A child’s bookcase turned into display cabinet for vintage glass.

I was cleaning the basement yesterday because we have a leak!!! Yes, our first home and we have melted snow leaking in to our foundation. Go figure right? However, I figure that it’s a sign from the carpet Gods that I can finally rip up the gosh awful blue carpet downstairs and put some nice flooring in. Anyway, as I was cleaning and throwing things away I looked at my girls 2 bookcases that my mom bought my oldest daughter years ago that came with a bedroom set and saw that one was full of books and the other was full of their junk ,and I mean like pieces of paper that were half used, game pieces, and whatever they didn’t want to put away they threw in this bookcase. Now, that same day I was cleaning and organizing my little collection of jadeite, cherry and cable glass, and swan dishes and was saying to myself how much I needed a curio cabinet to showcase them, but wait….we need sofas, new carpet, an entire new kitchen, and lets face it….there are about 20 other things I could use that money for right now and then…DING, DING…I’ll just put this bookcase upstairs and use it to place my pretties in until I can check some other things off my list and buy that curio cabinet I’ve dedicated an entire Pinterest board to! This bookcase had marker all over it and I tried cleaning it but it wasn’t working so I just decided to shabby chic it just a tad, took the doors off so the cabinet was open,  put a little gray stain on the exposed wood pieces, added some pretty knobs and I had myself a cute little cabinet to display my collections in. Is it exactly what I wanted? No! However it works for now and actually fits perfectly in our small dining room and it cost me nothing! Sometimes it can be really fun to shop your own home!!

Here is my small collection that’s still growing…

Cherry and Cable Carnival glass, jadeite, and my glass swan dishes I’m obsessed with. I found 2 more at our local flea market that I really want.

Before and After….

I just have to take a minute to brag about my beautiful plant! I’ve NEVER had a green thumb, in fact I have never been able to keep a plant alive but for some reason this one on top I have had for several years and she’s getting huge! I love the fact that this allows her a home to showcase her lovely leaves. ; )

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Upcycled Love Notes…A beautiful life

I wanted to share a special little craft project I created while stuck indoors on this snowy day. Let me first explain the reasoning behind it. I met my husband 9 years ago today through his mother of all people. Her and I had worked together at a motel when I was a struggling single parent trying to make ends meet. We became good friends and she later introduced me to her son. We had the time of our lives and fell head over heels in love with one another. We spent the first 4 years dating and I went from a crappy motel job, to an office job, to a great job at the middle school working as a special ed aide and at every single one of those jobs he would send me roses and I mean the biggest and the best with a huge pink bow almost every single month and to this day he still sends me flowers or brings home a beautiful plant and the best part was always the little card. We got married in 2008 in Vegas because we are both low key people and wanted to elope rather than fuss about wedding planning and boy did we have a blast! However, we had no engagement or even wedding photos taken, we have no evidence of our wedding except our marriage license and memories. LOL! Well, when I was cleaning out and organizing my office and unpacking boxes I found my “keepsake” trunk and inside I found all the birthday cards, love notes, pink bows, and bouquet cards. I decided instead of stuffing them in my trunk and  probably forgetting about them, I would pick out a few of my favorites and display them in our bedroom like others do with their wedding photos and such. I thought what a neat way to display our love for one another we have shared over the years and  so that’s what I did. I picked up some affordable frames at Hobby Lobby, craft supplies from Michaels and made a sort of scrapbook page framed and hung as art in our Master bedroom along with some rustic wood art I made and love quotes to create a gallery wall. I love it and it’s something special that we both can enjoy. I love putting visual memories up all around my home. There is no better way than waking up in the morning to a beautiful romance of a  past and it leaving you with a smile on your face.

Sneak Peak…

Found these frames at Hobby Lobby on sale for $12…

I already had burlap so I glued it to a piece of white poster board, then taped 2 layers of pretty scrapbook paper on top, taped the cards I wanted to showcase and added some 3D rose stickers, hearts, and leaves to give it a romantic feel. I think it came out beautifully and a great way to add personal touches to a master bedroom with those memories we would otherwise keep in a box or album.

