How To Paint A Piano

 

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How To Paint A Piano

I don’t think I’ve ever (E.V.E.R.) been so excited to see what $100 can do, and am tickled to share this week’s Friday Fluff Up project with you!  

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Back when we were first married, my mom gave my husband and me a piano, and we were so excited to have one in our home. (I grew up playing the violin and piano, and couldn’t imagine not having something to plunk on!)

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And the piano was just perfect, even though it never looked exactly the way I’d hoped.  When we added built in bookshelves in our office in our last home the piano headed to our guest bedroom, and it was fine because I just never looked at it. (But, I always knew I wanted something different ~ I just wasn’t sure how to get there!)
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When we moved into our new home in Ohio I fell in love with the floor plan, but we were stuck (again) with no home for this little piano. In a perfect world it would march on down to the basement, however our stairwell isn’t very wide, and I’m not quite sure it could make the trip down the steps all in one piece. (I have considered taking it apart to get it down there though? Still a possibility.)
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We did have this very unused dining room though, and I kept thinking that just maybe it would work there. (Remember how I furnished our dining room for $150? Yup, everything just moved right with us when we headed North, despite a little wear and tear that’s finally been fixed on the table. Yikes!)

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After looking (and looking and looking and looking) through painted piano pins on Pinterest, I finally gathered up my courage to paint that little piano and oh. my. word. I am so glad I did.

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Literally, last Thursday night I decided to tackle it at 5:30 PM (when I should have been cooking dinner), and painting was done with two coats by 7:30 PM. I added some wax this week in about 30 minutes, and my project is done!

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I love it.

 

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 After seeing this “chalk paint” (not chalkboard paint like you might think) at the cutest shop ever in Westerville Ohio (Edwin Loy Home), I decided to try out their Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.IMG_9729

As y’all know, while I’ll pinch pennies on just about everything I don’t believe in penny pinching on paint (I promise, it’s worth it!), and I’m just so pleased with the results. I bought a quart of their paint, a small can of wax to finish it with, a paint brush, and some cheese cloth to rub in the wax in with, and for less than $100 this little piano has a new happy  home.

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Success!

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So, have I lost my mind? (Maybe?) I’m still debating if the piano’s going to stay there, but as I sit at my makeshift desk typing here each day I love looking across the hall at my fun fluffed up dining room. I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you have any other suggestions on where else this fun little piece can go!

 

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

 

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No Sew Pennant Banner (Just $7)

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No Sew Pennant Banner

I loved this project so much that I made one for my in-laws a few weeks ago, and had to come home and make one for our home too! It was so. easy. to do, and I used a few tricks the second time around that I didn’t see online, so I thought I’d share a quick tutorial with you.

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I have no sewing skills, so I wanted a quick and easy way to make mine without a whole lot of extra steps. This was so simple, and in less than an hour it was completed!

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Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Burlap (I bought 1 yard – cost was $4)
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Jute string (I had this at home, you can find it at your local craft store)
  • Stencil kit (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $2.99)
  • iron
  • glue gun & glue sticks
  • cardboard box

 

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And here’s how you’ll make it . . .

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  1. Create a template out of a cardboard box. (This is the hardest part ~ promise.) ;)  Using a ruler, create a triangle the size that you’d like your burlap pieces. (Mine measured 6″ long by 5″ wide.)
  2. Trace your template onto the burlap with your sharpie marker – but instead of just tracing the triangle, once you’ve done one long side flip the triangle over to actually create diamonds. (See the picture in step 2 above.) This will actually create the pennant shape to hang over your ribbon.IMG_9566
  3. Once you’ve cut enough letters for whatever word you’re using, use your stencil and Sharpie marker to trace each letter onto the bottom section of each diamond shape on the burlap. Then, just use the Sharpie to fill in your letter. IMG_9573
  4. After your letters are finished, fold the burlap in half with your letter on the outside, and use an iron to iron it down into place.IMG_9572
  5. Lay your word out in order over the jute (leave extra jute at either end so you have plenty of room to hang it with.) Leave about 1 1/2″ – 2″ inch of space between each letter.IMG_9574
  6. Once your letters are in place, use your glue gun to place a thin stream of glue between the burlap and jute to hold it in place. (I didn’t get a great picture of this – above is when I flipped it over to make it reversible, but basically you’re just going to open up the triangles and put a thin strip of glue between the jute and the burlap to make your banner stay in place.)
  7. Once the glue is dry, you may want to press it out with the iron again just to make sure the pennant stays in place. You can also flip it over and stencil another word on the opposite side to make it reversible!

