Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Trash Talkin Tuesday with a Makeover!

Wow!!  I can't believe it's been almost a whole month since we've done any Trash Talkin around here.  So let's do that today shall we?

I found this cute little side table sitting out by someone's curb a couple weeks back.  It was in pretty good shape, except for its one broken leg and boring orange-y oak coloring.  Nothing a little wood glue and chalk paint can't fix!!

The split in the leg was in the skinny part so that was a breeze to fix.  You can't even see it now.  It looks perfect and is super sturdy. 

I decided on a Taupe color for this little guy and mixed up a batch of chalk paint.  I decided to thin it and  try it out in my paint sprayer since the legs are pretty detailed.  It worked perfectly and left a smooth finish!

This cutie is currently up for sale in my Philadelphia vendor spot.

So how about you?  Any good trash finds lately?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Why I've been neglecting the blog...#NewAdventure

I think it's about time that I let you in on what I've been doing that has taken me away from the blog. 

This is a shot of my very first vendor space!

Yep, I set up a booth inside a store in Philadelphia.  The Ironic part is that I used to live 4 blocks from this place 10 years ago and now I'm in a another state. #GoFigure

How it works...
Well, Mike is the owner (and a super nice guy) and he sells his  painted furniture out of the first floor of the store.  Amazing stuff guys!  Like, I-want-to-buy-something-everytime-I-step-foot-in-the-door, amazing stuff!  So far, I'm holding strong LOL
Anyway, us vendors have spots in the basement.  I pay rent and put my cool stuff there to sell.

How it came about...
I've been following them on Facebook and when they posted about a backroom DIY sale, I figured I should check it out.  Of course, I bought things at that sale (I'll show you sometime hopefully soon) but even better then that, I got the scoop on how the vendor spots worked.  I thought "Hey, I can do this!".  And 2 days later I did.  I quickly raided my stash of accessories and finished up projects asap to fill it up.  As shown by the picture above, it turned out pretty nice!

It looks different every week as things come and go...
Week 2
Week 3...

 Week 4...

 Week 5...

 Week 6...
I took on a second spot but am soon going to be splitting it with a friend of mine

Man, this has been keeping me busy!  It's turning into a real deal business at this point which is exciting...and nerve wracking at the same time since I already have one business (my day job) and this blog to keep up with.  But it is fun and I love it!  I also started a Facebook group to sell some of my items locally before they would make there way 20 minutes up the highway to Philly.

So what do you think of my #NewAdventure?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chippy Window Picture Display & a Dessert Table {A Personalized Wedding Shower Gift}

Good friends of ours are getting married this fall.  And hubby and I are lucky enough to be in the wedding.  We are so incredibly happy for this wonderful couple!

Recently, the girls and I hosted a bridal shower for the bride to be.  In addition to a gift off the registry, I decided to do something a bit more personal and something that would serve as both a decoration and a conversation piece.

When I found this window frame on the side of the road, I knew I would find a use for it.  This was the perfect occasion to do just that.  I decided to turn it into a picture display of the happy couple from their childhood on up to their engagement photo shoot!

I started by waxing the window frame to preserve its current chippy state.  There was no need for it to be more chippy so this step ensured it wouldn't lose anymore paint.
Then I started tapping some finishing nails on the inside of the window frame...two on either side of one pane and two on the other pane.  The spacing between the rows I determined by arranging the pictures first.
Next, I tied some twine onto the nails & double knotted it.  Then I tapped the finishing nails in farther to hide them.
Now, to attach the pictures you have a few options...tiny clothes pins, a small hole punched so you can slide them onto the twine, glue, tape.  I chose hot glue.  The glue could easily be pulled off the twine should the recipient want to change out the images.  The pictures weren't originals either so I wasn't worried about them getting damaged (which they didn't anyway).

This project was a huge hit with the bride and other party goers :)

I also took on the responsibility of the dessert table.  The venue we had it in provided some desserts but the future Mrs. has a bit of a love affair with cupcakes (which weren't included).  So, it was a no brainer to incorporate them into the dessert table. 

I showed you earlier this week how to make DIY cake stands and today you can see them in action along with some others I made and more I found at my local Goodwill.

The cupcakes were a collaboration between me and the bakery at Walmart.   Could I have made them?  Sure!  But why, when there is a girl at my Walmart that will stand with me and let me customize to my hearts content?!  She listens, makes suggestions, and writes everything down so the other decorators know exactly what I want.  She even custom mixed a batch of icing in front of me so I knew I was getting the right shade of purple.  I think they turned out BEAUTIFUL!  For cupcake, I always add another layer of wrapper.  See how much more custom they look?

Have you ever made a personalized gift for a bride to be?   Do you have a go-to gift you like to give brides?

Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Cake Stands

Raise your hand if you like pretty dessert tables...
Everybody right?   That's what I thought.


Well pretty dessert table fans, this one is for you.  Today I’m showing you some SUPER easy, SUPER cheap, DIY cake stands.  They are the perfect addition to any dessert table.  The best part?  You can find what you need to make them at any thrift store across the country!

You will need :
  1. glass dessert plate
  2. glass candlestick
  3. clear silicone adhesive


I started with a glass plate.  You know the kind…they have some sort of sunburst pattern and small feet on the bottoms.  They are always in abundance at your local thrift store and in this case, my local Goodwill.  They had at least 6 in stock when I was there so I bought 2 @ $1.99 each.   You will also need a candlestick holder for each plate.  They can be short, tall, skinny, fat…whatever!  Get a variety and you can achieve varying heights which is always desirable for the aesthetics of a good dessert table.  I bought 2 also @ $1.99.  If you’re good at math, that means these cake stands will only cost you about $3.98 a piece!  The silicone adhesive I already had on hand and it can be found at any local hardware store.

I spread the glue on the top ring of the candlestick…

 Then, I placed the plate on top, making sure it was centered.

Let it dry and that’s it folks!

You can stack them…

Or layer them in your display…

Just make sure they are holding a tasty treat…

My recipe for this delicious turtle cheesecake can be found by clicking here.  
Or you could try these cupcakes with my amazing peanut butter buttercream frosting :) 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thrifty Thursday - Planning the Guestroom

Time for another Thrifty Thursday.  That week went quick didn't it?  And of course I found some great stuff...

  • That huge frame was a total score at just $2.99!  I can paint it and add a mirror (the mirror would be pricey due to it's size).  I could add glass then turn it into a chalkboard.  Or I could add batting and fabric & turn in into a pin board.  the jury is still out on which I'll choose.
  • The shaking hands...cool or creepy?  I'd say a little of both.  But when I get the ball rolling on the office turned guest bedroom they'll probably find there way onto a shelf for display.
  • The 2 ceramic kitchen canisters were only $2.99 each.  I'll show you their makeover soon.
  • I also found a cute little tray, a candle holder and a milk bottle.

And what about all this?  This is the direction I'll be taking the guestroom in.  Since the hubby will sleeping in there at times (due to a crazy sleep/work schedule), it was requested that it lean a little more masculine.  But of course there will be some feminine touches as well ;)
I think the most expensive item was that shelf at $5. 

I think my favorites from this haul, oddly enough, are the Presidential silhouettes.  Why?  They were the items that inspired the direction of the room.  They got me excited about a masculine theme and a color scheme that I wasn't intending on using.

What's your favorite from my stash this week?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Trash Talkin Tuesday

Welcome back! Here's another trash update for you...

Because of my trash findin skills, I have a VERY full garage.  This weekend, it was time to address that garage...AGAIN!

Yes, that was it.  AFTER I already pulled a few things out.  It's getting better though :)

Anyway, we're here to talk about trash right?  So let's talk about this crib that I found at someone's curb on trash day!  It is is really good condition.  It didn't have any of the hardware but if anyone needed it as a crib, they could go buy new hardware.

I didn't need it as a crib but I had big ideas about what I could use it for.   Those arched sides?  Wouldn't they make a great headboard and footboard for a twin bed?  Why yes, yes they would!  And they happen to be the EXACT width as a twin mattress.  And WE just happen to need a bed for our 3-year-old son.  Now all I need is a frame.

Those pieces standing up there?  They would make a cute storage for towels in a bathroom, blankets in a family room or bedroom, displays in a store.

You might be thinking, "Ok, I get everything else, but what can you possibly do with those slats?!"
Well, they happen to be the prefect thickness to cute and use as a rustic table top.  basically they can be used like pallet boards.  But *BONUS* you don't have to pry them apart, clean, and "de-bug" them.  All I had to do was get out the drill and back them out of wood frame.

And there you have it!  The many uses of one trashed crib!!  I can't wait to show you the finished products...you know...eventually :)

What was the last trash find you turned into multiple projects?
What would your plans be for the crib?

Trash Talkin Tuesday

2 weeks in a row!!!  It's a miracle!!!
Seriosuly though, I am going to try to post with more regularity and at least twice a week.  I have so many things to tell you, projects to show you, photos already taken...I just need to get the posts put together.

Looky what I found at the neighbors this week...

All these need is a quick sand and a coat of paint or stain.  I'm thinking of trying out stain with my new sprayer before we attempt to stain the new swingset in our backyard.  But I also think they would look really cool with a bright color on them.  We'll see! :)

The old neighbors are officially moved out so no more finds right next door :(
I guess I'll have to travel further than one house over for the time being LOL