Thursday, September 9, 2010

Livingroom wall collage

I've seen these done a thousand times and have been wanting one of my very own...sooo I began collecting ornate style frames when on my weekly treasure hunts.  They ran about $2-$3 per frame, and were in desperate need of some white spray paint love!  (I forgot to take a before!!)  Here's a pic of the blank canvas..newly painted walls in Sterling by Behr.

Here are the beauties with a glossy shade of white. I arranged them on the floor to get an idea of how
I wanted them to look on the wall.  

Next I put pretty paper in each frame and spray painted an A (for our last name) a medium glossy grey.

Here is the wall now..sorry for the bad pics..the detail of the frames is not showing very well. 
So I was thinking of adding details like silhouette's and such?? Or leave the pretty paper be the detail?? Whatcha think??

New frames & photos on the cheap

I always find it amusing when people donate their photo frames with their family photos still inside of them..especially the old wedding photos!  Just sayin..

I found these frames at Savers..their tag color was 50% off that day making them a whopping 5 BUCKS..They were professionally matted and solid wood construction, and at 23" x 23" they are sure to make a statement!!  They came home with me!  

They received a quick coat of Glossy black to cover the 80's inspired faux animal print bronze paint job.
Since I'm not creepy and I wanted to frame pictures of my own cute baby, I disposed of the pictures that were in the frames and went to this website They are having an enlargement I bought 4 12x12 photos and shipping for $18.00. 

Here they are in our basement living room with photos of our family! If ever I decide to donate them I will make sure they are photo-less frames! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My little man is changing my luck!!

I always read about people scoring solid wood "soon-to-be" gems at resale stores for next to nothing.  This phenomenon rarely happens to me.  I usually see either "faux" wood pieces or the real thing at less than desirable prices. 

But every once in awhile the stars align..

I spied this sibling set of end tables that weren't marked.  So with my best smile I asked Mr. Thrifty "How much?"..He looked at my sweet sleeping baby and then me and said "$10.00 for both!"  Score!! (Hopefully this whole mommy and cute baby gig will turn my luck around!) I felt like we would be outed, because this particular thrift store overprices I ran walked gracefully to the register and around back to pick up my matching beauties and then hightailed it out of there.

So here they are before in all their honey colored glory:

I sanded them lightly and re-dressed them with a lovely light shade of gray.  I accessorised with glass pulls and gave them each a layer of distressing. 

After the make-over: I think they are elegant and sophisticated.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The room where Asher will dream

fter he's out of our bed that is..then again my sister Jess and I kid that she made two out of three nurseries just for her grown up friends and family to "ohhh" and "ahhh" about.  So we'll see what happens.  After all I cannot imagine waking up and not smelling Asher's sweet breath on my cheek and feeling his miniature hand continually reaching for me.  I digress. 

So for baby A's room I found the spindle crib on CL for $40 and the dresser at GW for $30.  After five rolls of tape..Ok, maybe only one but holy moly taping the base of a circle (the spindles) takes ALOT of time!!
I left the base of the crib white and painted every other spindle with a whipped up batch of either grey or turquoisy blue.  The grey paint was a mistint from my local Habitat Restore ($3-$4 a gallon!!) that I lightened with white paint and the blue was leftover from another project.  After taping and striping the dresser I distressed both pieces and gave a coat of verathane.

Here is Asher's postage size room! Literally its like 6'x9' which makes it perfect for his little nursery. It is not complete yet (bad mommy!)Jess is making his name to hang on the wooden beach house hanger that I found at HomeGoods. I also need a new lampshade and a piece of art in the corner. Here's what I have so far.

And here's my precious angel not sleeping in his great new crib!! Ha!