 

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Looking for more frugal fall decorating ideas? Click the images below to see a few of my favorites:

 

Frugal Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Be sure to stop back next Friday when I’ll reveal my big piano painting project ~ I’m so excited about this one and can’t wait 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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How To Create A Command Center {For Free}

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As school’s back in session for the fall, I’ve been debating over what to do about creating a “command center” in our new home. I love this one (and this one and this one and this one), but the thought of using an entire wall was daunting.

 

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Because I hate clutter to be out where people can see it as well, I also wasn’t loving the idea of putting holes in the walls that I might not always want.  So last Sunday I started thinking about this little “butler pantry” area that sits right as you come in from our garage. It dawned on me that with a little work I could make what I already have useable, and not mess up a single wall! I can’t believe it didn’t dawn on me to get this project tackled sooner, and I’m so much happier with the results.

 

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Here’s what we started with. (Don’t judge.)

 

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(I’d just cleared out the top of the cabinet to put the lightbulbs somewhere else, but then realized after de-cluttering I actually had room for them!)

 

And here’s the (free-other-than-my-time) after . . .

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My absolute favorite spot is that little area in the middle right hand corner which is for any paperwork that my husband wants to hang onto or bills he needs to keep up with. Paper clutter makes me nuts (and he’s a self-described-paper-hoarder), so this way he can keep any paperwork he wants to hang onto without fear of me throwing it away. (And I don’t have to look at it on my kitchen counters.) ;)

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Here’s what I used:

  • mason jars
  • a cookie sheet
  • burlap frame that I’d been looking for a place for
  • ribbon

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I considered ordering magnetic sheet adhesive paper or even chalkboard contact paper (like I’ve done before) because I would love for the inside of my cupboard doors to be more useful, however I wasn’t sure enough of about the reviews on these and I’m not really ready to make any major changes to our cabinets just yet. It dawned on me that I could just use an old cookie sheet that we already had in the back to hang things on, which worked perfectly!

 

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What I realized (and always seem to be reminded of), is that a lot of times I think I need lots of money to make something in our home better, when often just a little time and attention will do the trick. (Don’t believe me? See this and this.)  I’m not saying that this will be my favorite ever command center or that we’ll live with it forever (although we might!), but it is better. 

 

By just going through my house and finding a few things that I already had on hand to get things organized, I made this little area so much more useful to our family, and didn’t spend a penny. If you’ve got an area in your home that could use some tidying just to make it more useful, this weekend might just be the perfect time to get started!

 

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Here are a few more bits of our home you can also check out:

 
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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Fall Football Fluffing

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My friend Staci sent over pictures of what she’d done to fluff up her home for football season (any Auburn fans will feel right at home in her house), and I couldn’t wait to share them with you! Here’s what she used . . .

  • Orange Rug- HomeGoods $12.99
  • Blue Rug – TJMaxx $9.99
  • Orange placemats – Home Goods $9.99 for package of 4
  • Coasters – Michaels’s previous purchase but 19.99 and then used a 50% coupon
  • Pillow – pillow cover from Cents of Style (a few weeks ago on sale) ~ instead of buying a pillow form I bought stuffing and stuffed 4 pillows into with one bag
  • Ribbon- $5.99 at Design World and used a 50% off coupon – was able to use on wreath and am going to weave it through my Southern Living plate
  • Platter – previous gift
  • Southern Living plate with slots so that you weave any ribbon through it to change it up, and will have my daughter Kaitlynn use dry-erase markers to draw a Toomer’s tree with toilet paper in it!
  • Made a burlap wreath, and purchased the monogram for it at Doodles in Madison, Alabama (love that store!)

