love this spot!)


My husband added this hammock between the trees out back two summers ago – I didn’t think it would ever feel all that secluded, but it’s pretty peaceful back there now!

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My husband was determined that we needed a deck (not a covered porch like I would have picked), but was sweet enough to add an arbor over part of it to help with the summer heat. At the time I didn’t think the trees would ever grow to shade the deck, but they’re just about there.

I’ve loved the crepe myrtles here in Alabama, and we’ve added a few roses beneath too. I’m not all that great at keeping roses happy, but this Old Fashioned Rose keeps making it each year.

And of course, there’s the front porch which I’m pretty sure will always be my favorite (our porch is majorly downsized in our new home ~ I’m so going to miss this spot!)

 

Here’s my husband’s crazy watering dripper system – when he adds one in our new house I promise to share lots of details on how to do set it up. It only cost about $100 initially to put together, and is just the most wonderful way to water all your baskets without too much work!

Here’s our Sweet Home Alabama. ;) (~sniff~) After two major fixer-uppers during the early years of our marriage (which helped us financially so much to get to this place), we fell in love the minute we laid eyes on that front porch. My hope is that the next family who gets this home loves it every bit as much as we have, and makes just the best memories here 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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Smart Countertop Re-Do

 

My friend Misty did the smartest upgrade to her countertops, and I thought you all would enjoy seeing it too! She recently had granite added in her kitchen, and when they came to measure, the salesman told her that she had more countertop space than he’d ever measured for in a home. (Yikes!)

 

Needless to say, those countertops were going to cost a lot, and that didn’t include the desk that she had in her kitchen. So, she found this beautiful piece of wood on Craigslist that had actually been re-claimed from the 2012 tornadoes in Alabama for under $200 (that included having the wood cut to her dimensions.)

 

 

 

 

 

Then she stained it using the same gel stain I used on my front door and coated it with a final coat of sealer.

How clever is that?

 

I absolutely love it, and thought it was such a beautiful way to change out her countertops and add warmth to her kitchen.

 

Love it!

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

 

 

 

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Penny Pinched Easter Baskets

I had two great emails this week asking how I frugally fill Easter baskets, as well as what to add to a teenager’s Easter basket, so I thought I’d share a peek at what our baskets look like this year! Several years ago I bought the buckets at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars and added a monogram to them ~ definitely re-using the basket from year to year will help you pinch those pennies. 

Normally we include candy and a few items from the dollar bins at Target or the Dollar Tree, but this year since I’d scored such great deals on board games last week at Target, my kids will get those too. I was pretty excited when I saw Target had their $1 Spot items on sale 6/$5, and was tickled because they had quite a few fun items for my girls!

 

I went to CVS and Target yesterday for the Easter candy deals (I loved being able to use the $10 off $50 grocery coupon at Target towards the candy I had to purchase!), and that’s about it. Nothing fancy or all that exciting, but my kids always are pretty excited to wake up bright and early to a morning full of chocolate and a few fun treats!

Because I didn’t get a game for my 14-year-old, I’m going to add in a $5 iTunes card (he’ll be thrilled with that!)

 

What other items do you add to your child’s Easter basket? Leave a comment to share- I’m always up for new ideas!

Haven’t started shopping for Easter candy yet? See the best Easter Candy Deals 2014 over HERE before heading to the store, and be sure to print these coupons to easily pinch a penny or two.
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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Penny Pinched Dining Room Makeover

Oh my, I’m so excited to share this week’s Friday Fluff up with you! My friend Staci recently re-did her dining room and it’s just beautiful. She kept the original furniture she had, but re-upholstered her chair cushions, changed the rug and added (beautiful!) new curtains. The results are just perfect!

Here’s a peek . . . 

(I can’t believe I didn’t get a better picture standing further back, but this is an idea!)

Here’s where her money was spent . . .

$48 for fabric to recover her chairs

$250 for rug from Joss & Main (if you’ve looked at the cost of high end rugs lately, you know this was a fantastic price!)

$125 curtains from Joss & Main 

My absolute favorite trick that Staci shared was how she hung her curtains. She had purchased the new (super cute!) navy curtains from  Joss & Main, but they allowed a lot of light to pass through (getting curtains heavy enough to block light can get so expensive.) So, she left up her old silk curtains underneath, and it adds so much weight to the newer curtains – so smart!

Here’s the breakdown of her expenses:

  • Fabric $49
  • Joss & Main Rug $250
  • Joss & Main Curtains $125
  • Candles $9.99 from Ikea
  • Total $523 – not bad at all for a complete updated dining room!

I absolutely love what she was able to do, and the best part is that she didn’t have to update any of her furniture (which is where most of your money can easily go!)  Thanks so much Staci for sharing with us – it looks beautiful. ;)

 

Curious how I fluffed up our dining room for under $150? Check this out.

This post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday and Follow Our Thrift – thanks for the opportunity to link up! 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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Friday Fluff Up: $10 Dollar Tree Spring Wreath

I saw these berry bushes for $1 at the Dollar Tree and just couldn’t resist them. A sprig of berries can easily cost $4-$6 even on a half price sale at the big craft stores, so they sat there just begging me to buy a few!

 

I grabbed ten, headed home, and wondered what on earth to do with those berries.

 

Then I saw one of those super cute (expensive) berry Spring wreaths, and knew I had my work cut out for me.

I took an old grapevine wreath (pardon the blurry picture)

 

Stuffed those berries all over it (I didn’t even take them off the sticks – just pushed those suckers right down into the grapevine wreath)

 

And fluffed up our black entry hallway. Done!

 

Looking for more frugal & fun Spring decorating ideas? 

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday and Follow Our Thrift- thanks for the opportunity to link up!  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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