$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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$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

 

A few weeks ago I noticed these framed prints at Goodwill. 

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For whatever reason, one of them was priced at $5 and the other one was just $3. I asked the cashier what the difference in them was (and if they’d consider taking $3 for each of them), and sure enough brought them home for just $6, total.

 

I’ve seen so many pretty botanical and patterned prints in the Ballard Designs Catalog (I love that store!) , but there’s no way I could justify shelling out nearly $200 for the set. (Especially just to hide in our bathroom!) The frames were in decent shape, I liked the linen matte that they already had, so all I had to do was switch out the print to make it match our home.

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So, I took these two apart, purchased $8 in fabric at Joann’s (after my 30% off coupon), and came out with two prints that are perfect to add some color to our walls.

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(I use my hot glue gun for everything – since I couldn’t convince my husband to hunt down his staple gun in the garage, I used hot glue to put it all back together.) ;)

 

$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle Collage

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Here’s what I spent: 

  • Goodwill frames – $6
  • Fabric – $4
  • Total = $10 – woohoo!

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If you’re looking for inexpensive ways to fluff up your walls at home, I’m telling you what . . . a trip to your local thrift store is so worth it. If you’ve seen anything fun at your local Goodwill or thrift store recently I’d love to hear about it ~ leave a comment to share!

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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DIY Barn Style Door Track For Under $60

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A friend of mine has wanted to turn her laundry room door into a sliding door for a long time, so she finally got her husband on board to start the project with a little help from my husband.  This idea came from many years of frustration with a narrow laundry room and the huge presence of sliding barn doors on every DIY show out there!

 

The regular hinged door opened into the laundry room and took up almost 3 feet of space when opened.  She wanted to have more room to move in and out of the room without the door always being in the way.  She began by researching all the ready-made options available online but decided to try to create a less expensive design based on many DIY versions.

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With most DIY “Barn” style sliding door projects the DIYers build a door and a track system, but she wanted to give it a try using the regular old door.  This did add a few challenges when it came to finding hardware that word work because there was more space between the track and door, but after a couple trips to the hardware store (ok, maybe 15 trips…) she was able to come up will all the pieces needed for the track.

Here’s a list of exactly what they used:

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If you are considering a project like this, here are a few links to help you get some more ideas:

 

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!)

 

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Free Room Design Planner & How Dreaming Big Helps Me Stick To A Budget

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Here’s just a fun little freebie if you enjoy dreaming big for your home (like I do!) My husband and I are working on getting my office put together (you can see my wild-and-crazy-ridiculous-dreams over here), and I found this handy room planner over at Ballard Designs that I’m in love with. 

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I’ve had a lot of fun just imagining (even though I don’t think any of these will quite work because the room’s pretty small, but we’re getting there?) Honestly, dreaming up the big stuff helps me focus on why I want to save every single day, so for me dreaming is just worth it.

 

It’s easy to forget when we’re pinching pennies on a daily basis that the reason saving on groceries and eating out and just about everything else each day is so that we can choose to spend that money on things we just love (which for me are home updates, traveling and giving.)

 

While we may not get all those things right this very minute, it’s a great way to stay on track, and such a fun gift to be able to just imagine! Even more importantly though, it helps me remember that it’s not worth sacrificing what I really want for what I want right now.

 

If you love fluffing up your home like me, try it out and see what you think.  And be sure to stay focused on your big long term dreams, rather than settling for the short term stuff you just really want right now.

 

I promise, it’s worth it.

 

 

(Anyone else think dreaming is just fun?) 

 

 

 

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My 20 Minute Kitchen Makeover

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I’d really hoped to share you with you some awesome Valentine’s craftiness today (if you need some ideas, you’ve got to go check this out . . . I love how Saidah planned this Valentine’s party for less than $50!), but I’ve had a ton of tax-time-why-do-I-run-a-small-business-little-things to deal with this week. (I don’t have a good handle on business stuff at all, and business stuff in addition to moving this year has pushed me a wee bit over the edge.)

 

In addition to that we’ve had frozen pipes (twice), so I now have a lovely torn up dining room while we’re getting the situation fixed. Honestly, moving is hard, and while I love our new home it’s just taking a little while to figure out all the kinks!

 

I did tackle a tiny project though in our kitchen yesterday (um, really tiny), and thought it might be something that would encourage you today too.

 

Yesterday morning I happened to see my copy of Ballard Designs in the mail pile (I love that catalog!), and as I was thumbing through while eating breakfast I looked up at my kitchen.

