Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mod Podge Dressers

Check out my tutorial on how to Mod Podge dresser drawers Here

After posting my Final Reveal about my little girls bedroom set I had a few people ask me how I did the dresser and night stands. It was so simple and I love the way the dressers turned out. 

Here are my before pictures
Here is a close up of the dressers
 And here is my after pictures again!

Here is how I did it.

First, I painted the grooves of the dresser drawers.
I tried to do it as neatly as possible but it obviously didn't work that great. If you are using a paint brush and the paint gets outside of the grooves wipe it off before it dries. If you don't you will be able to see brush stokes through your top coat of your second color (in my case the teal). Then I painted the rest of dresser and drawers with this paint that I bought at the Re store for $1.50! If your constantly doing paint projects buying paint at the Re store or garage sales is a great way to keep your cost down. Just be aware that you may need to shake up your can really good before you begin so that your paint is mixed evenly. You can also try take it to Lowes or Home Depot and ask them to shake it up for you. For this project my total paint cost was $3 dollars! 
After my dressers where painted I went to a few scrapbook paper stores to pick out my paper.
I found two that I really liked and taped them on the dresser to get a better idea of what they would look like on my dresser
This is the one that made the final cut!
 When you are picking out your paper make sure you choose a cardstock paper. This is much more durable than regular paper and will be easier to work with. I then cut out my paper to the right size for my drawers. I used 11 pieces of paper and cut each piece of paper the same so that each drawer looked identical. I then put a thin layer of mod podge onto my drawer front. Applying a thin coat of mod podge during this step will help keep your project from bubbling . This is obviously not the same drawer but I forgot to take a picture of that step in this project
Then you will apply your paper. Use a vinyl applicator to smooth out your bubbles. Begin in the middle and work your way outward. If you don't have a vinyl applicator use a credit card. Don't worry about covering the holes for the handles. We will poke a nail through our paper later to recreate the holes for the handles.  This picture is from the same project as the above picture. I have been working on getting this post up for a while. It is a tutorial on how to wrap your dresser drawers in scrapbook paper. Be looking for that soon!
After my paper was on my drawer front I then took my eyebrow scissors and trimmed the excess paper off. Yes, I know eyebrow scissors are a funny thing to keep in your craft box but let me tell you, EVERYONE needs a pair! These scissors are great for getting into small spaces. They also have a curve to the blades which makes getting close to an edge very easy.
After I trimmed off my excess paper I took a sanding block and gently sanded down the paper edge to give it a more straight line and finished look.

After that you will need to seal your paper so that it is protected and wipeable. To do this, spread another layer of mod podge on top of your paper. If your paper begins to bubble don't freak out. Just dip your finger in mod podge and in a circular motion gently begin to rub our bubble out. DO NOT touch your wet project without mod podge on your fingers! If your not careful you will pull the top layer of your paper (the one with your color, and pattern on it) off. When working out your bubble you will also want to make sure your fingers stay well covered in mod podge. If they start to get sticky and your bubble is still not worked out then re dip your finger in the mod podge and keep going until the bubble is gone. If you can't work your bubble out then leave it alone. In my experience when the paper gets wet with the mod podge it expands. Once your paper dries it should contract and look fine.

 After my drawers were mod podged I took my handles outside and spray painted them a yellow that matched my headboard.
When you are ready to attach your handles use a nail and from the inside of the dresser drawer slowly poke a hole through the paper. Wiggle the nail around to make the hole bigger if needed. Then attach your handles and you have a beautiful dresser like mine!

Check out my tutorial on how to Mod Podge dresser drawers Here

I loved this little bed set so much that I even did a photo session with it! The headboard I bought at the ReStore in Vegas and the little old books were bought at a garage sale. I bought 12 books and paid $4 dollars for them. Each book was only .33 cents a piece!

My two beautiful babies!

Linking up to to One Artsy Mama Craft Contest

Friday, May 11, 2012

I am participating in two giveaways right now!
 I am so excited to be able to participate in the giveaway going on right now at From City Corporate to Suburbmama! There are over $200 dollars worth of giveaways! I will be giving away these 6 hair bows. This giveaway ends May 14th so hurry and enter to win!

