Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Hello there my very patient blog followers.  I know, I know!  You all thought I fell off the face of the earth, right?  Well, if you follow me on Facebook you have seen some sneak peeks that may clue you into why.  But more on that in another post...

Today, I'm showing you some Thrifty Thursday finds...which you will be seeing more regularly here on the blog it would seem.  I'll explain why soon.

Check out this haul!!!  All at my local Goodwill and all in one trip. 
 I see a room renovation in the near future!

Some of these I'll be keeping, some will get a makeover & be sold.

Now check out these prices (left to right) :
1.  Candelabra $3
2.  Pitcher $3.19
3.  White Vase $2.39
4.  Cage $2.39
5.  Brass Vase $1.50 (half price!)
6.  Iron Medallion $4.79
7. Gold Mirror $11.99

Quick Tip : When you make a donation to your local Goodwill, make sure to print a receipt.  Go home and fill out the online survey and they will mail you a 20% off donor coupon!!

I'm not done just yet!  To make up for my absence, I thought it only fair to also include a quick makeover in this post.

This is what the candelabra looked like when I bought it...

And here it is after a quick coat of spray paint...

Pictured is oldest can of spray paint in the world I think.  I bought it a ReStore (Habitat for Humanity) for a steal at half price and it still worked perfectly.  The cap basically disintegrated upon opening though HA!  It's essentially the same color as Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze if you're in the market for something similar ;)

So are you really curious now to see what I've been up to??? :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Makeover Monday : Gold Dipped Coffee Table

Welcome to Makeover Monday!

Today's makeover features one of my roadside rescues from a while back.  In fact, I featured it in my first ever Trash Talkin Tuesday post!  Yes, it has taken me 7 months to get to work on this one.  I never said I work fast ;)

I used the same Granite gray spray paint that I used on this end table for my living room.  It is easily my favorite gray color for furniture!  I let it sit in its solid gray state for a couple weeks before deciding it needed something else...

Enter my love of "gold-dipped" legs and metallic accents in general.

I taped off the legs and sprayed the bottoms with a gold metallic by Rustoleum.  I loved the effect.  But it needed more...

So I sprayed some of the same gold into a container and used a chip brush to dry brush the canned insets on the sides of the table...

 The gold accents gave it just the little bit of sparkle that it needed!

As I have no place for this in my home (sadly), I will be putting it up for sale shortly.   And hopefully it flies out the door quickly :)

So what do you think?
Do you love gold-dipped furniture as much as I do?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Well hello there!

I must have been jonzing for a project (yea, like I don't already have enough of those in my garage) because I stopped at my local Goodwill two days in a row this week!  The first trip netted me an awesome purse, some shoes & name brand clothes for me and the kids, and a cute mirror!
But today, I found this nightstand...

Now, as I already said, I really don't NEED another project when so many are waiting for me as it is.  BUT this one just spoke to me.  I love the apothecary style drawers and it's a solid wood Ethan Allen piece.  So at $6.47, I brought it home.

It can be refinished like this $273 one from Wayfair...

Stein World Chesapeake Petite 3 Drawer Apothecary Chest

I can do something simple like this with white paint and black knobs....

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Or sand it down and refinish like this...

How about decking it out in a distressed black?

I could even pick a fun color & stencil like this...
Which way do you think I should go?

Before I sign off for the night, here is a quick little peek at what I was working on today...

It will be ready for it's big reveal soon!

Till next time friends!

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Spa Day & Taking Care of Your Skin {Dr. Zizmor}

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I had the extreme pleasure of taking a SPA DAY a couple weeks ago.  After all my DIY'ing, a girl just needs some pampering, am I right??  A hot stone massage and a soothing facial was just what the doctor ordered!  The massage was amazing!  And boy do I love a good facial.

The esthetician doing my facial asked if I had any particular areas of concern.  I have redness in my skin so I mentioned that.  She offered me some products that help soothe redness so I thought I would pass along some of those products in case any of you lovely readers have the same issue.

The product line she suggested for me was the Dermalogica UltaCalming line.