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Yikes.

 

(yes, my daughter is sitting up on the countertops, because in the morning our puppy is a little too excited and constantly nips at her feet. she doesn’t always sit on the countertops though. promise.) ;)

 

I decided to spend about 20 minutes really cleaning things up, and pulled out a few items from the cupboards to “fluff” our kitchen up.

 

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It’s amazing how much better our kitchen feels after just a few minutes of work, and it didn’t cost me a penny . . . just a little time to really look over what was there and consider how I was using the space!

 

Could your kitchen countertops use a freshened up look today? Determine to take a few minutes this weekend and really look at the space you already have . . . you’ll be so glad you did!

 

 

Because I just can’t stand it, here are a few of the deals I’ve scored in my kitchen:

  1. Bar stools were $50 at Frontgate Outlet
  2. Lamp in the back corner was a gift this Christmas from Sugar Babe Antiques (love that store!)
  3. Kitchenaid Mixer total splurge but crazy good deal at Christmas
  4. Dollar Tree fruit in glass jars bought at Walmart :)

 

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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Friday Fluff Up: Update For A Plain Alcove

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Goodness it seems like it’s taken forever to finish up with this little project, so I’m oh-so-ready to show you what my smart-amazing-uber-talented-sweet husband has been up to! 

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When we bought our home, it had this weird dark alcove at the top of the steps upstairs. It didn’t have any electricity nearby (I wish we could have plugged in a lamp at least?), and while I knew I was probably supposed to put a long skinny picture in there (or maybe two or three?), I just wasn’t loving it.

 

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So, for months I’ve hemmed and hawed over different ways to make it just right.

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James (and my 14-year-old Jackson, pictured working above) were finally ready to tackle it a few weeks ago, and we debated putting beadboard in back of it to kind of give it more texture. He was pretty adamant that he didn’t love that look (I really thought it would be fine?), but on a whim I mentioned that it might be pretty fun if we had brick in the back half. (Y’all, I did not think he would go for it.)

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We looked at the trim work in other areas around our house, and James managed to match it exactly. I’ve got to say, I was pretty impressed (and honestly I think he surprised himself too!)

 

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We measured the space, headed down to the basement where all the extra odds and ends from our home builders were, and sure enough had just enough brick left from the brick on our kitchen backsplash to finish the project (with eight pieces of brick to spare.)

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You know what? That smart husband of mine was actually excited about the project (he loves to tile), so now I’m dreaming big for our next laundry room project! ;)

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I decided since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I’d add a little pink ~ Kroger had their bunches of flowers on sale for $3.99 and they were worth clipping a few coupons for this week! 

 

I’m guessing we spent around $100 in wood, grout, and paint to do this project (I should have kept better track), and I could not be a bit more pleased with the results. I’m still working on finding exactly the right “stuff” to go on those shelves (chalkboard writing is clearly not something I’m gifted at), but am so pleased with it even the way it is right now. Love love love it! 

 

 

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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How To Clean Stainless Steel With Lemon Juice

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Here’s a super easy kitchen trick for you! If you’ve been struggling with a way to get a stainless steel fridge clean (or to clean any stainless steel in your kitchen), try this out:

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 4-5 tbsp hot water

Directions:

  1. Mix together hot water and lemon juice in a small bowl
  2. Using a soft cloth, wipe fridge down with lemon juice and water mixture going along with the grain of the stainless steel
  3. Then wipe down again with a dry paper towel
  4. You’re done!

When you’re all finished up use the leftover lemon along with some ice to freshen your garbage disposal or even remove stains from stainless steel in the sinkI’ve tried cleaning my stainless steel fridge with olive oil (I love it for shining the kitchen sink), but for whatever reason the oil bothers me on the fridge. So, this is a great way to easily freshen things up without using any chemicals ~ easy!

 

Do you have any other tips on how to clean stainless steel? Leave a comment to share!