I will also be participating in this giveaway at Covered in Grace that starts MAY 14TH. I will be giving away these 5 bows! There will also be lots of other awesome giveaways! Enter to will on Monday!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 5th 2012

Here is what I found that you men out there might like!
I bought this LED cap light for $1.  It's never even been opened! Here is one that is similar at for $19.97

These motorcycle boots look brand new and the guy only wanted $25 for them! Here is the exact same style of boot online at on sale for $195!
This spreader was only $1! The cheapest spreader at Walmart is $49. 99
These two traps were only $5 dollars! Thats $2.50 a piece!
Here are some Kreg jigs! I just did a tutorial on my farm house table that I used these for! Click Here to see that tutorial. They guy wanted $5 a piece on these! Great deal if your plan of following that tutorial!
This is an outdoor turkey deep fryer. The seller wanted $20 for it. Here is a new one at Direct Camping stoves for $59.00
These Wrangler boots were brand new! They were still in all the packaging and the box! The seller only wanter $25 for them! Have you looked at Men's boots prices lately? They are several hundred dollars. Check out these prices online at Canveders
This water hose was only $5 dollars.

May 5th 2012

Good Morning Eeveryone!
I'll start this post off with a little story if you don't mind. I am visiting my parents this week because my husband is out of town on business. This is all great and fun but my parents are known for having poor internet and poor computers to work with. When I remembered this I thought "oh, it won't be a problem I have my lap top and my Verizon internet card that will get me internet. Just as that thought passed through my mind I heard my husband say "babe, your going to hate me but I have to take the Verizon internet card with me." Trying to stay optimistic I thought well at least I don't have to use their computers......HA..... I am currently sitting at the Starbucks down the road from my parents house in my slippers, P.J.'s and my hair up in a scronchie from the 1990's cause thats all my mom had. I hope you can hear the bitterness in my typing. Here's my story.

It was late last night and I thought I had finished my post about my garage sale weekend and I was about to post it but remembered that I had forgotten the best part! I  go back to my computer and sign on my parents wifi.

 Thoughts running through my head:......."this is taking a little longer than normal"........."What's going on?"............"Oh, I hope this works I just spent the last few hours on this post." 

Computer: "Connection Timed out"


Me trying to stay optimistic and have a little faith: It must just be a fluke. I will try it again. 

Computer: "connection timed out"

Angry thoughts running through my head that have been edited: BLEEP!...........BLEEP, BLEEP, BLEEPIDTY, BLEEPIN, BLEEP.............BLEEPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At this point I was one of those mother's who's eyes we about to bulge out of their head and I knew I need a time out of my own. So after taking my timeout and letting the fumes that were building in my mind cool off I thought I'll just email myself the pictures and get on my dad's computer. No big deal. So I walked back into my dad's office and stood there looking at this.
What the heck is that?..........How do I even turn it on?............ Is that the mouse? That thing is useless dinosaur! I'll try the internet again. 

My thoughts: "If it doesn't work this time no big deal, don't blow up, stay calm, be an adult.

Computer: "Connection timed out" 

In case your a visual person:

At first I was like
But then I was like


I hope you all understand my humor. I really don't swear....... a lot...... outloud. :) ok, maybe it's something I am working on.    

So now that it's Tuesday morning and I am sitting in the Starbucks with everyone starring at how ridiculous I look here is what I found this week while garage saleing!

This week I spent a total of $12.50. I put myself on a little bit of a budget and I will show you why at the end of my post. Here is what I bought.
I bought this comfy shirt for $1. Its from Forever Twentyone.

I also bought this cute pink lacey shirt. 
The girl wanted $3 dollars for it but I asked her to go down to $2! It's from Charlotte Russe.
I Can't wait to use this for a Fashion on a Dime!

I also bought this little wall sconce for $1. I am secretly hoping that one of the girls that I am helping decorate rooms for will want to do something like this

I Love this! It's so simple yet elegant. And it would be so cheap when you can find sconces for $1 at garage sales! (It has a $12.99 sticker from Marshall's on the back!) I should have taken a picture but I am out of town and it's at home!