 

 

See how to make the burlap wreath over HERE, and let us know if you’ve done any fun fluffing up for football season! 

 
Thanks so much Staci for sharing – this made my day!  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 Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Fun Friday Fluff Up: Updating My In-Law’s Hearth


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Oh my.

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I have been itching all week to share this Friday Fluff Up with you, because it’s just a little happy that (I think) brightened someone’s day! Last weekend we visited Western Kentucky (anyone know where Calvert City is?) to visit my in-law’s.
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As most of you know, my father-in-law became ill with West Nile Encephalitis five years ago (part of the reason that I’m here typing each day on PPP) and since then my mother-in-law Jennie hasn’t had a whole lot of time for fluffing up her home. She’s a wonderful decorator (and does a wonderful job choosing flowers and arranging them), but needless to say updating her home has been far back on her to-do list.

 

So, when we got there Saturday I told her I was in desperate need of a trip to their local Hancock Fabric in Paducah (they have a huge selection of fabric because of the annual Quilting Convention there), and when we didn’t find anything there I thought we might just need a trip to Hobby Lobby. (For my house, of course?)

 

We slowly muddled through the store, and I mentioned maybe we should look for a few items to fluff up her front door. 

 

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(It was time I think?)

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Jennie found some beautiful greenery that suited her home perfectly, and we easily tackled that updated basket. (I love what she did – so pretty and it’s just perfect for her!)

 

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Along the way somehow we decided that just maybe we should update her mantle (yes, those were their Christmas items from last year), and since fall’s right around the corner it was the perfect time to get started.

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So, we went through a jillion floral stems, tried really hard to settle on something to use as a focal point, and I kept mentioning that I wanted to make a burlap banner for our home. (She informed me that she hated burlap and anything rustic – I told her that was fine, I’d be taking it home with me.) ;)

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We picked up the blue tray for the center of the mantle (her sofas – that have held up amazing well for twenty years – are that shade of blue), as well as a few fall picks and stems, and headed home.

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Once we were there we did a little hunting in their barn and attic, and I knew we were set.

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(This was Don’s grandfather’s lantern that he used in their barn in Illinois as a kid. Perfect, don’t you think?)don
So we fluffed,

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and fluffed . . .

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and fluffed a bit more . . .
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and then it was just done.

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Goodness, I am so far from a decorator that I have no clue as to whether or not this is really “right” as far as interior design goes (I might just love to see that brick painted white though?), but I do think it’s better.  Don actually decided they needed to keep the Harvest banner (I’ll be making one for our house this weekend . . .), and I think they were pretty pleased with the end result.

 

(Y’all, I had to laugh at Jennie when she told me in Hobby Lobby she really didn’t like “rustic” stuff – her entire mantle is just as rustic as they come, but it’s perfect for them and delightful for fall!) ;)

 

I don’t know what’s going on in your life now, but if you have something that’s just so overwhelming that you haven’t taken time to “fluff” things up, it might be worth spending a few hours this weekend seeing what you can do. 

 

It just makes life feel a little better ~ a little more manageable ~ and a lot more fun. ;)


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(I’ll share more directions on how to make the banner next week, but basically I followed these instructions somewhat loosely and used a sharpie marker with a letter stencil to make it. Let me know if you have any other 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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Fun Labor Day Shopping Deals (And We Finally Have Grass!)

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I haven’t done a bit of fluffing this week. (Unless sweeping floors a hundred times and wiping finger prints off our windows counts?) ;)

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We did finally get grass here in Ohio ~ wooooohooooo! I had no idea that having grass would make me so happy, but goodness . . . it sure did.  (Who knew they just roll grass out like carpet? I had no idea!)Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 12.30.08 PM

 

Yesterday though, I snuck out to enjoy a much needed lunch date with my hubby as well as a little shopping, and lucked into a few fun finds that I thought you might enjoy seeing. (It was just such a beautiful day for shopping – kinda wish I could do that every day, but then I’d be far from pinching any pennies!)

 

 

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First I stopped by the Frontgate Outlet near the Easton Town Center here in Columbus. I love everything they have (and scored a great deal on barstools there a few months ago), but their prices are high if you’re not careful. I would love to find some lanterns like the ones above, but these were still priced at over $50 each (yikes!)

