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Inexpensive Shabby Chic Storage Ideas

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Hello Readers!

I got an email this morning from Better Homes & Gardens DIY newsletter and they had great ideas for new shabby chic storage and organizational ideas.

Here is what I’m thinking I will post some of the photos from Better Homes and Gardens, but the tip I want to give you is: Get ideas before you go and once you are at the auction, flee market, or yard sale take a longer look at the items.  Try to think of what they CAN become rather than what they are, you’d be shocked at what a little paint could do.

This is a vintage jewelry box.  They restained this piece along with replacing the knobs.

This is a beautiful rustic office.  It is essentially an all-in-one flee market find.  I am dreaming of the day I make this happen in our place.

This is an antique tool box.  Depending on the shape you find it in you will most likely need to line the drawers with some type of decorative fabric or wall paper.

How cool is this idea.  It is an old kitchen cabinet.  Again, condition is everything, you will most likely need to sand this and repaint it, if in fact you do find one of these treasures.

Simply BEAUTIFUL.  I have never found a window even somewhat similar to this one, but hey you never know what you will find.  This is a great, creative, way to display dishes or for plants or photo frames, the possibilities are endless.

Old birdcage…. or a mail storage unit?  For the shelving inside this beautiful creation is created by dowel rods and plexiglass.  How fun would this project be?

This is an old Chicken feed bin.  I’m not sure what kind of condition you may find this in, I haven’t ever seen one at an auction, however, I may not have recognized it either.

 

The weather is beginning to warm up, which means, good old fashion sweaty AUCTIONS! They are a blast, I really think you should at least go and watch one this season.

 

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Salvage Style – Feat. Kent & Tammy Myers

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Someday I will have time to post something new everyday, but for now I am going to have to find peace with posting when I can.

Recently my Dad sent me a picture of a project he was working on.  He called it ‘Salvage Style’ and I was reminded what makes me, me!  My parents taught me a lot but two major characteristics stand out, that both my Mom and Dad contributed to the make-up of me, and those being; creative and resourceful.  I can remember several times that my mom would bring home a picture of something and my dad would construct her dream project into a reality.  Depending on how large the project was, my dad, often was able to use scrape wood or used items finding them anywhere and everywhere.

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‘Salvage Style’ was found from the Magazine This Old House.

This project materials are:

A pulley ($10-$12)

Sisal Rope (Typically bought in bulk, 50ft=$9)

Wiring (Had on hand) – This is very typical of my dad, he has a detached garage that he works in with everything you can imagine, we have spent many wonderful hours working on projects together.

Light Socket ($4)

My heart swells up when I talk about my Dad because his handyman skills and captivating personality are the perfect mix.  He is patient and answers all of my badgering questions, and let me tell you I ask A LOT of questions.  I am a child soaking in all of his craftsman knowledge and wisdom.

If you are interested in finding DIY projects here are a couple resources that my dad and I have used in the past;

http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/Home.aspx

http://www.bhg.com/

Pinterest.com (under the DIY tab)

Have fun searching for YOUR next project.

Halloween the Thrify way

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This year I needed to dress up for Halloween for two different occasions.  The day of Halloween I dressed up for work and then the weekend after Halloween we were invited to a party.   Needless to say, since being married I do not have extra funds lying around to spend on Halloween costumes, so I used my resources and came up with a very fun and creative idea.

The Supplies:

The day of Halloween I dressed up as a person caught in a wind storm.  It isn’t the easiest costume to construct but it is inexpensive and was a hit at the office.  First I went to Salvation Army one day during lunch and saw what tag color was 50% off and went directly to the scarfs.  For this costume a scarf is a must to get the full wind blown look effect.  The scarf was originally 60 cents, and since it was 50% off, I got it for 30 cents.

Second, I went to Goodwill on a weekend that they had 50% off of all of their clothes and since my scarf was brown I looked for a brown skirt and jacket.  I got the skirt for $2.00 and the jacket was $2.25.  I then went to Dollar Tree and picked up some adjustable wire.  Just a side note, the wire I purchased was actually floral wire that you would put in bouquets, which was extremely flimsy and I had to double the wire up while constructing the costume.  If you don’t have fake floral leafs at home, I would have gone outside and picked some up off the ground and used them.

Things you have at home that you’ll need: hot glue gun, wire cutters, safety pins (4-6), bobby pins and a headband (optional)

Constructing the Costume:

Flip the skirt inside out and with the wire measure the length you will need, should be the length of the inside seam of the skirt.  Hot glue the wire near the seam of the skirt.  Then hot glue another wire about 2 inches from the first wire, once you bend it in the direction of your choice it will look like the skirt has a ripple from the wind.

