Save yourself a lot of hassle with this spray painting tip

As most of you know, I love spray paint. I will spray paint anything and everything! Nothing is safe in my home from a can of good 'ol spray paint. :) With summer almost here I want to share a spray painting tip with you. Hopefully it will help you to not make the same mistake I made last summer. I decided I wanted a bunch of picture frames painted white for my gallery wall. It was August in Texas at about high noon which translates into at least 100 degrees outside with bright blue skies and lots of direct UV rays. Pretty much hotter than hell outside. ;) Perfect … [Read more...]

make your own storage boxes

Many of you know I just moved into my house. And with a new move comes lots of additional expenses including all the accessories you need just to get settled - drawers, baskets, organizers, etc. I've waaay over spent lately on trying to get this house livable (and not even decorated!). I wanted some open storage boxes for the shelves in my garage but I just am sick of spending money! So I improvised. And I'm happy to say that I'm actually quite happy with the outcome and plan on making at least 4 more storage boxes. What do you end up with that's free when you move and … [Read more...]

Evolution of the mantle

My fireplace mantle has gone through several transformations since we moved in. First we had this... ...which isn't even decorated at.all. I set the Rodney White artwork on the mantle while we were moving in so it didn't get ruined and it just kinda ended up staying there. I hung the artwork and added a few accessories, but the overall look just wasn't working. This setup is a FAIL! I LOVE my art and I LOVE bright bold color, but after a month or so it just started to hurt my eyes. I need my family room to be more subtle and relaxing so I took down the art and … [Read more...]

Five Minute Frame

~**~**~ Dollar Store Frame ~**~**~ (Can I get any more unoriginal than that?!) Call me Captain Obvious, but just in case you still aren't sure, this frame came from the Dollar Store. It's plastic. Srsly. I know! I was as shocked as you. It's cheap alright - 2 frames for 99 cents? But don't try to tell me it looks like thin flimsy plastic. 'Cause I ain't listenin'. I like the detail on it, but the color? Do you think it could scream "I'm from the Dollar Store" any more than it already does? Yes, it's getting a make-over. But honestly, I don't think there are … [Read more...]

A cooler cooler [painting an old faded cooler]

Eleven years ago my hubbs and I were given a cooler for a wedding gift. It is definitely in the "top 5 best wedding gifts" category. It has gone camping, on road trips, to football tailgating parties, kids' soccer games, and the lake. It has even traveled with us around the entire USA while we made road trips from Texas to new homes in New Jersey and California. Unfortunately our cooler is now old and faded. A shell of what it once was. It is so sun damaged and scuffed up, but it is such a great cooler that I couldn't bare to part with it and buy a new one. No use throwing away a … [Read more...]

New life for an old shelf

So... I got a new shelf. So cute, right?! I know!! I got it at a certain over-priced thrift store that I'm refusing to name anymore because I think they are way too overpriced considering all their stuff is DONATED to begin with. So I'm not giving them any more props on my site until they stop charging premium prices for crap people didn't want anymore and gave to them... So I got this shelf for $14.99 at previously un-named thrift store. However, it originally came from The Great Indoors for $39.99, so I suppose I got a decent deal. I'm sure I would have paid like $5 … [Read more...]

How to make a Cupcake Stand / Decor Pedestal

*edited to add: If you make this cute stand, don't put food directly on it. The spray paint used isn't approved food-safe paint. Only put cupcakes in liners on it or use a little paper doily before setting food on it. I prefer to use this cute stand to hold decor items on my bookshelf.* I had this great idea to make a stand for a glass dome I recently purchased. I started the stand using dollar store stuff, but mid project I found something better for my glass dome. Now my new dollar store stand has found an even better home! Call 9-1-1 'cause there's a fire in the … [Read more...]