I also bought this LED Cap Light for $1. It's never even been opened! Here is one that  is similar at for $19.97

I am ALWAYS in need of a new pair of sun glasses! I swear I have been cursed with some sort of wicked spell because no matter how hard I try I always manage to loose or break every pair of sunglasses I have ever owned. For this reason I do not let myself have nice sunglasses. I bought these two pair of sunglasses for $1 each!

Two bags of quilt batting for .50 cents each. Here is the same kind at an online store called for $7.49
This is a broach from a necklace I bought for .50 cents. I am going to use it in a bow!
Here is another set of curtains. These have a Walmart clearance tag on them for $4.00 dollars. I paid .50 cents a piece for them

The last thing I bought was these frames. I love these! They fit an 8x10 picture and are really nice and heavy duty. I bought them for 1.50 each! 
I wish you could see these in person. They look kinda cheap in this picture but they aren't. I couldn't believe she sold both of them to me for $3 dollars.

How far did your $12.50 go in the store? My $12.50 bought me two frames, a pair of curtains, two bags of quilt batting, two pair of sunglasses, two shirts, an LED cap light, a wall scones and a broach that is going to make me one dang cute bow for my girls hair! I guarantee you couldn't make your $12.50 stretch that far in a store!!!

These were at the first garage sale I went to. The crib was $30 "or whatever, we want to get rid of it"as the seller said. What do I always say? When the seller says something like this ask them  to go down!!!!! This means they are unattached to the item and that the space in their garage is worth more to them than what they are selling. 
This little table could have easily been converted into a changing table, or T.V. stand or entry way table. The shelf is not broken it just needs the plastic adjusters that go in the holes on the side and those are incredibly cheap! I have even found them at garage sales before!
They were also selling cute decorative pillows for $1 each. They had three of these red paisley printed ones.
This Food Saver was brand new!
It was still in the styrofoam! They wanted $10 for it!

How about a little dog tent for the kids to play in? My girls love the tents they have!

Here's a couch that had a matching love seat for $500. I have seen better deals but it still beats paying store prices

This is such a cute wall hanger! The seller only wanted $3 dollars for it!
Are you itching for a wing back chair like everyone else? These look so good once the fabric is updated! This one was $15 dollars!
Still not a good enough deal for you? This one was only $5!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a nice jogging stroller for $10 dollars
This is a really pretty dinette set for $125
This coffee table is GORGEOUS! If I didn't have little wobbly babies running around that would hit their heads on this I would have bought it!
Here's the bottom. She only wanted $25 for it!

Here is a look that's really popular.
Normally you would have to buy chairs and redo them yourself to get this look but why spend the time redoing them if you can find them at a garage sale!
This lady was selling three of these chairs and wanted $20 dollars a piece for them
I spaced taking a picture of the third chair! It was a lavender purple.
Someone snatched them right up too! I saw this car at another garage sale down the road!
This is an outdoor pot for $18
Colored jean is in! This blue skirt was $3 dollars.
These are Miss Me and Laguna Beach jeans! The girl wanted $10 a piece for them which is a good deal. If your buying these new they are doing to be anywhere from $70 to $100 dollars!
How fun are these?! Gray, pink and zebra striped, high top nikes for $3 dollars.
Here are some little boys 4T GAP jeans for $1.
These are very nice, real wood bunk beds. These sold so fast! They got a great deal at $100 dollars for the set!
Here is a picket fence toddler bed for $25

This little piano for kids was only $5 dollars! It needed some TLC but would have been lots of fun!
Here is a baby girl blanket made with minky! I am wishing I had bought this. It was only $3 dollars
This tin sign was $5 dollars. These are always cute with a last name in vinyl on them!
I loved this!!!! They wanted $5 dollars for it and I thought it was a little too high so I left it behind. :( 

Here are some Kreg jigs! I just did a tutorial on my farm house table that I used these for! Click Here to see that tutorial. They guy wanted $5 a piece on these! Great deal if your plan on making your table!

