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Dollar Tree Diy Craft Planter Kitchen Sink Decor Farmhouse

I’m suddenly obsessed with Dollar Tree Crafts! It’s so crazy how you can make such cute crafts with dollar store items! I made this kitchen sink organizer for dish soap, sponges, scrubbie’s, etc.

I started with this galvanized planter from Dollar Tree. I spray painted it and let dry overnight. I used an antique white.

Before

The next day I sanded it here and there to give it a worn look. The letters are raised so it’s perfect for sanding across to reveal them.

I then used a truffle brown chalk paint and a very thin paint brush to make swipes to look like it has aged. I went a little heavy in some spots so I sanded them off a little. It’s a very forgiving project.

I added some flowers and here ya go! So cute and functional.

After

Can’t wait for my next project!

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Dollar Tree Pizza Pan Craft Diy

I recently discovered the world of dollar tree crafts. I feel like I’m late to the game but better late then never! There are tons of ideas on Pinterest and Facebook. The pizza pan wall hanger craft is popular right now. I tried that first. Here it is.

It’s really easy and took about an hour. The base is a pizza pan from Dollar Tree.

You can leave it plain or paint it a color if you choose.

The picture is a placemat. Dollar Tree has an assortment with different sayings on them. They are rectangular shaped. I used a template I made out of parchment paper to cut a circle out that fit inside the pizza pan.

After I cut out the circle, I hot glued the placemat to the pizza pan. Next I hot glued rope around the inside of the pan to help cover any spaces plus it looks nice.

Then I added a ribbon and flowers to the top with hot glue that I got from Dollar Tree. I chose to hang mine so I hot glued a small piece of rope on the back to create a loop to hang.

This was an easy craft but it turned out so cute. I’ll definitely be trying some more of these in expensive craft ideas!

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Furniture Redo Curb Shopped Antique Dresser Restoration Shabby Chic

Let’s talk about this antique dresser. I curb shopped it…Yes, someone threw it away! My husband thought I was crazy when I said; “Stop, Let’s get that!” I seen the potential and had to have it! We put it in the Jeep, I remember it barely fit, It was very beat up and had country blue painted drawer fronts and white handles. It was covered in nail polish among other things. I had a heck of a time cleaning it. I also had to peel kids Snow White wallpaper from inside the drawers that someone used as drawer liner. I painted it with chalk paint then I bought new handles from Hobby Lobby and BOOM! It was just how I envisioned it when I seen it on the curb. It’s one of my favorite pieces.

Before
After
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Decorating Our Lake House On A Thrifty Budget; The Living Room

We bought our dream home! My husband and I have talked for years about buying a lake house. We love the great outdoors! Our current full time residence is in the city. My husband retires from work in a few years. When that magic moment happens, our plan is to sell our house and move into our vacation home which happens to be on a lake! For now we are slowly decorating it to be our forever home.

Because we have two houses, there is more of an expense so we have to make changes slowly. I happen to LOVE thrifting! I have gathered a few things here and there to decorate the lake house with. I’m no professional, I just love making things homey and why not do it on the cheap? I will be changing things up when we make our move but for now, I am having fun decorating on a budget. There’s no shame in my thrifting game!

I wanted to share some of the cute items I have purchased from thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops and curb shopping. I’m doing this blog series room by room so be sure to follow me so you can read them all! I will also be updating as I redecorate.

This post is a about the living room. I keep moving things around in here because I’m just having fun trying to see what goes best where. Almost everything in this room was either thrifted, bought at an outlet or free!

I found the chocolate microfiber sectional and end tables at a local furniture outlet. The outlet is a little warehouse really. I paid a great price for the size that it is. It’s so soft and comfy and it can hold my whole family! Don’t hesitate checking out outlet stores, you might be surprised what you’ll find.

I’ve wanted a big, chunky dining table that my family can fit around for sometime. My husband found this set on Facebook, a local moving sale. They wanted $300, he offered $250, they said “ come get it.” It’s heavy and great quality. They said they paid nearly $4000 for it and the buffet new. They had the buffet for sale too but we didn’t have room fit it. The table fits the room nicely. It also has an additional leaf that expands the table to nine feet! I just love it.

This Antler Chandelier…guess what, it was FREE! My husband’s work had a reward program and we saved up poker chips that they gave out for rewards and we were able to cash them in and get this amazing chandelier. It was over $300! I still can’t believe it was free. Here is a before of what it looked like with the previous chandelier.

Then there’s the vintage snow shoes above the glass doors. I wanted a pair so bad but every pair I found cost way more then I was willing to spend. I found these on eBay and I bid on them and won the auction. I got them for around $80 shipped from Canada! I felt like I won the lottery, lol. I found the poles at the local thrift store for .50! All the small decor around the room I either got at the thrift or on clearance. I very rarely pay full price for anything.

