DIY Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover – Before and After

Don't you just love before and after chalk paint projects?  I've been painting everything in my path with chalk paint these days, including this amazing dining room hutch I picked up at Goodwill for next to nothing.  It has sat in our garage (much to my husband's dismay) for months waiting for me to get inspiration to paint it. Well, inspiration finally hit and I went to town on it with red chalk paint! Here is the before: Here is the during: I painted the inside a beautiful blue that accented the red quite nicely. The solder was the traditional bronzey-goldy colour so I wanted to get rid of the glass all together and replace it with something different.  But since I've been working … [Read more...]

Goodwill makeovers – Before and After

If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you may have been watching the AH-MAZING GOODWILL FINDS! Goodwill is seriously my favorite store. We are pretty lucky in our area that we have such outstanding Goodwill stores in our area.  When I travel for work, I will often scout the local Goodwill and often walk out with treasures! I have told my friends that walking into a Goodwill is like going to the CASINO for me. It's this crazy high for me when I walk out with shoes that sell for $800 retail and not spend near that for them.  It's a high for me when I find AMAZING furniture pieces that have now taken over our garage (it's starting to look like a Goodwill!).  Can't say I have nothing … [Read more...]

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...]

My Studio has New Light!

Pin It I have wanted to get rid of this UGLY UGLY ceiling fan light since we moved in.  I love ceiling fans but this one was an eye sore! I mean, come on ... it really has no business in being in this creative space, right! It will be replaced by this sorry looking piece ... But, don't be fooled!!!! BEHOLD!!!! My 3 men installed this LOVELY chandelier for me on Valentine's Day!  What a GREAT present! I cannot tell you how much I ABSOLUTELY.LOVE.IT!!!! Isn't she pretty? I LOVE walking by my studio and looking on this $20 GOODWILL thrift store find!  And I didn't even have to do a thing to it!  BONUS! It gives perfect light to my studio and I love being in there even … [Read more...]

Goodwill Denver’s Swap & Shop Evening

What an evening!!!! There was ambiance, music, beautiful people ... and Goodwill Clothes!!! People brought 10 or more items they wanted to 'exchange' and the volunteers hung them on hangers while we were all enjoying the festivities.  After the show was over, the attendees were able to go through and choose up to 10 items they wanted for themselves. There were vendors at the show as well!  I should have gotten a picture of the food area because IT was amazing too!  Paninies, veggies, cheese bar, crackers, etc!  YUM! And an outfit that was being raffled off ... really amazing stuff here!  This is piece designed by Mondo Guerra from Project Runway {I actually like it!!!} {and I like … [Read more...]

Goodwill Score … Part Deux

and carrying on.... Yeah, a Columbia Ski Jacket for the boy ... $3.99 {pretty much BRAND NEW!} Columbia Ski Pants {BRAND NEW} ... $3.99 Can you believe the insanity?  I totally bought the oldest's ski gear for next year for under $8. These tags say it all ... Brand New. AND.... a Snozu jacket for me {it's a Large from the kids' department} ... $3.99 ... do you know these jackets go for upwards of $50?!!! A Camo jacket for our youngest!  He loves it!!!  I'll take it for $3.99 So, you see, you can certainly clothe a family on a budget!  I bought all this winter gear AND the clothing from the previous post AND 2 candle pillars with tags on still {that were regular $49.99 EACH … [Read more...]

Goodwill Score!!!

I had some fun last night doing a little Goodwill fashion show with my Instagram app on my iPhone... Dressing for any event CAN be done on a budget shopping at Goodwill, whether it be for work or and evening out. How about my new olive green Nike jacket for $8.99 Don't hate ... American Eagle jeans for $4.99 I love this orange shirt... This jacket is DOWN FILLED!!!  All for $10.99! A cute Talbot skirt for only $4.99 Oh, and this SWEET top ... {I love love love the embroidery detail on this one!} Okay, this is all I'm posting for this one ... Click on the 'Thrifting' tab for more amazing Goodwill finds! xo Tara … [Read more...]