Thrifting Finds

Today I needed to get away from the disaster zone that is our kitchen and get my thrift store fix. So far there hasn’t been much progress besides removing the backsplash on one side.



We are moving along slowly but surely.

Back to my thrift finds, here’s what I managed to snag today from Goodwill and a vintage shop in the downtown area.



First, I found these cute Churchill blue willow china cups at Goodwill. I don’t think I really got them for a steal ($2.88 a cup) but I love having a matching set of cups for my coffee bar.

Next, I stopped at my favorite vintage shop in my little downtown area. It’s called Ella’s What Not Shop and Ella just happens to be the cutest little puppy that hangs out in the shop.

Their facebook page:



I bought the TEA cup ($5) that is now up on my coffee bar, as well as this cool little vintage looking frame ($3). I had been looking for a small oval frame for a while so this fit the bill perfectly. Still need to figure out where it’s new home will be.


Finally, I snagged a gorgeous vintage looking globe with a wooden base ($20). It now sits on top of the library along with my mini globe from homegoods and my light up globe from Goodwill.



My goal it to fill the top of the library with globes, similar to this picture I found on Pinterest, although it looks like it’s from an IKEA catalog.



Another inspiration pic:



Okay, I need to stop procrastinating and start tackling the monster that is our kitchen renovation. Hopefully we will have more progress to share soon!




January 5th- Hour #5

Today’s hour extended throughout the day, although most of my time spent was taking care of household cleaning and chores. Some things I crossed off my list:

1) Laundry

2) Grocery Shopping

3) Deep Clean of Bathroom/shower

4) Vacuum and steam clean most floors

5) Finish painting that dang good will mirror

6) Rearrange the couch to see if my layout will work

7) Make ginger cookies (mix was 70% off at Target)

Things I learned:

-Always change out of your good clothes when spray painting

-Lemon furniture polish removes soap scum on a shower door fairly well

– Using a toothbrush works wonders in cleaning the tiny, nasty, disgusting crevices within the shower door.

-My layout for the family room will not work unless we get a different couch and coffee table.

-I am officially in love with my new steam mop!


Seriously, this thing is amazing. As in I have dreams about steam mopping my floors.

As for #5, I can finally say that this project is complete! Here is my finished mirror:


It’s come along way since its Good Will days:


I think it may replace my window mirror in the entry, but I am still not 100% sure.

Speaking of the entry, I finally got around to touching up those spackle spots on the wall, and once Nate gets around to replacing the base boards we can check this project off of our list! BTW the entryway is tempting me to put up board and batten throughout the house. It definitely makes the wall seem so much more formal and classy.


One day left before my vacation officially ends! Time for me to eat all the ginger cookies to make me feel better! 🙂


Cheers to hour #5!

January 4th- Hour #4

Today’s hour was spent between painting my good will mirror and organizing.

First, I used a baby roller to roll my chosen paint color onto the raised sections of the mirror. However, my roller got a little too excited and paint ended up on the middle sections, something I was hoping to avoid. Also, as a side note I totally should have sanded the raised sections before painting (duh!). My “primer” was too glossy and the paint was having trouble adhering to the glossy surface. Here it is after one coat:


See all the splotches of paint in between? Such a pain. As for the color I used a glidden sample base that was color matched to Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray. It ended up looking more beige than I expected, but it is a nice color nonetheless. I am also thinking about using this color in the house so this was also a color trial run for me.

After taking a quick nap, I headed out to Home Depot to pick up a small painting brush to fill in those nooks and crannies with white. Ok, I also made a pit stop at good will. I admit it, I have a problem! 

Once I got back home I started my touch ups and realized that the brushes I purchased were super crappy (Thanks HD!). They were the only ones available at the store so I made do. Here’s what I ended up with:



Still have tons of little areas that will need more touching up, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. (Only two days left in my vacation! Boo!)

My second project involved organizing clutter that had been haphazardly thrown into boxes in our office closet. The boxes drove me crazy because I could never find anything. I figured a dresser would be a good solution and luckily Nate’s parents were willing to hand down his old dresser to us. I got to organizing and was able to get everything in it’s place fairly quickly. Here’s the dresser, which I love!


Drawer #1 contains all of my arts and crafts supplies as well as misc cards and envelopes:



Drawer #2 Contains Holiday items (mostly Fourth of July and birthday decor)



Drawer #3 contains misc decor (read: good will junk that I pick up) and drawer liners



Drawer #4 contains table setting items


And finally drawer #5 contains all of my candles



I think I did pretty well for day four of my resolution!