My antique trunk, I love this old thing. I curb shopped it. Someone threw it out! It was down the street from our house. I had my husband go look at it with me. He had just had surgery and couldn’t lift anything. I lugged it home. We joked about what the neighbors were thinking if they saw us, him walking behind me while I was carrying this huge trunk! It was heavy but I was determined to get it home. I did some research and estimate it to be from the very early 1900’s. Why would someone throw this away? It’s just perfect! Funny side story, my husband almost bought a giant brass mermaid to put on top of the trunk from a moving sale but they were asking way too much. That would have made a great conversation piece.

I got this cozy little rocking chair at an estate sale down the road. It was $20! It is like new, not even broken in. All the live plants were given to me from the lady that we bought the dining table from. So far they are doing great, considering they only get watered every month or so.

The area rugs are, believe it or not, machine washable! They are called Ruggables. I had to have these with the dog and we run in and out all summer with sandy feet. They are so easy to clean and totally worth the money. I found mine on Amazon, I didn’t want to pay full price on their website.

It really pays to shop around, literally. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of saving money. My next blog will be my shabby chic guest room. I love shabby chic and I’m having a ball with this one! Until then..thanks for stopping by.

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Decorating Our Lake House On A Thrifty Budget The Master Bedroom Suite

We bought our dream home! My husband and I have talked for years about buying a lake house. We love the great outdoors! Our current full time residence is in the city. My husband retires from work in a few years. When that magic moment happens, our plan is to sell our house and move into our vacation home which happens to be on a lake! For now we are slowly decorating it to be our forever home.

Because we have two houses, there is more of an expense so we have to make changes slowly. I happen to LOVE thrifting! I have gathered a few things here and there to decorate the lake house with. I’m no professional, I just love making things homey and why not do it on the cheap? I will be changing things up when we make our move but for now, I am having fun decorating on a budget. There’s no shame in my thrifting game!

I wanted to share some of the cute items I have purchased from thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops and curb shopping. I’m doing this blog series room by room so be sure to follow me so you can read them all! I will also be updating as I redecorate.

This blog is for the Master Suite. I am not through decorating it yet, the room is large and has a walk-in closet and master bath. I have a vision of how I want it and it is slow coming along.

Here is the bed.

I purchased the nautical theme bedding at Home Goods, (Home Goods is my favorite!) on clearance of course. It is branded by Tahari, very nice quality. The Throw pillows were all on clearance from Home Goods as well. Always check the clearance sections first!

The fabric headboard is from Amazon for around $200. I love my navy blue headboard! It looks more expensive than it was and it’s great for leaning against and reading. It is tufted upholstered fabric and I love it!

I have a cedar chest in my other home that my dad bought for me when I was 16. It will go at the foot of this bed when we move here.

I need a nightstand for my hubby’s side of the bed. The one we have now is a small black table that doesn’t really go but it’s functional.

My nightstand, I fell in love with it from across a thrift store room. I ran to it and said sold! I brought it home and painted it. I kept the inside original with the vintage shelf liner. I paid $20 for it. It’s an antique. It’s simply perfect. I am looking for something similar for the other side. I’ll find it.. Here is my little cutie.. I love the feet and the little dangling handle.

20$ nightstand

The vintage glass lamp on the night stand was, get this, .25!! That is 25 cents!! I bought it at a little thrift near our lake house that has tons of items for a quarter! I find lots of treasures there. I bought the lampshade new for $10, Walmart, I believe.. A pretty little lamp for $10.25! By the style of electrical cord, we estimate it to be from the 70s.. I love a bargain!

Vintage Glass Lamp $10.25
Lamp for a quarter

Now Let’s talk about the antique dresser. I curb shopped it…Yes, someone threw it away! My husband thought I was crazy when I said; “Stop, Let’s get that!” I seen the potential and had to have it! We put it in the Jeep, I remember it barely fit, It was very beat up and had country blue painted drawer fronts and white handles. It was covered in nail polish among other things. I had a heck of a time cleaning it. I also had to peel kids Snow White wallpaper from inside the drawers that someone used as drawer liner. I painted it with chalk paint then I bought new handles from Hobby Lobby and BOOM! It was just how I envisioned it when I seen it on the curb. It’s one of my favorite pieces.

Before
After Curb shopped dresser

The lamp on top of the dresser, I also paid a quarter for! I added the shade, I curb shopped that. This is my favorite lamp ever. I love the mid-century shape and the white milk glass. It has a bulb inside the bottom and is a two way lamp. It gives such a nice ambiance to the room!