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They also have beautiful items for bathrooms, but even after sales they’re a wee bit higher than this penny pincher can justify. But, then I saw these beauties . . .  20140828-142850-52130337.jpg

In the middle of the store there’s a deeply discounted area, which included a few pretty-beaten up chairs, and these fun upholstered chairs that I totally should have bought. I have no idea what I would do with them (I’m wondering now if they could work on the ends with our dining room furniture?) but am seriously kicking myself for not snatching them up.

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Then I headed to the Container Store. (You folks down in Alabama know how much fun it is to get to visit stores like these!)

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I’ve been wanting some of the larger ones to store flour and sugar easily in our pantry, so I grabbed those (and my kids were bummed I didn’t buy more for snacks – they’re pretty convenient, and I love that they easily stack!) They were on sale for $13.99 each compared to $19 + shipping on Amazon – not too bad a price!

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And they also had these cute Lego Water Bottles for just $4.77 ~  they’re $14.99 on Amazon right now . . . eek!
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Then I ran to TJMaxx where they had these super fun fall wreaths – priced at $32. They also had the great lamps below for $27, which I thought were a steal (if you had a place for them . .  . )

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But my favorite deals ever were at C. Wonder. I can’t share all the deals (I’m saving one as a gift . . . ), but goodness, that’s one store that you need to check out for their sale items. (Their clothes are cute, but my favorites are their housewares!)

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I ended up getting these 4-packs of fun Pom Pom Trimmed Napkins for $7.99 (they’d been $32 – crazy!), which were perfect because I love using cloth napkins every night for dinner instead of paper. It just makes dinner feel a little more special, and saves a ton on paper napkins!
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(Plus, the green ones match really well with the placemats I found a few weeks ago at TJMaxx.) ;)

 

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I also snagged this sweater for $24 (it had been $98.) Since my hubby brought me way up North, I figured he owes me a sweater or two. ;) (Not really, but I think I’ll need them, and really liked this one!)

 

C .Wonder is normally a store that I wouldn’t even walk into (it just looks a little too posh for me!), but after my sister-in-law took me forced me in there a few months ago I’m hooked. They have some of the best sales I’ve ever seen (think shoes for $10, a super cute coat marked down from $140 to $24, and boutique-like tops priced under $20.) Don’t ever be afraid to step in a store because you think it may be a little too fancy for your budget ~ you really never know what fun deals might just hide inside!

 

Sooooo  . . . that’s it! I’m thinking you’ll find oodles of deals this weekend as the Labor Day sales are in full swing, so if you see something great leave a comment to share (I love hearing from you!)

 

I’d love for you to also 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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Tiny Bathroom Update: Added Wallpaper, Trim Work and Board & Batten Work (Whew!)

 

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Our powder room is just about done . . . woohoooo! I’m so thankful that my husband encouraged me to dream of what I really wanted instead of just settling for something done halfway, and by starting on a small room I was able to see something marked off our list.

 

The only thing that isn’t finished is adding a small piece of trim around the chair rail – we’re looking for one like this that’s in our dining room . . .

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but so far haven’t found that match, so my husband’s headed to the local lumberyard to hunt it down. Because the room is so small, it was hard to get good photos that would really let you see it, but here’s the best peak I can share!

 

 

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Here’s what we tackled:

  • My super talented husband added molding to the ceiling as well as from the chair rail down
  • I wallpapered the walls. (Note, if you ever hear me mention papering another room, please leave a comment letting me know I’ve clearly lost my mind. I survived it, but it was not easy, and it’s far from perfect. I do love the results though, and am pretty sure a small bathroom is just about the only place I’d ever like wallpaper in our home . . . whew!)
  • Painted the trimwork and walls behind the molding.

 

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Here’s what we ended up spending:

  • Trim wood = $151
  • Nails & caulk = $10
  • Wallpaper = $96
  • Total = $257

 

I can’t even tell you how pleased I am with this little room (although I’d just love to see the extra molding finished up soon!) We definitely could have saved even more by simply choosing to paint it, but I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.

