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

What a busy couple of weeks. I was recently 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 don't want to spend a lot of money on it {because everything I do is on a budget, you know how it is} So, I've been checking out my favorite places, Craigslist and Goodwill. I got these plantation shutters for FREE … [Read more...]

Tutorial Tuesday: Mod Podge and Maps … and a dresser!

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 maps Get a map book Tear out some maps. … [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!!! … [Read more...]

Craigslist, and why I shop it

I was just checking around Craigslist {in the free catagory, 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 there until you look! Man, I just wish is was within 10 miles of my house! Can you imagine what I could do with this gem!!!   xo Tara … [Read more...]