 

 

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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$10 Laundry Room Cleanout

 

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Note from Laurie – I love how Shannon was able to tidy up her stockpile of laundry detergent with just a few dollars and an hour of work! If you’ve got any other tips on storing your coupon stockpile, leave a comment to share (and you can also see my laundry room makeover over HERE.) I’m actually dreaming of beautiful laundry rooms right now on Pinterest ~ see what I’m imagining over HERE

 

When I grabbed the awesome deal on Tide and Charmin at CVS this week, I told Laurie that I probably have enough Tide to last a full year.  I sent her a picture of all my Tide and realized my laundry room looks really cluttered and messy.  ;)

 

Laurie asked if I wanted to tidy it up a bit and share the pictures here, and even though finding deals at the store is my strong suit (not makeovers in my house), I agreed!  My awesome husband said he would help, so we headed to Dollar General and grabbed 2 big containers ($3.50) and 3 small containers ($1) for a total of $10.  The bins sure do make it so much easier to stay organized! And, while cleaning things out I found extra school supplies that my 16-year-old actually needs this next semester.  Success!

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We play a lot of board and card games (as you can tell) since we don’t own any electronic game systems except this original Nintendo.  About once a year we bring it out and play with the girls ~ they’re actually pretty impressed with our Mario skills. ;)

Here’e a peek at the laundry room before we started . . . 

 

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And here are the after pics . . . 

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I have to say it sure is nice going by the room and seeing how neat and organized it is, and we were able to donate a few items as well. For an hour worth of time and just $10, I’m so glad to have it done!  If you have a room that could use a little TLC in your home, determine to tackle the project this weekend. (I promise it’s worth it!)

 

Do you have any tips on organizing your stockpile of cleaning supplies, food, or toiletries? Leave a comment to share – we love hearing from you!

 

 

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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Our $70 Storage Bin Shelving (Part One)

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I’m soooooo excited about this project my smart husband tackled this week! We have a storage area in our basement that has been a disaster since we’ve moved, and while it’s not completely organized yet, we’re well on our way.

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(Seriously guys, it was bad. While we’ve gotten most of the rest of the house put together after moving last summer, I’ve shoved just about everything in that storage room and it needs some serious TLC!  See all that Quilted Northern? I accidentally forgot to unsubscribe to my Quilted Northern deal, and now we’re stocked up for the next few years.) ;)

 

 

For $70 and about three hours of work, my husband was able to build a huge set of storage shelves which were perfect for the new $2 tubs I found at Walmart earlier this weekThe shelves are 8 feet long x 2 feet deep x roughly 8 feet tall – we could never have purchased shelves that large and that sturdy for this price! Here’s how he did it . . .

 

(Note: I’m not amazing at do-it-yourself instructions, so I’m hoping you can make sense of it between the pictures and his notes. If you have questions  leave a comment and my wise hubby will be happy to answer them!) :)

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Supplies

  • (18) 2″ x 3″ x 8″ boards
  • (6) 2″x4″x8″ boards
  • (2) 4’x8′ sheets plywood
  • 1 box 10D spiral shank deck nails

Directions

  • Split plywood into four 2’x8′ pieces (Lowe’s did that for him.)

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  • Built (4) 8’x2′ wide frames using 2″x3″x8″ boards
  • Braced the frame using 2″x3″

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  • Nailed the 2’x8′ plywood on top of the frame
  • Repeat four times for the shelves (could do as many as you want)

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  • Use 2″x4″ boards for the legs of the shelves and nailed in the shelves 18″ apart in height order to fit the storage bins (in order to set the height of the shelf, he placed the rubbermaid container on the ground, then put a scrap piece of 2″x3″ on the rubbermaid container to give me an extra 2″ of clearance above that container. Then he nailed the shelf into the 2″x4″ supports. Once that shelf was set he removed that set and started on the next shelf.)

Note: these shelves are very sturdy (aka heavy) so you will need two people to lift the shelving into place.

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We’ll be taking down all of our Christmas decorations this weekend, so I’ll have an update next week with the whole room once we’ve really finished up organizing it (for now I just put the storage bins on the shelves, but I bought this handy dandy labeler (it just dropped to $9.99!) and am hoping to get things really sorted through this week!) If you have any other smart ideas on how to organize a garage or basement storage area I’d love to hear those 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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Pom Pom Gift Wrap: Easy Gifting From The Dollar Tree

 

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Clearly I’m addicted to pom poms these days. (They rank right on up there with burlap right now.) ;)

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Here’s a quick video (kind of!) showing you how to make a pom pom and where to watch for inexpensive Christmas wrapping supplies. (You may also want to watch this video for more detailed instructions.)

If you find a better price on brown paper wrapping paper, please leave a comment to let me know what you’ve found. Happy Wrapping! ;)

 

(ooooooohhhhh ~ I just found this ~ will have to try it out next time!!!)

You could also add a monogram on easily while you’re at it. 

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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!)

 

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