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Have you done any fluffing up in your home this week? I’d sure love to hear about what you’re up to, and if you have any thoughts on where we might find that molding, leave me a comment to share that too!

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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Burlap Wreath

I’m loving this week’s Friday Fluff Up project! I’d really hoped to finish up the bathroom (the wallpaper’s done ~ now I’m just waiting on my hubby to finish the trim work . . .hopefully that will get done this weekend?) But, I’ve been wanting a new wreath for our front door, and this morning after looking around Michaels (and seeing prices upwards of $50), I decided to try my hand at making a burlap wreath. I’m so glad I did!

 

 

It was a little more work for than I anticipated, however burlap is very, forgiving so if you make a mistake or two as you go it’s not the end of the world.  Here’s what I used . . .

  • 3 Burlap 6″ Ribbon Bolts on sale $4.99 at Michaels (I think I could have maybe just used 2, but did need a bit of that third roll)
  • 1 wire wreath frame $3.99
  • Used 10% off coupon 
  • Total =  $15.56

I followed the instructions over HERE and HERE, and my best tip is to twist the burlap well between each loop. 

I already had the blue chevron ribbon at home, but ended up using another bit of yellow chevron instead because it felt a little more summer-early-fall-ish. ;)  I did use a bit of wire to attach that onto the wreath, but that’s about it!

I’m not sure that I’m going to leave just the Chevron ribbon (it was all I had on hand, and matches our local high school colors so I think it’s kind of fun for football season?)  I really do love the ribbon on this one, so the next time I’m at the craft store that’s what I’m going to look for. ;)
It wasn’t quite as simple as this Christmas Wreath (those were so easy!), but it’s definitely doable, and so much smarter than paying for one. (I saw them priced at up to $85 on Etsy. YIKES!)

Here are a few more easy wreath ideas if you’re looking for a way to inexpensively fluff up your home too . . .

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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Easily Organize Kids School Outfits

I’m hoping to have an update next Friday with more woodwork and wallpaper in our powder room, but in the meantime thought I’d show you my quick (easy!) solution for organizing my kids’ clothes for the school year! While my older children usually pick out their outfits each day on their own, my youngest always begs for me to help, and since her room is upstairs I’m always behind getting ready for school.   So, I decided this year that I’m going to set out a week’s worth of clothing over the weekend, and she’ll be all ready to go!

 

There are so many cute ways to do this (I love this idea and this one), but since we already had clothespins I decided to keep it simple.   I’d planned on just folding the outfits in her drawers (like this), but since Reagan noticed these white hooks that haven’t been re-hung from our old laundry room, they were the perfect easy answer.

 

(I’m in love with the orange top in the middle that I found at Gymboree for $4.99 last week. Apparently it was left over from last year’s sales and was the only thing like it.  She’s not as in love with it as I am, but I’m crossing my fingers she’ll wear it next week!)

 
Hopefully I’ll stay on top of this to make school mornings go a wee bit more smoothly, and it was so easy to add. I’ll let you know how we do! ;)

 

And, since we were in her room anyways, I thought you might enjoy a peek of her room in our new house. (Remember her tiny room in Alabama that we just loved? She has a normal sized room now, and it really is so nice for her to have a little more space!)   I haven’t done much yet to fluff it up, so she’s just enjoying some great deals we;ve picked up here and there, and while it’s far from a very Pinterested room, it’s working for her just fine right now. ;)

Here’s what’s in her room right now (in addition to a small dresser that we’d already had):