The mirror above the dresser is so pretty! I got it from Salvation Army for $15. It’s super heavy and used to be gold. Funny side story.. a lady tried to steal this mirror right out of my shopping cart! Needless to say, she didn’t get it. I’m kind of bummed I painted it now…I miss the gold. I was thinking I might add some touches of gold to it, I don’t know but it’s still such a pretty piece.

The vase in the corner I picked up for $5 at one of my favorite consignment shops in the clearance room. I don’t know what it is made of but it is incredibly heavy! I’m not sure about the arrangement, that’s what I stuck in there for the time being.

I have this sort of frumpy arm chair that I got for $20 at Salvation Army. It is so comfy. It needs a cleaning because it got drizzled on in the back of the truck while we were transporting it. It’s a nice place to sit.

Frumpy chair

This boat painting is on wood. I love it. I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $12! This wall is between the closet and bathroom. I plan on putting this traditional, electric white fireplace that we have in the living room right under this picture after my husband builds a fireplace in the living room. I can’t wait to fill this wall with that fireplace. It will be so cozy.

Wood Boat painting

I’ve always wanted a walk in closet and I finally have one! I found this shabby chic chandelier in a consignment shop and my hubby hooked it up! It is a huge money saver when you can do projects on your own. It’s perfect for this closet space! This closet was bubble gum pink when we bought this place. Big difference.

Here are a few before and after shots of the master bathroom. It was also pink. We painted and changed the tile around the garden tub. We also changed the light fixture and painted the brass on the faucet silver. A face lift without ripping our the whole bathroom. Little changes can make a big difference.

Before
Before
After, I think Saphira approves
So fresh looking
The Sailboat Painting was also a SALE item!

After we finished everything, I was painting the rings around the faucet chrome. They originally were brass and instead of replacing the whole faucet, we decided a little paint would be less expensive. Well I accidentally knocked the paint into the tub and we immediately had a huge disaster on our hands! I stayed in the tub, ( I had paint on my feet!) while my husband ran to the hardware and bought mineral spirits. We scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed until it ALL came off! It was such a relief. We thought at first it was ruined! Thankfully you can’t even tell now.

The last thing we have to do in the bathroom is change the shower door. It has brass trim and no I won’t be painting it lol! We will be replacing with a frameless glass door.

So, these are a few of my thrifty finds. My next blog will be about the Living Room…until next time

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Winter On The Lake

In the Northern woods sits this place, this very magical place, that is very near and dear to my heart. A place to me, like no other. A place where all your troubles seem to melt away. A place that calls out to me often. It is a hidden gem. Allow me to take you there for a visit..

Welcome to our cottage. We are on a small private lake where most residents are gone for the winter months which makes it extremely quiet. The summers are alive and vivacious, that will bring more stories later on, but for now, here are a few photos of how we spend our time during the Winter…on the lake.

We walk. Most wouldn’t dare to venture out on cold, wintery days, but there is just something about getting bundled up and going out for a hike. We have a road around our lake that is so beautiful. It is about a two mile hike. It is all woods and in the winter you can hear little rustling here and there, the snow falling from the trees, the wind whistling above and the birds singing lovely tunes. It is one of the things that I have found most calming to my soul. I feel God so close here. All the hustle and bustle of city life is non-existent here. (My Wheaten Saphira loves it also, as you can tell).

Snow Shoeing. I haven’t done this a lot, but I can say it is a fun winter activity, oh and be prepared to break a sweat! My Hubby took this photo from inside the house. I was showing off to him haha.. Good Times! The lake is right behind me, iced over and covered in a blanket of snow. Which leads me to my next photo…

This was last winter…we are still waiting for the ice to be ready to walk on. I had fun “fishing” from inside the living room, coffee in hand, watching for the tip up flags to go up, that means “fish on!” Looking forward to this again, hopefully, in the next few weeks.

When our grandson’s come to visit, sledding is always a fun activity! Although going to the local cafe for hot cocoa is the best time of all!

Oh LOOK! There is a YETI at our door!

I think my absolute favorite winter activity of all is snuggling under a cozy blanket, warm drink in hand, Saphira curled up at my feet, watching the snow fall.

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Saphira the Wheaten Terrier; Lake Life is the Best Life

This was early Fall 2019. She loves the lake. We can’t keep her out of it. She’s focused. She fishes for minnows all day long. I had this photo printed on a giant canvas to hang in the house.

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My Wheaten Terrier Saphira

Meet Saphira, my one year old wheaten terrier. She is a giant ball of sunshine to me! She is spunky, playful, amazingly smart and super cuddly. She loves life at the lake. She fishes for minnows. Here, she is wondering where the water went.

I took this photo of her on the lakefront at our house. She loves the water and she’s wondering why her lake is changing here as it’s freezing over..