One Man’s Trash…

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I know y’all are familiar with the old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” am I right? Of course in my case it’s another woman’s treasure but…..

I was out for a walk with one of my kids and several of our dogs one morning super early and came across a table and four chairs sitting at the curb ready to be hauled away with the garbage collection. It was a sorry sight but seemed to be sturdy which was my main concern. Most of the screws and bolts were still present and accounted for and nothing seemed broken. After several trips back and forth I got it hauled home.

The chairs were all different colors and two of them had damage to the seats that really showed up with the dark stain color.

Clearly the top had seen better days also. I’ve seen much worse though!

First I took all the backs and legs off the chairs and table and got them cleaned up and ready for paint. Then I did the same with the seats.

I used Rustoleum Heirloom White in a satin finish, for all the legs and backs. It took about two coats. All of the different colors covered well except for the red chair. For some reason every coat I sprayed on turned pink! I tried a stain blocking primer and it did the same thing. Finally I sprayed it with a dark gray primer from Rustoleum specifically for metals and after that I was able to spray it in the Heirloom white and it covered.

For the seats I used the Rustoleum Chalked in Serenity Blue! Ever since this came out I’ve been wanting to try it, especially this beautiful soft blue color. This was the perfect opportunity! Two coats and the seats were done. I did not fill the damaged spots on the seats because I’m actually looking forward to them wearing and getting distressed with use and starting to show some of the dark stain color thru eventually!

The table top was covered in paint and had places where the finish was removed etc but I really envisioned it showing the wood grain and having a weathered look so I got out my sandpaper and set to work! Quite a long time later this is what I was left with! I coated it in many layers of Minwax Poly in a satin finish as well and sanded with very fine sandpaper between some of the coats.

Voila! Here is my new treasure for only the cost of some cans of spray paint. This is the perfect little table for the kids to work on crafts, have a snack or maybe finish some homework. I’ve situated it between my kitchen and living room and I’m loving it! I will eventually get a rug for underneath it but for now – I’m pretty happy with my “trash”!

Yes, those two little photobombers on the chair are the ones who helped me find this.

I hope I’ve inspired you to look at a discarded piece a little differently. Just maybe there is something beautiful hiding under it’s nasty exterior, just waiting to be discovered.

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An apple a day…

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What says fall more than a juicy apple? Apples make me think of crispy fall days when the leaves are turning and everywhere you look there are vibrant, spicy, warm colors. From the leaves to the pumpkins to the chrysanthemums and fall grasses. Apples also remind me of school….and books….and spicy apple pie! I think they’re the perfect thing to add to your fall decor. Of course you can choose any color of faux apples but my preference are the bright splashes of green. Like a Granny Smith.

I accidentally came across these lovely specimens while looking for something else entirely in the clearance aisle at my local Walmart. At the time I didn’t need apples for anything specific but they were so real looking and were marked down to $.75 each! I know, right? I cleaned them out 😁

The little tin bucket I got on sale at Hobby Lobby (you’ve seen this here but in a different color) was the perfect thing to hold a few of these apples. What better to put with apples than a few lovely vintage books! 🙌🏻

About a week ago I stopped at Dollar Tree to see what they had for fall decor and I found these tiny little white pumpkins! They had traditional orange and various other varieties as well but I loved the idea of the white so I picked up a number of them at the time.

The same day that I stumbled across the vintage books in the old thrift store, I also spied this glass cake stand for $1.89! Now normally I prefer ceramic or wood or some sort of opaque cake stand over glass. For that price I felt it made sense to get it though and I think it looks just perfect here in this little vignette 💕

The gorgeous little pumpkin and tiny rusty birdcage were both Hobby Lobby finds. Both were on sale and cost me approximately $2 and $4.50 respectively. The candle is one I’ve had forever and the wooden beads…..well yes, those are the ones I made for around $7. They go with everything! You can find the tutorial for them here.

And there you have it! Another shelf on the bookcase all prettied up for fall for next to nothing.

I hope this has given you some more ideas for how you can make your home beautiful and surround yourself with all the cozy fall vibes, on a very small budget 😁

Enjoy!

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Fall Decor That Will Keep a Spring In Your Step

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Show of hands – who is ready to start decorating for fall? 🙋🏻‍♀️. Okay I will admit that I’m currently having a bit of a struggle putting out all my fall decor when it’s over 100 degrees outside most days! Know what I mean? Still, you know me….I’m always looking for a bargain and now is the time to snap up the good stuff before its all gone off the store shelves. Otherwise you’ll be the one stuck with the plastic pumpkin Halloween bucket and black plastic streamers for your fall decor 🤣🤣🤣

Let me share a little secret – I am kind of obsessed with books. I think it’s my granddads fault. He would sit and read to me by the hour as far back as I can recall and he himself always had a book in his hands whenever he sat down for a minute. I like reading books. I like the smell of books. I like looking at pretty books around my house. I like just knowing they’re all around. So it stands to reason that I would have some darling little vintage books as part of my fall decor, right? I snagged these little gems at a rather depressing little thrift store for $.75 cents each! Keep your eyes open all the time and you never know where you will find genuine little vintage treasures. If all else fails you can grab a few hardcover books at Dollar Tree and paint them to whatever color you’d like, as my friend Terrie does.

The little candle holder is filled with some darling little acorns I got from Dollar Tree just a couple days ago. The little bucket of apples is all new but would it surprise you to know it cost me under $5 for the whole thing? I got the little leaf bucket at Hobby Lobby. It was originally $3.99 but was 40% off and the apples were in the clearance section at Walmart for $.75 each 🙌🏻

The white Williams and Sonoma candy dish, the faux greenery topiary ball, the little faux succulent – all thrift store finds or Dollar Tree bargains but I’m not even gonna count them because they were all things I already had and have used over in many different settings.

The fall leaves and chrysanthemums I got last year from Walmart. I reuse them every year in different ways and that makes them always seem new. I have them arranged this time in the bucket that a friend gave me last fall with a live chrysanthemum in it. If you can believe it, it’s plastic! I know, right? It looked so believable that I just had to keep it to use over and over.

Finally, see those sweet little white pumpkins? Don’t you just love them? I sure do. I got them from Dollar Tree a few days ago as well. They were just putting out their fall decor and I took advantage of snapping some up before it’s all gone!

So all in all this whole area cost me approximately $10. That’s completely doable, right? I know you’re thinking that in order to have your house beautifully decorated for fall that you have to have lots of money to spend. I’m here to show you that you don’t! If you’re willing to hunt around for a bargain, add a little creativity and a DIY or two – you too can have beautiful decor around you regardless of the season!

I hope I’ve inspired you to start looking around for those little bargains on fall decor items. Check back in a few days for my next blog post with some more fall decor ideas 💡

Enjoy!

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