  1. We ordered the bookshelf from Amazon a few weeks ago using Swagbucks. So far we’ve been very pleased with it and I would highly recommend this one!
  2. The bed was a hand-me-down Ethan Allen bed from my sister-in-law Yvonne, and the Pottery Barn lamp was a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law Terri. (There are benefits to having the youngest kids in the family by a few years!)  I’ve had the Mary Engelbreit print for years but the frame was brass, so I spray painted it in silver while working on our breakfast nook to match the new colors in her room. I bought the bedding at TJMaxx a few weeks ago which work great for summer, but she’ll need a heavier comforter this winter (if you know of any great deals on those, I’d love to hear them as I’ve been struggling to find one!) And her monogrammed throw pillow was a baby gift for her (probably one of my all time favorite baby gifts because we still enjoy it.)
  3. I found the lamp for my older daughter at a consignment sale – I’d seen the same lamp new in a store priced at $50, but snagged that one for $10. Love it!
  4. The pink trunk that holds her American Girl treasures (all received as gifts from grandparents and aunts and uncles) was from Hobby Lobby and was also a gift. (Asking family members to give your kids great items to fluff up their rooms is such a good way to save on things they’ll actually use!)
  5. Goodness, my favorite deal I post each year is when American Girl puts out their special sale one time only in November or early December. We bought both the bed and American Girl doll for Reagan as Christmas gifts two years ago – definitely one of my all time favorite deals (I think they were priced at $50 – and she still loves them!)

 

The only thing I forgot to take a picture of was a great soft pink throw rug that’s just feels yummy on your feet. I found it for $20 at Maple Rugs in Scottsboro, Alabama (it’s about a 5×7 rug), and it’s just the coolest thing. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture. . .

 

So, there you have it! Have you come up with a great way to organize your child’s outfits for the school year? I’d love to hear any other recommendations, for whatever reason this is something I always struggle with, but I’m determined to be on top of it this  year!

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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Small Bathroom DIY (I’m So Excited!)

My rock star husband started working on fluffing up the powder room on our main floor, and I’m so stinkin’ excited about it! Remember when I shared how he encouraged me to dream big? Well, I started rounding up my “big” dreams for this tiny room over on Pinterest, and he’s started working on the trim work. The project’s still in process this week, but hopefully in the next few weeks I can show you the finished results.

 

We had just a basic powder room to start with – here in Ohio trim fancy trim work is hard to come by (although our home has more than some, it’s still not in most of the rooms like we were lucky enough to have in Alabama.) Because we had so much pretty molding there, we knew the minute we closed on this house it was something we’d like to add, and I’m so glad I have a husband who has the patience to work at it. (It is not as easy as it looks, but he stuck with it.  I keep telling him he’ll be an old pro by the time he finishes all the projects I have lined up for him!)

(Here’s the molding that was throughout our home in Alabama – he’s got quite a bit of work ahead of him! See how we furnished that dining room ~ including curtains ~ for $150. One of my favorite projects ever.) ;)

Here’s the before picture of the bathroom before he started (I was in a hurry and just snapped these with my iPhone, sorry they’re pretty blurry but you get the idea!).

To add bulk to the molding, James put in traditional crown molding at the top of the ceiling, then added an extra piece of trim 4 inches below the molding, and painted the drywall in between.

 

It gives the appearance of being incredibly thick molding, but saves on material, and was the same way that our molding was hung down South.

I found this wallpaper over on Amazon (I haven’t hung wallpaper in years, but just love the look of it in a small bathroom!) It will go above the wainscoting we’re adding to the bottom half of the room (hopefully will look like these when it’s done.)

Already I’m in love with that paper, and can’t wait to see it all finished! 

Here’s what we’ve spent so far:

  • Trim wood = $51
  • Nails & caulk = $10
  • Wallpaper = $96
  • Total = $157

 

If I’d chosen to use paint we could have saved a bunch (and I’m betting I could have found more discounted paper if I’d looked harder for it, but this was easy and during this season of our lives I’m going for easy!) What helped so much is that my husband has been collecting tools as birthday and Christmas gifts since we were in our first apartment eighteen years ago, which definitely keeps our cost down.

 

So, that’s all for now! I absolutely can’t wait to see it all done, and am so glad I have a husband who enjoys this stuff with me. (He’s always happier when he has a project in the works – I’m so lucky!)

 

Are you working on any fun projects in your home? I’d love to hear what you’re working on! And, if you’re going through a difficult season in your life right now, I can’t tell you how much just dreaming about what we really want has helped us in our move. Check this out if you need some encouragement in that area too. ;)

Love seeing penny pinched decorating ideas? Here are a few more to check out . . .

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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