The jacket was kind of tricky for me to get right.  I hot glued a wire starting right underneath the armpit (same side that you choose to have the wind blowing) and then mid way to the back of the jacket.  I then took the other side of the jacket and safety pinned it to my shirt so that it would stay.

The scarf it probably the easiest piece.  Put the scarf on and tie it comfortably around your neck and measure the length from the knot to the end of the scarf on both pieces.  Then, lay the scarf on a flat surface and tied knots at the length measured previously, so you have a reference for the length of the wire.  Then hot glue the wire on the inside of the scarf at both ends.  After it dries then put tie it around your neck comfortably and position one end higher than the other.

I hot glued a leaf to one of my headbands as well (optional).

At the last minute I added the newspaper to my leg.  I took one of my stretchy headbands (same color as my tights) and one piece of a newspaper.  I wrapped the headband around my leg then took two safety pins and pinned it to the headband.

Now the hair. I did in fact put wire in my hair.  I didn’t wash my hair with conditioner that morning so that it would be a bit more coarse.  I teased my hair and put it in a pony tail.  I added three different pieces of wire and then teased and wrapped my hair around the wire.  I put attached a bobby pin to the hair and the wire to help it’s stability as well.  I, then, bobby pinned the leaf to my hair and hair-sprayed my bangs to the same side as the rest of my clothes/scarf/ and hair.

Once you put everything on bend the wires in the direction that you choose and walk tall cause you just made an amazing Halloween Costume for right around $8.00 and that feels good.

The second costume was my husbands idea.  I think he secretly wishes we lived in the south so he could have an accent.  We were a white trash couple.  The entire outfit cost about $3.80  I went to salvation army and found that fantastic shirt he is wearing, it was $.90 and the shirt I’m wearing was $.90 as well.  My husband had an old pair of work pants that he ripped up a bit more.  We cut the sleeves off his shirt and cut the bottom off a bit more so his belly would show.  He borrowed a pair of work boots from a friend, he was also carrying around a 40oz bottle of beer that we bought.  I already owned my jean jacket, jeans, and boots.  I wore big hoop earrings and very dark make-up.  It was a ton of fun!

My tip is: The more creative you are, the less expensive costumes will be.

Find ideas from the internet, search through the news and see who is really hitting the tabloids hard.  Go to your closet and see what you have to work with and when you do have to buy something, try to spend as little as possible.

Have a blast and Happy Halloween!

Auction

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Tip #3 Want to feel an extreme boost of confidence?  Go to an auction, bid (only on things you like) and win.

On Monday afternoon/evenings there are auctions held in New Haven, IN.  My Fiance, Mikey, called me and told me he saw a great table and chair set at this flee market in New Haven.  Mikey has never been to a good old fashion red neck auction, which is perfect, lucky for me I grew up going to auctions every weekend.  The table and chairs are shown in the pictures above and I bet you can’t guess how much I got them for?? $30.  I will post a picture of what it looks like after we paint it, but I was thrilled to have won it that cheap.  I also spotted a cabinet that I thought had amazing structure and since I was waiting for my future-father-in-law to pick up the table and chairs for me I decided I would move right along with the auctioneer and bid on it too.  Again, I think you will be shocked at how cheap I got this vintage solid wood cabinet?  $2.50! I’m serious! I warn you now when you win something that is that beautiful and that cheap you will need someone to pop your big-head because I felt awesome.  I have cleaned it up since this photo was taken and I will post a before and after blog once we paint it again giving you the total price.  I hope you feel inspired to go to an auction.  The first time might be intimidating, but I assure you I can answer any questions you may have.

Once you arrive to an auction you first need to register and get a number, this process is free, they take down your address and make sure you are who you say you are, LET THE BIDDING BEGIN!  Once you have your number then scope out the place for any gold items you might want to bid on.  After you have identified the items you are interested in you wait (patiently, sometimes this process is forever long) and once the auctioneer approaches your item (make sure you know she/he is auctioning off the right thing) and then bid.

Just a couple things about auctions:

You don’t have to start bidding at the first number the Auctioneer throws out, for example the Auctioneer started the cabinet at $15.  He will gradually go down until someone starts bidding, that is how I got it for $2.50.

This process happens really quickly so if you get overwhelmed easily, I would suggest watching the process go down.  Stay calm.

A hillbilly auction (which is where you will find awesome things extremely cheap) is not like the movie auctions, the auctioneer will make eye contact with you to know you are bidding on something, I promise when you scratch your nose you won’t be bidding for an item accidentally.

 

GOOD LUCK and Go get ’em.