I saw lots of cute black boots this weekend!
These fashion cowboy style boots were $8 dollars
These black flat boots are extremely popular right now too. This picture doesn't do them justice. They were much cuter in real life and I love the zipper on the back of them. These were only $3. I bought mine for $30 at Shoe Carnival and I thought that was a great deal!
I was in love with these ones! I was so excited when I saw these but then I looked at the bottom and they were a size 9. Too big for me :( :( :( They were also only $3 dollars
This is a baby sing that can also convert into a bouncer! I have never seen these. They wanted $20 dollars for it. A lady also walked by me when I was looking at it and told me to ask them to go down to $10 because they were not turning down any offers!

Here is a decorative pot for $10. A little high but it was at the garage sale that they weren't turning offers down. There's no harm in trying!
This paper organizer was $10. Its worth it to be able to have the organization! It would look cute painted too!
The shelf next to it was only $5!
How cute are these headbands?! The seller only wanted $2 dollars a piece for them!
This is a brand new smart cycle racer. The sealed tape was still on the box. She wanted $50 dollars for it but they were willing to barter. Here it is at Target. com for 84.99. Even if the seller wouldn't go down you would still be saving $35 dollars on a brand new toy!
I came so close to buying this cute little end table! It was only $3 dollars! I hope someone else bought it! It was an awesome find.
Here is an entire bedroom set that came with a queen bed, dresser with mirror, nightstand and a bench for only $150. Great for someone trying to furnish a bedroom!

I also ran across two business garage sales this week. 

From Head to Toe...Buttons and Bows

The Burp clothes are SO CUTE! They are 3 for $15
Here are some better pictures I pulled off their blog
 So cute for a girl!

The wipe cases were $10
Here is my favorite one.
Boppy covers!
 I have never seen covers as cute as these girls make. These are between $15 and $20 depending on style and fabric.
Love this one!

I believe the car seat covers were $35

Oh and NEED this blanket! Looking at it just makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with it. How cute would a baby girl looked wrapped up in this too?!?!
The Pettiskirts and tutus were between $15 and $20
The bow holders are $9.
I really Love the stuff these girls make. Its of a boutique quality but at a reasonable price at the same time. They also have baby bracelets, nursing covers, changing pads and blessing dresses and tuxedo's! Great gifts for baby showers!  Head on over to their blogspot. They accept Credit cards!

This is the Fancy Nancy Garage Sale
I wanted all of this jewelry!!!!! Please click on some of these pictures to get a closer look at how cute everything is and its also affordable!

I wish I had more information for you with this one but like I said before I am out of town and I left her card at home! But don't worry! Nancy is THE sweetest lady and allowed me to take a necklace to do a giveaway with!!!!!!!!!! Thats right! In celebration of reaching 100 followers (which we reach yesterday) We are going to start doing giveaways! Nancy and her jewelry will soon have their very own post with all the necessary information for you! I have lined up a few giveaways for future months and Nancy's necklace will be one of first ones! Keep an eye out for that because I am jealous of whoever wins this necklace! I want it!

Ok so now for the best part of my post and the reason I put myself on a little budget this weekend. Friday morning my mom gave me a call and in a low whisper said" I am at a garage sale with the most BEAUTIFUL old chairs I have ever seen. At this point my heart started pounding and I told her to send me a picture. After getting the picture I called her back right away and said "I want them!" There were a total of 8 chairs and the guy wanted $150 dollars for them. This was a very reasonable price but Wow 8 chairs is a lot and I can't afford $150. I asked my mom to work her magic and see if she could get them for any cheaper. After a few minutes she called me back and in a lower and very excited whisper said "He said he will do $100 for the set!" OH MY GOSH! but what am I going to do with 8 chairs?! I DON'T KNOW BUT I DON'T CARE. I WILL FIGURE IT OUT LATER. I WANT THEM!
Here are my beautiful chairs! 
There are two captain chairs with arms.
And 6 chair without arms. I got the set of 8 for $100 dollars! Thats $12.50 a chair!

Do you know what type of chair you can buy for 12.50 at a store?!?!

At Walmart for $12. 86 you can buy this awesome children's Hello Kitty chair! Thats almost just as good, right?
It's even on sale! Normally its 18.86!

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