These products aren't cheap but I don't splurge on things like this too often and I think my skin deserves to be treated better :)


The kit below has everything you need to get started with this regimen.  They are smaller then the full size products, but at $42 it's a great way to try it out to see if it's for you.  Update : I found this one for only $36 including shipping :)
ultracalming skin kit

ultracalming skin kit

cool, soothe and restore

This kit for sensitized skin contains products to help relieve itching, redness, and reactive skin flare-ups associated with sensitive and sensitized skin.

So far, I like the results.  I also added in the Ultra Sensitive Tint with spf30 since I don't like to wear a heavy very often...

ultra sensitive tint spf30

tinted, soothing SPF moisturizer

Broad Spectrum sunscreen ideal for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. Natural mineral sunscreens help shield against photodamage and UV exposure, as our exclusive UltraCalmingTM Complex helps minimize discomfort, burning and itching.


Doing all of this has prompted me to think about going to see a dermatologist.  I'd love to get a doctor's opinion on my skin and the best way to keep it looking great.  I've taken my kids to see one when a case of melescum popped up and they were fantastic!

For myself though, I would consider a renowned dermatologist like Dr. Zizmor.  He is a New York dermatologist with over 25 years of experience.  His extensive list of services includes treating skin conditions like acne, skin cancer screenings (which I should have done since it runs in my family!), to laser hair removal and botox.  Visit his website for more info

A trip to New York would be fun for the family!  I've had a great time in New York on all of my visits.  Plus, I've been wanting to take in a show!


Have you ever been to a dermatologist?  What was your experience like?

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Hi all!  Phew...what a week!!  Coming home from vacation is never fun but it's even worse when your work week is the busiest ever.  I'm still not caught up on all I need to do.  I'm convinced I'll never catch up actually.

Anyway, I'm back today with a quick Thrifty Thursday to hold you over for the holiday weekend.  We are heading back down the shore for some relaxing family time...which will again make my life more difficult when I come home....but I digress...

I found this chair at my local Goodwill.  I walked passed it once while at the store and when I kept thinking about it during the rest of my shopping there, I knew it was time to grab it.  Whenever I can't get an item out of my head, I know I should buy it.  Like with the huge mirror & the chandelier in my dining room. or the Otherwise I will live with the regret of what could have been ;)

Please excuse the awful picture.  I didn't realize that my lens was foggy due to the INTENSE HUMIDITY until I uploaded it later.

It was $7.99!!!  YAAAHOOOO!!!  The fabric is in pristine condition.  The wood arms & legs need some work due to the nicks & scratches.  I'm not sure yet if I'll refinish them or paint them a bold color like the red in the upholstery fabric.  I think this could be quite a statement piece in a living room.  Hopefully someone else feels the same when I get done with it :)

What would you do?  Paint or refinish?

Until tomorrow folks!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Hi all!  Did you miss me while I was away?  I missed this little blog although it was really nice to get away for a bit.

It's time for another recipe this month...and it's a doozy!  
Do you all like it when I post recipes here on the blog?  Just curious :)

Do you like peanut butter? I LOVE IT!  Especially with chocolate.  So when I need a quick and easy frosting with a chocolate cake, this one is my go to.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe and link to go print it. 

Here's what you will need :  


All mixed up : 

Frosted and photographed : 

This is the easiest, most delicious frosting in the world!
Can you tell I like it???

The recipe below yields enough to frost a 2 layer cake with some extra for eating with a spoon :)
It can easily be adjusted from its original smooth creamy consistency to a more firm consistency by increasing the amount of peanut butter & sugar, while decreasing the amount of butter.  Don't want it too sweet?  Decrease the amount of powdered sugar.  It can be tweaked to accommodate any taste and can't really be messed up!

For the printable version of the frosting, go here :
  • Ingredients 

    • 1 lb. confectioners' sugar
    • 1 lb. unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 - 3 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream
    • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Instructions 

    1. Place butter, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl and beat together with a hand mixer. 
    2. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until fully incorporated. 
    3. Stir in cream and vanilla and beat until frosting is smooth and creamy!

If you need a cake recipe to go with it, check out my favorite low calorie homemade chocolate cake recipe.  You counter-balance the uber rich, high calorie frosting :)

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