The wood letters I made last summer. I bought the K, F, heart, and 2 wood blocks at Michaels painted them and glued the letters to the blocks for a rustic romantic piece of artwork for our bedroom.

For now this gallery works until we get around to remodeling our master bedroom and then it will change but the love notes will most definitely stay and be a sweet reminder of our romantic past and beautiful future….
Hope this has inspired you to take out some of your old “keepsakes” and if “appropriate” lol. will give you a creative way to showcase them for an everlasting memory.

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A budget friendly Living Room…Stage 3

Alright! It’s a Take 3 on our living room! Yes, it’s changed yet again. I figure it’s our first home we’ve owned and I’m going to go through many trial and errors until I find what fits. However, after we have painted the walls it’s been much easier for me to focus on a color scheme, which is whites, aged glass, and shades of green with dark wood accents. It’s so chic and I’m loving it. Of course it’s not done. I still “need” new chairs and to paint the trim and staircase and picky up a glass case to showcase all of my pretties and then it will officially be done! I do want to share that everything in this room are things I already had and adjusted with some DIY’s, I also picked up a few discounted items to add some chic to the room. If anyone can bargain shop it’s me!!! I’m telling you with a little hunt and patience you can find and even adjust items you have to create a completely new look for any room! I encourage you to get out those boxes in storage of items and d├ęcor you thought you’d never use and diy/upcycle a few to create an entire new space. Let me break down my room for you….

I picked up this coffee table a few years back in the back of a flea market/ antique store. It’s a very well made table. I spent $50 on it. The top was white but last year I decided I needed to two tone it so I stripped the top and stained it with a coffee tint here is the link for the tutorial on that process…two toned table. The birdcage to the left was a dark brown metal I just bought some spray paint in s shiny silver and sprayed away. the aged glass pieces I picked up at TJ Maxx for 3-5 bucks.

This piece was from an auction. I sanded it down, painted it white, and two toned the drawers and door in a coffee tint and blue stain. I changed the knobs and stained the top. You can check out that process over on Praire Sisters Blog

 I decided not to sell this piece and put It in my living room. It looks sooo pretty! The blue swan dish I got at a flea market and the vases and lamps were in the discount isle at TJ Maxx! The bird pictures are from a vintage audobon book I scored from a flea market for $5. I cut out and framed them for a gallery wall look. The frames were buy one get one free at Michaels. I scored big on those. Frames can get pricey.

I have been wanting something to put next to each side of our large window but I could just never find the right length or right anything really. I just decided to add pops of color in the room and to flow with the entryway and all of it’s glory and color I would hand paint abstract birch trees. I loved how they turned out. The perfect mix of colors in a subtle way and it cost me less that 20 bucks.
I bought this arrow sign at Hobby Lobby for around $6 and used a paint pen to write “Art Showing” that points to our wonderful gallery wall full of my children and even a few of my own art pieces.

These throw pillows are all just covered with pillow cases from Hobby Lobby. I have so many throw pillows but they were in numerous prints and colors so I picked up a few pillow cases when they went 50% off at Hobby Lobby. The most I paid for one was $4. That’s a steal!

The large silver vase I have carted around for quite a few years now. I bought it at Ross for $10 and it was a yellowish/green. I was going to buy a new one but then I thought…Why not buy a cheap can of spray paint and spray it? So that’s what I did, for 4 bucks. You can’t beat that! The flowers are still in progress as well as the staircase and door that will be painted and stained.

I didn’t want to buy sofa slipcovers just yet because I’m unsure how nicely they would actually fit. I can’t sew, and I don’t want to spend tons of money to reupholster so I figured for now I would just buy a few cheap neutral throws and lay them over the sofas until I figure out what I want to do with them or until I buy new one’s that are just as cozy as these. I got these soft chenille ones from Big Lots on clearance for $8 a piece.

 So there it is…Until the next time I rearrange, upcycle, and paint this is stage 3 of our living room makeover. Eventually I will show what it looked like when we moved in and the transformations it’s been through but until then I hope I left you with some affordable ideas for your own home decor updates.
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