Friday, August 15, 2014

Tips on Organizing Our Home

Organizing our homes can be a bit difficult for many. Many thoughts can jump out of our head for many of us but for some its a very hard thing to do. So here's a few photos of some areas I have organized inside my home that may be able to help you in your home.
1. Put a shoe hanger behind every door in your house to organize items needed n that room. This shoe hanger is on the inside of my bathroom. It holds many items that are needed in the bathroom and when I need it I do not have to go out of the bathroom for it.

2. A home office is a place where organization is so necessary. By organizing items in baskets and placing them in order by like items and colors like my markers allows you to reach for the right shade whenever needed.

3. Organizing socks by color. This allows you to find the sock you need by a glance.

4. My living room ottoman serves 3 purposes. It holds all my tools in place and when it is closed it serves as an extra table for food trays or a seating chair for 2. 

5. If you have a lot of everything like I do since I am an extreme couponer; it is important to organize everything properly and keeping  like items together.



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Frugalicious Makeovers

Hello there, I sure hope life is good to you all. Here in Ohio the weather is fabulous, 74 degrees today and very breezy...its lovely.
One of my friends was throwing out this small 80's country rack. She knew I could come up with a way to revamp it to look much better. As you see from the photos it was sad looking. I thought of painting it but since the wood was so nice I ended up staining it. I didn't even had to sand it down, I just stained it a shade darker and I put it next to my night stand to hold my night reading magazines.

Before looks good.

Then I pick up this plague at a rummage sale for $1 dollar.  I knew I only needed to paint over the blue trim, so I painted the trim in black and hung it in my kitchen.


Great Frugalicious makeovers.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 2014 Garage Sale Finds & Makeover

Well hello there. It sure has been a great Summer so far and great bargain hunting one also. For this month of July I picked up some nice items which have earned a space in my home.
First up is this gorgeous framed print which only cost me $3 dollars at a garage sale. It is so nice and it matched well with the colors in my living room. Oh and let me tell you this frame is heavy in weight...good deal.

Second, I found this lamp with the shade for $5.99 at Goodwill and since I had one just like it in my bedroom I grabbed it. I repainted both of them and now they look fabulous.

After painting them I added the jute twine for texture.

They came out lovely.
and finally this sunflower painting. It looks great in my bathroom.

It was a good month of buying and redoing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Goodwill Trash, Turned into a Bedroom Treasure.

Hi there, how are you all doing? I hope very well.
Here at home my long list of projects continues and this new project was not on the list but it was a great project to do and I am so happy with the results.
Last week at stopped at our local Goodwill to check out their new arrivals. I was so thrilled to find this lamp because I had one just like it at home and it was not being used. I grabbed it and to my luck this gorgeous shade was included into the price which I ended up using on my tall lamp in my living room. .
It was very dirty, dusty but it was in mint cracks and it worked.
It was a good price with the shade included.

This is the one I had at home.

I primed the one I had at home and I scrubbed the one I bought at Goodwill.
After priming I then painted them in a light cream color.
As a professional wall designer and painter sponging is one of my specialties. I sponged the lamp in a tan shade and once it was sponged I re-sponged it again with the cream color I painted the lamp and then I reapplied lightly the tan color to achieve a beautiful sponging effect. The is the perfect way to get a good sponging design. It also must be done with a light hand and done softly. This re-application with the sponge makes it look professional and perfect. When I used to sponge walls for my clients the walls always came out like wallpaper, with no seams or imperfections. That's how sponging should look. What ever you are sponging whether it be walls or furniture you must reapply your colors starting with the lightest colors first and ending with the darkest colors.
 Use 1 sea sponge for each shade you will be painting with.
The first application may look a bit messy, but after you reapply your shades they will blend beautifully.

Look at the beautiful results from the sponge. After the lamp dried well I glued jute/twine around the bottom and the top.
I also used it on the neck of the lamp.
I tried this shade but I didn't like it.

This shade was perfect and I had 2 of for each lamp....YAY!!!!.
Lamp 1

Lamp 2
They both look fabulous,

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Window Dressings

I stopped at a garage sale a few weeks ago and look what I found for $8.00. Some champagne cream silk panels and these beautiful grey valances. They look lovely.
I am slowly giving my bedroom a little mini makeover. My new colors are taupe-greys, champagne cream, chocolate brown and as accent colors-robin egg blue and amber gold. Its looking great. Future photos will be coming soon.
But in the meanwhile check out my bedroom window.
I added a gold broach to make the window valances pop with a hint of color.

I love the silky curtains.

Very nice...I'm so happy.