DIY Hutch Makeover – Craigslist $25 find

Our 'formal dining room' needed some furniture to fill it, so I found this gem on Craigslist for $25!!!!!!!! DIY Hutch Makeover Commence! A personal goal I set for myself, well, for our home is to furnish the rest of it with Craigslist items or Goodwill purchases. We moved from a smaller home to a home over double its size, so we have had a few rooms to fill. You read right, TWENTY FIVE BIG ONES!!! It even has a light in it ... THAT WORKS!!!!! I love how it turned out.  Just waiting to find just the right hardware to finish the look ... What do you think? These 2 photos below is before it saw some Taradara action! HOW DID I DO IT? I removed the hardware and sanded the areas … [Read more...]

Buffet Makeover with Spray Paint

Very easy DIY for your ugly buffet! Craigslist is a wonderful wonderful WONDERFUL place! I got this tired ol' wine cabinet/buffet for $15! I love it's detailing on the doors!  I HAD to have it!  The top opens and folds over for double the serving space.  LOVE THAT!!! BUT, it couldn't come in until it was made presentable {for our home}. So, it's been sitting in our garage for quite awhile as I tried to figure out how I wanted it to look after painting it. Well, the day came when I just said 'screw it', I'm just going to SPRAY PAINT it! ********* Here's what I did to it: I spray painted the edges and detail with black spray paint and let it dry. Then I went over it completely … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for a Craft Show – with the help of Craigslist

Anything can be possible when you're resourceful and check with Craigslist.  Perhaps we are just lucky here in the Denver metro area with our Craigslist activity as I find so much for free or for next to very little cost like this $25 dining room hutch. I was asked to attend the Jazz on 2nd Festival in Niwot to sell my wares.  Not planning on selling at any shows during the summer, I wasn't, let's say, prepared. So, I've been a bit busy trying to get everything ready and together making sure I have enough of everything. I've been trying to think of how I'm going to set up my booth so it's not just a lonely looking table.  I want it to be interesting and inviting and colorful.  However, I … [Read more...]

Thrifted Dresser Makeover: Mod Podge and Maps … and a dresser!

Buy a thrifted dresser and refinish it! So our youngest is getting the age to where he can dress himself.   The Problem:  The dresser he has is hard to open and close the drawers {even for me sometimes}. The Solution:  Buy dresser off of Craigslist for $20 and paint it just for him. So, I'm sure you've been dying to learn how to put maps on a dresser, right?   {well, you can use any paper} Well, here's a little tutorial for ya! Scuff it up a bit Here are the drawers scuffed up and ready to go {I didn't bother to prime it.  You can certainly prime it though} Spray paint the body thoroughly and the drawers just on the edges and anywhere where you're not going to cover with the … [Read more...]

What we did this weekend

photo credit We went to see Rango!  What a fun movie!!!  Rango, the lizard, is really cute and the owls are funny.  There were a couple of parts where I thought the boys probably shouldn't be watching {hence the PG rating}, there were only a few sentences/words that were a bit 'advanced' for a 3 and 5 year old. photo credit We also went to watch a St Baldricks event! Watching the men have their heads shaved, the celtic dancers, and of course the BAG PIPES!!!! Oh, how I LOVE LOVE LOVE bag pipes {we had them at our wedding ... on a CD ... LOL} There were jumpy tents and a fire truck was there ... what little boy isn't thrilled about fire trucks??!  Not many.   I also found a … [Read more...]

Yet another Craigslist find!!!

A little while ago, I posted my retro chair make over that I got for $5 off of Craigslist.  I mentioned that I also got some folk art prints from the same lady who was moving. I got them for $5 each! They aren't my normal taste in art, but I thought they were funky and fun for the kids' playroom downstairs. It's got a train in one of them {the boys are ga ga for trains these days}.  How fitting!! {sorry about the picture quality, just a funny angle and not the greatest light} And the other has some cute houses and buildings {that I was more drawn to} I just adore the apple trees too!!! Craigslist is a jackpot for house furnishings and decor!!  Don't over look it!! … [Read more...]

Craigslist, and why I shop it

Craigslist is an amazing resource for furnishing a home, apartment, or office. We moved from a smaller home to a home twice the size.  My first thought was, how am I going to furnish this place?  We didn't have a lot of money and there were a lot of empty rooms.  I resorted to Craigslist and decided I was going to furnish the rest of our home with second hand furnishings bought from Craigslist or from thrift stores.  I was just checking around Craigslist {in the free category, that's where I always go first} and this beauty was right there! FREE!!!! Oh, I might just have to take a trip tomorrow ... not, it's snowing too much just wanted to share to show 'you never know' what's out … [Read more...]